Food & Drink

Mexican Street Corn

Excerpted from Leanne Brown’s Good and Cheap

This recipe takes fresh, sweet corn—already amazing—and adds salt, tang, and spice to the experience. If you have an outdoor grill, prepare the corn that way, but for those without, a broiler is a great shortcut! Use any chile powder you like, such as ground ancho powder or cayenne pepper.

Mexican Street Corn

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Serves: 4-6


  • 4 ears corn
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • ½ cup grated cotija, queso blanco, feta, Romano, or Parmesan cheese
  • dusting of chile powder
  • 1 lime, sliced into wedges



Turn your oven’s broiler to high.


Peel off the corn husks and clean off all the silk. Leave the green ends attached for a convenient handhold.


Place the corn on a baking sheet and stick them under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes. Rotate and repeat until they’re brown and toasty all the way around—no more than 10 minutes total.


Working quickly, spread a tablespoon of mayonnaise over each ear of corn, lightly coating every kernel. Next, sprinkle the cheese over the corn. It should stick fairly easily to the mayonnaise, but you’ll probably get a little messy.


Sprinkle chile powder on top, but not too heavily, or it’ll be gritty.


6 Last, squeeze lime juice all over the corn, and serve hot!

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