Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Street Corn (Crazy Corn)

This recipe gets its inspiration from Mexican street corn. Piping hot corn on the cob is smeared with mayonnaise and dredged with Queso or Cotija cheese, fresh cilantro, chile powder, lime and plenty of salt and pepper.

It sounds unusual if you’ve never had it before, but it’s not.

The mayonnaise melts right into the corn to take on a whole new flavor and acts as the ‘glue’ to hold everything together.

It’s incredibly tasty, as well as addicting and very messy which somehow makes it all the more enjoyable to eat.

You can grill the corn which is probably a more traditional way of cooking it. But I’m a big believer in roasting. All those sweet juices get trapped inside the kernels until they nearly burst with joy.

Mexican Street Corn

Don’t be afraid of frozen corn on the cob if fresh isn’t available. I eat it all the time. It’s frozen at the peak of freshness and can be almost as good. You can also use ‘loose’ corn and mix the ingredients right into it.

Whatever way you decide to make it, just please do!

The onslaught of flavors bursting in your mouth will make you happy you did!

Sweet yet savory, salty, spicy and succulent all at the same time with a bite of citrus, it will bring a burst of zesty delicious-flavored sunshine into your life!

Mexican Crazy Corn

Mexican Street Corn

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Mexican Street Corn

Piping hot corn on the cob is smeared with mayonnaise and dredged with Queso or Cotija cheese, fresh cilantro, chile powder, lime and plenty of salt and pepper.


4 large ears corn
sea or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 + 1/2 cups Queso Fresco, crumbled or Cotija or Parmesan cheese, grated
4 teaspoons chile powder
4 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced, optional
1 lime, cut into four wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Brush corn lightly with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast 20-25 minutes. Alternately you can grill or boil it.
  2. Working with one ear of corn at time brush with mayonnaise, sprinkle with cheese, chile powder and cilantro, if using, pressing it onto the corn to help it stick. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve with lime wedges.


Adapted from Saveur

Mexican Street Corn


  1. Colleen says

    just made this with canned corn….absolutely delish! I can’t wait ti try it this summer with sweet corn on the cob! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Marta says

    I just made this for lunch… It was frozen corn on the cob. First I boiled it like usual and then grilled it for a couple of minutes on a pan. It was messy with the mayonaise and the cheese… but so worth it. It really was tasty!

  3. Krystal says

    Reeni, this is perfect for a bunch of fresh corn I picked up! Can’t wait to give it a try!

    -Krystal @

  4. Nancy says

    Saw this recipe on pinterest and made this for dinner tonight and it was probably one of the most tastiest dishes I’ve ever had! All the ingredients match perfectly . I’ve never roasted corn in the oven before and the taste is delicious. I’ll never boil corn again. Thanks for a great and easy recipe.

  5. Jeanne says

    I wonder what would happen if you put the seasonings on the corn, wrapped it in foil and grilled it. I don’t think it would be possible to make these ingredients taste bad, and it could be pretty amazing. I might try that variation soon!

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