Mexican Grilled Corn

Mexican grilled corn It’s a near-universal axiom that food becomes ten times more awesome when it’s served on a stick. Take American corn dogs, for example. Off the stick, they’re puffy, weird logs of dubious nutrition. On the stick: awesome! Elote asado, grilled corn on the cob, is a popular street food in Mexico, topped with salty fresh cheese, spicy chile powder and (wait for it) typically served on a stick. Made at home, you can keep the awesome and lose the stick by grilling the corn in their husks, then flipping them inside-out to make a built-in handle. Delicious and fun to eat.

In Rick Bayless’ version, the sweet corn first steams inside their husks, then goes skinny-dipping on the grill for a quick browning before getting slathered with sour cream and sprinkled with zippy toppings: cilantro, lime, cotijia and chile powder. Serve with fish tacos or grilled fajitas for an easy-peasy, festive summer side dish.

Mexican Grilled Corn
adapted from Authentic Mexican by Rick Bayless, 1981; serves six

  • 6 ears of sweet corn, in husks
  • 3 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 C sour cream with enough milk or cream to loosen
  • 1/3 C crumbled Mexican cheese (queso fresco, anejo or cotijia)
  • 1 Tbsp hot chile powder
  • minced cilantro
  • 1/2 lime

Soak the corn for an hour in a deep bowl of water or a clean sink, weighted down with a plate. Grill in the husks over medium-high heat, about 15-20 minutes, until blackened. When cool enough to handle, remove the silk and husks. (Or remove the silks and use the husks as a handle.)

10 minutes before serving, brush the corn with butter and grill until browned. Remove from heat. Serve with the fixings or prep for your guests: brush the corn with sour cream; sprinkle with chile powder, salt, cheese and cilantro. Squirt a bit of lime juice over all. Serve warm with the remaining fixings.

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5 Responses to Mexican Grilled Corn

  1. SV says:

    The corn looks amazing wonderful job on the picture.

  2. Hester says:

    Yup… anything on a stick tastes fab! This corn looks absolutely fabulous! I love all the flavors so much that I’m actually drooling right now.

  3. Wow this corn looks amazing!!! So perfect for a summer bbq!

  4. Looks wonderful! Love grilled corn, and this one looks so flavorful!

  5. Oh yeah… this is the way corn should be made. Mouthwatering photo, yum! I love it! Thanks for sharing! =]

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