Mexican Corn on the Cob with Bacon

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Mexican Corn on the Cob with Bacon – How to transform grilled corn on the cob into Mexican corn, with a tasty addition of bacon sprinkled on top. Delicious, flavorful side dish recipe!

Mexican corn on a baking sheet with mayo, feta cheese, cilantro, bacon, and lime wedges

One of our all-time favorite summer sides is corn on the cob, both grilled and pressure cooked to perfection in the Instant Pot. Now we have a way to dress up grilled corn on the cob and transform it into our new favorite, Mexican corn.

Trust me when I say, this is such a delicious recipe. I know what you’re thinking, though.

Ew, mayo and butter on corn? No way! Oh yes way.

Just give it a chance, because the combination of ingredients in this Mexican street corn recipe make a very flavorful, crispy, tasty ear of corn. Just one bite, and those ears will fly off the table.

All you need are a few ingredients to make this amazing Mexican corn recipe. And if you’d rather have it in casserole form, you can make Mexican Corn Casserole.

Grilled ear of Mexican corn on the cob with all the fixings, including mayo, Feta cheese, cilantro, and bacon

Ingredients you’ll need to make Mexican corn:

grilled Mexican corn on baking sheet with lime wedges and bacon crumbles

Tips for how to make delicious Mexican corn on the cob:

Once you’ve gathered all your ingredients, your first step is to get the grill going. You can use any type of grill, either a charcoal grill or gas grill; we prefer charcoal, mainly for the taste it gives the food.

Shuck and wash the corn. Then grill the corn until it’s done and slightly charred; as you grill it, make sure you stay with it and turn it often with a good pair of grilling tongs.

slightly charred grilled corn on the cob for Mexican corn recipe

Once the corn is cooked to perfection, take it off the grill and put it on a baking sheet.

Generously butter each ear of corn.

Butter ears of grilled corn on the cob for Mexican corn on the cob recipe

Use a basting brush to brush a generous helping of mayo onto each ear of corn, turning the ear to make sure it’s coated well all the way around.

brushing mayo onto ears of grilled corn with basting brush for mexican street corn recipe

Sprinkle chili powder on every ear, again turning to sprinkle all the way around each ear.

sprinkling chili powder on grilled corn for Mexican corn recipe

Crumble Feta cheese on top of each ear of corn.

crumbling Feta cheese onto grilled corn on the cob for Mexican corn recipe

Sprinkle all the corn with a good helping of chopped up cilantro.

adding cilantro to mexican corn on the cob

Crumble real bacon on top of each ear… Because bacon makes everything better, right?

crumbled bacon on Mexican corn

Finally, cut your limes into wedges, and give a good squeeze of lime juice over everything. This will give the flavors just a hint of citrus kick.

squeezing lime juice onto ears of grilled Mexican corn on the cob

And that’s it. You’re ready to eat!

boy eating Mexican corn

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Mexican corn on the cob on a baking sheet

Alternative ingredient options for your Mexican corn recipe

There are certain ingredients you can substitute for others when you’re making a Mexican street corn recipe.

  • Instead of mayonnaise, you can use a plain Greek yogurt or sour cream; or maybe even a combination.
  • If you don’t want the flavors of chili powder, you can give the corn a little kick with cayenne pepper or a little hot sauce drizzled over the corn.
  • Feta cheese is absolutely delicious on this corn; but you can use parmesan, Cotija cheese, or Queso Fresco.
  • Cilantro is totally optional, but it does add an interesting citrus-like taste.
  • Instead of bacon, you could use diced up ham. Or no meat at all.
  • Limes, lemons, you call the shots. It’s your food. But I do love a squirt of lime juice. It just gives the corn an oomph.
  • It’s got plenty of flavor, but a dash of black pepper would give it a li’l extra spicy kick.
holding an ear of Mexican corn

More corn recipes you may enjoy:

Grilled Corn in the Husk with Honey Butter

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Creamy Bacon Corn Casserole

Mexican Corn Casserole with Bacon

Creamy Potato Corn Chowder

grilled Mexican corn on a baking sheet

Tools you may need to make Mexican corn:

Charcoal Grill or Gas Grill – We love using our charcoal grill.

Grilling Tongs – You’ll need tongs to turn the corn on the grill.

Basting Brush – to brush on the butter and mayo.

Baking Sheet – This works really well to hold all the corn as you dress it up into Mexican corn.

grilled Mexican corn on the cob on baking sheet with lime wedges

Cute Dachshund Corn Holders – Because they’re fun… And cute!

Mexican Corn on the Cob with Bacon

How to transform grilled corn on the cob into Mexican corn, with a tasty addition of bacon sprinkled on top. Delicious, flavorful side dish recipe!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Side Dish
Keyword Mexican corn
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

  • 8 ears corn on the cob
  • 8 tablespoons salted butter
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 4 ounces Feta cheese crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 whole lime

Instructions

  1. Start up the grill first. You can use any type of grill, either a charcoal grill or gas grill; we prefer charcoal, mainly for the taste it gives the food.

  2. Shuck and wash the corn.

  3. Grill the corn until it’s done and slightly charred; as you grill it, make sure you stay with it and turn it often with a good pair of grilling tongs.

  4. Once the corn is cooked to perfection, take it off the grill and put it on a baking sheet.

  5. Generously butter each ear of corn.

  6. Use a basting brush to brush a generous helping of mayo onto each ear of corn, turning the ear to make sure it’s coated well all the way around.

  7. Sprinkle chili powder on every ear, again turning to sprinkle all the way around each ear.

  8. Crumble Feta cheese on top of each ear of corn.

  9. Sprinkle all the corn with a good helping of chopped up cilantro.

  10. Crumble real bacon on top of each ear.

  11. Finally, cut your limes into wedges, and give a good squeeze of lime juice over everything. 

  12. And that’s it. You’re ready to eat! This corn pairs really well with pork chops, burgers, Chicago hot dogs, and shrimp kabobs!

Recipe Video

Mexican Corn on the Cob with Bacon
Mexican corn on the cob recipe
Grilled Mexican Corn Recipe made with grilled corn on the cob

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