Mexican Street Corn Recipe (from Nacho Libre)

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Note from Laurie ~ my friend Cheree made this Mexican corn, and goodness, it looks fabulous! Here’s how you can make it too . . .



My husband and I were in Atlanta a few weeks ago and had Mexican Street Corn for the first time at a restaurant in midtown. It was fabulous!


So, this week we were sitting down to dinner and eating our first corn-on-the cob of the season and started telling our son about that wonderful corn in Atlanta. I asked Luke, who’s 17 and growing up waaaay too fast, if he’d ever had that type of corn.


He hadn’t had it, but said he’d heard of it. He was like, you know, from the movie Nacho Libre. Well, this started a crazy conversation where my husband says that I should write a cookbook on foods from movies and tv shows. You know, Nacho Libre, Aunt Bea, etc…….. But, that’s a whole other conversation!!!


Anyway, this got me craving that corn, so I did a quick search on Pinterest.  Lo and behold what did I find, but Nacho Libre Mexican Street Corn. I was cracking up and knew I totally had to try it!

Mexican Street Corn Recipe  – PRINT



  • 4 ears corn on the cob, shucked and rinsed
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup cotija cheese, crumbled (or to taste)
  • Ancho Chile Pepper (regular chili powder will do)
  • Lime


Instructions for Mexican Street Corn:

  1. Grill corn evenly until all sides brown a bit (about 10-15 minutes).
  2. Mix the sour cream and mayo
  3. Brush the cooked corn liberally with the mayo/sour cream mixture.
  4. Roll each ear of corn in crumbled cotija cheese – this is kind of a Mexican feta, you can sub for feta if you want.
  5. Season with ancho chili powder – or regular if you have that handy.
  6. I sprinkled mine with chopped fresh cilantro for presentation and because we love cilantro!! (Totally optional also – some people HATE cilantro)
  7. You can also squeeze lime juice over the top for an extra zing – but we went without that.



We all loved it and it really was super easy!

Do you do your corn a similar way?  I've even read somewhere that people use Parmesan cheese instead of cojita – that would make this even less expensive and easy!




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Adapted from Favorite Family Recipes

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