Chargrilled Corn On The Cob with Queso Fresco. And a twist.


I always love summertime for the wonderful produce that comes along with it, specifically, corn on the cob!  Is there anything better than eating corn right off the cob?  Maybe in rows.  Perhaps you prefer to eat it a bit more randomly.  I honestly don’t believe that there is, but it’s a joy we only have a finite amount of time to enjoy, so I end up doing corn to death in the summer.  Boil or Steam. Butter. Eat.

With the introduction of our new grill, I decided it was high time I made us some grilled corn on the cob.  It’s simple.  Just husk it, and grill it until it’s lightly browned.  This variation pulls inspiration from elote, a Mexican street food that you’ll find quite often across the South.  The result is a nice sweet and tangy combination, and paired with the coolness of the cheese and cilantro, it’s quite delicious – without butter! 


  • 4 ears of corn, husked
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • cooking spray
  • olive oil
  • Crumbles of queso fresco
  • small bunch of cilantro, leaves picked


Heat grill to medium-high heat.

In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, salt, pepper, and a small glug of olive oil. 

Place corn on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; cook 10-12 minutes until corn is lightly browned, turning often. 

Remove the corn from the heat when done, drizzle a bit of the chili powder mixture over the top of the corn, add the queso fresca crumbles and sprinkle with cilantro. 



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    Jeff July 31, 2009 (11:45 am)

    Nice way to use the grill! Elote rocks too!! Freaking drooling over here and hoping I can get some good corn this weekend at the market…

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    npms August 1, 2009 (9:28 am)

    Hi there, just stumbled on yr blog. Nice header design there. The corns look good & juicy. Normally when we grill corns at any bbq party we have here, the kernels seem to shrink a bit, unlike yrs. I enjoyed reading about yr kitchen & garden too!

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    Marian September 1, 2009 (10:21 am)

    Great recipe! My friend has one similar to this but she uses some lime juice squeezed over it as well and no chili powder. I am definitely going to try yours.

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    MLE June 23, 2012 (12:42 pm)

    I have had something similar and it was made with mayo spread on the grilled corn, a spice that had chili powder and lime incorporated in it and queso fresco sprinkled on top!! It’s addicting!