MEXICAN STREET CORN — Grilled corn is tossed with mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice and spices in this delicious Tex-Mex side dish (Torchy’s Tacos copycat).
A Torchy’s Tacos recently opened up where I live, and I think my favorite thing on their entire menu is the Mexican Street Corn. So of course I had to try and recreate it at home!
If you’ve never had street corn, believe me, you’re missing out!
Delicious, easy recipe! Making it for the second time this week for another dinner party – was a huge hit at my last party and perfect for Memorial Day. ~ Patty
Typically it’s served on the cob, usually on a stick. But it’s so much easier to eat when you serve it off the cob, so that’s what I do.
Basically, grilled corn is slathered in mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice and spices, then finished off with some queso fresco and chopped cilantro.
Yes, I said mayonnaise. If you think that sounds odd, you’re just going to have to trust me on this one. I’m telling you, this stuff is amazing!
This side dish is especially great during the summer months, when corn on the cob is in season. But it’s the perfect accompaniment to any Tex-Mex dish, any time of year!
Honestly, I would eat this stuff as my main course! I love it that much!
You’ll need about six cobs of corn for this recipe, but if you have a few more, you should be fine.
I made this a few months ago for a potluck. They talked about for weeks afterward. Making again today! I subbed cotija cheese and add a little chopped onion for crunch. Thanks! ~ Kathy
Make sure to keep an eye on your corn while it’s on the grill. You want to use high heat, so you get a nice char, but it can burn quickly, so be careful!
Either an outdoor or indoor grill, or even a grill pan, will work fine. I’ve even put my corn under the broiler and charred it that way.
This corn dish would be perfect for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, and it’s always a hit at summer gatherings and back yard barbecues.
Be sure to save this Mexican Street Corn recipe to your favorite Pinterest board for later.
Tips for Choosing and Storing Fresh Corn
Check the husk: It should be bright green, a little bit damp, and wrapped tightly around the cob. Small brown holes in the husk mean insects and should be avoided.
Also check the bottom of the corn where the ear was broken off the stalk. If this area is brown, the corn is probably not the freshest choice. If you can help it, don’t peel back the husk. This dries out the corn and shortens its shelf life.
Check the tassle: The corn silk sticking out at the top of the cob is the tassle. When choosing corn, the tassel should be light brown or gold, and slightly sticky to the touch.
The tassle should smell sweet with no signs of decay. Avoid corn that has a dry, black, or mushy tassle.
Storing: You can keep your corn on the counter if you’ll be using it that day. Otherwise, refrigerate the corn in the crisper with the husks on, tightly wrapped in a plastic bag.
Here’s what you’ll need to make Torchy’s Copycat Mexican Street Corn
- Produce: fresh corn, fresh cilantro
- Vegetable oil
- Sour cream
- Lime juice
- Spices: chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper
- Queso fresco
- 6 ears fresh corn on the cob, husked
- Vegetable oil
- 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2-3 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Preheat grill for high heat. Brush corn with vegetable oil. Grill corn, turning every 2-3 minutes, until slightly charred on all sides. Cool and cut corn kernels off cob.
- In a medium bowl, combine corn kernels, mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice, chili powder and cayenne. Garnish with queso fresco and chopped cilantro.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 10mg Sodium: 346mg Carbohydrates: 18g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 4g Protein: 4g
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Who Dished It Up First: This recipe was inspired by Torchy’s Tacos.