Summer Side Dish Hall Of Fame: Mexico City Street Corn

I was first introduced to this stuff a few summers ago by Francesca, who dragged me down to Cafe Habana and ordered me to eat one, despite my insistence that a) I don’t love eating corn in public (the whole stuck-in-teeth thing) and b) spicy food makes me angry.

But it is so good. And easy to make at home. And impressive to guests. And if you do it yourself it is even more wonderful, because you can eat it in vast, indelicate quantities, and your floss is just a few feet away.


What you need:

1 ear of corn per person



Crumbled cotija cheese (a mild cheese that you can find in most well-stocked supermarkets)

Chili powder or cayenne pepper

What you do:

1. Grill (or boil) shucked corn until tender.

2. Roll ears in melted butter, and then spread with a little mayo.

3. Sprinkle with cheese, and then a touch of chili powder or paprika.

4. Serve with a wedge of lime.

  • Chelsea Mac

    Thanks so much for sharing! I tried this recipe for Hubs and he LOVED it.  Can’t wait to have people over to impress this with this super yummy and whoa easy recipe!


  • Tara Wilkins

    I love spicy corn!  I grew up in Texas and there it is served in a cup.  Hence the name “Corn in a Cup.”  I completely understand the hesitation to eat cobbed corn in public– I’m not a fan of picking my teeth where all the world can see.   Now that I’m living in Kentucky (where I haven’t seen ANY spicy corn), I just may have to bring this trend to the state!  Thanks for the reminder of how great this is!

  • jennifer faught

    Trying this recipe as we speak 🙂

  • Jennifer Faught

    Husband raved about this. SO delicious!  And yes, one of my friends referred to it at “Corn in a cup” too, but I’ve lived in Dallas all my life and never heard about it.  It was rumored to be a perfect thing to eat from a taco stand at 2 in the morning, post visit to nearby bars.