Grilled Mexican Street Corn

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

This Grilled Mexican Street Corn is grilled to smoky perfection then smothered in a delicious and creamy vegan mayonnaise blend and Lime Crema. It’s the best side dish!

Top down shot of grilled mexican street corn on a white dish.

As you probably may have guessed, it’s full blown grilling season in our house! We’ve lit up the grill every week to pre-celebrate summer and are enjoying it thoroughly. For some crazy reason, neither of us had tried grilled Mexican street corn aka elote and we finally did! Can I just say?! Ah-mazing. Truly amazing. Then I had to share the recipe with you – it’s so easy that you’re going to want to make it over, and over.

 Overhead shot of grilled mexican street corn on a white dish with a bowl of limes.

Great news – this is VEGAN! I know right?! Everything from the parmesan cheese to the other cheeses and the lime crema. I used that as the perfect excuse to over smother these corns in as much delicious toppings as I wanted. You could definitely swap out for non vegan alternatives, but regardless this recipe does not disappoint. Grilled corn is a pretty delicious side dish on its own, but it becomes extra special with the addition of the parmesan cheese, mayonnaise blend and the bomb lime crema.

Top down shot of mexican street corn on a white plate.

I grilled these corns in the husks 1) because I am obsessed with how cool grilled corn in husks look, and 2) it’s insane how easy it was to just put the corn on the grill, and leave it. It’s really so easy to make and fool proof. The lime crema is one I make often, and we just came into a few jars of vegan mayonnaise (aka health store binge) so I wanted to really try it all out on this recipe.

Go all out, friends. There isn’t even much to say about this recipe except it needs to not only be on the menu for Father’s Day, but to make an appearance in your summer grilling at least once. You won’t regret when you see how incredibly easy it is to make, and how tasty too. The Mr. and I definitely polished these off way quicker than I thought we would, so we’ll be getting some more corn to try this out again. Happy grilling!

Close up of grilled mexican street corn on a white plate with wedge of lime.



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This Grilled Mexican Street Corn is grilled to smoky perfection then smothered in a delicous and creamy Lime Crema. It's the best side dish!
Top down shot of grilled corn on a white plate.

Grilled Mexican Street Corn

This Grilled Mexican Street Corn is grilled to smoky perfection then smothered in a delicious and creamy vegan mayonnaise blend and Lime Crema. It’s the best side dish!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
  • 6 ears corn unhusked
  • 1/4 cup Vegan mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • Red Chili powder to taste
  • 1/4 cup Vegan parmesan cheese
  • Chopped Cilantro for garnish
  • vegan feta cheese optional

Lime Crema

  • 1/4 cup vegan greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp finely minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon water optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • lime wedges for garnish


Lime Crema

  • In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Add a tablespoon or two of water to thin out the lime crema for drizzling if you so desire. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place in a squeeze bottle and in the fridge until ready.
  • Heat your grill on high. Place the corn directly over the heat and grill for 10-15 minutes, turning often.
  • Remove corn from grill and remove the husks and silk strings from the corn. Mix together vegan mayonnaise, garlic powder and some red chili powder and brush on corns while hot.
  • Drizzle the lime crema over the top.
  • Sprinklesome more red chili powder, vegan parmesan cheese, and crumbled vegan feta cheese.
  • Serve with the lime wedges to squeeze over the corn and enjoy!
This recipe is naturally gluten free and vegan.


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Annie says:

    Jessica this is amazing!! Grilled corn is my all time favorite!

  2. Melanie says:

    5 stars
    I’m in loooove with this recipe! Thank you for doing a vegan version!! It’s amazing and so easy to make!

  3. Caiti Rose says:

    5 stars
    When I originally saw your post about this I just had to make some for myself (also shared with my other half…). So simple and delicious! 😀
    We made these “back in the day” when Helman’s had their vegan mayo – PRIOR to their horrific ingredient adjustment. I wont rant about it but let’s just say the new stuff is awful. Fortunately, we experienced this recipe with a wonderful vegan mayo. This summer when we have fresh corn again from the farmer’s market, we’ll do this again and will use your vegan mayo recipe! 😀

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We’re so happy that you and your loved one enjoyed this recipe Cati! Thanks so much for your kind words.

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