Mexican Grilled Corn with Chipotle Butter


Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Mexico with our tantalizing Mexican Grilled Corn with Chipotle Butter. This dish transforms the simple pleasure of corn on the cob into a fiesta of flavors, featuring the smoky heat of chipotle and the richness of butter, all charred to perfection. It's an irresistible side that promises to be the star of any barbecue or summer gathering!

Mexican Grilled Corn with Chipotle Butter

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 corn cob

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

Calories: 200 kcal

  • Protein: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17 g
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Sodium: 220 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g


  • Corn on the cob (4 cobs)
  • Unsalted butter (60 g / 2 oz), softened
  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (30 g / 1 oz), finely chopped
  • Fresh lime juice (15 ml / 0.5 fl oz)
  • Chopped cilantro (10 g / 0.35 oz)
  • Grated Cotija cheese (50 g / 1.75 oz)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Ground black pepper (to taste)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Butter Mixture: In a bowl, mix the softened butter with chopped chipotle peppers and lime juice.
  2. Corn Preparation: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Peel back the corn husks without removing them, and remove the silks. Brush the corn with the chipotle butter mixture, then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Grilling: Grill the corn, turning occasionally, until cooked through and slightly charred, about 15 minutes.
  4. Serving: Sprinkle grilled corn with Cotija cheese and chopped cilantro. Serve with lime wedges for added zest.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Butter Variations: Experiment with adding garlic or herbs to the butter for different flavor profiles.
  • Cheese Options: If Cotija cheese is unavailable, Parmesan or feta are great substitutes.
  • Husk-on Grilling: Keeping the husks on while grilling adds flavor and prevents the corn from drying out.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this recipe without a grill?

Yes, you can cook the corn in a skillet or under a broiler.

How do I store leftovers?

Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in a microwave or skillet.

Is this dish spicy?

The spiciness depends on the amount of chipotle used. Adjust to your preference.