Chile-lime Grilled Corn (and a giveaway)

The flavors of chile and lime are used to enliven a lot of popular street snacks, including elote, or Mexican corn on the cob.  Slathered with a crema-based sauce and showered with cotija cheese, ground chiles, and lime, this is not your typical corn on the cob.  There are many variations served as street food, and for this version I used a sauce made with a blend of crema, homemade olive oil mayonnaise, and fresh cilantro.  For the chile-lime kick I sprinkled on some Zesty Chile Lime Mix seasoning blend from Colorado Spice, a local company that sells a wide variety of spice blends, many of them gluten and and sugar free.  They are providing a Colorado Spice Sampler pack to give to one lucky reader–details on that at the end of the post.


Amounts here are approximate because it depends on how much goop you like on your corn.  The sauce can easily be doubled or tripled and made in advance, but the cilantro will get a little wilty. I make my own mayonnaise to avoid the oils that are in commercial mayo, and if you have an immersion blender it is really easy.  The technique is described here. Crema is a form of cultured cream, which I also make at home, but there are a lot of good brands that are widely available–or just use your favorite sour cream.  This is also a great treatment for steamed corn, so if you don’t grill you should still give this combo a try.

Chile-lime Grilled Corn (and a giveaway)
Recipe type: Side dish
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Serves: 4-6
  • 4-6 ears of fresh sweet corn, husked
  • olive oil, to brush the corn
  • 1/2 cup crema (or sour cream)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • crumbled cotija cheese (or grated parmesan)
  • chile-lime seasoning blend
  • fresh lime wedges
  1. Brush the corn with olive oil to lightly coat. Heat a gas grill over medium high and grill the corn, turning occasionally, until it looks charred in spots and the kernels are tender.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the crema, mayonnaise, and cilantro. Slather some of this mixture on the hot corn, and then sprinkle on cotija and chile-lime seasoning, to taste. Serve with fresh lime.

Chile-lime mango and jicama

I also used the Zesty Chile Lime blend on some sliced mango and jicama, pictured above, which is another popular street snack and one of my personal favorites.  If you have never tried sweet mango and crunchy jicama accented with hot and sour flavors, you really must give this a try.

If you are interested in trying some of the blends from Colorado Spice, below are the details on how to enter.  The sampler pack includes twelve of their more popular blends, and has a retail value of $30.  Note that while I received product samples and Colorado Spice is providing the reader giveaway, I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.  Here’s how to enter:

Giveaway has ended!  Congratulations to Blessie, who won the sampler pack.

1. For the required entry, leave a comment below describing your favorite street snack.

2. Visit the Colorado Spice Facebook page and give them a “like” for a second entry.  Be sure to leave a second comment below to say that you have done so.

3. U.S. mailing addresses only, please.

4. Giveaway will end at 5 p.m. M.S.T. on Saturday, August 31st.  I will select a winner using and will contact that person via email.  If I do not receive a response within 48 hours, I will select an alternative winner using the same method.

It’s just that easy!  Good luck, and happy snacking.


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24 Responses to Chile-lime Grilled Corn (and a giveaway)

  1. Susan Bickta August 18, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    My favorite street snack???? Has to be funnel cakes …… is that a street snack????

    • Angela August 18, 2013 at 9:23 am #


  2. Cathy W August 18, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    Oh my. Never have I seen corn look so scrumptious! Just in time, too. My co-worker is bringing in fresh corn from her farm this week. Yum! 🙂 My favorite street snack is going to have to be a hot dog. I had an awesome one once in Paris…a sausage pushed into a baguette with hot mustard!

  3. Cathy W August 18, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    I “liked” the Colorado Spice Facebook page. 🙂

  4. Angie (@angiesrecipess) August 18, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    Love fresh corns prepared at any way! These look scrumptious!

  5. Betsy August 18, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    My favorite street snack…a hot dog from a cart, mustard-only. With a grape soda.

  6. Betsy August 18, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    I ‘liked’ the Facebook page…’cause I love spices and spice mixes.

  7. Brenda Watts August 18, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    My favorite street snack..goosh..thats difficult ..cause there are so many love funnel cakes..but if I had to choose one..I guess my Favorite would be Crispy Nacho’s and Yummy Cheese 🙂
    Love your Delicious Corn and Yummy Mangoes 🙂

  8. Blessie Nelson August 19, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    My favorite street snack are nachos!

  9. Blessie Nelson August 19, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    Liked Colorado spice on FB – Blessie Nelson

  10. Karen Harris August 19, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    These are two great foods. There is a little place in Texas that sold big Styrofoam cups filled with juicy fruit, jicama, and cucumber chunks that were sprinkled with lime and chile powder. My kids loved it. I also enjoy grilling corn this time of year. I’ll be sure to use your recipe next time.

  11. rachel August 19, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    Anything sweet! So sugary almonds or kettle corn are top picks 🙂

  12. Laurie August 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    I love corn done this way….but have never had it at a street fair! My favorite? Kettle corn!

  13. Debra Lee August 20, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    We have a gourmet pizza and salad truck that pulls in every Monday!

  14. Debra Lee August 20, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    I liked them on Facebook Under Distracted Debra.

  15. Denise in Michigan August 21, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    Looks great! My favorite street food is my still my very first experience at a roadside stand in Canada. It was in the early 60s and I was in my early teens and with my older sister returning from some event near Detroit on a beautiful evening. The farm stand had a pot of boiling water on a hot plate (or some kind of stove) and the young woman took freshly boiled corn and dunked it into a pot of melted butter and dumped salt on it. We paid a dime for each ear of corn. It was a spontaneous act that I have savored all these years for lots of reasons. We ate the corn and then went back and bought another ear each! I compare all street food to that night.

    • Angela August 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

      I have a similar memory of roadside corn right next to the field–so good.

  16. Denise in Michigan August 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    Just to say I liked Colorado Spice.

  17. Daniela Cirillo August 21, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    My favorite it’s soft pretzels and coffee

  18. Natasha August 22, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    My favorite street snack has got to be tacos!!

  19. Natasha August 22, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    I like Colorado Spice on FB!

  20. Wehaf August 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    My favorite street snack is a soft pretzel!

  21. Whitney Lindeman August 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Gotta be churros!

  22. Whitney Lindeman August 23, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    I liked Colorado Spice on Facebook.

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