Grilled Mexican street corn (elote) cob ribs – Smokey grilled corn strips topped with a tangy, creamy lime sauce and salty cotija cheese Perfect Mexican street corn snack for your next backyard BBQ.
Mexican street corn is a summertime classic that is simple to cook at home! I personally love serving this side dish during backyard cookouts with family and friends. Everyone always raves about how amazing they are.
This is an easy-to-make grilled street corn recipe that is rich in chili and lime flavor and uses fresh corn, lime juice, and a simple marinade of bloody mary mix before grilling and taking the shape of cute little corn cob ribs and topped with a mayo-based sauce and cojita cheese. The result is something ridiculously good once you make it, you’ll be craving all year long!
If you have an indoor grill and you spot some decent-looking corn during the off-season this Mexican side dish is always a winner! If you don’t have an indoor grill and still need to get your elote fix then you can’t go wrong with my Mexican street corn salad!
Why You’ll Love This Grilled Chili Lime (Elote) Corn Rib Recipe
- It’s a crowd pleaser! Everyone loves my grilled elote corn ribs because it is brimming with the most delicious Mexican flavors!
- The steps in my grilled corn ribs recipe are straightforward. Your next picnic or barbecue will be a hit when you serve this delectable appetizer or side dish.
- Elote is an excellent side dish to go with any protein dish. It goes well with any main Mexican dish or BBQ.
Equipment Needed To Make Mexican Street Corn Ribs
Full directions and measurements for this dish are in the printable recipe card below. These step-by-step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this recipe.
Ingredients For Your Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elote) Ribs
- Corn Cobs
- Bloody Mary Mix (or Tomato Juice)
- Chili Lime Seasoning
- Sour Cream
- Lime Juice
- Cotija Cheese
How To Make A Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elote) Ribs
- Turn on your BBQ or grill pan to medium-high heat.
- Cut off the ends of each cob of corn, then cut the corn in half length-wise. Cut the corn again in have length-wise so that each cob of corn is quartered.
- Place the corn in a casserole dish and cover with bloody mary mix. Toss to coat completely, then season corn with 2 Tablespoons chili lime seasoning.
- Once the grill is hot, place the corn ribs directly on the grill and cook until charred, about 8-10 minutes, then flip and continue to cook until charred on the other side and corn starts bending to look like a rib (slight arch shape)
- While the corn is grilling, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream and lime juice. Set aside.
- Once corn is fully cooked, drizzle with the mayonnaise-sour cream mixture and sprinkle with additional chili lime seasoning, cilantro and cojita cheese, as desired.
What to Serve/Pair with Your Elote Corn Ribs
Listed below are my top recommendations for side dishes and beverages that pair well with Grilled Mexican Street Corn Ribs at a BBQ cookout:
- Fish tacos (Tacos de pescado)
- Grilled Prawns/shrimp
- Peach BBQ Chicken
- Grilled pork
- White Rice and Mexican Shredded Chicken
- Hatch Chile (Salsa Verde) Enchiladas
- Mango Margarita
- Jalapeno Cucumber Lemonade
Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elote) Ribs FAQs
Is Elote the same with Esquites?
Can I use Air fryer?
Can I Make This Elote Recipe Diary-Free?
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- SLOW COOKER CHICKEN AND CHEESE ENCHILADAS WITH RED SAUCE
- SIMPLE SHEET PAN CHICKEN AND BLACK BEAN QUESADILLA
- THE BEST CHEESY 5-INGREDIENT TACO CASSEROLE WITH CRESCENT ROLLS
- SWEET AND SPICY CORN SALSA
- CHORIZO-STUFFED POBLANO PEPPERS
- MANGO HABANERO GUACAMOLE
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