Spicy and bold, this is a great side dish to serve all Summer long!  This version of Mexicali Corn on the Cob is also fabulous off the ear and served on a platter topped with lots of creamy Mexican Cojita cheese!

mexicali corn on the cob with red white and blue decorations

Not  just your traditional ingredients, my recipe calls for not only for cayenne  powder, but garlic powder and kosher salt too.  

This trio of spices combined with sweet unsalted butter, tangy lime juice, and fresh cilantro make for a heady and spicy culinary experience.

While the corn is hot, it’s rolled in butter, doused with citrus and then given the spicy treatment.

Gilding the lily with a generous sprinkling of creamy Cojita cheese from Mexico takes this side dish into heavenly territory!



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mexicali corn on the cob

Mexicali Corn on the Cob

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Spicy and bold, this is a great side dish to serve all Summer long! This version is also fabulous cut off the cob and served on a platter topped with lots of creamy Mexican Cojita cheese!


  • 6 ears of corn, shucked and cleaned of silk
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
  • 1 Lime, cut in half
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup Cojita cheese, crumbled
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Lime wedges for garnish


  1. In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, garlic powder and salt.
  2. Place ears of corn into a large pot of already boiling water, cover and cook for ONLY 5 minutes. It doesn't matter when the water comes back to the boil. Take them out after the 5 minutes has passed.
  3. Place the butter pats in a rimmed baking sheet just large enough to hold the corn. Place the hot corn on top of the butter and turn to coat all sides. Remove to serving platter.
  4. Squeeze the lime halves over the corn and sprinkles evenly with the spice mixture.
  5. Top with cheese and garnish with cilantro. Garnish with lime wedges.
  6. Serve immediately. (SEE NOTE)


This recipe is also lovely cut off the cob and topped with all the other ingredients. It makes a beautiful plattered side dish.

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 183Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 27mgSodium 460mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 5g
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