Chili’s Roasted Street Corn

Get ready to impress your guests with homemade Chili’s Roasted Street Corn! Corn on the cob is seasoned, roasted, and coated with mayo and cotija cheese resulting in a tasty side dish that’s sure to be a hit. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or simply looking for a unique twist on classic corn on the cob, this easy Chili’s Mexican Street Corn copycat recipe is for you.

Copycat Chili's roasted street corn on a platter.

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What makes Chili’s Roasted Street Corn so good? 

Fresh corn on the cob is excellent on its own, but Chili’s found a way to take it to the next with its Roasted Street Corn recipe. What is Roasted Street Corn, you may be asking? Great question.

The Chili’s version draws inspiration from the thousands of Mexican street stalls selling roasted corn on the cob, known as elote, smothered in seasoned butter and then brushed with a zesty sour cream mayo sauce with a hint of chili powder. Topped with Cotija cheese and plenty of chopped cilantro, it makes a wonderfully flavorful snack that is perfect for eating on-the-go or munching on the sofa!

Why should you make Roasted Street Corn at home?

Anyone can make this recipe, and when corn is in season, everyone should, since it’s one of the tastiest ways to eat it. You can pair elote with a wide variety of dishes, and the recipe is easily adapted for cooking on the grill.

Are you looking for a way to get your kids more involved in cooking? This Chili’s corn on the cob copycat recipe is so simple to make; it is the perfect introduction. 

Roasted Street Corn Ingredients

For roasted corn, you’ll need:

  • Fresh corn on the cob
  • Unsalted butter 
  • Smoked paprika 
  • Chili powder 

The fresher the corn, the better. Check out the three tips below on how to choose the best ears of corn.

For the sauce, you’ll need:

  • Mayonnaise 
  • Sour cream
  • Smoked paprika
  • Fresh lime juice 

To finish the Chili’s Street Corn recipe, you’ll need:

  • Fresh cilantro 
  • Roasted corn
  • Sauce from above
  • Cotija cheese  

If you can’t find Cotija, feta cheese is a good substitute. 

Copycat Chili's roasted street corn ingredients on a tray.

Three tips for picking out the best fresh corn 

Buying good-tasting corn on the cob at the store can seem hit-or-miss. But there are several tricks for getting the freshest and tastiest corn:

  • Go for the corn with the brightest green husks that are tightly wrapped around the cob and are slightly moist. 
  • Avoid any corn where you can see dark silk strands poking out from under the husks. 
  • Good corn will feel heavy for its size because the juice inside the cob hasn’t dried out. Light corn equals old corn. 

How to make Chilis Roasted Street Corn

To prep and cook the ears of corn:

  1. Shuck and remove the silk from the ears of corn. Many people find microwaving whole corn for four minutes per ear is the easiest method and gives the best results. 
  2. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  3. Cut aluminum foil into squares. Each side needs to be slightly longer than the length of the corn. Lay the aluminum foil squares out on your work surface, and place one ear of corn on top of each. 
  4. Melt the unsalted butter and whisk in the smoked paprika and chili powder. 
  5. Brush the ears of corn all over with the seasoned butter. 
  6. Wrap the corn cobs tightly in the aluminum foil and place them on a baking tray.
  7. Put the baking tray in the oven and roast until the corn starts to brown, about 30 minutes. You can save time by making the sauce below while the corn is in the oven.

To make the sauce for Chilis Roasted Street Corn:

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the mayo, sour cream, smoked paprika, and the lime juice.
  2. Cover and place in the fridge to allow the flavors to meld. 

To assemble the street corn:

  1. Finely chop the cilantro and set aside.
  2. Carefully unwrap the hot roasted corn.
  3. Liberally brush the mayonnaise mixture on all sides of the corn. Then sprinkle the chopped cilantro and crumbled Cotija cheese over the top. 
  4. Garnish with cilantro and serve immediately. 
Making copycat Chili's roasted street corn.

What to serve it with 

This Roasted Street Corn recipe goes with just about any South-of-the-border-inspired dish. Try making the ones below or add your favorite to the comments:

  • Tacos. What’s more classic than tacos? Go with beef hard shell tacos, like these Taco Bell Crunchy Tacos, or a chicken soft shell version. 
  • Guacamole and chips. Good guacamole can turn a plain tortilla chip into a wonderful snack. This guacamole from Chipotle, loaded with red onions, garlic, and citrus juice, is the real deal. 
  • Margarita. This frozen margarita, inspired by the ones they make at Rio Bravo, may not be traditional, but it’s sure delicious. 
Copycat Chili's street corn on a platter.

What is the best way to store it? 

Let the corn cool to room temperature before wrapping each cob separately in plastic. Place the wrapped corn cobs in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to three days. 

How to reheat street corn

A good way to reheat the corn is in a preheated oven set to 350°F. Remove the plastic from the corn and wrap it in aluminum foil like you did when you first cooked the corn. Place the aluminum foil-wrapped corn on a baking dish and place in the preheated oven. Warm the corn for 10 to 15 minutes. Add more sauce to the corn and serve. 

In a pinch, you can reheat the Street Corn in the microwave. Take off the plastic and wrap each ear of corn in a damp paper towel. Heat one ear of corn at a time for one minute and thirty seconds. Brush on more sauce and serve. 

Four ears of copycat Chili's roasted street corn on a platter.

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Copycat Chili's roasted street corn on a platter.

Chili’s Roasted Street Corn

You can make delicious Mexican street corn like Chili's with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chilis Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 185kcal


  • 4 ears corn shucked and silks removed
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika plus an extra pinch for the mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons cotija cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, paprika, and chili powder.
  • Place 4 pieces of aluminum foil on the countertop, large enough to wrap each ear of corn. Place an ear of corn on each piece of foil and spoon 2 to 3 teaspoons of seasoned butter over each ear of corn. Wrap the corn with the foil.
  • Place the wrapped corn on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, until the corn has browned slightly.
  • While the corn is cooking, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice, and a tiny pinch of paprika in a small bowl. Mix well.
  • Remove the corn from the foil and spread the mayonnaise over the corn. Sprinkle with cotija cheese and cilantro.


Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 556IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 0.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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