Chipotle Grilled Corn


Chipotle Grilled Corn

What’s the best way to beat the heat? Sometimes you just have to fight fire with fire. And by “fire,” I mean this Chipotle Grilled Corn.

This corn the cob is the first in what’s sure to be a long string of grilling-related recipes, as I finally purchased my very own grill a few weeks ago. Although you can emulate some of the mechanics of a grill by using the broil function of your oven, I don’t believe there is a real substitute for freshly grilled meats and vegetables. Grabbing a small grill off craigslist or making friends with your neighbors who have one is highly recommended.

As for this recipe, it really couldn’t be simpler once you have the right equipment. At just four ingredients, it definitely qualifies as a cheat dish. I promise that you won’t feel cheated at all by the wonderful union of sweet and heat that you bite into though.

This recipe is a perfect example. A proper searing on the grill brings caramelizes the outer layer of the corn, bringing out it’s natural sweetness. It’s paired with out the smokey and devilishly spicy flavor of the chipotle pepper and tamed just so by creaminess of the butter to make for an easy, delicious side.

Serve these bad boys up with some carne asada or barbecued chicken and enjoy with some sangria. You could even invite over some friends – assuming you’re willing to share.

Chipotle Grilled Corn


  • 4 ears of corn, shucked and cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh chipotle powder


  1. Fire up your grill and get it to a nice, hot temperature – around 400-450 degrees. Brush the corn lightly with olive oil and place them on the grill where they will receive some direct heat from the coals/flames. This will really help to bring out the sweetness and give them that lightly-charred look. Let the corn cook for about 5 minutes before rotating.
  2. While the corn is grilling, combine the butter and chipotle in a medium-sized bowl. Mix thoroughly until the chipotle is fully and evenly incorporated, then set aside.
  3. Turn your corn to the other side and grill for another 5 minutes so that it cooks evenly. The kernels should have a light sheen and be browned or blacked in small sections when done cooking. Once your corn has reached that point, pull it from the grill and plate immediately.
  4. To serve, slather a bit of chipotle butter on the corn and let it melt into the nooks and crevices. Enjoy!

2 Comments to “Chipotle Grilled Corn”

  1. We grill corn on the cob pretty much every week all summer long. But I had never thought to put chipotle powder on it. I added it to the olive oil that I brush on before it hits the grill instead of mixing it in the butter. Delicious! The chipotle flavor on the sweet corn is just perfect! Thanks for a great idea!

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