Incredible Mexican-Style Corn on the Cob

Street vendors across Mexico sell this delicious grilled corn topped with mayonnaise, chili powder and cheese. My skinny sauce uses a small amount of light mayonnaise and nonfat yogurt. The corn can be grilled or broiled in the oven. I’ve included both ways of cooking it. The skinny for 1 serving, 110 calories, 4 grams of fat and 4 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.  It’s so amazingly good…You’ll never look at corn on the cob the same!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes


4 ears corn, husked

A little salt and pepper

2 tablespoons light mayonnaise, I like Best Foods Light (Hellmans)

2 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt

Tabasco sauce, to taste

½ teaspoon chili powder

2 tablespoons finely shredded Cotija or Parmesan cheese, see shopping tips

1 lime, quartered


1. To Grill: Preheat grill to medium-high. Coat corn with cooking spray (I love olive oil spray).  Grill corn, turning occasionally, until marked and tender, 8 to 12 minutes total.  Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.

2. To Broil: Preheat broiler. Line a baking pan with foil. Coat corn with cooking spray. Broil for about 5-6 minutes until browned. Turn over and broil about 5 minutes more.  Sprinkle each with a little salt and pepper.

3. In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, yogurt and a little Tabasco sauce, to taste. While the corn is still warm, spread each ear with 1 tablespoon of sauce.  Squeeze each with a little fresh lime juice and sprinkle each with ½ tablespoon Cotija or Parmesan cheese.  Season with a little chili powder over the corn and serve.

Makes 4 servings (1 Mexican-style corn on the cob each)

Shopping Tips

Cotija cheese, also called queso añejo or queso añejado, is an aged Mexican cheese similar in texture and flavor to Parmesan cheese. Find it near other specialty cheeses in most supermarkets.  If you can’t find it, use Parmesan cheese.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 Mexican-style corn on the cob
110 calories, 4g fat, 1g sat. fat, 3mg chol, 18g carbs, 4g protein, 3g fiber, 288mg sodium, 3g sugar

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!