Mouth-watering Aztec Corn BBQ’d in Husks Recipe

Are you looking for a unique and delicious take on grilled corn? Look no further than this Aztec Corn BBQ’d in Husks recipe. This recipe is perfect for your next summer barbecue or gathering with friends and family.

Grilling corn directly on the grill can be tricky and messy, but grilling corn in its own husk results in perfectly cooked corn every time. The husk creates a natural steaming effect that cooks the corn to perfection while also infusing it with a smoky flavor from the grill.

This Aztec Corn takes the traditional Mexican street corn to the next level by adding red sweet peppers, green onions, and cilantro for an explosion of flavor. With just a few simple ingredients, you can turn an ordinary ear of corn into a show-stopping side dish.

So fire up your grill and give this unique spin on grilled corn a try. Trust us, your taste buds will thank you.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Aztec Corn BBQ'd in Husks
Aztec Corn BBQ’d in Husks

Fellow BBQ enthusiasts, you are in for a treat! If you love corn on the cob, then you have got to try this twist to the classic recipe, known as Aztec Corn BBQ’d in Husks.

What makes this recipe unique is how it’s cooked – directly on the grill, wrapped in its own husk. Cooking the corn in its husk helps it steam and roast, infusing each kernel with a smoky aroma that’s irresistible.

But that’s only half the story. What truly takes this dish to the next level is the explosion of flavors. The combination of butter, cilantro, and red sweet peppers create a truly delicious and savory experience that will make your taste buds dance.

This recipe is inspired by Mexican street corn, also known as “elotes”, except with an added flair. The subtle hint of earthy tones from the cilantro, fresh crunch from green onions, and zesty sweetness from red sweet peppers create an impressive contrast to the charred smokiness.

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s also very versatile. It pairs exceptionally well with any grilled meats or vegan options alike. You can even serve it cold as a side salad.

Take your grilling game up a notch with this Aztec Corn BBQ’d in Husks recipe. Your guests will be blown away by how easy yet impressive this dish is to make. Get ready for endless compliments and requests for the recipe!

Ingredient List

“Get ready to sink your teeth into a smoky, sweet summer treat!”

Ingredient List

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to gather before making Aztec Corn BBQ’d in Husks:

  • 4 ears fresh corn
  • 4 large corn husks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped red sweet peppers
  • 2 cups chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Make sure to choose firmer ears of corn for this recipe. You can use either white or yellow corn cobs depending on the availability, but make sure that they are fresh. Another thing to prepare is the husks which will be used to wrap around the corn cobs – this will add flavor while grilling the corn. For grilling the corn perfectly with juicy kernels, primarily use medium-high heat or high heat degrees a grill.

The Recipe How-To

“The secret to perfect BBQ’d corn? Keeping it in the husk!”

Grill the Corn to Perfection

To grill the Aztec corn, start by heating your grill to medium-high or high heat. While waiting for it to get hot, prepare the corn by removing its husk and silk carefully. Make sure to leave some of the husk attached at the base of each ear of corn.

Then, brush each ear with butter and season generously with salt and pepper. Grill the corn cobs directly on the grill for 10-15 minutes or until the corn kernels are charred in some places but still tender in others. Make sure to turn them occasionally to ensure even cooking.

Alternatively, if you prefer a charcoal grill, prepare a medium-hot fire that can be held for an extended period by adding new charcoal throughout the grilling process.

Grill the Husks Separately

For the corn husks, place them directly on the grill once it has reached medium-high heat. Grill them for about 4 minutes per side until they become golden brown and crispy. Once they’re done, transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to cool.

After cooling, cut the grilled husks into thin strips using scissors and set aside for garnishing purposes.

Serve It Hot

To serve this dish, place each grilled ear of corn on a plate, pick up all sides of the remaining husks from their base like a handle and tie securely just above the cob with more small strips of husk or string. This forms a sleek, easy-to-eat handle that looks like an adorable present!

Garnish your Aztec corn with chopped green onions, diced red sweet peppers, and fresh cilantro, and top with pieces of grilled corn husks that you previously prepared. Enjoy it while it’s still hot off the grill!

Substitutions and Variations

“This dish is a fiesta in your mouth!”

One of the best things about cooking is being able to experiment and make a recipe your own. The Aztec Corn BBQ’d in Husks Recipe is versatile and can accommodate substitutions based on your taste preferences, dietary restrictions or what you have on hand.

For a vegan version, use plant-based butter instead of regular butter. You can also omit the butter altogether and drizzle the grilled corn with olive oil instead. Add more seasoning like smoked paprika or chili powder for an extra kick.

If you can’t find corn on the cob, use frozen or canned corn instead. However, keep in mind that the texture may differ slightly from fresh corn on the cob. If using canned corn, drain it well and pat it dry before grilling. To mimic the flavor of the roasted corn, add a sprinkle of cumin or coriander to the seasoning.

For a different twist, mix up your garnish by using chopped chives instead of green onions or diced tomatoes instead of red bell peppers. You could sub out cilantro for parsley if that’s more your style.

If you don’t have access to a grill or are cooking indoors, try cooking the corn in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Alternatively, broiling or roasting in the oven will yield similar results.

No matter how you customize this dish, be sure to savor its delicious flavors and unique Aztec-inspired twist.

Serving and Pairing

“Fire up the grill and let’s get started!”

When it comes to serving and pairing this Aztec Corn BBQ’d in Husks recipe, the possibilities are endless. This dish is a crowd-pleaser that pairs well with a variety of main courses or can be enjoyed on its own as a satisfying snack.

Mexican and Southwestern-inspired main dishes are an excellent choice for complementing the flavors of this corn dish. Grilled meats such as brisket, chicken or steak are great options, as well as vegetarian options like black bean burgers or portobello mushrooms.

For a complete Mexican-style meal, consider adding some rice and beans to the plate, along with fresh homemade salsa and guacamole. The bright freshness of the avocado-based dip brings out the sweetness of the corn, while salsa adds just enough heat to balance the flavors.

If you’re looking for a lighter meal, this Aztec Corn BBQ’d in Husks can also be served alongside a crisp arugula salad dressed with citrus vinaigrette. It’s the perfect combination of smoky grilled corn and refreshing greens.

In terms of beverages, stick with cold drinks that can balance out the flavor profile of the dish. An iced tea or lemonade will do just fine for the younger crowd, while beer or margaritas can add an extra bit of festivity to any gathering.

No matter how you serve it, this Aztec Corn BBQ’d in Husks recipe is going to be a hit at your next backyard barbecue or summer party. Its easy preparation and versatile pairing options make it a go-to recipe for any occasion.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Your guests will be begging for seconds of this Aztec-inspired dish.”

Aztec Corn BBQ’d in Husks is a perfect dish that can be prepared in advance and stored without losing its taste or texture. If you’re planning to serve it at a potluck or barbecue, then you’ll love how easy it is to prepare it ahead of time.

To make this corn recipe in advance, grill the corn cobs in their husks until they are cooked through. Once cooked, remove them from the grill and let them cool to room temperature. Once cooled, carefully peel back the husks but keep them attached to the base of the cob. Remove the silks and spread butter over each corn cob. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, chopped cilantro, sliced green onions, and diced red sweet peppers.

Next, wrap each corn cob with cling wrap or aluminum foil and store them in an airtight container in your refrigerator. They are good for up to two days. You could also store these BBQ’d cobs in their husks in the fridge instead of wrapping them with cling film or aluminum foil.

When you are ready to serve, remove the foil or cling film and heat the husked corn cobs on a medium heat grill for around 5-6 minutes per side until totally heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat them in an oven at 375 °F for about 10 minutes. You may want to brush some melted butter over them just before serving.

This Aztec Corn bbq recipe is an excellent make-ahead dish that makes reheating easy and efficient. Follow these simple steps to enjoy fantastic grilled corn every time.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Corn on the cob will never be the same after you try this recipe.”

Grilling corn on the cob is a perfect summer food. It’s simple, flavorful, and delicious. But there are a few things you can do to ensure you get perfectly grilled corn on the cob every time. Here are my top tips for achieving perfect results with this Aztec Corn BBQ’d in Husks recipe.

1. Soak and Peel Back the Husks

Before placing them on the grill, make sure to soak the corn husks for at least an hour in water. This will keep them from burning too quickly on the grill. Once you’re ready to grill, carefully peel back the husk and remove the silk from each ear of corn, but do not remove the husks from the cobs entirely.

2. Prepare Your Grill Properly

Get your grill hot by setting it up for medium-high or high heat. It’s important to note that grilling directly over high heat will only result in burnt corn outside and undercooked inside. Therefore, it’s better to use indirect heat while grilling corn husks to cook it evenly.

3. Butter and Seasoning

Add flavor to your grilled corn by brushing some butter over each cob before seasoning with salt and pepper or any other preferred spices. To add more complexity of flavors, sprinkle red sweet peppers, cilantro or green onions.

4. Use Aluminum foil

When you wrap up your buttered corn husk in aluminum foil with your desired seasonings, it will help keep flavor locked in and help aid in grilling evenly.

5. Keep an Eye Out While Grilling

To achieve perfection, turn each piece of corn every few minutes until it is cooked evenly all around the cob. When you observe that they have taken on a beautiful char color; crispness and tender kernels release easily when you poke them with a fork; pull them off from the grill.

By following these tips, you can prepare amazing grilled corn on the cob easily every time using this Aztec Corn BBQ’d in Husks recipe. These little steps ensure that you serve delicious and tender ears of corn grilled that everyone will love!


Before you start grilling your corn, you may have some questions regarding the recipe. Don’t worry, in this section, we will address some of the most frequently asked questions to help you cook your perfect Aztec Corn BBQ’d in Husks. Let’s clear up any doubts or concerns you may have before getting started.

How to cook corn in the husk?

Before we get started, let’s make sure our grill is ready to go. To do this, we need to preheat the grill to a medium-high heat. This means we want the temperature to be between 375 and 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Now that our grill is preheated and ready to go, it’s time to start cooking the star of our dish – the corn. We’ll start by placing the corn directly onto the grill grates. As we cook, keep an eye on the husk. Once we begin to see it blacken, that’s our cue to flip the corn.

We want to ensure that our corn is cooked to perfection, so we’ll need to spend some time grilling it. The total cooking time should be around 20 to 22 minutes. By the time the corn is done, the outside husk will be charred and the kernels will be cooked through.

Why cook corn in husk?

Protective layers often come in handy, and that’s true for corn too! One such protective layer is the corn husk that helps in preventing it from getting burnt while grilling. To make grilling corn easier, one can put it in the husk directly on the grill and turn it occasionally for about 15 minutes. This simple trick keeps the corn safe and sound, adding a protective layer around it while it grills to perfection.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Aztec Corn BBQ’d in Husks recipe is a must-try for all BBQ enthusiasts who love grilling fresh corn in creative and unique ways. With its perfect blend of smoky, savory and tangy flavors, this dish is sure to impress your friends and family at your next BBQ party.

The recipe is easy to follow and allows you to customize the dish by adding your favorite toppings or variations. Not only is it a delicious addition to your BBQ spread, but it’s also a healthy option that can be made vegan.

To ensure perfect results, be sure to follow the tips and recommendations outlined in this article, such as soaking the husks prior to grilling and cooking the corn on medium-high heat. And don’t forget to experiment with different herbs and spices to make this recipe truly your own.

So next time you’re firing up the grill, try out this Aztec Corn BBQ’d in Husks recipe and serve up some fresh, delicious and unforgettable corn on the cob.

Aztec Corn BBQ'd in Husks

Aztec Corn BBQ’d in Husks Recipe

This is a great corn recipe to serve at your next BBQ. You do it in advance and just finish cooking just before serving. Great flavor and you will get a few OOHs from your guests
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 276 kcal


  • 10 ears corn, in their husks
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped (or parsley, cilantro is best)
  • 2 medium red sweet peppers, seeded, finely chopped (or 1 red and 1 green)
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  • 6 large green onions, cleaned, finely chopped (white and green parts)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • salt & pepper


  • Carefully peel back the husks from the corn and remove all the silk (be careful not to tear the husks).
  • Remove the cob from the husks without tearing the husks.
  • Discard 2 husks and soak the remaining 8 in water for about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile cut the corn from the cobs, discard cobs.
  • Mix together the peppers, cilantro onions and corn.
  • Heat the butter in a skillet and saute the corn mixture for about 5 minutes. The corn should still be crunchy.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Take the husks from the water and dry the inside of the husk with a paper towel.
  • Spoon about 1 cup of the mixture into each husk, fold the husk around the corn and tie (use a waxed cord, if possible) at the top and around the middle so the husk is securely around the corn mixture. (You can prepare the recipe to this point several hours ahead of time, keep at room temperature).
  • Arrange the husks around the outer edge of the BBQ, cook until heated through approximately 10 minutes.
  • Turn several times, mist with water to prevent burning (the husks will be slightly charred but not black).
  • Remove cords and serve immediately.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 214gCalories: 276kcalCarbohydrates: 40.5gProtein: 5.7gFat: 13.6gSaturated Fat: 7.6gCholesterol: 30.5mgSodium: 110.9mgFiber: 5.3gSugar: 6.5g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Corn, Free Of…, Low Protein, Lunch, Mexican, Vegetable
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