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Jalapeno Popper Mexican Street Corn

One of the best things about summer is fresh sweet corn, and this recipe is a definite standout. We love its creamy dressing, crunchy panko coating and spicy jalapeno kick. If you're really feeling wild, sprinkle these with a bit of cooked and crumbled bacon! —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 ears fresh sweet corn
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup media crema table cream or sour cream thinned with 1 teaspoon 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Ground chipotle pepper or chili powder
  • Optional: Chopped fresh cilantro and lime wedges


  • Husk corn. Rub corn and jalapenos with 2 tablespoons canola oil. Grill, covered, on a greased grill rack over medium-high direct heat until lightly charred on all sides, 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat. When jalapenos are cool enough to handle, remove skin, seeds and membranes; chop finely. Set aside.
  • Sprinkle corn with 1/2 teaspoon salt. In a small skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add panko; cook and stir until starting to brown. Add paprika and oregano; cook until crumbs are toasted and fragrant.
  • Meanwhile, combine cream cheese, crema, lime juice and remaining salt; spread over corn. Sprinkle with bread crumbs, jalapenos and chipotle pepper. If desired, sprinkle with cilantro and serve with lime wedges.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Nestle crema; look for it in the international foods section.
Nutrition Facts
1 ear of corn: 339 calories, 26g fat (9g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 568mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.


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  • justmbeth
    Jan 16, 2021

    Delicious! I used the thinned sour cream.

  • Callie
    Aug 9, 2020

    Amazing!! Can't wait to make again!!

  • stage June 17
    Jun 18, 2019

    Very nice recipe, I tried it yesterday and taste is awesome!!!

  • Debrakennedy
    Aug 29, 2017

    I followed this recipe exactly and it was delicious!! My family loved it too.

  • curlylis85
    Jul 9, 2017

    We don't have a grill so I broiled my corn, but otherwise followed the recipe to the letter. I really love street corn and this is a fun twist on that. I love the addition of the cream cheese and the crunchy panko! My husband and son loved the spice level but I did cut back on the jalapenos for my youngest two who don't like spicy food as much.

  • Beema
    May 23, 2017

    Wow! What a neat way to jazz up corn on the cob! I did things a bit differently since there is just one of me, and I have no grill. I just used one ear of corn, cut down the ingredients, used jarred jalapeno slices, opted for the sour cream in lieu of media crema, and used the broiler In my oven cooking the corn. I don't think I will ever eat just plain corn again. Thumbs up from one field editor to another !!