Vegan Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Vegan Grilled Mexican Street Corn anyone? As the leaves start to paint the town in vibrant hues, it’s time to savour the last whispers of summer. This recipe takes this classic street food favourite and gives it a plant-powered twist that’s perfect for those crisp early fall evenings. Get ready to dive into smoky, tangy, and oh-so-creamy goodness with this Vegan Grilled Mexican Street Corn. Let’s fire up the grill and bring the fiesta to your plate!

Keep scrolling for the full recipe, fantastic health benefits, and a yummy corn-filled recipe roundup to help you cozy up with fall cuisine!

Vegan Grilled Mexican Street Corn by @jesselwellness

Vegan Grilled Mexican Street Corn Recipe

Vegan | Gluten Free | Dairy Free

Serves: 6 sides | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 20 Minutes 


  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight or in boiling water for 30 minutes
  • ½ cup water
  • ⅓ cup nutritional yeast 
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ tsp chipotle pepper *optional
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil 
  • 6 ears of corn, husks removed
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped
  • Lime wedges to serve


  1. Make the sauce by blending the cashews, water, nutritional yeast, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, chipotle pepper, onion powder and salt. Blend until smooth and set aside. 
  2. Heat grill to medium. Brush corn with avocado oil and place on the grill for 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes to cook evenly. 
  3. Brush the vegan cheese sauce over the corn and top with a sprinkle of cilantro and chipotle pepper if you like spicy food. 

Health Benefits of Corn

Corn is seriously amazing, and a lot of folks don’t give it the credit it deserves for all the fantastic health perks it brings to the table. Now, here’s the deal: it’s packing some serious fibre and hydration, especially when you give it a good steam or boil. And trust me, these are like the VIPs of promoting top-notch digestion and all-around good health.

Here’s a jaw-dropping stat from the 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: a whopping 95% of the folks in the US aren’t getting enough fibre in their lives. And you know what happens when you skimp on fibre? The risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart issues, and certain cancers start knocking on your door. But hey, there’s hope in the form of corn! This gluten-free, high-protein carb champion steps up to the plate, ready to fill in that fibre gap most of us didn’t even know we had.

But wait, there’s more! Corn is like the superhero of carotenoids. These little powerhouses are antioxidants that swoop in to save the day against those sneaky free radicals.

Now, let’s talk history – corn has been a staple food in indigenous cultures for centuries. Sure, our modern take on corn might not be as nutrition-packed, but it’s still a rock-solid option in my book. So let’s give corn the standing ovation it deserves, shall we? You’re in for a healthy ride with this underestimated gem!

Vegan Grilled Mexican Street Corn by Jesse Lane Lee

Health Benefits of Cashews

Cashews are totally stealing the spotlight in the world of vegan sauces and spreads right now. It’s not hard to see why – their neutral taste, ability to transform into velvety creaminess, and their treasure trove of nutrients make them a health food favourite. It was a no-brainer to make cashews the sauce base for this Vegan Grilled Mexican Street Corn recipe.

These little wonders are loaded with healthy fats and protein, which means they bring a serious nutritional punch to your table. Now, here’s the kicker: a bunch of those other vegan sauces lean on starches as their foundation, leaving you short in the nutritional department. And guess what? Those dips won’t keep you feeling satisfied for long, setting off those pesky cravings in no time. But guess what won’t let you down? Cashews!

To top it off, cashews also bring some serious health benefits to the table. We’re talking about Vitamin K which gives your bones a boost, magnesium that’s all about supporting your nerves and muscles, selenium to guard your precious DNA, and iron to keep that blood pumping like a champ. So, go ahead and dive into the magic of cashews – they’re not just nuts, they’re nutritional superstars!

Vegan Grilled Mexican Street Corn by Jesse Lane Wellness

Health Benefits of Cilantro

Now I couldn’t very well do a Mexican-inspired dish without including some fun facts about cilantro! Cilantro can be found in many traditional Mexican dishes, and I just love the flavour! Cilantro brings a burst of zestiness and citrusy flair to the table, though I understand some folks just can’t vibe with it due to that “soapy” taste. But if you can get on board with it, this herb is a true culinary chameleon. It effortlessly teams up with avocado, beef, carrots, chicken, citrus, coconut, eggs, fennel, lamb, onion, seafood, tomato, and of course – corn!

But cilantro isn’t just here for flavour. It’s a health powerhouse too! Brace yourself for some goodness: cilantro isn’t just your average herb, it’s got some serious detox action going on. Plus, it’s got a whole lineup of health benefits to flaunt.

Cilantro is packed with anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial powers. It can also help stabilize blood sugar, reducing the risk of sugar spikes which can contribute to type 2 diabetes.

And oh, that’s not all! Cilantro is filled to the brim with antioxidants, thanks to its high concentration of phytonutrients. So there you have it, cilantro isn’t just a garnish – it’s a full-blown flavour booster and a health champ all rolled into one!

Vegan Grilled Mexican Street Corn Recipe by Jesse Lane Lee

Celebrate Corn Harvest Corporate Cooking Class

In my book, corn becomes an absolute must-have when fall comes around! These golden, starchy gems are in their prime during this season, and let me tell you, they’re an absolute delight for the taste buds. If you’re as passionate about corn as I am, I invite you to join me in my Embrace the Corn Harvest Fall Cooking Class. Together, we’re going to dive into the world of corn and whip up two exceptional recipes that truly capture its essence.

First up: we’re going to kick things off by crafting my irresistible Fresh Corn Salsa. The flavours are going to dance on your palate, and I promise it’ll leave you craving for more. And that’s just the beginning! Next up on our culinary journey is my velvety Coconut Curry Corn Soup – talk about a cozy dish that’ll become your go-to for those relaxing nights at home.

Together, we’ll craft not just dishes, but memories that your team will savour and cherish. Let’s celebrate the abundant allure of corn and cook up something truly special!

Let’s welcome fall into the office with this fun virtual health and wellness event. Email me at for more details, or check out my Corporate Wellness page for more info!

BBQ Salmon with Grilled Corn Salsa Recipe by Jesse Lane Lee

Hearty Corn Recipe Roundup

Now that the weather is cooling, I’m finding myself gravitating toward heartier, cozier dishes. These recipes will help you make the most of fresh corn season while getting into that cozy fall spirit!

BBQ Salmon with Grilled Corn Salsa

Confession time: I’m all about BBQ salmon, and guess what? My kids are totally on board too. We’re salmon-obsessed. My crew craves it almost every week, even in chilly seasons. And nothing is more irresistible for my family than salmon AND corn together. You might think that BBQ is just for summer, but this BBQ Salmon with Grilled Corn Salsa will carry you right through the fall too!

Cornbread Quiche by @JesseLWellness #quiche #dairyfree

Broccoli Cornbread Quiche

My Broccoli Cornbread Quiche is a playful twist on classic quiche. Think of a moist gluten-free cornbread foundation topped with a fluffy dairy-free broccoli quiche. The flavours are pure and simple, allowing the cornbread, eggs, and broccoli to take center stage. Crafting the perfect gluten-free cornbread base was no small feat; after experimenting with various flours, brown rice flour emerged as the hero, delivering a lusciously dense yet non-crumbly texture. The sweet or not-so-sweet cornbread debate? I’m team-sweet, having added stevia to my recipe, but feel free to skip it if you prefer. This cozy recipe is the perfect addition to your dinner table this fall!

Coconut Curry Corn Soup by @jesselwellness #homemadesoup

Coconut Curry Corn Soup

Here’s a winner: Coconut Curry Corn Soup – it’s all about celebrating that delightful sweet corn taste, no fuss. Ideal for the early autumn corn season when we can embrace the sweetness of fresh corn and those cozy curry spices. What says fall/winter better than soup? Nothing in my opinion. This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights because it only takes 35 minutes to make! We love a time saver!

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