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Inside: Learn how to make these delicious and authentic Mexican esquites, which are one of the most popular street foods in Mexico. They are inexpensive to make and taste great!

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Esquites are one of the most popular street foods in Mexico. They are delicious and are almost always present at gatherings with friends and at birthday parties. 

 

 

Growing up, we used to make esquites with freshly cut corn at my grandparent’s ranch in Mexico. We loved helping to cut the corn because we got to use the corn to make tamales, elotes (street corn), and of course these delicious esquites that you are going to love!

mexican esquites corn salad

These are prepared in a similar manner to elotes and they have similar ingredients. The difference is that with elotes you eat it right off the cob, whereas with equites, you can mix it all together in a cup and eat it with a spoon, nice and hot!

 

This delicious street food is so popular in Mexico that you will likely see it in street stands, food trucks, and at other restaurants when you explore Mexico. Even though it has basic ingredients, everyone adds their special touch and makes them slightly different. There are different ingredients added sometimes and they even have different names in different parts of Mexico. 

What Are Esquites?

You may be asking at this point, what are esquites? Well, they are a delicious Mexican street food that uses corn kernels as the principal ingredient. Some versions adds additional flavor by using a broth as well as the accompaniments which include mayonesa, lime, cotija cheese, and chili powder.

The name means “toasted corn” and you always make changes depending on your tastes. 

How Do You Make Esquites?

Like I mentioned above, the way you make esquites depends on the Mexican state where you are located and the ingredients that you have available. In some versions, one of the important ingredients is called “epazote”, which is a fresh herb that creates great flavors when you boil it. It is easy to find all over Mexico, but in the United States you may have to look a little bit harder. You can buy them online here though. 

In Mexico we say “a falta de pan tortillas”, or “if you don’t have bread, use tortillas”, which means that if you are missing something you need find something similar to replace it. 

The most common way to serve esquites is in disposable cups and something about that just makes them irresistible. 

Mexican esquites from above

Esquites are best eaten hot, but you can eat them cold as well. It all depends on what you like. Regardless of how you eat them, I am sure that you will love it!

Let me know in the comments below. 

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Mexican Esquites

Learn how to make this delicious Mexican street food that you will find all over Mexico.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, street food
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 Esquites
Calories: 291kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 Cups White Corn Kernels
  • 1/2 white onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • Salt to taste
  • Epazote optional
  • 5 Cups Water

Accompaniments

  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese
  • 1/2 cup Mexican crema
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • lime juice to taste
  • hot sauce or chile powder to taste

Instructions

  • Start by adding the butter, onion and garlic to a frying pan and cooking until the onion is translucent.
  • Add the corn kernels and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat.
  • Add the water, the epazote and the salt and let boil for 20 minutes.
  • Serve in paper cups and add the accompaniments, stirring well. Serve hot!

Nutrition

Serving: 1Esquite | Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 1388mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 16.6mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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Learn how to make these delicious and authentic Mexican esquites, which are one of the most popular street foods in Mexico. They are inexpensive to make and taste great!

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Katherine L Nobles

Tuesday 28th of September 2021

Do you cook your corn until it's charred?

Liliana

Saturday 6th of March 2021

Has anyone tried this in the instant pot? If so directions please.

S Johnson

Saturday 18th of July 2020

Great!

Leticia

Tuesday 16th of June 2020

If I'm using sweet can corn do I need to boil it as well?

Devin M

Sunday 25th of July 2021

@Leticia, don’t use a can !

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