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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.
The recipe included here is from McCormick and it is super easy to make. Their recipe is awesome and it uses their special McCormick Mayonesa. It is perfect for this recipe because it is mayonnaise + lime, which gives it the right taste for esquites.
You can find the Mayonesa at Walmart in the Hispanic Foods aisle, and be ready to make the recipe in minutes when you get home. I used their recipe the other day to make some more esquites, and it came out really great and took me back to my days growing up and Mexico and buying esquites all the time.
Besides using McCormick Mayonesa for this recipe, you can also use it in a variety of other recipes, such as adding it to chicken, tuna, potato or pasta salad, using it as a spread for sandwiches or grilled corn, brushing it over chicken, pork or seafood on the grill to add flavor and moistness, and using it to prepare dips and dressings.
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!
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. For example, this recipe from McCormick does not use epazote, but it has other ingredients that maintain an authentic flavor
The most common way to serve esquites is in disposable cups and something about that just makes them irresistible.
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!
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Check Out These Other Mexican Street Foods
- Authentic Mexican Street Corn Recipe (Elotes Mexicanos)
- Smoked Pork Taquitos Smothered In Salsa Verde
- How to Make Authentic Mexican Tamales
- Quick and Easy Mexican Sope Recipe with Chorizo and Potato
- Tacos Al Pastor Recipe
Esquites (Mexican Street Corn)
- 1/3 Cup McCormick Mayonnaise with Lime Juice (Mayonesa)
- 4 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 small jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
- 4 cups fresh corn kernels
- 1 tsp McCormick Chili Powder
- 3/4 cup crumbled cotija cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- lime wedges
- Mix mayonnaise, lime juice and salt in a large bowl; set aside
- Heat oil in large nonstick skillet on high heat. Add jalapeno; cook and stir 2 minutes or until softened. Stir in corn and spread mixture into an even layer in skillet. Cover and cook, without stirring, about 2 minutes. Stir, cover and cook 1 minute longer. Add chili powder; cook, uncovered, 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
- Transfer corn mixture to bowl with mayonnaise mixture; toss gently to coat. Stir in Cotija and cilantro until evenly mixed. Serve immediately with lime wedges.