Esquites is a Mexican street food and a corn salad. It is quick & easy under 15 minutes recipe.

Mexican Esquites

Esquites is a toasted corn salad from Mexico.   It is a street food and a quick & easy snack.

Course Snack, Street Food
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1 ⅓ cup fresh Corn Kernels, kernels from 2 corn on the cobs
  • 1 ½ - 2 tsp Oil
  • ½ Jalapeño Pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • ¼ - ½ tsp Sea Salt regular salt also works, adjust to taste
  • ¼ Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Lime Juice
  • cup chopped Scallions
  • cup chopped Cilantro ~ Kothmir
  • ½ - 1 tsp crushed Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Feta Cheese or Cotija Cheese finely crumbled (add more to liking and I used feta)


  1. Remove the husk from the corn on the cob and cut the kernels off the cob, using a knife.
  2. Heat a wide pan with add oil. I used a cast iron pan and even nonstick pan works.
  3. When the pan is hot, add corn kernels and cook for until kernels are charred, stirring the kernels every few minutes. This takes about 5-8 minutes depending on how tender the kernels are.
  4. A minute before kernels are cooked/charred evenly, add chopped jalapeno peppers. Toss for a minute.
  5. Transfer to a bowl and let the kernels cool.
  6. In a separate small bowl, mix rest of the ingredients, keeping aside some scallions, cilantro and cheese, for garnish.

  7. Add mayonnaise mixture to cooled kernels, toss well.
  8. Garnish with cilantro, scallions, cheese and serve.