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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 teaspoon Oil
  • ½ Jalapeño Pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon Sea Salt regular salt also works, adjust to taste
  • ¼ Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Lime Juice
  • cup chopped Scallions
  • cup chopped Cilantro ~ Kothmir
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon crushed Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Feta Cheese or Cotija Cheese finely crumbled (add more to liking and I used feta)


  • Remove the husk from the corn on the cob and cut the kernels off the cob, using a knife.
  • Heat a wide pan with add oil. I used a cast iron pan and even nonstick pan works.
  • 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.
  • A minute before kernels are cooked/charred evenly, add chopped jalapeno peppers. Toss for a minute.
  • Transfer to a bowl and let the kernels cool.
  • In a separate small bowl, mix rest of the ingredients, keeping aside some scallions, cilantro and cheese, for garnish.
  • Add mayonnaise mixture to cooled kernels, toss well.
  • Garnish with cilantro, scallions, cheese and serve.