Photo: Christopher Testani; Styling: Paige Hicks
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
20 Mins
Serves 8 (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Esquites is a cousin to elote--that street food favorite of creamy cheese-coated corn cobs. You can also find this off-the-cob version with Mexican street food vendors. It's great on its own or served as a side dish with grilled meats.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add half of corn and 1 teaspoon sugar; toss to combine. Cook, without stirring, 3 minutes or until corn begins to brown on bottom. Stir and cook 3 minutes or until most of the kernels are browned. Remove from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 tablespoon oil, corn, and 1 teaspoon sugar.

Step 2

Combine mayonnaise, lime juice, chile powder, coriander, and salt in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add corn; toss to combine. Sprinkle cheese over corn; serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.

Ratings & Reviews

Too salty

September 27, 2015
but otherwise super delicious. I only put 1/2 tsp salt and not the 3/4 it calls for and it was still too salty for me. I used parmesan/romano instead of the queso which might have contributed to the salt level. If I make this again I will add only 1/4 tsp salt, 2 T mayo and some more lime

Interesting flavor

August 30, 2015
I really enjoyed this but the rest of my family did not care for it. It does have a very strong flavor...

Great Side for Mexican Entree

May 09, 2015
Excellent side to grilled chicken tacos.  The sauce was tasty without overpowering the corn.  Loved it!

great corn recipe

April 30, 2015
This was very good--great variation. My husband could not stop eating it. Will definitely make it again

Nice variation

April 26, 2015
I am not a huge corn lover, but I did enjoy this as a side to our Grilled Flank Steak with Chipotle-Orange Mojo tacos. We did not have any cheese to top it with, which probably would have been a nice addition, but it was still tasty. We tried this on top of our tacos as well, also tasty.