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Esquites Recipe

Esquites is a tasty corn salad topped with chili and cotija cheese. It's incredibly delicious, easy to whip up, and makes a perfect side!
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Author: Lil' Luna


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup Mexican Crema or sour cream
  • garlic salt (with parsley flakes)
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 24 (two 12 oz bags) oz frozen corn
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese
  • chili powder to taste
  • cilantro for garnish
  • 1 lime cut into wedges for garnish


  • In a small bowl, combine mayo, crema, garlic salt, and lime juice. Set aside.
  • In a medium pot, bring 1 c. of water to a boil. Once boiling, add corn and cover. Bring back to a simmer and cook for about 4-5 minutes or until the corn is cooked through.
  • Drain water and return the corn to a pan and cook until a few pieces are a little browned/charred. Add butter and the mayo-crema mixture and cook until combined.
  • Divide into cups and top with cotijja, chili powder, and cilantro. Serve warm.
  • Serves 4-6.



Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 443mg | Potassium: 779mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 345IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 2mg