All the best parts of your favorite Mexican street food (Elote) are made simple in this quick and easy Esquites corn salad that doesn’t even require corn on the cob.
Esquites are one of my all-time favorite side dishes. I love corn in basically any form, and my diet it basically 93% corn on the cob during the entire month of August, but sometimes you just want something with a little more zip and pep to it. Enter Esquites.
What is Esquites?
Esquites is basically on off-the-cob form of the street food Elote, which is corn covered in mayonnaise, lime juice, chili powder, and cheese. Like I mentioned, esquites takes the corn off of the cob, and allows you to eat the dish without dripping lime juice down your chin. So if you’re the sort of person who doesn’t like to eat messily in front of people, esquites is the dish for you.
Different states in Mexico have vastly different takes on elote and esquites. Some areas make them with bacon and mushrooms. Some areas boil the corn instead of frying, and some places they’re a far sweeter dish than what I’m presenting.
When I make it, I choose to go with a “standard” version.