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Creamy, spicy and tangy, esquites combine corn with bold pops of flavor.

Mexican-Style Corn with Chili and Lime (Esquites)

Appears in July-August 2022

30 minutes

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Mexican-Style Corn with Chili and Lime (Esquites)

To make esquites, a popular type of Mexican street food, corn is typically roasted or grilled, then the kernels are simmered with an herb called epazote before being finished with crema (Mexican sour cream), mayonnaise, lime, chili and cotija cheese. The slightly brothy mix is served in cups and eaten with a spoon. Our version of esquites is based on the recipe Jorge Fritz and Beto Estúa taught us at Casa Jacaranda cooking school in Mexico City. Epazote has a unique flavor and aroma that are difficult to mimic. The herb is not widely available in U.S. supermarkets; Fritz and Estúa suggested a combination of fresh parsley and basil, so that’s what we call for in our recipe. Plump, tender kernels cut from ears of fresh corn are the first choice for making esquites, but in non-summer months, an equal amount of frozen corn kernels that have been thawed and patted dry will work; they’ll just take a little longer to brown.

4

Servings

Tip

Don’t stir the corn for the first minute it’s in the skillet. Undisturbed cooking allows the kernels to begin to develop flavorful browning and caramelization.

30 minutes

Reviews
Jamie A.
July 13, 2022
loved
this was the perfect recipe
Michael Y.
July 11, 2022
Yum
This is delicious. I added a little more herbs and a little less serrano. If you are having people over, consider doubling the recipe because this will be a hit.
Stephen N.
July 2, 2022
Delicious
Quickly becoming a summer time family favorite.
Christina R.
June 27, 2022
Amazing
Recipe turned out great. I could not find Cotija cheese in the supermarket so I substituted a mix of parmesan and feta.
Susan W.
June 22, 2022
Fresh Corn
I made this exactly as written and it WAS absolutely delicious!

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