Mexican Street Style Corn

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Get ready to savor the irresistible flavors of the streets of Mexico with our mouthwatering Mexican Street Corn Esquites recipe. A cherished favorite among food enthusiasts, esquites encapsulate the vibrant essence of Mexican street food culture. This delightful dish combines sweet and charred corn kernels with a medley of savory and creamy ingredients, all brought together in a harmonious celebration of taste and texture. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply seeking a culinary adventure, our recipe will transport your palate straight to the bustling streets of Mexico, where every bite is an experience worth savoring.


Mexican Street Style Corn Recipe


  • 4 cups corn kernels (fresh, canned, or frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese (or feta cheese)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • Salt and pepper to taste

With its delectable blend of charred corn, tangy cotija cheese, zesty lime, and a hint of smoky paprika, our Mexican Street Corn Esquites recipe captures the essence of Mexican street food like no other. Whether enjoyed as a delectable side dish or the star of your next fiesta, these esquites are sure to ignite a fiesta of flavors in every bite. So, gather your ingredients, embrace the spirit of the streets, and indulge in the authentic taste of Mexico’s vibrant culinary scene with our irresistible esquites. ¡Buen provecho!



  1.  Prepare the Corn: If using fresh corn on the cob, carefully remove the kernels using a sharp knife. If using canned or frozen corn, drain and thaw the corn.
  2. Cook the Corn:** In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the corn kernels and sauté for about 5-7 minutes until the corn is tender and slightly charred. If desired, you can also grill the corn for that authentic smoky flavor.
  3. Combine Ingredients:** In a mixing bowl, combine the sautéed corn with mayonnaise, chopped cilantro, chopped red onion, and half of the crumbled cotija cheese. Mix well to coat the corn evenly with the ingredients.
  4. Season the Esquites:** Season the esquites with chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Adjust the seasoning to your taste preferences. Give it a good stir to ensure the spices are evenly distributed.
  5. Serve: Divide the esquites into individual serving bowls. Sprinkle the remaining cotija cheese over the top of each serving.
  6. Garnish: Squeeze a wedge of lime over each bowl of esquites to add a zesty kick. You can also offer extra lime wedges on the side for those who want more citrus flavor.
  7. Enjoy: Esquites are best enjoyed warm. Mix everything together in the bowl before taking each mouthwatering bite. The combination of sweet corn, tangy cheese, creamy mayo, and flavorful spices will delight your taste buds


  • For an extra layer of flavor, you can add a dash of hot sauce or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to the esquites.
  • If cotija cheese is not available, you can substitute with crumbled feta cheese or grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Traditional esquites are served in small cups or containers, much like corn cups you’d find from street vendors in Mexico.

Pro Tip:
For a truly authentic experience, serve your esquites in small cups or bowls with wooden spoons, just like they do on the streets of Mexico!

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