Esquites, Mexican street food

Esquites are true Mexican street food and are found throughout Mexico. It is one of the typical foods that you find from restaurants to the corners of the streets of cities and towns. Do you know what esquites are?

What are esquites?

Esquites is one of the dishes that screams street food in Mexico. Everything about it, the ingredients, the street vendors, even the containers on how the corn is transported, so so Mexican. It is also such a common and authentic street food that you can find an esquite and corn vendor in every park in Mexico.

Esquites are corn kernels stewed with chili and epazote (affiliate link), served with mayonnaise, crema, lime, and chili powder. The typical way of making them is with shelled white corn and normally the eloteros (people who sell corn on the streets of Mexico) bring them in very large pots on top of a cart hooked to their bicycle.

Mexican esquite vendors

It is fun to watch them, they usually have huge aluminum pots mounted in some homemade structure attached to their bikes. They usually have two pots, one with esquites and the other one with corn on the cob to prepare the Mexican street corn.
No matter what you ask for, an esquite or a corn on the cob, they would always ask… “Con todo?” (With everything?) and from there you choose all the toppings.

If you choose corn on the cob, the vendor takes it out of the steaming pot, sticks a wooden stick to the cob, pulls down the husks, and smothers it with the toppings of your choice: mayonnaise, lime, Crema Fresca, ground chili, and queso fresco.
If you choose esquites, which usually you can find in a pot next to the corn on the cob one, are served in foam cups. They usually use a ladle to serve all the kernels, then place the ladle on top and return the excess liquid to the pot. And again, they would ask…With everything? If you say yes, they would add mayo, Mexican crema, cheese, lime juice, and ground chili. I do have to say, my favorite way to eat it is with salt, lime juice, and ground chili powder.

Why make esquites with hominey?

In Mexico corn is white and it is not sweet. In the United States, corn is yellow and very sweet, I have not found a type of corn that is similar to Mexican corn. Shoepeg corn is the closest one but not easily available. That is why I thought of making esquites with hominy corn. The flavor is similar to Mexican corn.

Also because the esquites are such a delicious treat that you can make at any time even if you have a can of pozole in the pantry or a bag of frozen pozole in the freezer.

Ingridients

  • Hominy. I confess that I use the one that comes in a can ready to eat. You can also use natural pozole and put it to cook yourself, but to make this recipe it has to cooked.
  • Epazote (affiliate link). Epazote (affiliate link), is a pungent herb very common in my country, I can not think of a resh herb to substitute it. So, if you do not find it, just keep it out, if it is your first time trying it start with one sprig and slowly start adding more. You could substitute with cilantro but it would never be the same.
  • Chile serrano. Serrano chili, chopped into small squares. Remove the veins and seeds if you don’t want it to be so spicy.
  • Butter. I use vegan butter, but you can use whatever you like best.
  • For serving:
    • Vegan mayonnaise, homemade with aquafaba or Vegenaise also works well.
    • Lime juice, a lot.
    • chilli powder
    • Fresh Mexican crema, optional

How to make esquites?

  1. First, sautéed the diced chile with butter and then add the corn.
  2. Add your water, salt and the epazote (affiliate link). Leave it until it starts to boil. Taste, adjust the flavor and get ready to serve it.
  3. Serve the corn and a little broth in glasses. Finish with lime juice, mayonnaise, and chili powder.

when and how serve esquites

Esquites are perfect for that afternoon craving, they are perfect as a snack or to start a meal. In Mexico, we also serve them at parties and it is a typical snack at all carnivals.

Other recipes that you may like:

Here is the recipe for esquites that I made with hominy (hominy corn) that is perfect for a party, a day in the afternoon, or even to send the children in the lunch box. It’s one of my favorite vegan Mexican street foods. When you make it, take a photo of it and share it on FB, Instagram or save it on Pinterest if you are going to make it later.

hominey esquites

Esquites, Mexican street food

Esquites are corn kernels stewed with chili and epazote, served with mayonnaise, crema, lime, and chili powder.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
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Total Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Mexicana
Servings 6 people
Calories 92 kcal

Equipment

  • LArge soup pot

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • jalapeño
  • 4 cups corn kernels
  • 3 cups of water
  • 3 tbsp epazote, chopped
  • salt

For serving

  • mayonnaise
  • lime juice
  • ground chili
  • salt

Instructions
 

  • First, sautéed the diced chile with butter and then add the corn.
  • Add your water, salt and the epazote. Leave it until it starts to boil. Taste, adjust the flavor and get ready to serve it.
  • Serve the corn and a little broth in glasses. Finish with lime juice, mayonnaise, and chili powder.

Nutrition

Serving: 250gCalories: 92kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 218mgPotassium: 204mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 62IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Corn chowder, esquite, hominy, Mexican corn chowder

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