Mexican Esquites

Esquites also known as vasito de elotes is a Mexican snack or antojito. Shops and market stalls selling corn also tend to sell esquites.

Elotes—the on-the-cob version of Mexican street corn—is a staple on my balcony grill over the summer. It’s about as easy and inexpensive a dish as you can think of, and there is nothing—really, nothing—that’ll get snatched up and eaten as fast as a hot plate of ’em. But there are times when a more…demure approach must be taken. When there are prim and proper aunts or brand new ties involved, for instance. For those occasions, I go for esquites, the spoon-ready version of elotes.

Esquite with black frijoles

Combining corn and frijoles makes for a wonderful mix of flavors and textures that'll satisfy anyone.


Similar to Elote, Esquites’ flavor comes from the perfect balance of corn, cheese, jalapeno, lime, and spices. This Mexican Street Corn Salad is easy to make and perfect for Cinco de Mayo or a BBQ!

Esquite Salad

This easy and tasty corn salad is basically Mexican grilled corn (elote) turned into a side dish. It relies on only a few ingredients but it’s packed full of flavor.

Esquite with herbs

If you aren't familiar with this Mexican treat, you need to be. This simple preparation brings out the best in sweet corn.


This side dish is a staple on the streets of Mexico. It’s sold at food carts, served in cups usually, and it’s a great way to serve up this season’s corn. This is a spicy recipe so if you prefer less heat, remove the seeds and vein from the serrano pepper....


Smoky, sweet, spicy, and tangy, esquites are the off-the-cob version of elotes—grilled Mexican street corn slathered with creamy, cheesy, lime-scented, chili-flecked sauce. In this version, we char the corn on the stovetop, though a trip to the grill wouldn't hurt....