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Esquites | Mexican Warm Corn Salad (Street Food)

I had my eye on Elotes (another Mexican Corn dish – more like the Corn-on-the cob version), but settled for this equally enticing Corn-OFF-the-cob street food that we all love.

My kids love Corn in most forms and this was no exception. The younger one especially loved the warm salad, and said its like Corn Bhel 🙂 They also love the hugely popular Grilled Corn-Mango Salsa 



Other Corn Dishes you may like on the blog —


Corn Tikki

Lemony Butter Corn

cream of corn soup

Spicy Corn Chaat

Corn Puree Pasta

Baked Corn Kebab

Creamy Corn cheese crackers

Cheesy corn Quesedillas


Coming to this street food, its apparently served warm in takeaway containers. Let’s look at how to make this. Adapted from here.


Prep time : 15 mins, Cook time : 5-10 mins , serves : 2~3

Esquites – Mexican Street Food – Gluten Free (Can be vegan)



  • Shucked Corn Kernels (fresh) – 1.2 cups (1 cup = 200 ml) – I pressure cooked it for 2 whistles but raw shucked kernels work just as fine.
  • Vegetable Oil – 2 tbsp.
  • Salt and pepper – to taste
  • Finely chopped scallions – 2 TBSP
  • Crumbled cheese – (I used Parm here, but this calls for a salty, so Feta might work)  about 2 TBSP
  • Lemon juice- to taste
  • Jalapeno pepper – 1 large (minced fine) – I used Bhavnagri variety here (altho any spicy variety will do)
  • garlic pods – 2 (finely minced or “microplaned”)
  • paprika / chilli flakes – 1/2 tsp or to taste





  1. In a wok or non stick pan, add oil. Once its smoking hot, add the corn and let it sit for 1-2 minutes undisturbed till some of the corn char a bit. Now toss vigorously.
  2. Let it sit again for 1 min in the hot pan. Now turn off heat and add the rest of the ingredients and give it a good toss.
  3. Serve immediately.




  1. OMG that Mexican corn salad looks sooo inviting and delicious. My whole family loves Corn and I’m sure they will enjoy this yummy dish.

  2. I too love corn in any form. This salad sounds so delicious and love the addition all the spicy stuff into this salad . My kind of food.

  3. Good one. My family lives on corn. Corn salad in any combination of spices is welcome.

  4. Ha ha kalyani you always choose the recipe name which is hard for me to pronounce .. Jokes apart such an amazing salad with corn, Who doesn't love garam corn this mexican version looks fantastic.. I came through this when I was researching But I had to do inky pinky ponky with so many E in the list

  5. preeti garg

    Mexican salad looks so fabulous kalyani.. love it

  6. Sharmila kingsly

    Anything with sweetcorn is my kind of dish.. Love this.I too made few recipes with sweetcorn will be posting in the coming days..

  7. Srividhya

    Corn is such a magic ingredient right? Mostly all kids love it. This is a great recipe. Now that corn season is approaching I would love to try this.

  8. Priya Suresh

    Love anything cooked with corns and this warm corn salad tempts me a lot, wish i get a bowl of this salad for my dinner. Too good.

  9. vaishali sabnani

    I love corn in any form and a salad with corn love to finish that beautiful golden bowl.

  10. Gayathri Kumar

    This salad is beautiful. And sounds like a simple to make recipe too. My daughter would love this for sure..

  11. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    Kalyani, same pinch! We absolutely loved this salad. I am not a creamy salad lover and I might love your version better without the mayo or the sour cream.

  12. That's a fantastic choice Kalyani, I had both this and Elotes for my list and finally picked up something kids would love this corn dish!

  13. My kids like sweet corn and this looks like something they might not refuse to eat! Very good find for the alphabet Kalyani!

  14. cookingwithsapana

    Wow I guess you and Sandhya both crossed minds while choosing today's dish. Such a nice and filling corn salad.

  15. Mayuri Patel

    Anytime is corn time in our family. Esquites looks delicious and its easy to make this flavorful dish.

  16. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Ohh that looks yumm kalyani! i can have this anytime! Looks perfect for snacking anytime or as a filling dinner!!!

  17. Suma Gandlur

    What a vibrant colored, nutritious salad. I have never made cheesy corn salad and must give this a try for my kids.

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