Healthy Meal Prep
Esquites (Mexican Corn) Recipe

Esquites (Mexican Corn)


Esquites is an off-the-cob version of elote--the sweet, smoky, Mexican corn served from street vendors. Enjoy as a side with any Mexican or BBQ fare.


  • 4 tablespoons butter, or more as needed
  • 6 ears fresh corn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon dried epazote, or to taste (Optional)
  • 4 tablespoons Mexican crema, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or more to taste
  • salt to taste
  • ¼ cup crumbled Cotija cheese, or to taste
  • 1 pinch chipotle pepper powder, or more to taste (Optional)
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges (Optional)


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add corn and epazote. Cook, stirring frequently, until cooked to your preference, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Combine crema and lemon juice in a bowl; season with salt. Mix crema into the hot corn and transfer mixture to a serving dish. Let cool to room temperature.
  3. Sprinkle Cotija cheese and chipotle powder on top of corn and serve with lime wedges.

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Nutritional Information

Esquites (Mexican Corn)

Servings Per Recipe: 6
Calories: 204
% Daily Value *
protein: 9 %
carbohydrates: 6 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 11 %
fat: 22 %
saturated fat: 42 %
cholesterol: 13 %
vitamin a iu: 9 %
niacin equivalents: 16 %
vitamin b6: 4 %
vitamin c: 17 %
folate: 11 %
calcium: 5 %
iron: 4 %
magnesium: 13 %
potassium: 8 %
sodium: 6 %
thiamin: 19 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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