Esquites Mexican Street Corn Salad is one of the most popular Mexican street snacks.  If you have tried Mexican street corn on the cob, then you will love this deconstructed version. Fresh corn is cooked with onion, serrano pepper and spices then topped with a chili lime mayonnaise and cotija cheese.

A glass bowl filled with Esquites Mexican Corn Salad with fresh limes

Esquites (toasted corn) also known as vasito de elotes (corn in a cup) is street food that can be found on market stalls and shops in Mexico comes served in a cup.


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There are layers of flavor going on as you eat this salad. From the first bite, you get the immediate sweetness of the corn mixed with the creaminess of the chili lime mayonnaise. From there  the flavors of the spices build with a little progression of the (not too much) heat from the serrano. The heat from the serrano  doesn’t overwhelm your palette because it’s tempered by the mayonnaise and the cheese.

 Esquites Mexican Street Corn Salad on a spoon

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Yield: 4 cups

Esquites Mexican Street Corn Salad

Esquites Mexican Street Corn Salad in a glass bowl with fresh limes

Fresh corn is cooked with onion, serrano pepper and spices then topped with a chili lime mayonnaise and cotija cheese.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 4 corn on the cob, husks removed
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) vegetable stock
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3/4 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Cotija cheese
  • Lime wedges for garnish


  1. Remove the kernels from the corn by standing the cob upright in the center of a large bowl and using a sharp knife cut from top to bottom.
  2. To a heavy skillet add the oil over medium heat. Add the oil corn, onion, serrano, salt, pepper coriander, oregano and vegetable stock. Simmer until the corn is cooked and onions softened and the stock reduced, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. To a separate bowl, mix the mayonnaise, lime juice, chili powder.
  4. Add the corn to cups or small bowls. Top with a dollop of the mayonnaise mix, cotija cheese and lime wedge.


This recipes yields about 3 cups depending on the size of your corn cobs

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 236Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 6mgSodium 927mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 4gSugar 7gProtein 5g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.