Mexican corn cups (a.k.a. esquites) are so easy to make! This healthy snack is loaded with flavour from grilled corn, lime, mayo, cheese and more.
Sweet grilled summer corn is one of my
guilty pleasures in life. While I enjoy corn in general, there’s something about the sweet/charred flavour combo that just makes grilled corn so much more enjoyable to eat.
My family made a lot of boiled corn when I was growing up, and it’s really not my favourite thing. I mean it’s fine… but it kind of feels like a missed opportunity to me.
When I went to Mexico a couple of years ago, I tried a Mexican corn dish called esquites ,which was basically boiled corn placed in cups with mayonnaise, Cotija cheese and chili powder.
It sounded good, but what arrived to my table was basically soggy corn kernels topped with a mountain of mayo and cheese (see above). I figured it was bad because it was food from the resort, not proper Mexican street food.
Earlier this year I decided to try esquites again, this time from a popular Mexican restaurant called El Mariachi Tacos. They call theirs a Mexican Street Corn Cup. This version was infinitely better than what I had at the resort in Mexico, but I wanted to try making my own version with grilled corn.