Now is especially one of the best times to prepare esquites. The corn is fresh, crisp and flavorful. Esquites are warm corn cups garnished with crema, crushed chiles, chile limon, cotija cheese and lime. This dish is one of Mexico’s most popular antojitos(snacks) and street foods. This super easy and deicious recipe is adapted from chef Yuri de Gortari. He has a popular You Tube channel loaded with the most traditional and authentic Mexican dishes. And it’s not just a recipe that he shares, but also the history or the story behind the recipe. He interprets the recipes in Spanish, which adds all the more charm to each dish. All of the ingredients in this recipe, minus the epazote, can be found at any large market. Fresh epazote is hard to come by around here, so I will often use dried epazote. I order it online. Lucky for me, during these warmer months, the farmers market in Ithaca, which is all organic, sells fresh epazote and other hard to find herbs. But even if you prefer not to use the epazote, I encourage you to prepare this recipe for your next gathering, dinner, barbeque or movie night! It’s tasty, you will not be able to have just one cup!
Yields 4-6 servings
1 stick of butter, unsalted (1/2 cup)
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, sliced into strips
1 large poblano, sliced into thin strips
4-5 ears of corn, remove corn from the cob
salt and pepper, to taste
Dried chile piquin or chile de arbol, crushed
21/2 cups water
small handful of fresh epazote or 1/2 teaspoon dried
tajin, chile limon seasoning
chile piquin, crushed
In a large pot(cazuela), add the butter and olive oil. Heat to medium.
Once butter melts, add the garlic and onion. Season lightly with salt and pepper and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add the poblanos and cook for another 3 minutes.
Add the corn. Add another pinch of salt and pepper and chile piquin(chile de arbol). Saute for 2 minutes.
Add the water and bring to a simmer. Taste for salt and cook for 5-7 minutes. Add the epazote and cook for another few minutes.
Ladle warm esquites into cups. Garnish with mayonnaise(crema), cotija, chile piquin, tajin and lime.