This should come as no surprise to you at all, but we had Mexican for dinner the other night.

I know. I know. That’s nothing new. It’s my mission in life to convert my family into a bunch of Mexican food lovers. I’m succeeding. Slowly, but surely.

I’ve often served Elotes for dinner (grilled corn on the cob, rubbed in some lime juice, and then rolled  in a bit of mayo, chili powder, and cotija cheese), but when I saw this idea for Esquites over on Serious Eats, I knew that this would have to happen in my kitchen almost immediately.

This was a perfect Mexican side dish, which is nice, because sometimes I struggle with what to serve with Mexican food.



Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy recipes, kid-friendly recipes, weeknight dinner recipes
Calories: 171 kcal

This is a perfect Mexican side dish, which is nice, because sometimes I struggle with what to serve with Mexican food.


  • 5 ears corn on the cob
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • 1-2 tablespoons mayo
  • 1-2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder or to taste (optional)
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Slice the corn from the cob and set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add the butter.
  3. Once the butter is melted, add the corn to the skillet and stir once.
  4. Let corn sit undisturbed for about 5 minutes, or until corn starts browning on bottom. Stir again and let corn sit until it begins popping a bit and is charred.
  5. Place corn in a medium bowl and add 1 tablespoon of mayo, 1 tablespoon of sour cream, and the remaining ingredients. Toss to coat. Add another tablespoon of mayo and/or sour cream, to taste. (I used 2 tablespoons of each, but felt that it was a bit overdressed.)
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 179mg8%
Potassium 215mg6%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 710IU14%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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