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Esquites being fried in butter

Esquites (or ezquites) (or troles or trolelotes in Northern Mexico) is a Mexican snack or antojito.[1] Shops and market stalls selling corn also tend to sell Esquites. Festival and fair stalls may sell them too. The word esquites comes from the Nahuatl word ízquitl, which means "toasted corn".[2]

In one recipe, the grains of corn are first boiled in salted water. Then they are sauteed in butter with onions, chopped pequin chiles, epazote and salt. It is served hot, in small cups and topped with varying combinations of lime juice, chile powder or hot sauce, salt and mayonnaise.[3][4]

Esquite is generally made from mature corn, not fresh or dried. The corn is boiled in water until soft and sometimes lightly fried in butter, it is then placed in a cup with a bit of the butter & water, to which the mayonnaise, sometimes sour cream (mexican equivalent), chili powder, lime and salt are added. Esquites are also known in some other countries such as Iran where it is known as mexican corn.

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  1. ^ "Elotes y esquites para quitar el antojo". TV Azteca (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  2. ^ Gonzalez, Dommy. "Street Food: Welcome to the Season of Esquites: Mexican Grilled Corn". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  3. ^ Patronite, Rob; Raisfeld, Robin. "The Esquites Man". New York (magazine). Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  4. ^ Cardona, Gloria (2007-09-01). Esquites. Delicias vegetarianas de México (in Spanish). ISBN 978-968-860-836-4. Retrieved 2010-09-24.