Corn and Cotija Guacamole (aka Esquites Guacamole)

Corn and Cotija Guacamole (aka Esquites Guacamole)

One of my favourite dishes with corn has to be esquites which is a corn salad inspired by elote a Mexican style corn on the cob with butter, mayonnaise, cotija cheese and a shot of lime juice. The combination of sweet grilled corn, salty butter and cheese along with the bright and tart lime juice is addictively good and I never tire of it. One addition to esquites that I really enjoy is diced cool and creamy avocado and I couldn't help but think that a guacamole with corn and cotija would also be amazing! This guacamole is pretty simple with avocado, jalapeno, onion, cilantro and lime juice in addition to the corn and cotija. Just like with esquites, I like to cut the corn from the cob and cook it in a cast iron skillet until it starts to blacken, char and even pop a bit as this caramelizes the corn bringing out even more of its natural sweetness, though grilling the corn on the cob is another good option. This corn and cotija guacamole is fabulous dipp-able take on esquites and a great alternative to plain and boring old guacamole! (Clearly I jest, guacamole could never be considered to be plain, old or boring!)

Corn and Cotija Guacamole (aka Esquites Guacamole)
Perfect for dipping!

Corn and Cotija Guacamole (aka Esquites Guacamole)
It is so easy to make your own homemade guacamole with simple healthy ingredients for a tasty snack with no guilt!

Corn and Cotija Guacamole (aka Esquites Guacamole)
This corn and cotija guacamole makes for an amazing addition to any summer getogether and it is sure to disappear quickly so make a lot of it!

Corn and Cotija Guacamole (aka Esquites Guacamole)
Now I probably know what you are thinking at this point, either "This is too healthy!" or "Where's the bacon?" and since bacon and tomato go so well with both avocado and corn I would be remiss f I did not make a version with the addition of both!

Corn and Cotija Guacamole (aka Esquites Guacamole)
Corn and Cotija Guacamole (aka Esquites Guacamole)

Corn and Cotija Guacamole (aka Esquites Guacamole)

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Servings: 4

A guacamole inspired by esquites, aka Mexican corn salad, with charred or grilled corn and crumbled cotija.

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup corn (~2 ears)
  • 2 large avocados, mashed
  • 1/4 cup cotija (or feta), crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (~1 lime)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Melt the butter in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, add the corn, toss and let it sit cooking until charred, about 6-10 minutes, mix it up and let it char again, about 6-10 minutes, and remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the remaining ingredients.
  3. Mix everything and enjoy!

Option: Grill the corn instead of caramelizing it in a pan.
Option: Add one tablespoon mayonnaise since esquites and elote typically contain mayo.
Option: Add 1/4 cup diced tomatoes and 2 strips of cooked and crumbled bacon.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 296, Fat 24g (Saturated 6g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 15mg, Sodium 120mg, Carbs 19g (Fiber 9g, Sugars 4g), Protein 5g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam


Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

This looks great for dipping!

Marie Matter said...

Since I'm obsessed with esquites AND guac, I would die over this!!

Anonymous said...

This looks amazing. I think I would char/grill the jalapeno with the corn.

elliptiClaire said...

This looks great and I love anything with avocado in it.
Any suggestions on where to buy cotija cheese in Toronto?

Thanks and Happy Canada Day!

Tieghan said...

Looks so good!! What and awesome dip!

madscar said...

Uaaau this is amazing:) Love it!

Joanne said...

This guac sounds so delicious! THe perfect party food.

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Kevin Lynch said...

elliptiClaire: Cotija can be elusive in Toronto but some of the Latin stores in the Kensington market have it and a few No Frills and Food Basics sometimes have it, though not all of them and not all of the time.

Anonymous said...

You have the most beautiful photographs of your food. I want to make every recipe on your website just based on your pictures alone. Particularly this guacamole though.

MotorCityMich said...

Just made (and devoured) this today. So tasty!

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