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Esquites (or ezquites) (troles and trolelotes in Northeast Mexico, chasca in Aguascalientes, vasolote in Michoacán, etc.) also known as elote en vaso (corn in a cup) is a Mexican snack or antojito. Shops and market stalls selling corn also tend to sell esquites. The word esquites comes from the Nahuatl word ízquitl, which means "toasted corn".

Esquites is generally made from mature corn, not fresh or dried. In one recipe, the grains of corn are first boiled in salted water. Then they are sautéed 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.

Esquites is also known in some other countries such as Iran where it is known as "Mexican corn" (Persian: ذرت مکزیکی, zorrat mekziki) and Bulgaria where it is known as "corn in cup" (Bulgarian: царевица в чашка, tsarevitsa v chashka).

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