Corn Salsa is delightfully sweet with a little heat! It’s an easy dip or topping for tacos, quesadillas, burritos and more. It’s is full of fresh flavor and takes just a few minutes to make!

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Chipotle corn salsa is easy to recreate. All of the ingredients are listed directly on their website! It takes just a few minutes and a handful of fresh ingredients.

Why You’ll Love Corn Salsa

  • Lifestyle Friendly – Gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. It’s a crowd pleasing appetizer, side dish or topping.
  • Flexible – Serve with chips, on tacos, quesadillas, taco salads, wraps, nachos and more!
  • Easy to Make – Chop and combine!
A white bowl full of homemade Chipotle corn salsa.

“Love how easy and flavorful this is!! I could munch on this all day!!”

– Kristyn

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Jalapeños – Fresh jalapeños add a lot of heat to this delicious dip, topping or side dish. Slice in half to scoop out the membrane and seeds before dicing.
  • Poblanos – Another delicious pepper to add a little heat to this salsa.
  • Cilantro – I’m team cilantro, I love the flavor it adds but omit if you’re on the other team.
  • Red Onion – Adds color and flavor. You can substitute white onion in a pinch.
  • Corn – Fresh corn cut removed from the cob provides the best flavor, but you can substitute canned corn if needed. Chipotle uses white corn, but use whatever is fresh and available, Both offer great flavor.
  • Lime Juice – Fresh squeezed lime brings out the bright flavors. You can substitute 100% Real Lime Juice in a pinch.
  • Lemon Juice – Again, fresh is best. If you don’t have any fresh lemons on hand you can substitute 100% Real Lemon Juice.

Variations

  • Roasted – Use roasted corn and or poblano peppers to mix it up 
  • Black Beans – Throw in some black beans for a little protein.
  • Avocado – Another great way to add in a little protein.
A chipotle corn salsa recipe in a white bowl, placed on a white platter full of corn tortilla chips

Tips for Juicing Citrus

  • The easiest way to squeeze a lime is to start at room temperature, and roll it around to soften it.
  • Slice it in half lengthwise. Juice by hand squeezing it until all the juice is released, use a hand-held juicer or the citrus attachment on your mixer.
  • On average, 1 lime makes about 2 tablespoons juice, 1 lemon about 3 tablespoons of juice.
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Tools to Use

How to Make 

  1. Chop – Gather ingredients, chopping to the consistency you prefer.
  2. Combine – Combine all ingredients.
  3. Refrigerate – This allows flavors to marinate.

Make More (or Less!)

Scaling up, down or substituting? You’ll love this printable Measurement Conversion Chart!

A white bowl full of homemade Chipotle corn salsa.

Tips

  • Use fresh corn if possible, for the best results. You can substitute canned or frozen corn in a pinch.
  • The easiest way to squeeze a lime is to start at room temperature, and roll it around to soften it. Slice it in half lengthwise. Juice by hand squeezing it until all the juice is released, use a hand-held juicer or the citrus attachment on your mixer.
  • Chop this salsa chunky or fine – to your preference!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the corn salsa at Chipotle spicy?

Chipotle’s corn salsa is considered a medium heat level. However, what I love about this homemade version is that it’s so easy to control the spice – add more or less of the diced peppers according to your preference!

Is Chipotle corn salsa good for you?

This corn salsa recipe is gluten free, dairy free and vegan. While the corn kernels do have some carbohydrates, this salsa is a great addition to a healthy lifestyle thanks to its wholesome, nutritious ingredients.

A chipotle corn salsa recipe in a white bowl, placed on a white platter full of corn tortilla chips

Serving Suggestions

One of the many reasons that I love this recipe is because I can create it ahead of time, making it a great recipe for entertaining!

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free
  • Vegan

How to Store

  • Room Temperature -This corn salsa can sit out at room temperature for up to two hours while serving.
  • Refrigerator – Store in an airtight container or covered in plastic wrap up to 5 days.
  • Freezer – Yes, you can freeze your leftover Chipotle corn salsa. Simply add it to an airtight container like a freezer storage bag, and store for up to six months. Keep in mind that the texture won’t taste like fresh salsa, so it’s best to use frozen salsa in recipes like soups, casseroles, etc.
A chipotle corn salsa recipe in a white bowl, placed on a white platter full of corn tortilla chips

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Chipotle Corn Salsa Recipe

This Chipotle corn salsa recipe is delightfully sweet with a little heat! This easy dip or topping for tacos, quesadillas, burritos and more is full of fresh, zesty essence in every bite.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 12
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Ingredients  

  • 3 ears corn boiled and cut
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion diced
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and diced
  • ½ poblano seeded and diced
  • ¼ lemon juiced, about 2 teaspoons
  • ½ lime juiced, about 1 tablespoon

Instructions 

  • Chop the red onion, cilantro, jalapeno and poblano to the consistency you desire.
  • Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Refrigerate until serving to allow flavors to marinate.

Julie’s Tips

Substitutions and Notes

  • Jalapeños – Slice in half to scoop out the membrane and seeds before dicing.
  • Cilantro – Omit if you don’t care for cilantro.
  • Red Onion – Substitute white onion in a pinch.
  • CornSubstitute 1 can of corn, drained
  • Lime Juice – Substitute 100% Real Lime Juice in a pinch.
  • Lemon Juice – Substitute 100% Real Lemon Juice.

Variations

  • Roasted – Use roasted corn and or poblano peppers to mix it up 
  • Black Beans – Throw in some black beans for a little protein.
  • Avocado – Another great way to add in a little protein.

To Store

  • Refrigerate – Store in an airtight container or covered in plastic wrap up to 5 days.
Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 640IU | Vitamin C: 92.6mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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