This easy corn salsa tastes like Chipotle’s corn salsa and comes together in a flash using a bag of frozen sweet yellow corn. It’s delicious served as a snack with tortilla chips or as a topping on your favorite Mexican dish.
This corn salsa is a copycat recipe for the corn salsa they serve at the beloved Chipotle restaurant. So technically this corn salsa is meant for burritos and burrito bowls, but we’ve been enjoying it with so many different meals!
The best part? It couldn’t be any easier to make. Just combine all the ingredients in a bowl and boom, you’ve got a delish corn salsa to use any way you please. I used frozen sweet corn to keep this super simple, but if you want to use fresh sweet corn, go right ahead!
Here’s What You Need
frozen yellow sweet corn – we’re keeping this recipe super simple by using frozen sweet corn, but feel free to use fresh sweet corn if it’s in season. You’ll need a 16 oz bag of frozen corn, which is about 2 1/2 cups.
red onion – add a little zest with chopped red onion. You can use yellow onion for a more mild onion flavor if you prefer.
jalapeño – deseed the jalapeños before adding for the perfect amount of spice. Feel free to skip this if you’re serving to kiddos or not a fan of spice.
cilantro – the perfect herb to pair with this salsa.
salt – to bring all of the flavors together!
lime juice – I recommend using freshly squeezed lime juice as opposed to the juice that comes in a little bottle. It’s better, trust me!
lemon juice – same as the lime juice… freshly squeezed is best!
Do You Have to Cook Sweet Corn?
You actually don’t have to cook fresh or frozen sweet corn before eating it! If you’re using fresh sweet corn, make sure you rinse it thoroughly before eating. If you’re using frozen sweet corn, simply let it thaw, rinse and drain before mixing it with the rest of the salsa ingredients.
The fun thing about this corn salsa is how many variations there are! Here are some ways to switch it up:
Mango – I love salsas with fruit added to them (check out my pineapple salsa recipe) and I bet this one would be delicious with diced mango!
Grilled corn – if you’re using fresh, sweet corn you can grill it for extra flavor. Cut it from the cob and make the salsa as the recipe recommends. This will take the salsa to a whole other level. Some stores now offer frozen corn that’s been roasted and I’m sure that would be delicious as well.
Avocado – add some healthy fats and a delicious creaminess to the salsa with chopped avocado. I add it to my avocado corn salad and it’s delish. Pro tip: if you decide to add avocado, I would add it right before serving, otherwise the avocado will get brown.
How to Serve Corn Salsa
Like I mentioned above, we have been enjoying this salsa in so many different ways. Here are a few serving ideas:
On a burrito bowl – first and foremost, I love this on burrito bowls! It adds so much flavor and is the perfect topping.
With tortilla chips – yep, this corn salsa is delicious on it’s own. Just serve with tortilla chips for dipping.
This easy corn salsa tastes like Chipotle's corn salsa and comes together in a flash using a bag of frozen sweet yellow corn. It's delicious served as a snack with tortilla chips or as a topping on your favorite Mexican dish.