Fresh Corn and Black Bean Salsa

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Fresh Corn and Black Bean Salsa is minutes away when you microwave corn on the cob in the husk. Scoop it up, top your favorite Tex-Mex dish or just savor how the fresh flavors deliciously come together.

Salsa and chips = a party at our house. Sometimes we go tropical with this Easy Pineapple Salsa Recipe. Other times creamy wins out with Simple Guacamole Dip. With these recipes, we add baked chicken or fish and make it a meal.

Fresh Corn and Black Bean Salsa in a bowl with chips around it

But, when it’s fresh corn and black bean salsa, can it be a meal too?

It’s a debate I have often. This “appetizer” has all the right stuff: protein, vegetables/fruits and possibly even grains with the addition of a healthy chip.

It comes together in a tangy base that is infused with lime juice, red wine vinegar and fresh cilantro. It’s hard to stop at just a few bites. Rather than fighting the urge to have just one chip, make it a salad or a rice bowl!

While you have out key ingredients like fresh corn, blacks beans and onion, make Black Bean Cakes and Mexican Street Corn too.

Now that’s a dinner party!

How to Make Fresh Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Make this recipe by combining the freshest ingredients possible! Amounts are provided. But, this is a more or less recipe. As in, add more of what you love and leave out what you don’t like!

Fresh Corn off the Cob in bowl

I love fresh sweet corn off the cob. Check out this post on how to microwave corn in the husk in just a few minutes. One large corn cob is about 1 cup.

Chopped Roma Tomatoes layered on corn

Dice 2-3 roma tomatoes, for about 1 cup. Any type of tomato can be used, but roma or plum tomatoes are easy to work with when only the thick outer flesh is needed.

Diced Red Onion on top of tomatoes and corn

Finely dice half a red onion…or a green onion or a white onion.

Black Beans in bowl with other ingredients

Drain and rinse the black beans. (Of course, you can use beans cooked from dry too.)

cilantro on top of ingredients

Snip the cilantro. I love cilantro and always add a little extra. 🙂 But, if you have some leftover, then check out the other recipes that use cilantro.

Fresh Corn and Black Bean Salsa Recipe in bowl

Add everything to a bowl, along with lime juice and red wine vinegar. Mix to combine and then let the mixture rest in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes. The longer it sits the better it gets!!!

Corn and Black Bean Salsa on a chip

Then, let the party begin!

Serving Ideas for Corn and Black Bean Salsa

It’s not just for chips!

Video showing how to make Fresh Corn and Black Bean Salsa


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Recipe for Fresh Corn and Black Bean Salsa
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Corn and and Black Bean Salsa

Fresh corn and black bean salsa is an easy recipe to whip up for your Cinco de Mayo or every day celebration. Make plenty and make it a meal.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 123kcal


  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels cooked, about 1 large corn cob
  • 1 cup plum tomato diced, about 2 medium
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced, about half of an onion
  • 1.5 cup black beans drained and rinsed (15 ounce can)
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • Chips or Other Dippers Optional


  • Prepare the ingredients as indicated and then add everything to a large bowl. Follow directions to Microwave Corn on the Cob with the husk in place.
  • Stir to combine and then let rest for about 10-15 minutes so that the flavors meld together.
  • Serve with chips or on top of your favorite Mexican Dish!


Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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  1. What a pretty festive salsa! Just fabulous!!

  2. This looks so fresh and delicious..
    Perfect for Cinco De Mayo!
    I would like some soft tortilla wraps, this dip and a cold beer. PERFECT!

  3. I could make a meal of this with chips! 🙂 This is the sort of thing I love during the summer – easy and fresh

  4. awesomely tasty at that

  5. Would you be able to provide full nutrition information so can be evaluated in Weight Watchers? Thanks for your consideration!

    • Hi! Which information is missing? (Or what fields are needed?) I’m utilizing a software program for the nutritional estimates and will have to work with them. Thanks!

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