This fire-roasted corn salsa recipe is the perfect easy corn salsa recipe using only 5 ingredients!
Learn how to make this delicious gluten-free and vegan corn salsa using frozen corn in only a few minutes without even turning on any heat.
This recipe is definitely one to keep in your back pocket to jazz up taco night or bring as an easy corn salsa dip to your next event.
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What you’ll love about this spicy corn salsa recipe:
- This easy corn salsa is the perfect, easy summer dip! Just pair it with chips and it’s perfect for your next potluck or cookout.
- It makes a great gluten-free corn salsa for tacos, burrito bowls, nachos, or even on its own as a corn salsa dip.
- You can get the flavors of Chipotle‘s corn salsa recipe… but without the fear of cross-contact due to restaurant food handling.
- Corn is an excellent gluten-free grain containing a good amount of potassium, fiber, and B6.
- You get all the flavor of charred corn salsa without having to get out the grill!
Gluten-Free Corn Salsa Ingredients
This recipe only needs 5 simple ingredients. They should all be at your local grocery store, but I find great deals on gluten-free items such as jarred or canned jalapenos at Thrive Market.
To make this Mexican corn salsa, you’ll need:
- Frozen roasted corn. The easiest way to make fire-roasted corn salsa is to use already roasted corn! I buy mine at Trader Joe’s (see the picture below). You could use regular frozen corn for this recipe, but it won’t have that same kick of flavor!
- Pickled jalapenos. Adding more or less, or using hot jalapenos vs mild jalapenos will change up the flavor profile of this spicy corn salsa. If you love heat, load it up!
- Cilantro. Since this recipe is so simple, I highly recommend you stick with fresh cilantro.
- Diced onion. I used a sweet onion for this recipe, but if you really want a copycat Chipotle corn salsa recipe, use red onion.
- Limes. Again, since this recipe is so simple, I highly recommend you use fresh-squeezed limes. However, if they aren’t available to you, you can use prepared lime juice in a pinch!
How to Make Corn Salsa
It is so simple to make gluten-free corn salsa!
You only need to defrost your frozen corn and dice your jalapenos, cilantro, and onion.
When those ingredients are ready, mix them up in a bowl and squeeze your fresh lime juice on top using a citrus squeezer.
Once the ingredients are evenly distributed, the vegan corn salsa is ready!
While you can serve it immediately, you can also let it sit for an hour, or even a day to allow the flavors to marinate more.
How can I make this into a mild recipe?
If you really don’t like the heat, sub green chilies for the jalapenos. They have a bit less heat but will still provide the flavor. Just add it a tablespoon at a time until you reach the heat level you’re comfortable with.
What to eat with corn salsa?
If you’re wondering what to eat with corn salsa, oh boy do I have some suggestions!
Can you freeze corn salsa?
Yes, you can freeze corn salsa! Simply place it in an airtight container or bag and it should freeze well for up to 3 months.
When you’re ready to use, allow it to thaw in the fridge.
It will not be exactly the same once it thaws, but it will still be tasty!
How long will corn salsa last in the fridge?
This cilantro lime corn salsa should last up to 4-5 days in the fridge. If you won’t finish it within that time, be sure to freeze it!
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Fire-Roasted Corn Salsa Recipe (gluten-free | vegan)
- 1 lb fire-roasted frozen corn thawed
- 1/4 cup pickled jalapenos chopped
- 1 handful cilantro leaves chopped
- 1/2 onion diced
- 1 limes juiced
- Defrost your frozen fire-roasted corn, and add it to a mixing bowl.
- Dice the onion, jalapenos, and cilantro leaves.
- Add to the corn, and squeeze the fresh lime juice over the top of the rest of the ingredients.
- Stir until the ingredients are uniformly distributed and serve with chips, or over other dishes.
- ingredient suggestions & substitutions,
- tips for modifying the corn salsa dip, and
- frequently asked questions
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