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Fire-Roasted Corn Salsa Recipe (gluten-free | vegan)

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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.

Keep reading for this salsa recipe with corn and tips for preparation, or use the jump to recipe button below to jump right to the recipe card.

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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!
bowl of fire-roasted corn salsa on wooden cutting board with green tea towel

Gluten-Free Corn Salsa Ingredients

This gluten free salsa 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.

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ingredients for gluten free corn salsa bowl of fire roasted corn chopped onion, sliced jalapenos, sliced limes, and fresh cilantro

To make this Mexican corn salsa, you’ll need:

  • Frozen fire 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!
trader joe's frozen roasted corn

How to Make Corn Salsa

It is so simple to make gluten-free corn salsa! Especially when you make this corn salsa with frozen corn

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!

mixing together easy corn salsa

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!

Pair it with some gluten-free chips for a simple dip for a party.  You can also add it to burrito bowls, tacos, quesadillas, and pretty much any Mexican food.

Beyond just being a topping for your favorite dishes such as a Mexican Rice Bowl, it’s also a wonderful appetizer for a flavorful meal such as this Ajiaco recipe.

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)

This insanely easy gluten free corn salsa recipe is a delicious chipotle copycat and is such an easy corn salsa to throw together!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 110 kcal


  • 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.


note: nutrition information is provided as a courtesy, but may not accurately reflect the final nutrition composition of your final dish depending on ingredients, substitutions, and serving size.
see the full blog post above post for:
  • ingredient suggestions & substitutions,
  • tips for modifying the corn salsa dip, and
  • frequently asked questions
Keyword copycat, corn, corn salsa, gluten free corn recipe, salsa, vegan

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Friday 14th of October 2022

Wow I love this corn salsa. It is so flavourful and I love that I can freeze it too

Sharon McCaskill

Sunday 16th of October 2022

yes! so great to freeze

Andrea White

Thursday 13th of October 2022

this salsa turned out sooo good! love how simple it is to whip up too! will make again!

Sharon McCaskill

Sunday 16th of October 2022

Happy you liked it!


Monday 3rd of October 2022

This is the perfect side dish for so many things! Beyond salsa, and so easy to make. Thank you!

Sharon McCaskill

Sunday 16th of October 2022

happy you enjoyed it!


Saturday 1st of October 2022

This side dish sounds lovely! Will make it this weekend for the whole family! I am already very curious how everyone will like it.

Sharon McCaskill

Sunday 16th of October 2022

let me know what they think!


Monday 12th of September 2022

Lobe Chipotle copycats and this was no different. Good use of the last of the fresh summer corn here in California in place of the frozen. So easy to char the corn on the gas burner!

Sharon McCaskill

Sunday 16th of October 2022

oh yum! love that you went that extra step!

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