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Chipotle Corn Salsa Copycat Recipe

Chipotle Corn Salsa is a sweet and tangy salsa perfect for serving with tortilla chips for dipping or on top of burrito bowls, tacos, salads, nachos, fajitas, and so much more!

green bowl with Chipotle copycat corn salsa a lime wedge and tortilla chips

Chipotle Corn Salsa Copycat Recipe

If you love Chipotle Mexican Grill as much as I do then you know their roasted chili corn salsa is simply delicious! A sweet and tangy mix of corn, jalapenos and red onions is the perfect addition to a burrito, taco or Burrito Bowl.

The best part is that Chipotle’s Corn Salsa is one of the easiest salsa’s to make! It is fresh, tangy and packed with flavor. It is as simple as just adding all the ingredients to a bowl and stirring them together.

Adding a vegetable packed salsa to your meal is a great way to sneak in some nutrition to your meal. Not to mention this salsa is so flavorful it will elevate your taco night!

This corn salsa can be made with fresh, frozen or canned corn making it an easy recipe year round. I love making this salsa during corn season and using farm fresh picked corn on the cob.

What is Corn Salsa?

Corn salsa is combination of corn, red onion, and jalapeno that becomes truly irresistible when tossed with fresh lime juice, lemon juice and cilantro.

Trust me when I say, this corn salsa is great on everything! I like serve it with tortilla chips for dipping or on top of burrito bowls, tacos, salads, nachos, fajitas, and so much more!

It’s also a great make ahead recipe for those of you who like to meal prep. It’s made with staple pantry ingredients and is fast and easy to put together.

green bowl with Chipotle copycat corn salsa a lime wedge and tortilla chips

What to serve with Corn Salsa?

Chipotle Corn Salsa is most commonly served on their burrito bowls, in their burritos, on tacos and as a salsa served with chips to dip.

Try this easy corn salsa with some of my post popular taco recipes:

If you love corn as much as I do you have to try my Corn Avocado Tomato Salad Recipe!

What is in Chipotle Corn Salsa?

bowl with corn, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, lemon juice, jalapeno and salt. ingredients to make chipotle corn salsa
  • Corn – fresh, frozen or canned corn can be used.
    • If using fresh corn on the cob, cook the corn stove top in a pot of boiling water for about 5 minutes then cut the corn off the cob.
    • If using frozen, allow the corn to thaw and drain any excess water.
    • If using canned corn, drain the corn well.
  • Red Onion – adds a unique pop of flavor to the salsa. You can use white or yellow onions but red onions are so beautiful and flavorful. Don’t worry about the raw onion flavor, the lemon and lime juice lightly pickles the onions.
  • Cilantro – can be swapped for parsley if preferred.
  • Salt
  • Jalapeno – adds a bit of spice to the salsa. Jalapenos are a mild pepper, be sure to remove the seeds for a milder salsa. The jalapeno gets pickled by the lemon and lime juice which also reduces the spice level.
  • Lemon and Lime Juice – lemon juice is secret ingredient in Chipotle’s recipes. The combination of lemon and lime juice brings out the citrus flavor of the two and they compliment each other so well.
green bowl with Chipotle copycat corn salsa a lime wedge and tortilla chips

How to Make Chipotle Corn Salsa

Full Printable Recipe at Bottom of Page

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1 Ina large bowl combine the chopped cilantro, salt, red onion, jalapeno, lemon and lime juice. Mix until evenly combined. This step ensures the red onion and jalapeno gets evenly coated by the lemon and lime juice.

2 Add in the corn and mix until evenly combined

3 Optional: Chill for 30 minutes for the flavors to develop.

Serve with tortilla chips to dip and enjoy!

green bowl with Chipotle copycat corn salsa a lime wedge and tortilla chips

Tips for the Best Corn Salsa

  • Corn – if available use fresh corn or frozen corn, this will give the best sweet corn flavor. Chipotle uses white corn which can be hard to find but does have the best flavor for this salsa. Canned corn works great too but often is not as sweet as fresh or frozen corn.
  • Dice – chop everything as finely as possible. The smaller the pieces of onion, cilantro and jalapeno, the more flavorful the salsa. When everything is finely diced it also allows the flavors to develop more evenly.
  • Jalapenos – remove the seeds and membranes in the jalapeno to reduce the spice level. The membranes are the white lines inside the jalapeno that the seeds grow on.

How to Store Corn Salsa

Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. The lemon and lime juice will continue to pickle the onions and jalapenos. The red onions and jalapenos will give off juice that is red and green that may change the color of the corn slightly.

Can I make Corn Salsa Ahead

Yes! The best part about this salsa is that it is so quick and easy to make… AND tastes even better when made in advance. The salsa lasts up to 5 days in an air tight container in the fridge and the flavor gets even better each day.

green bowl with Chipotle copycat corn salsa a lime wedge and tortilla chips

Looking for More Easy Dip Recipes?

  • Chili Cheese Dog Dip – crispy pigs in a blanket baked in a wreath shape with the center filled with a delicious chili cheese dip!
  • Feta Dip – the creamiest feta roasted red pepper dip served with warm pitas. This appetizer can be on the table in just 5 minutes.
  • Mexican Street Corn Dip – features all the classic flavors of elotes. The dip is packed with flavor from green chilies, cotija cheese, green onions and lime juice!

Enjoy!

– Sab

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green bowl with Chipotle copycat corn salsa a lime wedge and tortilla chips

Chipotle Corn Salsa Copycat Recipe

Chipotle Corn Salsa is a sweet and tangy salsa perfect for serving with tortilla chips for dipping or on top of burrito bowls, tacos, salads, nachos, fajitas, and so much more! If you love Chipotle as much as I do then you know their corn salsa is simply delicious. My copycat recipe is just as delicious as the restaurant.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 44 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups corn, fresh, frozen or canned (see notes below)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro , or parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1 medium jalapeño , or roasted Poblano pepper, seeds removed finely diced
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt, or to taste
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

Instructions
 

  • Ina large bowl combine the chopped cilantro, salt, red onion, jalapeno, lemon and lime juice. Mix until evenly combined. This step ensures the red onion and jalapeno gets evenly coated by the lemon and lime juice.
  • Add in the corn and mix until evenly combined
  • Optional: Chill for 30 minutes for the flavors to develop.
  • Serve with tortilla chips to dip and enjoy!

Video

Notes

Corn Notes
  • If using fresh corn on the cob, cook the corn stove top in a pot of boiling water for about 5 minutes, cool then cut the corn off the cob.
  • If using frozen, allow the corn to thaw and drain any excess water.
  • If using canned corn, drain the corn well.
Storage
Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. The lemon and lime juice will continue to pickle the onions and jalapenos. The red onions and jalapenos will give off juice that is red and green that may change the color of the corn slightly.
*Nutrition information does not include tortilla chips for serving.
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NUTRITION

Calories: 44kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 292mgPotassium: 115mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 155IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.2mg
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