Corn Salsa

This recipe uses fresh corn, from corn on the cob. You can also use frozen corn that has been defrosted. You'll need about 2 cups.

How to make corn salsa quickly? Use a mini-chopper or food processor to save time on mincing the red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and oregano.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes a little more than 2 cups of salsa


  • 2 ears fresh corn on the cob
  • 1/2 cup minced red onion
  • 1 jalapeño chili pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro, including tender stems
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dry)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice


1 Cook the corn: Husk the corn, cut or break the cobs into two pieces, and steam the corn in about an inch of vigorously boiling water, in a large covered pot, for 5 minutes, less or more time depending on the tenderness of the corn. (Or you can microwave or grill the corn; use your favorite method for cooking corn.)

2 Cut away the kernels: When the corn has cooled to the touch, cut the kernels away from the cobs. The easiest way to do this is to invert a medium sized bowl and place it in a larger bowl. Hold the stem end of the corn cob and place the tip on top of the domed middle bowl. Use a sharp chef's knife to cut down along the sides of the corncob to cut away the kernels.

3 Combine with other salsa ingredients: Place the corn kernels and the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Toss to combine.

Serve with fish tacos, chicken tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, or steak.

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  • Donna

    Can this be canned?

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Donna, it can be pressure canned. I don’t think there is enough acid in it to safely water bath can it.

  • marissaryan91

    Colorful and healthy snack to eat.


  • Stephanie

    Going to make this on Saturday for the football game! I hate going empty-handed and this looked like something good to try. I’ll let you know how it goes!

  • Laura @ RYG

    I think Chipotle should use this recipe as another option to their traditional salsa! But I do think that’s why they put corn in their burrito bowls ~ it totally adds. And it balances the cilantro well too. It also gives you another option of what to do with the leftover corn on the cob I make, corn on the cobb never tastes all that good warmed up but this would be perfect with the leftover cobbs.

    • Amanda Brown

      Chipotle does give you this as an option to all their traditional salsas. I don’t like tomatoes and I always get corn salsa at Chipotle.

  • Shawn

    Wow! This looks so good, if I had chips I’d probably try to dip them into the computer screen :)

  • barb

    Glad I saw this ……………always looking for something different to serve with my Mexican buffet.