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Family Famous Black Bean And Corn Salsa

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This Black Bean and Corn Salsa is not quite “World Famous” but my family loves this very simple and easy to make recipe!

Black Bean Salsa Recipe

I am excited to share it with you and have to mention, this dip works in so many ways! You can serve it with tortilla chips, of course. Or you can switch it up and serve along with tacos or fajitas as an alternate to Pico, or even serve with something heartier like slices of Pita or Naan Bread!

Black Bean and Corn Salsa Background:

This Black Bean And Corn Salsa recipe is great as a side dish with some grilled chicken or as an appetizer at parties. We have been making this for years and I always bring home an empty bowl!  Much to the disappointment of my family. haha!

This recipe is best if you make it a few hours before you want to eat it, and let the flavors mix together. There are actually two recipes in this post, one for the Black Bean Salsa itself, and one for the Homemade Dressing you will pour over it all.

The salsa is fine by itself if you don't have the ingredients or the time to add the dressing, but believe me you won't want to miss all those added flavors!

Black Bean Salsa in Progress

I had to add a photo of this delicious Black Bean Salsa in progress- made by my husband. I married up and he's the cook in the family!

Even now, I ask him to make this since it's a lot of chopping and good technique and honestly I am usually in a hurry when I am in the kitchen.

Overall, it's very simple and only involves a few canned and a few fresh ingredients. But be aware, you might be getting requests to bring this to your next family get-together!

How to Make Black Bean and Corn Salsa:

First, empty a can of black beans and a can of corn into a large mixing bowl. Do not drain.

Our chef Daniel then chops up the onion. He has the proper technique for slicing onions, which ends up with all of the onion pieces in uniform size. This is important, since no one wants to bite into onions. Check out the video to see this easy technique!

Chopping Onions

Dice into small pieces, using a sharp knife and cutting board. If you don't care for onion, you can always add less than the recipe calls for. Red onions have a milder taste than other types, so we use them for this recipe.

Chop Jalapenos

Next, slice your jalapeno peppers. Be careful to wash your hands after prepping these as the oils will stay with you. I wash my hands with dawn dish soap after prepping these peppers!

Black Bean Salsa Seeding Jalapenos

Remove seeds, and dice into very small pieces to add to your salsa bowl mixture.

After seeding the peppers, we actually throw them into the Food Chopper to quickly dice them up.

Mix Black Bean Salsa with Tomatoes

Add all those Veggies!

Next you will add your tomatoes. As you can see, Daniel leaves the tomato chunks a little larger than the rest of the veggies. This gives more of a tomato flavor when you scoop up the salsa on a chip. Yum!!

Mix Onion with Black Bean Salsa

Mix with a wooden spoon, being careful to make sure all the smallest veggies in the bottom of the bowl are mixed well.

Add Juice to Black Bean Salsa

Finally, add your lime juice, and then add your Homemade Dressing (recipe below) if you're using that. We just use a hand juicer shown above.

This recipe can even be made ahead of time.  I brought it to a church function with me recently but didn't have time to put it together before leaving for church so I made it the night before and just grabbed it on the way out the door the next morning. It was great!

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Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Black Bean Salsa

This easy salsa can be made ahead or prepared in a few minutes for an appetizer or side!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 can each of Corn and Black Beans
  • One medium-large purple onion
  • 1 medium-large tomato
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • Small bundle of Cilantro
  • 1 lime


    Rinse and drain the can of black beans.

    Now take your corn and pour it (juice and all) over the black beans. DON'T try to shake all the juices off. Just let gravity work.

    Put the corn and bean mix in a medium bowl. Should be a little juice.

    Next thing to do is dice up the onion and add it to the bowl.

    Now dice up your tomato over the bowl so any juice will drip into the bowl.

    Finely dice your jalapeno and add it to the mixture.

    Take your cilantro bundle and cut off the stems close to the leaves. Finely chop the cilantro then add this to the bowl.

    Now mix everything together.

    Add juice of a lime and if desired, mix up the Homemade Dressing Recipe below.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 69Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 3mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 4gSugar 2gProtein 4g

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Homemade Dressing Recipe

Yield: 1/2 cup

Homemade Dressing for Black Bean Salsa

Add Juice to Black Bean Salsa

Use this easy dressing recipe to toss your salsa with!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/8 tsp. honey
  • 1 pinch cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste


    Mix together well then pour over the corn and black bean salsa and mix it all together.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 163Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 0mgSodium 50mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

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