Chipotle Corn Salsa Recipe

June 7, 2023   22 Comments

Are you looking for a Chipotle inspired corn salsa recipe? This is very close to the corn salsa they have behind the sneeze barrier.

Chipotle Corn Salsa Recipe

Recently I posted Chipotle black beans recipe and was asked if I could take on their corn salsa.

Oh yes!

I happen to love the Chipotle corn salsa and order it every time I go there to be added to my salad. Chipotle is one of the few places that you can order more salad on your salad.

The only thing I hate about Chipotle is the amount of sodium found in their food so I was careful here to keep the salt low. I believe you could do ¼ teaspoon of salt and it would be very tasty.

Since it is corn season, I used fresh corn. Slicing it off the cob is very easy. You stand it up on your cutting board (or in a low bowl) and run the knife along the tough interior center. It makes a bit of a mess (any tips out there on how to keep the kernels from going everywhere?) but the results are far better than with frozen corn.

I just want to shout out to Misen. They sent me the knife in the photo and it is wonderful. Check them out if you are looking for a chef's knife.

I use 1-2 jalapenos because you don’t know until you get home how spicy your jalapenos are. I take a small taste – sometimes they blow my face off – other times I can eat the whole thing without a sting.

The salad marinates in lime and lemon juice and does not need olive oil. This corn salsa is fresh and light and goes incredibly well with the BBQ staples (steak, sausages, hot dogs…)

My whole family enjoyed this and demanded that I make it again. I hope I can keep creating Chipotle dishes at home so I don’t have to take them there. That place is pricey!

What do you do with fresh corn? Please share.

The Misen knife was received for review consideration. No other compensation was provided.

Chipotle Corn Salsa Recipe

2.5 from 32 reviews

Makes 5 cups

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4 ears fresh corn, kernels sliced off the cob
1-2 jalapenos, de-seeded and finely chopped
½ cup red onion, minced
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juiced
½ lemon, juiced
½ teaspoon salt
ground black pepper to taste


Mix corn, jalapenos, red onion, lime juice, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Allow to marinate for 30 minutes or up to 4 days.

Nutrition Facts

For one cup = 113 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0.2 g saturated fat, 25 g carbohydrates, 4.8 g sugar, 4.3 g protein, 4.0 g fiber, 252 mg sodium, 0 Freestyle SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Lisa, I've never had a corn salsa, sounds interesting but most important it looks really good. Being I love corn i'm sure it would hit the spot.

I need to thank you for all the wonderful recipes you have saved me from boring healthy food more than a few times.

Lisa - a way to cut corn off the cob and keep the kernels from flying all over is to place a clean dish towel on top of the cutting board. The kernels will stay around without bouncing everywhere. Then, bring up the edges of the towel and dump into your bowl.

Been eating lots of sweet corn lately in my salads too. This corn salsa recipe, sounds very refreshing. It's always wonderful having more fresh veg ideas! FWIW, I was interested in your Misen chef knife. It looks very nice at $65. When I looked on Amazon, they are offering it at $45 with teeny imperfections that they claim are 'pin dot' in size and each knife has only 1 to 3 of these dots. It seems like a good savings on an otherwise quality knife.

Another way to keep the corn kernels under control is to stand the the corn cob up on the middle part of a Bundt pan and run the knife down the cob (just like you would do on a cutting board). The kernels fall down into the pan!

Will definitely try this, substituting sweet for red onions. I love the taste of red but they don't like me. Thank you for your recipes and information......I feel I can trust your comments.

Hi. I feel pretty stupid asking this but do you use raw or

blanched corn??

Can't wait to try this!

@Nicky - not a stupid question! Use raw corn. Thanks for asking!

Why does this recipe have so many points when everything in it is free? The new WW program has me confused.

@Cissy - That was my fault. It now has ZERO Freestyle SMartpoints. I am sorry about that. Thank you for your comment! I have fixed it in the above post.

Can you use frozen corn in place of corn on the cob?

@Patty - good question! I think that would work. Thanks!

This looks great! An excellent frozen corn to try is Trader Joe’s fire roasted corn. I use it in another “salad” with lime, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and a little bit of balsamic. It’s super yummy!!

Although I love marinated jalapenos in my burritos and certain other foods, I rarely put them in my pico de gallo (salsa). We don't have corn often, but we did the other night and I still have some cobs that will make this excellent recipe. In my regular pico de gallo, I use the green part of scallions which I find to be strong enough in flavor. My alternative is to blanch my regular onions (usually yellow) to take out some of the bite and leave the flavor. This can be done in the microwave or in a pan of boiling water on the stovetop. I may add tomatoes and some red bell pepper for color. If you use tomatoes, be sure to seed them so your salsa does not come out mushy. Leave out the salt until served for this same reason. I will make this as I just happen to have all the necessary ingredients on hand. I may even use a jalapeno or two. :)

Question: How was the salsa intended to be used by you?

Lisa, I have been using an angel food cake pan for cutting corn off the cob. It works really well.

Made this last night with some fresh corn from the market. Excellent!

Great recipe, btw I saw a way to cut corn off the cobb on The Chew a few years ago, take a large bowl and put a smaller bowl upside down in the large one. The small bowl should have a rim that keeps the corn from sliding around,works like a charm.


Did you add the cilantro after marinating?

We LOVE this Salsa recipe and have used a very similar one many times. Excited to give this particular one a try!


So easy, light and refreshing!


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