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Tender black beans and sweet corn round out the flavors in this spicy as you want to make it salsa. Use this basic fresh salsa recipe below, or make this a 3-ingredient recipe by just using your favorite jarred salsa.

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When I was in high school, I used to visit my brother and his family in Washington state each summer. One of my favorite memories of those trips was cooking with my sister-in-law, a Cordon Bleu trained chef. We would flip through her cooking magazines and pick things to make. One of the very first things we made together was tostadas with this Corn & Black Bean Salsa.

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I remember thinking how life-changing this salsa was…I mean, I’d always known salsa from a jar, but this was a whole new ballgame. Silly to think that now, but at 16 I was just beginning to develop a love for cooking.

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To this day, I’m not a huge fan of jarred salsa, and corn & black bean salsa is still my favorite. I’ve shared my aunt’s Fresh Homemade Salsa recipe before, but it does have a few ingredients that aren’t always readily available. This fresh salsa recipe is a basic recipe that you can’t go wrong with.

It only needs 5 ingredients, all of them fresh – tomatoes, jalapenos, onion, cilantro and lime juice. Oh, and of course salt. You can play around with the heat by adding more or less jalapeno (add the seeds for more heat, no seeds for less) and with the rest of the flavors until the salsa is to your liking. To keep the salsa from getting too soggy, be sure to remove the seeds from the tomatoes.

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Once you love the salsa, you can serve it as is, or get really crazy  by adding the black beans and corn. That’s the way I love it. It’s a super delicious and hearty dip that’s also the perfect topping for chicken or fish.

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A bowl of Salsa with chips

Basic Fresh Salsa with Corn & Black Beans

Tender black beans and sweet corn round out the flavors in this spicy as you want to make it salsa. Use this basic fresh salsa recipe below, or make this a 3-ingredient recipe by just using your favorite jarred salsa.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings


!Fresh Salsa

  • 8-9 ripe roma tomatoes
  • 2 jalapenos some (or all) seeds removed
  • 1 small white or red onion
  • 1-2 tablespoons cilantro
  • 1-2 limes
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 14- ounce can corn drained
  • 1 14- ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
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  • Remove seeds and pulp from the tomatoes and cut into quarters. Remove seeds from the jalapenos (if desired) and chop. Roughly chop the onions and cilantro.
  • Place first tomatoes, jalapenos, onions and cilantro into a food processor. Pulse several times until the vegetables finely chopped and combined. If you prefer a chunkier salsa, you can forego the food processor and chop all the ingredients to your desired size.
  • Place the chopped ingredients into a small bowl and stir in juice from 1 lime. Add a couple pinches of salt. Taste and add more lime and salt as desired.
  • To make the Corn & Black Bean Salsa, stir in the corn and black beans and add more lime and salt to taste.


Serve with tortilla chips, on tacos, or over baked chicken or white fish.
Keyword corn salsa, fresh salsa


Calories: 144kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 7gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 393mgPotassium: 547mgFiber: 7gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 752IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of "Yellow Bliss Road" is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

For more easy and delicious dips, try these:

Jalapeno, Bacon & Corn Dip

Creamy Jalapeno Cheese Dip

Skinny Taco Dip

 Skinny Taco Dip made with Greek Yogurt

Mexican Sour Cream Dip

 Mexican Greek Yogurt Dip 2

Easy Fresh Salsa - Just 5 ingredients to delicious, fresh salsa at home! Corn & Black Bean Salsa - easy, fresh salsa with corn and black beans

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Babbs says:

    Can this be canned? If so would you waterbath or pressure can it?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Hi Babbs, I haven’t tried canning this, so I can’t really answer your question with confidence. Sorry!