A fresh and delicious salsa recipe that is perfect for picnics and backyard BBQ's! It also pairs well with chicken and fish as a delicious topper!
Corn & Black Bean Salsa

I can never get enough salsa! This corn & black bean salsa is my absolute favorite non-tomato based choice, hands down! It super simple to make, can be left out all day on a picnic table or at the lake.  It can be made ahead of time and gets better as it sits in your fridge…if it even lasts that long!

Corn & Black Bean Salsa

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The sweet corn, the creamy black beans and the crunch of the bell peppers are the perfect basis for this colorful salsa!  Flavored with onion, cilantro, and lime you can’t go wrong!  It’s fresh and flavorful!

Ingredients Needed for Corn & Black Bean Salsa:

  • 1/2 large green bell pepper
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 6 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 1 large lime
  • 1 can low sodium black beans
  • 1 can sweet corn*
  • salt/pepper

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How to Make Corn & Black Bean Salsa

Corn & Black Bean Salsa Ingredients

Using a small chopper or by hand, finely chop the bell peppers and onion, and add to bowl.

I love using my mini-chopper because it never fails a kid starts screaming at me the minute I get my hands all full of onion!

Chopped Green Pepper for Corn & Black Bean Salsa

Next, mince cilantro so that once it is all chopped you have about 6 tablespoons.  Add to bowl.  (I probably use way more than 6 tablespoons because I LOVE me some Cilantro!)

Drain the corn and drain and rinse the black beans and add them to the bowl as well!

Then, gently roll the lime on your cutting board to “get the juices flowing” as Rachael Ray would say and slice and juice the entire lime over the mixture.  Add Salt & Pepper to taste.

Horizontal shot of full bowl of Corn & Black Bean Salsa

I choose to use lower sodium beans because then it is my choice on how much salt to add versus the can already making that decision for me.

When sweet corn is in season, by all means, use fresh!  Cook on the grill and then add kernels of about 3-4 ears, in place of the can, YUM!

Bowl of non-tomato based salsa - Corn & Black bean Salas

Serve with tortilla chips as a tasty snack or on top of chicken breasts or fish fillets as the perfect flavorful garnish!

Top view shot of bowl full of Corn & Black Bean Salsa. Fresh squeezed limes and cilantro garnish

What Can Corn & Black Bean Salsa be used with?

  • Top grilled chicken
  • Top fish (salmon, tilapia, cod, and grouper work well)
  • Use to garnish tacos
  • Use on burgers with pepper jack cheese for a Tex-Mex flair
  • Pairs perfectly with tortilla or pita chips!
  • Works great in burritos and wraps!

Corn & Black Bean Salsa Recipe

YIELD 1 large bowl

Corn & Black Bean Salsa

PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME 15 minutes
A fresh and delicious salsa recipe that is perfect for picnics and backyard BBQ’s! It also pairs well with chicken and fish as a delicious topper!
Corn & Black Bean Salsa
3.52 from 43 votes


  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 6 tablespoons cilantro, fresh, finely chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 can black beans, 15 ounce, low sodium, rinsed
  • 1 can sweet corn, 15 ounce, drained
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste


  • Finely dice the Bell Peppers & Onion either by hand or using a small chopper.
  • Finely chop the cilantro.
  • Drain the Corn
  • Drain & Rinse the Black Beans
  • Add all of the above to the bowl.
  • Add juice of lime over top
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Mix well.
  • Enjoy!



This salsa is even better the next day which makes it great if you need to make it ahead.


Calories: 814kcal | Carbohydrates: 168g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 2254mg | Fiber: 38g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 3848IU | Vitamin C: 203mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 8mg
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A colorful bowl filled with colorful Corn & Black Bean salsa with cilantro garnish

What is your favorite summer appetizer?  This salsa recipe can be made all year round but it’s exceptionally good in the summer!  I would love to hear what your favorites are! I love new delicious things to try!

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