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Corn Salsa (Chipotle Copycat)

Bring Chipotle’s flavors home with my copycat corn salsa recipe! Simple, fresh, and bursting with flavor, it’s the perfect addition to your tacos and grilled meats.

We love making fresh homemade salsa to accompany Mexican recipes whether it’s this milder pico de gallo or restaurant-style salsa.

Corn salsa in a bowl.
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Chipotle’s Corn Salsa

Look no further than this Chipotle copycat corn salsa, a vibrant, fresh addition to your homemade Cinco de Mayo feast. 

With its perfect blend of sweetness from the corn and a kick from the jalapeño, this salsa brings the beloved restaurant flavor right into your kitchen. It’s the ideal companion for tortilla chips but versatile enough to top off your one-pot burrito bowls.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Simple and fresh: With just a few ingredients, this recipe captures the essence of Chipotle’s corn salsa with thawed white corn, cilantro, and lime juice.
  • Customizable crowd-pleaser. Adjust jalapeño to tailor heat level, add-in more spices or even more veggies!

Recipe Ingredients

This simple corn salsa recipe requires only a handful of ingredients but believe me when I say it is bursting with flavor! Gather up these ingredients and you’re ready to go!

Corn salsa ingredients on the counter.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Frozen white corn: Thawed and drained. Fresh corn or sweet corn kernels will also work.
  • Fresh cilantro and red onion: Adds the necessary burst of freshness.
  • Jalapeno: For a signature kick, easily adjusted for heat preference. You could also use poblano pepper in its place.
  • Lime juice: A zesty, citrusy balance to the salsa’s sweetness. Lime is a signature flavor in Mexican-inspired dishes, but if lemon juice is what you’ve got on hand, it’ll do!
  • Salt and pepper: To enhance taste.

Substitutions and Variations

Try these twists on the original recipe to really make it your own!

  • Not a fan of white corn? Try grilled corn for a smoky twist, or cook corn on the cob in the microwave before cutting off the kernels for ease.
  • For extra heat leave in some seeds or add in a sprinkle of cumin and chili powder. Adjust the spice level to your liking.
  • Feel free to add diced avocado for a version of avocado salsa or black beans like in black bean salsa.
  • Adding crumbled goat cheese, cotija cheese, or feta would be a great addition. We love queso fresco in this elote dip recipe.
  • Try adding in other summer veggies, like red bell peppers.
  • If you love the flavors but want something creamier, make this Mexican street corn salad! It has all of the flavors of corn salsa with a creamy, cheesy spin.

How to Make Corn Salsa

Who knew that making Chipotle’s corn salsa at home would be such a breeze? Just a few minutes of chopping and chilling time is all you need to make this amazing salsa.

Showing how to make corn salsa.
  • Combine ingredients. In a large bowl, mix the corn, cilantro, red onion, and jalapeño.
  • Add the dressing. Dress everything with fresh lime juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Toss and chill. Let the salsa chill in the fridge to meld the flavors together, making it even more delicious.

Cooking Tips

  • Letting the salsa sit in the refrigerator allows the flavors to intensify and blend beautifully.
  • Don’t like it spicy? Leave out the jalapeño and add chopped bell pepper instead.
  • A squeeze of lime juice right before serving adds an extra layer of freshness.
Corn salsa in a bowl.

Recipe FAQs

How do I properly thaw and drain frozen corn?

To thaw frozen corn, place it in the refrigerator overnight or on the counter for a few hours. To drain, simply pour the thawed corn into a colander and let any excess water drip out.

How can I adjust the heat level in this salsa?

The heat level can easily be adjusted by the amount of jalapeño used. For a milder salsa, remove the seeds and membrane from the jalapeño before chopping. For extra heat, leave some seeds in or add more jalapeño to taste.

What are some serving suggestions for this corn salsa?

I love serving this salsa as a dip with tortilla chips or as a topping for grilled meats. It’s also perfect to set out for a taco bar with other favorites like guacamole and mango salsa.

Can this salsa be made ahead of time?

Absolutely! Making it ahead of time allows the flavors to meld together beautifully. Just cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before serving, though a few hours or even overnight can enhance the flavors even more.

How do I store leftovers, and how long will they last?

Store any leftover salsa in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to 3 days. The flavors often deepen over time, making the leftovers just as delicious.

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Corn Salsa Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Bring Chipotle's flavors home with my copycat corn salsa recipe! Simple, fresh, and bursting with flavor, it's the perfect addition to your tacos and grilled meats.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6



  • 12 ounces frozen white corn , thawed and drained
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • 1 jalepeno , seeded and chopped
  • 2 limes , juiced
  • ½ teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • teaspoon pepper (more to taste)

For serving: Tortilla Chips


    • Combine the corn, cilantro, onion and jalepeno in a large bowl.
    • Squeeze the lime juice over top. Season with salt and pepper and stir until combined. Season to taste.
    • Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before serving. 


    • For extra heat leave in some seeds or add in a sprinkle of cumin and chili powder. 
    • Feel free to add diced avocado to bulk up the salad.
    • Add crumbled goat cheese or feta would be a great addition.
    • Try adding in other summer vegetables, like bell peppers.
    • To make it a little sweeter mix in a little bit of honey.


    Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.5mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: American

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