Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Chipotle Corn Salsa Recipe

Chipotle corn salsa recipe ‌is a smoky and slightly sweet blend for an amazing side dish. Add a spoonful to all your favorite meals!

A fresh blend of spicy peppers, sweet white kernels, red onion, cilantro, and citrus juice is all you need to make this roasted chili corn salsa!

It’s the perfect copycat recipe for the restaurant version of this delicious topping. Plus, there’s an easy shortcut that allows you to have it on the table in no time.

Try more homemade versions of your takeout favorites like cilantro lime rice and chunky guacamole. I even have recipes for their grilled steak and tender barbacoa!

Or, serve up a trio of salsas by adding a garden-fresh blend and this sweet and spicy pineapple version.

Chipotle Corn Salsa Recipe in a clear bowl

Chipotle Corn Salsa Recipe - Tips and Tricks

  • Wear gloves. These protect your hands from the oil found in hot peppers and prevent any transfer to sensitive areas like the eyes. Remove them as soon as you are done prepping the jalapenos and poblanos to avoid any transfer.
  • Adjust the heat. For a milder version, remove both the seeds and veins from the jalapenos. You can also add some sliced grape tomatoes or a dollop of sour cream.
  • Use fresh kernels! When it’s in season, roast corn on the cob in the oven with the peppers. Then, cool and slice off the kernels to use in this Chipotle corn salsa recipe.
  • Time-saving tip: Substitute a 4-ounce can of fire roasted diced green chiles for the poblanos. You’ll have this Chipotle corn salsa ready in under 5 minutes, and it will still taste amazing!
roasted chili corn salsa ingredients

Serving Suggestions

Pair this roasted chili corn salsa with chips for an easy snack or appetizer, or enjoy it as a simple side dish!

It’s also delicious on tacos, burrito bowls, or any of your favorite Mexican dishes.

roasted chili corn salsa - peeling chili

Kitchen‌ ‌Tools‌ ‌You‌ ‌Will‌ ‌Need‌

  • Baking Sheet lined with aluminum foil for roasting the peppers
  • Tongs - These grip amazingly well, making it easy to turn the peppers in the oven.
  • Mixing Bowl - I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all.
  • Quality Knives and a big solid Cutting Board make prepping a breeze and are well worth the investment.
  • Citrus Juicer - This gets every last drop out, which makes juicing lemons and limes so much easier.
chipotle corn salsa adding salt

FAQ‌ ‌-‌ ‌Common‌ ‌Recipe‌ ‌Questions‌ ‌

Can I make this Chipotle corn salsa recipe ahead of time?

Yes! In fact, it’s even better the next day after all of the flavors have had time to meld together.

Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy within 3 to 4 days.

How long does it take to roast peppers in the oven?

This will depend largely on the size and shape of the poblanos, as well as your particular oven.

It typically takes about 20 to 25 minutes total, but watch the color and texture to be sure. They are done when the skin is blistered and browned all over.

What are the best peppers for roasted chili corn salsa?

The mildness of poblanos and the smoky flavor they get when roasted make them the perfect base for this recipe. They are a great starter chile for anyone who is hesitant to cook with them.

roasted chili corn salsa in a bowl being stirred


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Author: Donna Elick
Chipotle Corn Salsa Recipe

Chipotle Corn Salsa Recipe

This Chipotle corn salsa recipe ‌makes a smoky and slightly sweet blend for an amazing side dish. Add a spoonful to all your favorite meals!
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 30 Min


  • 2 poblano chile peppers
  • 4 cups frozen white sweet corn, defrosted and drained
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 medium jalapenos, finely diced (see notes for suggestions on heat preference)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Place an oven rack at the upper top position and preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Place poblano peppers on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until the peppers are totally blistered and browned, about 15 - 30 minutes (depending on the size of your pepper).
  3. Turn peppers every 5 minutes to roast all sides. Transfer the peppers to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap for 5 minutes.
  4. Peel the poblanos with your fingers. Careful the peppers are still hot.
  5. Cut them in half and remove seeds.
  6. Chop poblanos and place in a medium bowl with the remaining ingredients. Toss to combine. Serve and enjoy.
  1. If you want to make your salsa less spicy, remove the seeds of the jalapenos. You can also cut the heat by adding sliced grape tomatoes, and or topping with sour cream.
  2. Some people can be sensitive to cutting and removing the seeds from jalapenos. Because of this, I recommend wearing food-safe gloves while cutting. It’s also a great idea to wear glasses if you have them or some kind of protective eyewear. Oils from peppers can be very irritating to skin and eyes, so just be careful and remember to wash your hands very thoroughly after cutting them.
  3. SHORTCUT: You can substitute 1 (4-ounce) can fire roasted diced green chiles for the poblanos. It will save you some time and it tastes amazing!

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Originally published August 2016, updated and republished January 2022

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