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Roasted Chili Corn Salsa (Chipotle Copycat)

This easy corn salsa has a little bit of heat and lots of flavor. Made with just a few ingredients - roasted jalapeño, red onion, white corn, cilantro, lime and salt. It's the perfect addition to tacos, burritos, bowls or to serve as a side.
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Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican American
Servings 4 people
Calories 112 kcal


  • 1 jalapeño
  • ¼ red onion
  • 15 ounces white corn 1 can, 1 package frozen, or 2-3 ears of fresh corn
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 lime juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste



  • If you are using canned corn, drain the corn and pat dry.
  • If you are using frozen corn, defrost the corn, drain and pat dry.
  • If you are using fresh corn, set a large pot of heavily salted water to boil. Shuck the corn, and boil for about 5 minutes. Cut the corn from the cob. Drain and pat dry.


  • Over an open flame - If you have a gas stove, roast the jalapeño and onion over the flame using tongs until blistered.
  • Under the broiler - Roast the jalapeño and onion on a baking sheet under the broiler for a few minutes until blistering/charring. Keep an eye on them, as the broiler can burn food very quickly.
  • Stove top with a cast iron skillet - Heat the skillet to high heat. Cook the pepper and onion (corn optional) until blistering.
    roasted corn, jalapeño, and red onion in a cast iron skillet


  • Once pepper and onion are charred, seed the jalapeño and finely dice. Finely dice the red onion.


  • Combine jalapeño, red onion, corn, cilantro and lime juice. Add salt and pepper to taste.


  • Serve as a side dish, or in burritos, tacos, quesadillas, etc.


*Be careful when roasting peppers, the vapors can cause your eyes and throat to burn.
*Roasting the corn is optional, Chipotle doesn’t roast their corn, but I like the extra layer of flavor it adds.


Serving: 0.5cupSodium: 4mgCalcium: 10mgVitamin C: 16mgVitamin A: 55IUSugar: 9gFiber: 4gPotassium: 304mgCalories: 112kcalSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 2gProtein: 4gCarbohydrates: 26gIron: 1mg
Keyword copycat, easy, meal prep, salsa, side dish
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