Roasted Chili Corn Salsa is a delicious sweet, medium spicy, copycat recipe from chipotle. It's quick, easy, and refreshing and made with simple ingredients. This flavor bursting vegetarian summer dip will be a show stopper side dish at your next get together! We make this and eat it by the spoonful!
This easy roasted corn salsa is the perfect side for taco Tuesday and warm summer bbqs. This copycat chipotle corn recipe, as seen on tiktok, makes a perfect dip for tortilla chips, or put it in your favorite tacos. This comes together easily because it is dairy free and doesn't use any mayo!
Be sure to check out our other summer inspired, veggie packed recipes like our Taco Stuffed Peppers, Mango Habanero Salsa, Caprese Pasta Salad., Blueberry Salad with Feta, or Broccoli Salad With Sweet Vinaigrette. You may also love our Smoky Red Pepper Crema.
For another vegetarian recipe using poblano peppers try Vegetarian Stuffed Poblano.
Making this copycat Chipotle recipe couldn't be easier! It uses only a few simple ingredients to make a tasty salsa.
- Yellow Corn - Thawed frozen corn works perfect for this recipe and is easy to have on hand!
- Poblano Pepper - Before making the salsa, roast the peper and cool. Cut into small pieces. We suggest wearing gloves while cutting so you don't get hot pepper in your eye.
- Jalapeño Pepper- Cut and remove the seeds. If you want it a little spicier, add some of the seeds back into the mixture. We also suggest wearing gloves when handling hot peppers.
- Purple Onion- Purple onion is my favorite onion to use if you aren't going to cook the dish. It has the best fresh flavor.
- Cilantro- You don't want to skip this ingredient! It gives the dish the iconic Chipotle taste.
- Lemon and Lime Juice- You can use fresh squeezed lemon and lime but for connivence I just used bottled.
See recipe card for quantities.
How to make Chipotle Roasted Chili Corn Salsa
Learn how to make this copycat chipotle recipe to make this tasty salsa. You can make this by following these step-by-step process photos.
- Roast the poblano pepper either in the oven or the air fryer. You want the outside of the pepper to look dark and bubble, almost as if it were burned. Cool the pepper. Once cooled, dice the pepper into small pieces. Set aside until ready to assemble.
2. In a medium sized bowl add corn, diced peppers, onion, and cilantro. Make sure to thaw the corn previous to assembling. You can do this by setting the corn out 30 minutes prior to assembling or putting in a colander and running water on it. Season with salt, cumin, lemon, and lime.
5. Mix well until ingredients are evenly distributed.
6. Place in a serving dish to be used as a dip or top your burritos or tacos.
Hint: Don't have time to roast the poblano pepper? Simply dice the peppers raw and mix in the salsa. It will still have a delicious flavor and will come together quickly.
Substitutions and Variations
- Fresh Corn- instead of frozen corn use fresh corn.
- Canned Corn - instead of using frozen corn, use canned corn. Drain well, the corn will be a different texture than frozen corn.
- Fresh Poblano - don't have time to roast the poblano peppers? Dice the fresh poblano and add as you would the diced jalapeño?
- Spicy Roasted Chili Corn Salsa - This recipe is intended to be medium spicy but if you want it even hotter, add an extra jalapeño, or ¼ teaspoon chili powder.
- Queso Fresco- add some fresh cheese to this sweet corn salad. Crumble the queso fresco and add ¼-1/3 cup to the mixture.
- Without Cilantro- Some people are not fans of cilantro! This recipe can be easily made without using cilantro.
- NOT Spicy! Don't like the heat? Use bell pepper instead of jalapeno and poblano peppers.
- Black Beans - Add black beans for added protein. Open a can of black beans, rinse and drain. Add to the mixture and mix well.
- Habanero Pepper-Spice things up with a Habanero Pepper. Learn all you need to know about this amazing pepper.
Storing Corn Salsa
Store mixed salsa in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Juices may settle to the bottom of the bowl so before serving, make sure to thoroughly mix again.
Do not freeze, the texture of the vegetables will change if frozen.
Using frozen corn makes for a really easy go-to side dish with staples you have in the kitchen. I typically use frozen corn. Fresh corn will give it a fun fresh taste but frozen corn will be delicious as well.
Make sure to thaw the corn before using. If you are in a pinch, place the frozen corn in a colander and run water over the corn to help thaw more quickly. Otherwise, set frozen corn to thaw on the counter 30 minutes prior to assembling.
Roasted Chili Corn Salsa
- 12 ounce frozen Corn about 2 ¼ cup
- ¼ cup cilantro diced
- ⅓ cup purple onion diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper diced
- 1 roasted poblano pepper diced
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- Place the poblano pepper on a baking sheet and broil in the oven until the pepper begins to blister. Or use the air fryer. Air fry at 390*F for about 5 minutes or until the pepper begins to darken and blister. Set aside and cool. See photos above for what this looks like.
- Dice the jalapeno (removing the seeds), purple onion, cilantro, and roasted poblano peppers. In a medium size mixing bowl, add thawed corn, and diced vegetables.
- Add salt, cumin, lemon, and lime juice to the mixing bowl. Mix well until thoroughly mixed. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 4 days in an air-tight container.
- You don't have to roast the poblano pepper if you are in a time crunch. It will still taste delicious!
- Use frozen or canned corn. We prefer frozen corn.
- If you don't have time to roast the pepper, you can use raw poblano pepper.
- Substitute poblano pepper with jalapeno pepper.