Cilantro Lime Corn Salsa

I will be honest with you. This recipe is not a revolutionary fusion of flavors. But that is part of what makes this recipe so wonderful–

It is a classic.

cilantro lime corn salsa

It uses familiar Mexican flavors that blend together so seamlessly and so well that I usually do not measure the ingredients when I make this cilantro lime corn salsa at home.

Let us start with the basics for any great salsa– a squeeze of lime here, a pinch of salt there, toss in some fresh cilantro, diced red onion and a jalapeno (or two), give it a taste and you are good to go my friend. I used fresh corn for this recipe but if that is not available, you can certainly thaw and use frozen corn instead.

cilantro lime corn salsa

This cilantro lime corn salsa is perfect to serve alongside crispy tortilla chips. It also makes a delicious and filling topping for those spicy sisig tacos or whichever tacos you happen to be cooking up this Taco Tuesday. For those of you who are Chipotle fans like myself, consider this recipe an easy substitute next time you have a craving.

cilantro lime corn salsa

Cilantro Lime Corn Salsa

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Cilantro Lime Corn Salsa


  • 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1-2 jalapenos, diced (remove seeds for less heat)
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • small handful fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1-2 limes
  • large pinch of salt
  • large pinch of pepper


  1. In a medium sized pan, heat oil over low-medium heat
  2. Add corn and cook until tender (approx 2-3 minutes)
  3. Sprinkle cumin over corn and transfer to a large bowl
  4. Mix in jalapenos, onion and cilantro
  5. Squeeze limes over the salsa and continue mixing
  6. Season with salt and pepper as needed

  • I love all the fresh flavors in this corn salsa. It goes so well on so many things.

    • I agree! It’s nice to have a batch on hand in the summer

  • Patti

    This is one of my all-time fav salsas. Yum!

  • I. LOVE. CORN!! This is great! A perfect recipe to add to my summer recipe box! 😀

    • Thank you! And thanks for introducing me to yummly/sharing 🙂

  • Ronda Chesser Porter

    I love corn salsa. And of course now I am craving an open-faced taco! Sharing on SM!

    • Hi Ronda, thank you for sharing!

  • Jessica


  • Pary Moppins

    Shoot! Salsa nothin’! I would eat this as a salad on the side! 😉

  • Melissa D

    I’m so hungry after reading this. 🙂