Chipotle has some of our favorite salsas and it goes without saying that the corn salsa is awesome. This copycat version tastes identical to the beloved original. Sweet white corn, diced poblano peppers and lime juice make it the ultimate of copycat recipes!
I love Chipotle as much as the next person. But I don't always feel like ordering it and if you've ever been in the same boat you will love this corn salsa!
The thing that makes this a really great copycat recipe is the little details, things that chipotle uses.
Like sweet white corn, which doesn't really taste any different then yellow but this is a copycat recipe and they use white corn.
Chipotle also used poblano peppers in their corn salsa, so we'll be using some today. A poblano pepper is more on the mild side when it comes to spiciness, the jalapeño is much hotter.
You can use this salsa for a lot of different meals too, as a side for dipping your chips in or as a garnish for tacos or enchiladas.
Like these chicken street tacos and would make an awesome topper for these cream cheese enchiladas.
It's a fairly basic recipe. There's only a handful of ingredients which makes it a super quick and easy snack!
It's really the perfect appetizer.
Here's what's inside this chipotle corn salsa copycat.
- white corn - there's no difference in yellow and white corn, despite the rumors, it has to do with naturally occurring pigments
- lemon juice - for acidity
- lime juice - also for acidity
- salt - for flavor
- red onion - adds to the overall flavor
- poblano - for a bit of mild spice
- jalapeño - for a bit of spicy spice
- cilantro - classic salsa herb
How To Make Chipotle Corn Salsa
Like I mentioned above this recipe is super quick and easy, no fussing about and absolutely no fancy techniques.
All you need is a knife and cutting board and a bowl to toss everything in.
You'll want to use frozen corn because it's the easiest and least complicated.
After you've diced up the red onion, poblano, jalapeño and cilantro you just toss it in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
Stir everything around.
Now you can serve it immediately if you'd like or for some extra good flavor I suggest covering your bowl and letting it sit in your fridge a few hours.
Southwest Inspired Recipes To Try
- Frozen Strawberry Margaritas - one of the top 5 most popular recipes on Modern Crumb these margaritas have been quoted as the best over and over again
- Baked Chicken Taquitos - these are a must try I make them every single week on repeat, they are so easy and the entire household (yes, including kids, loves them!)
- Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas With Elote (Mexican Street Corn) – These are seriously amazing, the Mexican street corn is out of this world
- Skillet Carnitas Nachos – A quick and easy carnitas nacho recipe
- Easy Southwest Steak Frites and Guacamole – Tender steak, wedge cut seasoned fries, guacamole and and all covered in jack cheese
- Skillet Chicken Jalapeño Cream Cheese Enchiladas – A bit quicker than rolled up enchiladas
- Short Rib Enchiladas With Tomatillo Sauce – The tomatillo sauce is so easy to make, or you can use a jar if you want
- Freezer Friendly Chicken Tortilla Soup – the best freezer friendly chicken tortilla soup, this stuff is amazing
Chipotle Corn Salsa Copycat
Chipotle has some of our favorite salsas and it goes without saying that the corn salsa is awesome. This copycat version tastes identical to the beloved original.
- 2 c white corn, frozen
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ lime, juiced
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ c red onion, diced
- 1 tbsp jalapeño pepper, diced
- 1 tbsp poblano pepper, diced
- 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
- Thaw the white corn by running it under warm water, strain off any excess water
- Dice the red onion, jalapeño and poblano peppers
- Chop the cilantro
- Add everything to a bowl
- Serve immediately or for more flavor cover and chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours
I've been cooking for decades and yet I have never purchased White Corn, neither frozen or canned. Will definitely be checking at the grocery store for this. I may "tweak" this recipe and add finely diced green and/or red peppers. Maybe a pinch of garlic powder. Hubby loves jalapeños so this will be perfect for us. Thanks for sharing this. **
Do you dive the peppers whole or do you clean them out first? Can’t wait to try this!
Hey Laken! I like to clean my peppers out first but if you like it extra spicy then you could leave some in. Fun fact, the heat is actually in the pepper inner white membrane and not as much the seeds.
Didn't have the peppers so I made it without them to go over carnitas and still very good!! Hubby loves Chipotle's corn salsa and thought this was an excellent substitute. Will definitely make again!
Thank you for your review Beth! I'm glad it was liked! 🙂
this recipe was absolutely delicious. actually better than the original I think. Chefs Kiss