Chipotle shared this recipe on their TikTok account so now you can enjoy your favorite restaurant salsa at home! This delicious Chipotle Corn Salsa uses sweet summer corn and is so easy to make with only 6 ingredients! And you can make it in under 30 minutes. Enjoy this zesty salsa with chips or add it to tacos, burritos, salads, and more!
I've been a fan of Chipotle ever since I first discovered it years ago when I was a medical student living in Chicago. I've been trying to recreate their dishes at home for years and one of my favorites has always been their Roasted Chili Corn Salsa.
There's just something about the combination of sweet corn, spicy chilis, fresh herbs, and citrus that's just soooo good! So when I saw that Chipotle had dropped the recipe for their popular corn salsa on TikTok, I couldn't wait to check it out!
The secret is out! It turns out that the Chipotle Corn Salsa recipe is super simple. It only has 6 ingredients and is really easy to make.
The salsa is delicious with chips or on top of pretty much anything from tacos to burrito bowls, salads, and quesadillas. It's great in the summertime served with grilled steak, chicken or fish. I even like to eat it straight out of the bowl!
Why You'll Love This Dish
- It's packed with zesty flavor and tastes great on top of anything
- It's super easy to make- only 6 ingredients!
- It's an excellent way to use sweet, summer corn
- It's healthy- made with fresh, wholesome ingredients
- It's perfect for outdoor summer entertaining- made with no mayo and can feed a crowd
Variations of Chipotle Corn Salsa
I've made many different versions of Chipotle's corn salsa and they're all delicious! I've tried varying the type of chili pepper (jalapeños vs poblanos), the type of citrus (lime juice vs lemon juice), the type of onion (red vs yellow), and even the type of corn (yellow vs white).
In Chipotle's TikTok video, only six ingredients are mentioned in the recipe. However, on the Chipotle website, other ingredients are listed for their roasted chili corn salsa, like poblano peppers and lemon juice. This post will focus on the recipe from the video but I've included those other options in the "Ingredients" section below.
- Corn- The Chipotle website says they use white sweet corn however you can use white or yellow corn. I love using fresh corn in the summertime however you can make this recipe all year round with frozen or canned corn.
- Red onion- adds color and zesty flavor. You can substitute white or yellow onion.
- Jalapeño pepper- jalapeños give this salsa a medium spice level. Although the TikTok video shows only jalapeño peppers being used, the Chipotle website also lists poblano peppers as an ingredient. If you want a bit of smoky flavor, you can also add a roasted poblano pepper to this recipe.
- Cilantro- adds a bright, herbaceous kick to this salsa
- Lime juice- adds acidity to the salsa. Although the TikTok video lists lime juice as an ingredient, the Chipotle website lists both lemon and lime juice. You can use one or a 50:50 mixture of the two juices.
- Salt- I use kosher salt to bring out all the flavors
Step 1: If using fresh corn on the cob, grill the corn on a grill or grill pan until lightly charred on all sides.
Step 2: Cut the kernels off the cobs. I like to do this by placing a small bowl upside down inside a larger bowl. Then I prop the corn cob on top of the small bowl and cut the kernels off with a knife. The corn kernels fall right into the larger bowl. Season the corn with a generous pinch of kosher salt. Let it rest while you prep the other ingredients.
Step 3: Mix the chopped onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime juice together in another bowl. Then add the mixture to the corn.
Step 4: Stir to mix it all together. Taste and adjust salt as needed.
- Salt the corn first and let it rest. You can see that they do this in the TikTok video. Seasoning as you go is important for creating layers of flavor.
- Mix the chopped onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime juice together before adding it to the corn. This acidity of the citrus juice helps mellow out the raw bite of the onion and jalapeño.
- Let the salsa rest for at least 30 minutes before serving- the longer it sits, the more the flavors will marry.
What To Serve With This Salsa
This simple and flavorful Chipotle Corn Salsa is delicious with chips or on top of anything from tacos to burrito bowls, to salads, and quesadillas. You can also serve my delicious Game Day Guacamole with it.
You may want to double the recipe so that you'll have leftovers the next day. The longer it sits, the better it gets!
Yes, this salsa is vegan.
Yes, this salsa is gluten free.
No. Starchy vegetables like corn should be limited on a keto diet. This recipe has 16 grams net carbs (Chipotle's Roasted Chili Corn Salsa has 13 grams net carbs). The other salsa options at Chipotle (fresh tomato salsa, tomatillo-green chili salsa or tomatillo-red chili salsa) or the guacamole are better choices if you're following a keto diet.
You can store the salsa in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Try This Salsa with These Dishes
Chipotle Corn Salsa (Copycat Recipe)
- 2 cups corn kernels (fresh, frozen or canned)
- ¼ cup chopped red onion
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- 2 tablespoons chopped jalapeño pepper
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (or you can use a mixture of half lime juice and half lemon juice)
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- Optional ingredient: ½ roasted poblano pepper (see Recipe Notes section)
- If using fresh corn on the cob, first grill the corn on a grill or grill pan. Turn the corn occasionally, cooking until lightly charred on all sides, about 10 minutes. Remove corn from the grill and let it cool. Then, cut the kernels off the cobs. I like to do this by placing a small bowl upside down inside a larger bowl. Then I prop the corn cob on top of the small bowl and cut the kernels off with a knife. The corn kernels fall right into the larger bowl.
- If you are using frozen corn, you can skip the grilling step and heat up the corn according to package directions. If using canned corn, drain and rinse the corn.
- Place the corn in a large bowl and add a generous pinch of salt. Let it rest while you prep the other ingredients.
- Mix the chopped onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime juice (or lemon lime juice combo) together in another bowl. Then, add the mixture to the corn. Taste the salsa and adjust salt as needed.
- Let salsa sit at least 30 minutes before serving.