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The BEST Black Bean and Corn Salsa, ever.

May 22, 2019

The BEST Black Bean and Corn Salsa, ever.

May 22, 2019

Have you ever gone to a BBQ, party or pot luck, and noticed a black bean and corn salsa on the table, and gotten so excited to eat it?! And then you put it in your mouth, and it’s completely underwhelming, lacking flavor and making you want to shed a tear? Okay, maybe crying is too dramatic, but you get my drift LOL! Well, THIS salsa will NOT make you cry, and instead everyone will be asking you for the recipe.

And speaking of asking for the recipe, this is one I got from my friend, Sarah, a million years ago, and have slightly tweaked it, and I finally think it’s perfect enough to share with yall!

And may I address this one thing while I have ya?! This is NOT cowboy caviar! That stuff has black eyed peas, vinegar, and sugar in it! Just altering a recipe by the amount of one ingredient technically changes it….adding three whole other ingredients certainly does too! And personally, I don’t love cowboy caviar’s taste. Keep reading to the end to see how I feel about adding avocados to salsa LOL! Needless to say, we can call this a dip, a salsa, etc., but it’s a no for me dawg to call it cowboy caviar!


Summer is right around the corner, and you’re going to want to have this in your fridge around the clock! I not only serve it with chips, but also in my scrambled egg burritos, and served with grilled chicken! But it’s so good, you could simply eat it with a spoon!

Black Bean & Corn Salsa

A delicious salsa, made with white corn for sweetness and lots of lime for tang!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins


  • 1 can Black Beans rinsed
  • 4 ears White Corn fresh, not cooked
  • 4 Roma Tomatoes diced small
  • 1 Green Pepper diced small
  • 1/2 Red onion diced fairly small
  • 1 Serrano Pepper remove seeds and dice very small
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro rinsed and chopped
  • 3 Limes juiced
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


  • Rinse the black beans and set aside.
  • Remove white corn from ears, and finely chop all of the veggies and cilantro. And I often get asked if you can use canned corn instead of shucking your own. And yall, I simply think fresh is the way to go here, because it give the best crunch! But if you're in a bind, canned will do, I suppose πŸ˜‰ Also, it is far better with white instead of yellow corn because of its sweetness and crunch!
  • Put the olive oil, lime juice, cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper in a bowl and whisk together.
  • Add in all of the veggies and stir, then add the black beans last and stir one final time to incorporate. Test it for seasoning, and add more cayenne if you want it hotter! Also, I always test ON a chip because that will help you determine the saltiness. The dip may "need" salt, but once it's on the chip, it's perfect! Let it sit for as long as you can, or eat right away! BUT it is best when it has time to rest, and all of the juices meld πŸ™‚

So let’s talk kitchen gadgets that will make your life easier and/or happier, like they make mine!

These utensils are affiliate links, which means at no extra cost to you, I make a tiny commission off of the sales, which help keep my blog up and running! Thank you!

My stud LOVES raw onions, so I often have one cut and ready to use on anything and everything for him, or he’ll happily eat it like an apple, UGH! But I cannot stand the smell of it, so when I saw this little thing in the grocery store, and it promised to trap the odor, I bought it. And I can verify that it works, and I can find the onion easily in the fridge because of the way it looks! $5 Amazon, and the link is HERE!

Next up is this can opener! You saw me post about it HERE before, but I use it so much, and wanted to post it again, just in case you missed it the first time! It not only opens cans (safely…no sharp edges), but it also unscrews lids, and opens bottles! I’m a FAN! $17 Amazon and the link is HERE!

Last up is this corn cob remover! But I forgot to get a picture of it, so I’m going to attach the stock photo! It easily removes the corn from the cob, and is A LOT less dangerous than a knife! Another #protip is to use a bundt pan, and put the cob in the center hole. Use this gadget to go down the cob, and as the corn falls off, it lands in the bundt pan! And I often get asked if you can use canned corn instead of shucking your own this way. And yall, I simply think fresh is the way to go here, because it give the best crunch! But if you’re in a bind, a can will do, I suppose πŸ˜‰ $10 Amazon, and the link is HERE!

So there ya have it folks! Your new favorite salsa recipe for all of your summertime fun! And listen, I know a lot of yall are going to be tempted to put avocado in this because you can’t help yourselves, and because every salsa recipe is doing that. And hear me say this…I love avocados! BUT, please don’t do that to this recipe. Be a purest and make it my way first, and see how perfect it already is. THEN, and only then, if you want to make it mushy (because that’s exactly what will happen), add the dang avocados. Love ya, mean it πŸ™‚

Personally, I think Scoops are the best chips to eat with this dip because they can hold all of the amazing juice, but forgot to buy them at the store #shocker


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  • Melissa Yarborough May 23, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to try this recipe for our next get-together!

  • Jen May 24, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Looks delicious! And perfect for this long weekend!!

  • Susan Hendricks May 24, 2019 at 2:15 am

    5 stars
    This looks delicious!! Can’t wait to try it!! Thanks for posting!! ❀️

  • Jaime Blalock May 24, 2019 at 3:23 am

    Can’t wait to try this! πŸ˜‹

    • May 24, 2019 at 10:18 pm

      Sister, have you had it before?! I’m assuming I’ve made it for ya! If not, SHAME ON ME!

  • Nicole S May 24, 2019 at 5:23 am

    This looks and sounds delicious! I will be making it this summer!

  • Angie Armada May 24, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Do you think it will still be awesome without the cayenne?

    Love what you said about the avocado- you really do wrote the way you talk and im here for it! Cant wait to try this! My husbands gonna love it!

    • May 24, 2019 at 10:18 pm

      I do think it’ll still be okay! It only adds a bit of heat, which you’ll also get from the serrano pepper! Add as much or as little as you’d like! There are enough flavors going on to handle the dish even if you omit! xo

  • Megan July 5, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    5 stars
    Made this yesterday for 4th of July and it was a hit! Delicious!

  • Allison January 11, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve been looking for a tried and true variation of this, and I trust you 😁 Definitely making this soon, thank you for posting!

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    I'm Miranda, and I'm formerly lots of things (I sold dumpsters, fro-yo, and car parts to name a few), but most recently I was a cakery owner of Got What It Cakes. I'm a mom of two daughters whom I call my "minis,” and the wife to Joshua, whom I call "Stud" (yes, he's even in my phone under that name). Most days you can find me oversharing about my insane life on my InstaStories, in a segment I call "carpool confessions." Follow along as I decide what to be when I grow up, while I navigate my other love, the queen city of Charlotte! I also tend to go by "Mayor Miranda," and am awaiting my key to the city ;) Read More

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