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Black Bean & Fire Roasted Corn Salsa

Happy Fourth of July! Bring on the sparklers. Bring on the fireworks. Bring on the red, white, and blue themed cups, plates, napkins, and utensils. And, most importantly, bring on the food!

I made y’all salsa because it is too dang hot to cook. I hope you don’t mind, but there is no way I’m turning my oven on in this scorching heat. Nope. I just can’t bring myself to do it. Instead, I turned on the grill and roasted up some fresh corn and jalapeño peppers for salsa. Besides, who doesn’t like to dip copious amounts of carbohydrates into deliciousness?

The hubs and I survived on this salsa for dinner the other night. Sorry, darling, but it’s just too hot to feed you a proper dinner. Maybe next week (fingers crossed).

Corn has to be my favorite summertime veggie. It’s sweet, it’s crunchy, and it’s extremely versatile. I can usually find a way to sneak corn into just about any dish. It’s even good in ice cream, but that’s another story for a different post.

Grilling the corn until it’s slightly charred gives the corn a lovely depth of flavor. It brings out the nuttiness in the corn and gives it a nice smokey flavor. What I’m trying to say is grill your corn because it’s just plain ol’ delicious.

This dip is great for parties, barbecues, and even dinner when it’s just too hot to make anything else.

Chip up and dig in! Happy Fourth of July!


Black Bean & Fire Roasted Corn Salsa

Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


3 ears corn
2 jalapeños
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/3 cup red onion, minced
1 14.5-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 lime, juiced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste


Preheat a charcoal or gas grill. Drizzle corn and jalapeños with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill until slightly charred on all sides. Remove from the grill and allow the corn and jalapeños to cool slightly. Cut the corn off the cob. Slice the jalapeños in half, take out the seeds, and dice.

In a medium-sized bowl, add corn, jalapeños, black beans, red onion, cilantro, tomatoes, and lime juice. Add salt and pepper to taste and gently mix. Store in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator until you're ready to eat.


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29 Responses to “Black Bean & Fire Roasted Corn Salsa”

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    Amy (Savory Moments) — July 4, 2012 at 7:21 am

    I love homemade salsas like this in the summer. Your recipe looks very delicious and fresh!


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    Jen @ Juanita's Cocina — July 4, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I adore anything that I can scoop with a chip. YUM!!!


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    diabeticFoodie — July 4, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Great idea to roast the corn. I’ve been known to have homemade salsa and pita chips for dinner myself!


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    Tora Estep — July 4, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I love grilled corn. This looks like a great substantial salsa. Why would you need to feed anyone much more than this?


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    Kim @Treats & Trinkets — July 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Ooh, Jennie, that looks so amazing! I live within walking distance of three different family farms, so fresh corn is readily available at all times during the summer, and I do love corn in my salsa. I know what I’m making this week!


    • Jennie replied July 6th, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Thanks, Kim! I love fresh corn from local markets.


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    The Hill Hangout — July 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    This looks delicious! We have lots of fresh corn in the summer, so this would be a great way to use some of it :)


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    Choc Chip Uru — July 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    This salsa is absolutely invcredible my friend :D
    Roasting corn is genius!
    Also my subscription to your blog does not come through, is there any issue you know of? I want to keep up to date with your recipes, yum :D

    Choc Chip Uru


    • Jennie replied July 4th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      I think you have to sign up via email again. After I transferred all of my stuff to a self-hosted site, all of my email subscribers got erased.


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    Terra — July 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Happy 4th of July!!! What a great salsa to bring to any Summer party, it is one of my favorites to enjoy:-) YUM! Hugs, Terra


    • Jennie replied July 6th, 2012 at 8:16 am

      Thanks, Terra. Happy 4th to you, too.


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    Jaime — July 5, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Looks so yummy and simple!! I’m hoping to have a house-warming party (er…actually it’s more newly rented flat) in August. This would be perfect for the day!!


    • Jennie replied July 6th, 2012 at 8:15 am

      Thanks, Jaime! Congrats on the new flat.


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    cj — July 5, 2012 at 1:07 am

    You’ve got plenty of protein with the beans nothing else necessary … yum :)


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    Suzi — July 5, 2012 at 8:25 am

    This salad is my kind of salad. Love the fire roasted corn, fresh and healthy. Hope you had a fun 4th.


    • Jennie replied July 6th, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Thanks, Suzi! Happy 4th to you, too.


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    Baker Street — July 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Now that’s my kinda salad! Gorgeous clicks, Jenni! :)


    • Jennie replied July 6th, 2012 at 8:09 am

      Thanks, An. It’s one of my favorite dips.


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    Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) — July 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    this sounds like a fantastic dip!


    • Jennie replied July 6th, 2012 at 8:09 am

      Thanks, Jenn!


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    kale — July 5, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Salsa dinners are the best! :)


    • Jennie replied July 6th, 2012 at 8:08 am

      I totally agree, and that’s exactly what I told my husband. I don’t think he was buying into it, though :)


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    TastefullyJulie — July 5, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Yum, love this! I just made something similar.


    • Jennie replied July 6th, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Thanks, Julie.


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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Ooooh I bet that charred flavor is insanely awesome in this!


    • Jennie replied July 6th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      It really added a nice smoky flavor. Thanks!


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    ellenbcookery — July 7, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I just love dips. This is an awesome recipe!


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    Chloe Chase — July 26, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I love black bean salsas. This spice version sounds great. Thanks.


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