Sweet & Spicy Corn and Black Bean Salsa Recipe

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This corn and black bean salsa is one of my favorite snacks and is my go-to item to bring to cookouts and summer get-togethers. It uses simple ingredients and comes together in a snap. The best part, no cooking, and minimal cleanup!

The Secret Ingredient

Honey* is the secret ingredient that adds a sweetness that offsets the spice and makes you keep shoveling in more. It’s easy to go overboard on sweetness, so I recommend starting with a teaspoon or two and adding more after your first taste test if needed.

If you’re not a person who loves spicy food, simply forgo the jalapeño, cumin, cayenne pepper, and chili powder. This recipe is delicious even when the spice level is toned down.

Like any of my recipes, I recommend using this as a baseline for ingredients, adding or removing parts based on what you have available. I throw in red pepper when it’s around, and I’ve made this recipe before without the tomatoes and green chiles, and it was just as good. The beauty of salsa is that it truly can stand alone with limited ingredients.

Decisions, Decisions

I most frequently eat this corn and black bean salsa with tortilla chips for a traditional appetizer. But I’ve even eaten it alone for a snack or over a salad for lunch as well. Any way you choose to enjoy it, the main goal is always to get the salsa to mouth as quickly as possible. It’s incredibly versatile while also nutritional and guaranteed to fill you up.

I’ll admit that I’ve eaten an entire bowl of this for dinner before. I made the mistake of eating in front of the tv, and the rest is history. If you do the same, trust me when I say there is no shame, and you are not alone. Enjoy!

Sweet & Spicy Corn and Black Bean Salsa

A delicious spicy salsa great for taking to parties
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Corn and Black Bean Salsa, Salsa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Clean Up Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4 people
Cost $6


  • 1 15oz can Black Beans
  • 1 15oz can Sweet Corn
  • 1 10oz can Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles
  • 1/2 Jalapeño
  • 1/4 Red Onion
  • 1/4 Red Pepper
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Honey Substitute Agave if vegan
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 pinch Black Pepper


  • Drain back beans, corn, and diced tomatoes with green chiles and add to bowl.
  • Dice jalapeño, red onion, and red pepper and add to bowl.
  • Add olive oil, honey, and all spices to bowl.
  • Stir to combine and serve immediately or refrigerate up to 72 hours.


If you’re looking to limit the spiciness of this recipe, simply forgo the jalapeño, cumin, cayenne pepper, and chili powder.  I guarantee it will be just as delicious!

Did you try this recipe or do you have a go-to recipe you bring to every gathering? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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