Let’s Get Cookin’: Sweet Corn Salsa

by alexandra

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Big news, you guys! I’m starting a new series on the blog (called Let’s Get Cookin’, in case you didn’t catch that) so I can share some new kinds of recipes. Because… let’s get real; I can’t have a diet that revolves around flour, butter, sugar, and chocolate, so I thought it’d be fun to blog about some of the other foods I love. I’ve had this in the works for a few months now and I’m pretty excited to be putting out the first post today!

Sweet Corn Salsa | brighteyedbaker.com

Of course, it turns out that I’m starting with just about the simplest thing you could possibly make: salsa. It’s all good though; some of the baked recipes I give you guys are all elaborate and kinda complex, so I think a totally delicious and easy recipe is a good change. And of course, ever true to my baking roots, I picked a slightly sweet recipe for today, but savory-sweet, and therefore totally different. I’m actually obsessed with this salsa, so I’d say it’s the perfect recipe to start with.

Sweet Corn Salsa | brighteyedbaker.com

Have you ever had Trader Joe’s Sweet Corn and Chile Tomato-less Salsa? It’s totally amazing, a blend of spicy and sweet flavor that just WORKS. Well, this is basically (my version of) that salsa, made at home in minutes. It’s awesome. I’m all game for traditional salsa, and I definitley have nothing against tomatoes, but this is a fresh take on salsa that I’m loving. It’s colorful and zingy thanks to sweet corn, sweet red onion, and spicy jalapeño – basically bursting with flavor. I seriously can and do eat this salsa by the spoonful (so guilty!), but it’s also perfect for chips, burgers, salads… basically everything. I think we’re all meant to be out barbecuing this summer with a big bowl of this corn salsa at the ready. Yes?


Sweet Corn Salsa | brighteyedbaker.com

Sweet Corn Salsa

  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes


This addicting, spicy-yet-sweet corn salsa is perfect served with chips, salad, or burgers. It’s a fresh and zingy spin on salsa for summer!


  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) white distilled vinegar
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) water
  • 3 1/2 ounces (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus a pinch fine-grain sea salt, divided
  • 9 ounces (2 cups) minced red onion (about 1 onion)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 15 ounces (2 1/2 cups) corn kernels (I used canned corn)
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin


  1. Place the vinegar, water, sugar, and a pinch of sea salt in a medium or large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the minced onion and reduce heat as needed to keep at a simmer for about 10 minutes, until onions are soft and translucent. Remove from heat and strain out liquid. Place onions in a large bowl.
  2. While onions are cooking, hold the jalapeno pepper by the stem with a pair of tongs and use a kitchen torch to scorch the skin until it blackens and blisters evenly all around.* Place in a ziploc bag and seal, allowing steam to collect inside the bag for 5 minutes. Remove jalapeno and peel off the thin outer layer of skin. Mince pepper.
  3. Add the minced jalapeno, corn, ground mustard, cayenne, cumin, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon sea salt to the onions and mix together well. Transfer to a jar or other tightly lidded container and store in the refrigerator.


*If you don’t have a torch to use for the jalapeño, you can just skip this part and move on to mincing the jalapeño.

Recipe Adapted From: Inquiring Chef and Life Blessons

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Let’s talk:

What’s your favorite summer side dish or condiment? I LOVE salsa and other spicy foods; what about you? How do you like to have your salsa – anyone else eat it by the spoonful? ;) Speak up and leave a comment!

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Ashley June 4, 2013

I like the new series : ) And this salsa sounds fantastic … I have a total weakness for salsa and love trying different versions!
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alexandra June 5, 2013

Thanks Ashley! I’m with you on the salsa love!

Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 5, 2013

Salsa is my summer snack of choice! Great series idea.
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alexandra June 5, 2013

Thanks Laura! :) I can definitely see myself having more salsa this summer now that I realize how good it is homemade!

Kate July 9, 2013

Made this for the 4th. The fam loved it, could have made a double batch and probably will next time. I went a little easy on the pepper because I’m a lightweight in the heat department and used frozen baby gold & white corn. It was easy to make even roasted the pepper was no big deal and fun, did it over the stove flame, because it was late and I was too lazy to hunt for the torch. It was such a fresh snack, this salsa and a little watermelon kept us entertained until dinner. Thanks for posting the roundup, it reminded me to try this at the last minute.

alexandra July 9, 2013

Awesome! Thanks for letting me know that you tried it and that everyone liked it so much. :D And I’m glad that the roundup was a good reminder for you; I was worried that I got around to posting it way too late!

elie August 3, 2013

mouthwatering I will try it today

alexandra August 6, 2013

Let me know if you do!

jimvj March 8, 2014

Trader Joe’s salsa has liquid that covers the solids.
Do you just discard the sugar/vinegar/water?
Or should it be poured onto the solids in the jar?

alexandra March 10, 2014

I discard it since the onions soak up most of that flavor. It really doesn’t need the extra liquid, but I suppose you could always add some in if you want it.

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