A sweet salsa with medium heat, copycat Chipotle Corn Salsa recipe is made roasted poblano peppers, jalapeños, red onion, citrus juice, and plenty of corn. Use frozen corn like Chipotle does, or follow my easy tutorial for fresh corn.
What kind of corn does Chipotle use for their corn salsa?
Chipotle uses frozen corn for their corn salsa. One kind commenter pointed this out to me, and a friend who works there confirmed the same. Until recently, my recipe was written with instructions for fresh corn.
But if you have fresh corn on hand, or if you’ve made this recipe with fresh corn in the past, please carry on!
How to make Chipotle Corn Salsa with fresh corn
Here are my original instructions for using fresh corn:
- Bring a large pot of water and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil over high heat.
- Add corn and boil for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Submerge corn in a large bowl of ice water.
- When the corn is cool enough to handle, cut it off the cob and transfer to a large bowl.
While Chipotle’s corn isn’t roasted, the poblano peppers are.
This is pretty easy to do. You’ll want to roast 1-2 peppers, depending on their size, to have enough for this recipe (1 will probably do it but you don’t want to come up short).
You can roast the peppers in advance and keep them in the refrigerator for a week. Add your surplus to soups, sandwiches, or casseroles.
How to Roast Poblano Peppers
- Arrange an oven rack 6 inches from the broiler and preheat on HIGH.
- Broil the peppers until the tops are blackened and blistered but not ash white, about 5 minutes.
- Turn the peppers every few minutes until all sides are blackened.
- Transfer to a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let stand until peppers are cool enough to handle, about 20 minutes.
- Carefully rub off and discard the blackened skin, then remove and discard the stem and seeds.
Everything else is pretty standard. This recipe closely mimics Chipotle’s Fresh Tomato Salsa; if you have tomatoes on hand and extra of everything else for this recipe, you can easily make both.
If you’ve never had Chipotle’s Corn Salsa, they consider this their “medium” heat salsa (the Fresh Tomato Salsa is “mild”). Although there are hints of spice from the poblano peppers and the jalapeños, the salsa is overall quite sweet from all the corn. It is delicious on everything, ever.
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Chipotle Corn Salsa Recipe (Copycat)
- Cook corn according to package directions. Spread on a baking sheet to cool.
- To a large bowl, add cooled corn, red onion, jalapeno peppers, poblano pepper, cilantro, lemon juice, and lime juice. Season to taste with salt.