Monday, August 17, 2015

Corn Salsa

This corn salsa is quite possibly one of the best things to come out of my kitchen in a long time. 

Corn Salsa (better than Chipotle!!)

It is even better, dare I say, than Chipotle's corn salsa.  I realize what a tremendous statement that is!  But, I made this salsa for a weekend away with friends, and on the ride to the cabin, we stopped for lunch at Chipotle.  I had their corn salsa.  It was good.  

The next day I had this corn salsa.  It was better!

Corn Salsa (better than Chipotle!!)

Also, I'm one of those weird people who make a vast majority of the salsa they eat.  I think it's really fun to put out a trio of salsas when people come over for supper and we're having Mexican food.  I have a triple bowl serving dish, so I put corn salsa in one, salsa verde in another (still finding a recipe I like), and red salsa in the other (this recipe, tweaked, is my favorite).  The corn salsa always goes first!

As you probably know, I am a devout Aldi shopper, and I don't have a lot of brand loyalty when it comes to food.  Corn for this corn salsa is an exception.  I always use this corn...

I think you'd be fine using any frozen corn that's smaller and that's labeled "super sweet."

Here's the recipe!  It's easy peasy...just some cutting!

Corn Salsa
adapted from a recipe from my friend, Bri

1 16 oz bag frozen corn, thawed
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and ribs removed, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
bunch of cilantro, top half of the bushy part, finely chopped
1-2 tablespoons sugar
juice from 1 juicy lime
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.  
Taste the salsa on a tortilla chip to see what it needs.

Why so emphatic about tasting on a tortilla chip?  Tortilla chips are salty, and seeing as you largely eat salsa on tortilla chips, you can have a better feel for how much salt you need to add to the actual salsa.  Nobody wants over-salted salsa!  For the record, On the Border Cafe Style tortilla chips are my favorite.

I find that I usually need to add more lime juice and some salt and pepper to the salsa when I'm making have an extra lime on hand just in case!  

Also, don't freak out about the sugar in there.  I've tried it without sugar, and it really does need a bit!   

This corn salsa is the perfect addition to any Mexican food meal (great on tacos, too), but is perfect for a cook out or for just eating outside on your deck or patio or lawn!  

Just in case you're hungry for more Chipotle, give this a try