This delicious and refreshing black bean and corn salsa is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next party or event! Enjoy the kick of spices and the crunchy vegetables. It’s a great way to add some fiber and protein to your snack if you enjoy with tortilla chips. You can also use as an addition to tacos, burrito bowls, or whenever you would typically use salsa! 

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

This salad is so delicious and refreshing! You can pair it with just about anything.
Course: Appetizers and Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy, Fall, Fiber, Make ahead, Party, Quick, Spring, Summer
Condition: Chronic Kidney Disease, Dairy Free, Diabetes, Gluten Free, Heart Health, Low Sodium, Nut Free, PCOS, Vegetarian
Servings: 20


  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 can black eyed peas
  • 2 cans corn sweet
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1-2 tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • tortilla chips for serving


  • Open the cans of black beans, black eyed peas, and corn then drain and rinse the contents and put them into a bowl. Drain well to make sure it doesn’t turn watery.
  • Chop bell peppers and the jalapeño. If you don't want the salsa to be as spicy, you can de-seed the jalapeño before adding to the bowl.
  • Dice the tomatoes and onion and chop the cilantro. Add them into the bowl.
  • Add the lime juice, cumin, chili powder, and garlic into the bowl.
  • Drizzle the olive oil and red wine vinegar over the contents in the bowl.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix well and serve with chips.


Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 403IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

This black bean and corn salsa may seem like a lot of ingredients to put together for a side dish but it is actually simple to make it worth the effort.  It makes a large bowl so you will be able to feed a crowd. Nutrition analysis calculated without the chips because you may want to eat this dish as a protein-packed salsa with chips or as a side dish so portion size may also vary.

This tasty combination of black beans, black eyed peas, tomatoes, corn, peppers and spices make a great addition to a potluck, BBQ or any other event.  Since it is a vegetarian and vegan recipe it will please both meat eaters and non-meat eaters at your event. It is also dairy free, gluten-free and nut free.

Black-eyes peas are considered good luck if you eat them on January first each year.  Why not try eating this salsa recipe in addition or instead of the traditional hoppin john recipe?

Looking for other delicious recipes using black beans? We have plenty, just search our recipe database with the words black beans.  Here are a few of our favorites:

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Rebecca Bitzer loves to empower Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and their clients.  Co-author of Welcome to the Rebelution: Seven steps to the nutrition counseling practice of your dreams and  Taste the Sweet Rebellion: Rebel against dieting.