Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Forget buying jars of salsa when you can make this delicious Corn and Black Bean Salsa at home!

Forget buying jars of salsa when you can make this delicious Corn and Black Bean Salsa at home!

This week I had to do some grocery shopping for back to school. Purchasing all the items on my kids “lunch” menus. In our house that means, sandwich stuff (with multiple options for bread….buns, hawaiian rolls, tortillas), fruits, granola bars, chips, etc etc etc.

WOW. The price of food seems to have skyrocketed this summer. It’s crazy how I’ve gotten so used to just adding things to my shopping cart without even looking at the prices. And in the summer, I tend to just blaze through the grocery store, adding everything I need (and then some) without paying attention to the cost. I just want to get to the checkout and be home. It’s summer after all.

But now that the kids are back in school, I took a little extra time wandering the store, paying attention to sales (and of course, regular prices).

WOAH.. Sticker shock!! And not just on meat, which everyone knows has gone up. But the produce. Dairy. EVERYTHING.

Forget buying jars of salsa when you can make this delicious Corn and Black Bean Salsa at home!

Every year around this time my husband and I try to hammer down and stick to a budget. Kids are back to school so it’s time to get back on schedule with dinner and menu planning. We can usually save HUNDREDS of dollars this time of year. One, menu planning helps me not over buy at the store. Two, kids aren’t home eating snacks.

But this week, I didn’t save ANY money. I was shocked. I thought I could get in and out in under $200 (that’s our budget for the week, for our family of five). But alas, it didn’t happen and I was over budget.

Which means, no jarred salsa in my cart (we eat a lot of salsa at our house). We not only eat it as a snack, but add it to many of our dinner dishes. One of my favorite varieties is Corn and Black Bean Salsa. I love the chunky texture!

And it’s so easy to recreate at home! Perfect for dipping your favorite tortilla chip in, or adding it to this Slow Cooker Taco Chili.

Forget buying jars of salsa when you can make this delicious Corn and Black Bean Salsa at home!

So, have YOU noticed prices go up? Are you a coupon cutter? Tell me your tricks to saving money at the grocery store!!

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Yield: about 4 ½ cups

Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Prep Time 10 minutes


  • 1 can (15oz) sweet corn, drained (about 1 ¾ cup corn)
  • 1 can (15oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15oz) diced tomatoes (or 1 ¾ cup fresh diced)
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup cilantro, snipped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced


  1. In a large bowl, combine salsa ingredients. Refrigerate one hour (or more) to allow flavors to blend. Serve with chips and enjoy! Or use in your favorite recipes that call for salsa.

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Love this Salsa recipe? I’ve got some more that you may enjoy:


 Watermelon Peach Salsa. Sweet and tangy, this is a great chip dip!


 Mango Salsa: another sweet and tangy recipe, with pomegranate and peppers!


Fruit Salsa: this is a great snack or dessert, served with cinnamon pita chips!

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Forget buying jars of salsa when you can make this delicious Corn and Black Bean Salsa at home!

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Posted on August 19, 2015

Comments & Reviews

  1. I hear ya on the rising food costs!  Have you seen the price of eggs?  It’s crazy town out there!  So much for saving money in the grocery store!  Although it just makes us get creative and make our own, right?  Love this fun salsa that you made here!  I would definitely eat my fair share of it!!!

    1. Yes, EGGS! Crazy town. I buy mainly organic fruits, veggies, meats, dairy, and eggs. And the cost of those items alone sends my bill over the $200 mark each week. UGH.

  2. My eyes almost popped out of my head when I was checking out at the store this morning, it really is amazing how fast the cost of food adds up. Corn and black bean salsa is my favorite I could put this salsa on everything! Looks delicious!

  3. Food prices have gone up – but, the funny thing is  – it seems to be at only certain stores! Now, it’s no fun shopping at different stores for the week, but, since school started, I’ve been just getting a bag load of things at a time depending on which store I am driving by and I have noticed a marked price difference. 
    Back to this salsa – so much better than store bought anyway!

  4. It’s crazy how much money we spend on food! But what can you do? I try and stock up on the basics when they are on sale. Every little bit helps!

  5. I thought I was the only one who thought prices went up! IT’S CRAZY. And not awesome when my grocery bills are already nuts.
    I’m loving this homemade salsa! I’ve never thought to black bean-i-fy salsa, but YUM! Pinned!

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