Black Bean Salsa – This black bean salsa dip is incredibly easy to make, and packed full of amazing flavor with black beans, corn, tomato, red onion, and some jalapeños for a nice kick!

black bean salsa


We originally posted this Black Bean Salsa in 2017, the recipe stays the same but we’ve given the post and photos a little facelift!  This dip is so easy to make, and one of our favorites!  It’s so great because you can make it mostly with all pantry staples like canned corn and black beans!  Black bean salsa tastes so fresh with simple chopped veggies like onion and tomatoes, and then a big squeeze of lime juice!  If you’re looking for something to serve this with we love to have it with this authentic Machaca or Chicken Tinga!  Also, if you’re craving more easy dips, try our super easy Blender Salsa Recipe and our Simple Homemade Salsa Verde!

bowl of black bean salsa

How to Make Black Bean Salsa:

So, I love keeping this salsa as fresh as I can.  When corn is in season, I prefer to use fresh.  You can also use canned corn, or frozen thawed corn if that’s what you have on hand. Black bean salsa is super easy to make.  You will need one serving bowl (with a lid) to mix together your beans, corn, chopped tomato and onion, jalapenos, and cilantro. If you aren’t a fan of cilantro, you can absolutely leave it out.  This dip is still great either way. Your second bowl will be used to mix up a simple dressing of lime juice, olive oil, and seasonings.  The flavor in this salsa is really fresh and amazing.  You can always give it a taste test, and add more seasonings to your preference. Another note to make is on the jalapeno.  I keep it at two jalapenos and remove the seeds.  If you like your salsa less spicy, only one jalapeno is fine.  If you like it extra spicy, go ahead and add a third, or leave the seeds in the dip!

black bean salsa in a bowl


For the best flavor make sure you allow this dip to chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.  I typically try to give it 1-2 hours if I can.  You can store this dip in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days before serving as well.  A random side note here because I’ve had a few people ask:  YES this dip is amazing with the addition of avocado if you’d like!  Just make sure you add any diced avocado right before serving so that it maintains it green color.


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5 from 17 votes

Black Bean Salsa

Black Bean Salsa - This black bean salsa dip is incredibly easy to make, and packed full of amazing flavor with black beans, corn, tomato, red onion, and some jalapeno for a nice kick!
Prep 10 minutes
Total 10 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1 15 Ounce Can Black Beans, Drained and rinsed
  • 1 Cup Corn, Fresh, canned (drained), or frozen
  • 1 Medium Tomato, Diced
  • 2 Jalapenos, Seeded and diced
  • 1/2 Red Onion, Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper


  • In a large bowl combine the black beans, corn, diced tomato, jalapenos, and cilantro.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, garlic powder, cumin, salt, and cayenne.  Pour over the black bean mixture.
  • Chill the salsa for 30 minutes before serving.



Serving: 2TBSP, Calories: 84kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 146mg, Potassium: 18mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 57IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Mexican
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  1. 5 stars
    Superb! I used froz yellow corn and it worked nicely. The corn brought the perfect amount of sweetness to balance the tang from the limes.

    1. I’ve made this recipe before. The only difference I made was instead of the dressing I used white balsamic vinegar. It gives the salsa a real snap.