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Fresh Corn Salsa [with Homemade Tortilla Chips]

July 14, 2019

Get the best of summer with this fresh corn salsa paired with crispy baked chili lime tortilla chips. Homemade tortilla chips are so easy to make and the recipe is made extra simple without needing to cook the corn on the cob!

Get the best of summer with this fresh corn salsa paired with crispy baked chili lime tortilla chips. Homemade tortilla chips are so easy to make and the recipe is made extra simple without needing to cook the corn on the cob! #cornsalsa #vegan

Every time I pick up a piece of corn, I am reminded of how grateful I am that I no longer have braces. Can anyone else relate? You either eat the corn as usual and deal with the consequences or you have to cut the corn off the cob. Let’s be real, it’s delicious either way but I’m still grateful that I’m done with the braces phase of life. 

I first created this corn salsa as an appetizer or snack but quickly realized it can be a side or topping for a variety of meals. I love adding this salsa to burrito bowls, this quinoa taco salad, and even for topping off tacos!

If you eat this fresh corn salsa on it’s own as a snack, I highly recommend making these baked chili lime tortilla chips to go with it. Sure, it takes more time than buying a bag of chips but I promise you the time is worth it! If you’ve never made homemade chips, it’s super simple. Cut up corn tortillas into triangles and then dip in fresh squeezed lime juice. Sprinkle chili powder on each side of the tortilla and arrange on a baking sheet and bake at 400º for 12 minutes. Again, takes a few extra minutes but 100% worth it in my opinion!

Ingredients in Fresh Corn Salsa

  • large vine tomatoes
  • fresh sweet corn
  • garlic clove
  • red onion
  • cayenne pepper
  • lime juice
  • salt and pepper

Summer is here with this fresh corn salsa recipe that can be made in just 10 minutes! #cornsalsa

How to Make Fresh Corn Salsa

I love making fresh corn salsa because it’s so quick and easy to throw together! Start by chopping one tomato into four pieces and pulse in a blender or food processor until the tomato is “liquidy” with some chunks. Then take the remainder of the full tomatoes and remove the inner seeds. Chop them into small chunks and combine with the pulsed tomato. Add the fresh sweet corn that’s been cut from the cob, minced garlic, diced red onion, cayenne pepper and lime juice to the tomatoes and stir. Add in salt and pepper as needed and serve!

Can You Eat Raw Corn?

Yes, yes you can! Raw corn is absolutely delicious and also removes one step to making this fresh corn salsa. You just cut the corn right off the cob and add to the salsa. It’s delicious right then and there but when left to soak up all the lime and tomato juices it gets even more delicious. So fear now, cooked corn is not necessary for this recipe. PHEW.Healthy homemade tortilla chips are so easy to make plus you don't want to miss out on this chili lime variety!

How to Make Tortilla Chips

Homemade tortilla chips are super easy to make and require very little effort. These chili lime tortilla chips have a bomb of flavor that you can’t get from store-bought varieties. Here’s what’s required:

  • fresh corn tortillas
  • lime juice
  • chili powder
  • salt

That’s it! Plus no frying required. Just cut, sprinkle and bake for healthy homemade tortilla chips


Fresh Corn Salsa with Baked Chili Lime Tortilla Chips

Get the best of summer with this fresh corn salsa paired with crispy baked chili lime tortilla chips. Homemade tortilla chips are so easy to make and the recipe is made extra simple without needing to cook the corn on the cob!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegetarian



For the Fresh Corn Salsa:

  • 5 large vine tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh corn, cut off cob
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the Baked Chili Lime Tortilla Chips:

  • 4 corn tortillas
  • juice, 1 lime
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • salt, to taste


For the Fresh Corn Salsa:

  1. Take one tomato, chop into 4 pieces and place in a blender or food processor.
  2. Pulse tomato several times. Tomato should break up and become liquidy with some chunks.
  3. Remove inner seeds from remainder of tomatoes and chop into small chunks. Combine with pulsed tomato.
  4. Add fresh corn, garlic, red onion, cayenne pepper and lime juice to tomatoes and stir.
  5. Add in salt and pepper to desired taste.
  6. Store in fridge.

For the Baked Chili Lime Tortilla Chips:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Place 4 corn tortillas on top of each other and using scissors, cut into 8 pieces so that you have 32 triangular chips.
  3. In a small bowl juice the lime.
  4. Dip each chip in lime juice so both sides are coated.
  5. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Do not overcrowd (use two sheets if necessary).
  6. Shake half of chili powder over the tortilla chips and then flip and shake the other half over chips.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes. Watch closely to ensure they do not burn.
  8. Serve warm.*

*They taste best eaten the day of

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  • Reply
    [email protected]
    July 27, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Peas were my nemesis too. Still are actually.

    I’m fascinated by the lime chips. Can’t wait to try them.

  • Reply
    Nikki @ will run for pizza
    July 27, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I could eat chips and salsa everyday. And I love making it myself. This salsa sounds/looks soooo good! And I would love to make my own corn chips too! P.S. Isn’t it funny how we always want something we don’t have?! I spent my childhood years (and probably my teenage years if I’m really wanting to embarrass myself) putting foil gum wrappers, and even sticks of gum, on my teeth because I wanted braces so bad! LOL Never needed them. (sorry) 😉

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    July 26, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    This looks so fresh and easy! I have corn tortillas in my fridge right now and just may make these very soon 🙂

    Foods definitely trigger memories for me too… On Easter when I was probably 11 or 12 I got sick and threw up after eating chocolate peanut butter cups, so I didn’t eat anything with a chocolate + peanut butter combo for like 5 years. What was I thinking?! I’ve been making up for those years ever since I began eating it again! Best.combo.ever.

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    July 26, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I used to have a much better memory than I do now. These days, I’m lucky to remember which of my boys is which!!! I don’t have a lot of memories from growing up (blocked for good reason:) but I do remember long trips when my parents were still married. We had 6 people in a car, too. And, my dad didn’t believe in spending money on a hotel so we often drove 24+ hours without a break and my twin brother threw-up in the car at least once on every single trip – good times!!!

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