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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
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    July 25, 2014 at 5:37 am

    We need to discuss these road trip memories. Poor D. I tend to have a good memory for things which don’t benefit me or come in handy- like for tests urgh.

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    July 25, 2014 at 5:38 am

    We need to discuss these road trip memories. Poor D. I tend to have a good memory for things which don’t benefit me or come in handy- like for tests urgh.

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    July 25, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Ha – I am known for recalling all meals. I know what I have had at every restaurant, birthday, event and if you have me recall a memory, I usually associate the memory with where I was and what I ate that day lol.

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    July 25, 2014 at 5:56 am

    That salsa looks amazing – so fresh!

    I have a great memory too – but again for random stuff! I also remember faces really well and where I first saw people – especially films, TV etc.

    I too can guarantee that 3 years ago I had Special K for breakfast… Urgh!

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    July 25, 2014 at 6:04 am

    I love that you can remember every meal for each birthday – that is amazing! I have a really good memory and a really bad memory at the same time. Massive contradiction I know. I can remember the most obscure things from my childhood and forget the rest. And then I can remember 100s of facts about some things and then completely forget something someone told me a week ago. Strange…..
    Salsa and chips look great. Paired with a sexy mojito – winning 😉

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    July 25, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Hi, my name is Taylor and I have an obsession with lime tortilla chips.
    So, basically I am going to marry these. And you, for making them. The corn salsa looks bomb too girlfriend! Pinned!

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    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    July 25, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Ohhh my goodness it’s like all my favorite things in one place! I’ve been LOVING fresh corn this summer and tortilla chips are my weakness 😉 Thanks for sharing this deliciousness!

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    July 25, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Ha! I definitely have certain food memories that have stuck with me through thick and thin (for better or worse). But corn is always a good memory for me….though it wasn’t as fun to eat during my braces years! I want to stick my face in this salsa and not come up for air until it’s all in my belly.

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    July 25, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Hahaha perhaps the most random story you’ve told and I love it. I also dread thinking of corn because my mom used to force feed it to me. How wonderful I felt when I learned that it is NOT a vegetable and I don’t ever need to eat it again.

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    July 25, 2014 at 9:33 am

    love the idea of chili lime tortilla..i have some good food memories where we stopped by roadside cafe for lunch..they are the best.

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    July 25, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Haha! Corn is good. Braces aren’t. This sounds fantastic!

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    Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon
    July 25, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I have been loving summer corn lately and I definitely need this salsa in my weekend plans! I also have some old tortillas that need sprucing up, so thanks for knowing my needs 😉 SO happy to no longer have braces but I kick myself constantly for never wearing my retainer after getting them off…. boo!

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    July 25, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I have an AWFUL memory. I can’t even remember what I wore yesterday (jk… Madewell linen sweater and J Crew Chino shorts). Anyway… funny story about the corn (also we are the same person)… my dad used to carry a POCKET KNIFE just so he could cut corn off the cob for me. Weren’t braces THE WORST? At the pool a couple weeks ago we were eavesdropping on these like 10 year olds conversation about braces and what color rubber bands they were going to have… that was always SUCH a dilemma. I always thought black would be cool but also I lived in WV so people would probably think I didn’t have teeth.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      July 25, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      This is the best comment in the history of all comments.

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    July 25, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Your road trips remind me of the ones I used to take with my family when we drove from Edmonton to LA…. except there were only 3 of us in the car so I got the whole back seat to myself and slept a whole lot of the way 😛 It used to be good to be an only child — now I wish I had a brother or sister.

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    July 25, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Dude, the best of use have been “brace faces”. They were not pretty years but I think it brings those of us who suffered a little closer together, no?

    This looks delicious btw 🙂

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    Joanna @ Living Mint Green
    July 25, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I have so many good memories but I cannot reveal them on the internet. This is why I need to come to TO and drink all your vodka and facetime Arman together.

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    July 25, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Love the idea of dipping the chips in lime… yum! I’m going to try my chips at 400 instead of 425… they burn really easily and maybe this will help. Can’t wait to try your version!

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    Mary Frances
    July 25, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Oh so true! Braces were a pain, but especially in the summer. Like, who has the corn on the cob CUT OFF? Davida, those chips are going to be my undoing. Chili lime chips? I’ve got my dipping dance on and am ready to rock!

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    July 25, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I have a really good memory! I can remember a lot of details going pretty far back. I think my memory has helped me a lot in school. I also tend to remember really bad things like every time I was sick from the time I was little! This looks AMAZING! I want to make it!!

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    July 25, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    THOSE CHIPPPPSS OMGGG. They look perfect, absolutely perfect. I actually don’t really like corn, but I will eat it in salsas and obviously in everything else it’s snuck into. I loved my braces, and I wanted them forever. I was totally butthurt when I only had to wear them for a year. I was an odd child…

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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane
    July 26, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I think I do have a pretty good memory, especially when it comes to food, like you! I have to say tho that it can also be pretty selective! Haha!
    Wonderful-looking salsa. I really love the idea of making my own tortilla chips. Yours look very professional indeed!

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    Consuelo - Honey & Figs
    July 26, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Oh I have a brilliant memory when it comes to food as well hehehehe good stuff is sooo hard to forget I guess. Now, if I happened to eat a bowl of these chips, I tell you that not in a million of years would I forget them. They look amaaaaaaaazing 😉

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    Amanda @ Positively Amanda
    July 26, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Yum! Homemade lime chips!

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    July 26, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Its totally ok that Im more excited about the chips and not the salsa, right? Just saying…those chips need to be in my mouth, like right now. Not that the salsa doesn’t look good too! But those chips….calling my name!

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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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    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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    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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    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.

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