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Sweet and Spicy Corn Salsa

Capture the flavor of summer in this sweet and spicy salsa - great with chips, on tacos or salads, or stirred into guacamole.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Condiment, Salsa
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef


  • 4 ears of sweet corn (kernels removed and reserved, husks discarded)
  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 and ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 1 and ½ tsp. ground red pepper (add an extra tsp. ground red pepper if you like your salsa more spicy)


  • Toss the sweet corn kernels and chopped red pepper together in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the vinegar, sugar, water, mustard seeds, and cumin seeds. Pace the pan over medium-high heat until it begins to boil. Reduce the liquid to a simmer. Add the chopped onion and ground red pepper. Simmer until the onion becomes translucent, about 10 minutes. To the simmering liquid, add the sweet corn and chopped red pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer the corn salsa to a non-reactive container, pressing down lightly to pack the corn. Gently pour the remaining cooking liquid from the saucepan over the packed salsa just until it is covered. Refrigerate for a day before serving (to allow the flavors to develop).
  • Serve with chips for dipping.