Real Fresh, Real Delicious Charred Chile and Corn Salsa
In the mood for something sweet, salty, and a little spicy?  I have just the thing to satisfy cravings for all things fresh, simple, and delicious—Charred Chile and Corn Salsa! Whether you’re tailgating with friends or enjoying #TacoTuesday with family, this corn salsa is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Plus, it’s easy and quick to prepare, and it’s a great way to enjoy seasonal produce!

Charred Chile and Corn Salsa

A hand reaching into a clear bowl of salsa
2 ears fresh corn, husked
1 poblano or hatch chile - Catch more hatch chile recipes on the blog!
2 large tomatoes or 3 medium, cored and chopped
1 fresh jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, chopped fine (optional)
½ red onion, chopped fine
½ teaspoon of salt, plus more to taste
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
2 tbs fresh lime juice
Pepper to taste
Tortilla chips for serving
Salsa ingredients on a wooden background (corn, hatch chile, cilantro, tomatoes, onion, and lime)
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  • Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of salt over chopped tomatoes and place in a fine mesh strainer to drain excess juice while preparing the rest of the recipe.
  • Place the fresh ears of corn and whole chile in a large cast iron or stainless skillet over high heat, turning occasionally until corn is charred in places and chile is blistered all over, about 10-14 minutes.  Reduce heat as needed to prevent scorching.  
  • Allow corn and chile to cool for a few minutes, then slice corn kernels off the cob with a sharp knife.  Remove the stem, core, and seeds from the chile, and roughly chop.  
  • Discard tomato juice.  In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, corn, chile, and all remaining ingredients (except chips) and stir gently to mix.  Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!
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Angela Larson
Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas. 
Build Your Own Taco Bar

Crunchy or soft...beef or chicken...make your taco how you like it! Invite your friends, neighbors and family over for everyone's favorite, taco night!

Planning & Preparation

  • Get a head count. Once everyone RSVPs, start a list of who will bring what. Sides are easy for one couple/family, but you may suggest for two couples or families to split the cost of the meat. We're planning for a large crowd, so you don't want someone to feel overwhelmed!
  • Have variety. Your hot scale may be totally different than mine. So have mild, medium, and hot salsas available for everyone. Having a variety of flour, corn, and flavored tortillas and taco shells can be fun too. 
  • Embrace the theme. If you're planning the food to such detail, don't leave out the decor and drinks! Run to your local Brookshire Brothers or David's and grab some balloons and margarita mix. While you're out, try to find some fun margarita glasses too. You can send them home as a party favor, or keep them for your next taco night!

The Setup

  • Be strategic and create a flow. When your guests arrive, have a cocktail area where they can mingle and socialize before moving on to the food.
  • Invest in heavy duty! Let's be honest...everyone's eyes will be bigger than their stomachs. If you're going for paper and plastic, invest in heavy duty plates. 
  • Labels are important. Make sure you have labels in front of each station and/or food item. We wouldn't want anyone to confuse "mild" and "hot" salsa!


You did it! You made your taco the way you want it and enjoyed your company along the way. Taco Tuesday may be when everyone wants tacos, but don't limit yourself to one day a week! Make taco night any night you're craving something salty and savory.