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Copycat Trader Joes Corn and Chile Salsa
Copycat Trader Joes Corn and Chile Salsa
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
11 mins
Total Time
31 mins
Addictingly delicious, this Copycat Trader Joe's Corn and Chile Salsa is perfect for parties, picnics and potlucks. It's wonderful with chips, on salads, sandwiches, quesadillas, pizza... you name it!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 2 tablespoon servings
Calories: 30 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 4 medium ears of sweet corn unhusked (or 1 11-ounce can yellow corn)
  • ¼ cup finely diced sweet yellow onion
  • ¼ cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons finely chopped jalapeno pepper start with 1 and add more, if you want more heat
  • 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. If using canned corn, drain corn well and transfer to a medium size bowl.
  2. If using fresh corn, place 2 ears at a time in the microwave and cook for 5 minutes on high power. Carefully, with oven mitts, remove corn from microwave and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining 2 ears of corn. When cool enough to handle, pull off husks and silk. Lay corn on it’s side and cut kernels from cobs, rotating the ear of corn as you go. Transfer corn to a medium size bowl.
  3. Add diced onion, red bell pepper and finely chopped jalapeño to bowl with the corn. Stir to combine.
  4. Combine vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, coriander, cumin, crushed red pepper and salt in a medium size, microwave safe bowl. Stir well to combine. Microwave on high power for 1 minute.
  5. Remove vinegar mixture from microwave and add to bowl with corn mixture. Stir well.
  6. Allow salsa to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately or transfer to a glass jar or storage container and refrigerate till ready to use. Salsa will keep in refrigerator for 5 days to 1 week.
Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above for lots of helpful information regarding this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Copycat Trader Joes Corn and Chile Salsa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 30
% Daily Value*
Sodium 77mg3%
Potassium 69mg2%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 3g3%
Vitamin A 135IU3%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.