Served Warm or Cold – Creamy Black Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe

Written by Kristen of Dine and Dish.

It’s the time of year for neighborhood parties, impromptu driveway get togethers or back on the deck wine chats with friends. Friends and neighbors are officially out of hibernation from the long winter days and gathering together, outside, is once again on everyone’s minds. It is this time of year when I make certain to have a repertoire of quick and easy appetizer recipes on hand, as you never know when a quick “hello” with someone might turn into a late night evening of friends and fellowship.

Two of my favorite ingredients to use in the spring and summer are corn and black beans. With these two ingredients on hand, the possibilities for quick and easy snacks are endless. You can make Black Bean Burritos, Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas, Black Bean Dip, Sweet Corn Relish, and more! Most of the recipes can be whipped up in a matter of minutes, so you won’t miss out on any of the outdoor social time.

One recipe I serve time and time again this time of year is this one for Black Bean and Corn Salsa. I love it because it is great served both hot and cold. The creamy, sweet base gives those who take a taste a bit of surprise, but they always come back for more. Made with a combination of a creamy cole slaw sauce and black beans and corn, this recipe is perfect for lingering over conversation with good friends.

Summer snacks don’t have to be complicated or take a large amount of time to prepare. With the right ingredients on hand, you can be ready for entertaining any time a friend drops in.

Photo by Kristen Doyle of Dine & Dish

Creamy Black Bean and Corn Salsa
5.0 from 2 reviews
Recipe type: Condiment
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves/Yield: 6
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained and cooked according to label directions
  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels, cooked
  • 2 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh red bell pepper
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Serve with pita or corn tortilla chips.
  2. Salsa may be served warm or may be stored in the refrigerator and served chilled.

What are your favorite ingredients to have on hand for quick to whip up appetizers?

About Kristen

Kristen Doyle is a mom of 4 young children and the face behind the food blog, Dine & Dish. Sharing recipes that are quick and simple to get on the table, Kristen’s goal is to provide a resource for others looking to simplify their lives in order to reconnect with their family, one meal at a time.

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  1. I love black beans! We make a black bean salad that my kids devour, you can serve it warm or cold, and we typically will pair it with quinoa. Delicious. You can find my recipe here

    • Oh Heather, that looks so very good!! I’ll admit, I ate this salsa with a spoon, like a salad! I love black beans and my kids love them too!

  2. I seriously have a salsa problem. I love it so much! And the heartier the better. Heartier is a word, right? :)

  3. I looove this! Salsa is a good idea for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! I just started myself off today with an omelet and salsa. I wish it was this!

  4. Black beans and corn scream summa summa summmaaa time 😉 lol. I love the pop of colour, I love the mixture of flavours and textures and ofcourse the simplicity.

    I’ve never made it with a creamy base, so this will certainly be made soon!!

  5. I love this recipe. It is simple and healthy and flexible. I’m sure I can use what I have in the pantry and freezer to through this together anytime. Will definitely keep this on hand. Thanks.

  6. This sounds like the perfect salsa! Bacon and NO tomatoes ha :)

  7. This looks fantastic, Kristen. It has some of my favorite ingredients, and I can see it appearing on the buffet table at a backyard BBQ very soon.

    And, thank you so much for linking my Black Bean Dip. You are so sweet.

  8. Oh, how I love corn and black bean salsa – in fact, we were just talking about it this weekend. I am definitely going to give your version a go as I am kind of in love the creamy factor! Great post as always, Kristen!

  9. This reminds me of my family – my sister makes a version of this for lots of family get-togethers. Love it!!

  10. Yum! I made this today with vegetarian bacon (yes, it exists) and half the mayo. It was delicious! I also added some Tabasco sauce to it for a bit of a bite. :) Next time I’m going to try it creamed avocado instead of the mayo.

  11. Jeanie says:

    I can see it appearing on the buffet table at a backyard BBQ very soon.Thanks for this recipe..

  12. Can we substitute dried beans for canned? How does that work? Do I just need to soak and cook the dry beans and then continue as above? I’m new to cooking with beans, but do have some dry black beans in my pantry right now.

  13. I’ve made corn salsa before, but the additions of mayonnaise and bacon might just make it even better. Looks tasty!

  14. I love black beans!
    And anything with bacon in gets my vote!

  15. Black beans are my favorite addition to salsa. This looks so refreshing.

  16. Sounds like the perfect snack!!

  17. This post was featured in The Merri Mum’s “Summer Food: The Quick List”


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