How to Make Fresh, Homemade, Delicious Black Bean Salsa

Updated on April 28, 2018
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Jan has been cooking and writing about food for over twenty years and has cooked on multiple television stations, including Food Network.

This stuff is amazing. I'm always looking for ways to get more fresh veggies into my kids, and I adore recipes that they love as much as I love the nutrition. This fresh black bean salsa is the perfect way to do that.
This stuff is amazing. I'm always looking for ways to get more fresh veggies into my kids, and I adore recipes that they love as much as I love the nutrition. This fresh black bean salsa is the perfect way to do that.

Get Your Kids to Eat More Veggies With This!

My kids are pretty good eaters, but I'm always after ways to get more fresh veggies into them, especially vegetables in a wide array of colors. Even better is when I can use the low-fat protein from beans and legumes.

This recipe checks all the boxes. The flavor is fabulous, bright and fresh and addictive. Black beans, tomatoes, fresh peppers and cilantro are a glorious combination. You can customize it as you like—add minced jalapeno, or leave out the cilantro or swap it with parsley—it's your food, make it how you like it!

This is great with just chips. Or you can wrap it in tortillas for a quick lunch. Throw it on top of a bed of fresh spinach and top it with a little fresh shredded cheese and cubed chicken and you have a great dinner salad. Throw some brown rice on top of that and you have an amazing South Western power bowl - which is an incredible lunch or dinner any day of the week. Or just stand at the fridge and eat it with a spoon. I don't judge.

However you serve it, this salsa is such a delicious way to get your veggies and flavor fix both that you'll find yourself turning to this recipe on a regular basis. Give it a try and see for yourself how easy it is to make this from scratch yourself!

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 can golden corn, drained
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 fresh limes, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 cups or 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss well to combine.
  2. Chill for at least 1 hour, and preferably 4 hours before serving.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips, or on a bed of fresh spinach.

Diced Onions - Your Choice

I usually use yellow onions, but I like white onions for this. You can use whatever you have, but I like the milder white onions for this salsa.
I usually use yellow onions, but I like white onions for this. You can use whatever you have, but I like the milder white onions for this salsa.

Diced Bell Peppers - Red, Orange or Yellow

You can use any color of bell pepper you like - I like to go with red, orange or yellow both for their sweetness, and because it's harder to find those veggies in other places. The more color range, the more nutrition, so shake it up!
You can use any color of bell pepper you like - I like to go with red, orange or yellow both for their sweetness, and because it's harder to find those veggies in other places. The more color range, the more nutrition, so shake it up!

Diced Tomatoes

I like tomatoes with firmer flesh and less juice for salsa, so I pick Romas or cherry tomatoes. I had cherry tomatoes in the fridge so that's what I used here.
I like tomatoes with firmer flesh and less juice for salsa, so I pick Romas or cherry tomatoes. I had cherry tomatoes in the fridge so that's what I used here.

Fresh Lime Juice

Because the tomatoes, corn and peppers all tend to be a bit sweet, this salsa really benefits from the hint of acid from lime juice. Use fresh lime juice here - it really makes a big difference.
Because the tomatoes, corn and peppers all tend to be a bit sweet, this salsa really benefits from the hint of acid from lime juice. Use fresh lime juice here - it really makes a big difference.

Red Wine Vinegar

Complement the flavor of the lime juice with a little red wine vinegar. Both come together to give the right amount of punch to complement the sweet vegetables.
Complement the flavor of the lime juice with a little red wine vinegar. Both come together to give the right amount of punch to complement the sweet vegetables.

Cilantro or No Cilantro?

I love fresh cilantro, but many folks don't. To them it tastes like soap - which isn't a nice thing at all. Just swap out fresh Italian parsley for the cilantro and you'll still have the fresh green flavor without unpleasant soapiness.
I love fresh cilantro, but many folks don't. To them it tastes like soap - which isn't a nice thing at all. Just swap out fresh Italian parsley for the cilantro and you'll still have the fresh green flavor without unpleasant soapiness.

Black Beans - Drained and Rinsed

Whether you use your own home cooked black beans, or use canned (I do both), make sure you drain them well and rinse them. You don't want your finished salsa to be soupy, and the liquid from canned beans is rather unpleasant.
Whether you use your own home cooked black beans, or use canned (I do both), make sure you drain them well and rinse them. You don't want your finished salsa to be soupy, and the liquid from canned beans is rather unpleasant.

Salt, Pepper and Fresh Garlic

Kosher salt, black pepper and fresh garlic are the perfect seasonings for the sweetness of the corn, tomatoes and peppers. Season to taste, and remember, cold foods need a bit more seasoning than hot foods.
Kosher salt, black pepper and fresh garlic are the perfect seasonings for the sweetness of the corn, tomatoes and peppers. Season to taste, and remember, cold foods need a bit more seasoning than hot foods.

Gorgeous, Fresh, Homemade Salsa

Just another look because it's beautiful - fresh, black bean salsa ready to serve. Use it as a dip, or to top of gorgeous salad.
Just another look because it's beautiful - fresh, black bean salsa ready to serve. Use it as a dip, or to top of gorgeous salad.

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