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Fire Roasted Poblano Corn Salsa

We’re getting closer to summertime and you know what that means- Corn will be in abundance everywhere! What to do with all that corn? Well, grill it of course, and then make a salsa with it! I like making grilled salsas because they are a great use of anything that’s in season and readily available at the grocery store. They’re also great to use up what you have on hand at the house. I paired the grilled corn with poblanos as they have a ton of flavor when grilled, and their flavor is complimentary to other ingredients you might want to add. I added in grilled mini peppers, onions, lime, avocado, and cherry tomatoes but go crazy with what you have on hand! Salsas are for creativity after all- add some fruit, beans- whatever tickles your fancy!

This quantities listed below makes enough as a dip for a party, and will yield enough for leftovers that are great as an addition to salads, fish and chicken. This recipe really adds nice color to anything you put on a plate!

Ingredients: (makes large batch, enough for 8 appetizer portioned servings)

  • 4 ears corn, husks removed
  • 2 poblano peppers
  • 2 mini peppers
  • 1/2 sweet onion, sliced in rings for grilling
  • 1 ripe Haas avocado, halved with seed removed
  • 2 limes, halved
  • 15 -18 cherry tomatoes, skewered so they can be grilled (you can substitute 2 small sized regular tomatoes for grilling)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon or more, Sea Salt (or to taste)


A little smoke and fire makes everything better!


Prepare a grill for medium high heat with two cooking zones- direct and indirect. Grill the corn on direct heat turning as the kernels develop a nice char. You will want to grill the corn for at least 15 minutes total on a direct grill to ensure all the kernels are fully cooked. Grill the poblanos, mini peppers, tomatoes (skewered), onions, avocado and limes until nice char marks form. Move to indirect heat side once they get charred enough to avoid over-cooking.

Once done, let the veggies cool enough to be handled. Chop the poblanos and mini peppers (remove stems), onions, avocado and put in a bowl. Squeeze the lime juice from the charred limes into the bowl. Slice the kernels off all the corn cobs and put in the bowl, then add the tomatoes and cilantro. Add sea salt to taste and mix until all the ingredients are combined.

Serve with your favorite tortilla chips or as a sassy garnish for your next main course! I put this on top of tilapia on a bed of arugula and it really added nice flavor to an otherwise mild white fish.

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6 Responses to Fire Roasted Poblano Corn Salsa

  1. Lea Ann March 25, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    Poblano peppers are my very favorite. I think they have a perfect flavor. Love this “scoop” serving idea! Unfortunately, here in Colorado, and with our growing season, we don’t get corn until almost August.

  2. Eddie Medlin March 25, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Looks awesome. I can not wait to try this recipe.

  3. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective March 26, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    Ooooh, I’m a big fan of all things poblano! Sounds delish. :)

  4. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. March 28, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    yum! Love these! Love your site too! Great to meet you in Orlando! Hope to see you soon!!

  5. Chris March 31, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    I could eat that for breakfast, Robyn! I bet it is as tasty as it is colorful!

  6. Liz Newey July 19, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    This looks great! Salsa is delicious, but grilled salsa sounds even better.

    I have never had a poblano pepper before, are they more sweet or spicy?

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