Chunky Black Bean Salsa with Corn & Bell Pepper


This TikTok-trending, veggie-packed salsa gets inspiration from Texas caviar (aka cowboy caviar), a dish created in 1940 to ring in the New Year by Helen Corbitt, who was a chef at Neiman Marcus. Scoop it up with tortilla chips or try it as a topping for grilled meat or fish, or as a filling for a quick quesadilla. 

chunky black bean salsa with corn & bell pepper
Photo: Fred Hardy
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 2 teaspoons lime zest

  • ¼ cup lime juice

  • ¼ cup canola oil

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans low-sodium black beans, rinsed

  • 1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels (from 3 ears)

  • 1 large red bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 1 large tomato, chopped

  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped

  • ¾ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

  • 2 medium scallions, thinly sliced

  • 1 large jalapeño pepper, finely chopped

  • 1 (16-oz.) bag blue or yellow corn tortilla chips


  1. Whisk together lime zest, lime juice, oil, cumin, honey, and salt in a large bowl. Gently stir in beans, corn, bell pepper, tomato, red onion, cilantro, scallions and jalapeño. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 days.

  2. Remove from refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.

To make ahead

Refrigerate for up to 4 days; the salsa will get more and more flavorful.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

240 Calories
11g Fat
32g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Serving Size 1/2 cup salsa & 1 oz. chips
Calories 240
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 3g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 568IU 11%
Vitamin C 19mg 21%
Vitamin E 2mg 13%
Folate 22mcg 6%
Vitamin K 11mcg 9%
Sodium 228mg 10%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 56mg 13%
Potassium 275mg 6%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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