Almost-Chipotle’s Corn and Roasted Poblano Salsa

Chipotle corn salsa

Listen up, friends, you’re in for a treat. It’s not often I come across knock-off versions of restaurant foods that are worthy to share, but this is one of them. Chipotle has a cult-like following, and I’m convinced part of that customer loyalty stems directly from their corn salsa. I know it’s one of the main reasons I go there. So it is with great pleasure that I present to you….Almost-Chipotle’s Corn and Roasted Poblano Salsa! 

We often try to imitate Chipotle’s burrito bowls at home with limited success. They are good, but they are just not quite the same as the restaurant. Except for this salsa. It is spot-on perfect. 

This condiment is a real workhorse, not only because it is so simple to make, but also because it complements so many different foods. Of course, there is the traditional way you eat it at Chipotle, either in a burrito or bowl. But you can just as easily top fish with this salsa. Stir it into your chili. Spoon it over eggs. And don’t miss adding it to your nacho or taco bar for Super Bowl Sunday. It will be a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. 

I’ll keep working on my burrito bowl recipe, but now that I have the perfect corn salsa, I’m less concerned about getting it right. I think I’ll just eat more corn salsa instead. Why fight the battle when you’ve already won the war? 

Chipotle corn salsa


Almost-Chipotle's Corn and Roasted Poblano Salsa
  • 1 medium poblano chile pepper, seeded
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels (from 2 ears), or 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Slice stem off poblano and cut pepper in half. Remove seeds. Flatten pepper halves on baking sheet and broil for 10-15 minutes or until charred. Remove from oven and place in a ziploc plastic bag for 15 minutes. Remove and discard charred skin from peppers. Dice poblano pepper flesh and place in a mixing bowl.
  3. If you are using fresh corn, cook it in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Mix the corn (if using frozen, add it here) and the remaining ingredients in the mixing bowl with the poblano pepper. Stir and serve.


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