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Black Bean Salsa

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Light, fresh, crunchy with the perfect combo of sweet, savory and spicy. Black bean salsa is always a hit at parties or perfect for topping tacos!

Oh salsa, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love you on tacos, I love you on chips, I would eat you on salads, or even as dips…sorry, we’ve been reading a lot of Dr. Seuss lately.

Black Bean Salsa is as colorful of the pages of a Dr. Seuss story and equally enjoyable. A serious warm weather staple in our house. Incredibly simple to put together, pleasantly surprising for your tastebuds, this is the answer to your mundane salsa woes.

Do you get salsa woes? It’s totally a thing. Particularly during pregnancy. During my pregnancy with Shea, the Mexican cuisine intake was record setting. Of course, working in a restaurant with all the ingredients at your disposal doesn’t hurt. But if you don’t have that, you can always have this Black Bean Salsa!

Black Bean Salsa

With all the deliciousness you can wrap in a tortilla, the time has come to expand your salsa repertoire.

While you’re enjoying your salsa with a black bean spin, feel free to whip up something tasty to wash it down with. Like these margarita recipes you could partake in.

Easy, Peasy, Black Bean Salsa

The love for this salsa is deep for many reasons. It’s ridiculously easy to make. Slightly sweet with just the right acidity and spice. Applications? Endless.

Black Bean Salsa

Of course it’s divine with tortilla chips or as a sweeter element on tacos, but the light apple cider vinegar based ‘dressing’ makes this perfect for putting on top of a salad.

Bonus points in the health department:  the traditional recipe my mom gave me many moons ago called for quite a bit of olive oil and granulated sugar. In this version, we swap out the sugar for agave and reduce the olive oil. It’s lighter, healthier, but tastes just like the original.

Black Bean Salsa

If you’re not feeling the traditional tortilla, enjoy this Black Bean Salsa on toasted baguette with some melty gruyere or fontina, or just eat it by the spoonful like a husband I know. The absolute best part? This Black Bean Salsa can literally be done in the bowl in under 15 minutes, depending on your speed with a knife.

Black Bean Salsa

Black Bean Salsa

Poor knife skills? Oh, hello food processor. If delving into the food processing option, definitely opt for a quick pulse so you don’t end up with watery ingredients. After processing or chopping your fresh ingredients, everyone becomes family in a big mixing bowl. Top with your whisked wet ingredients and stir. Bam! Done.

Black Bean Salsa

Black Bean Salsa

Salsa time.

black bean salsa in small bowls with tortilla chips

Black Bean Salsa

Light, fresh, crisp vegetables with a sweet tang and savory garlic -- you'll want to keep this in your refrigerator constantly!
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Course: Appetizer, Salsa
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 cups
Author: Lauren


  • 1 15- ounce can Black Beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15- ounce can Pink Beans or Small Red Beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 11- ounce can White Shoepeg Corn drained
  • 1 Green Pepper diced 1/4"
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper diced 1/4"
  • 1/2 large Red Onion finely diced
  • 1 Jalapeño finely diced, seeds removed
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Agave Nectar


  • In a small bowl, whisk together extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and agave nectar.
  • Drain and rinse beans.  Add black beans, red beans, and drained corn to a large mixing bowl.
  • Dice the green and red bell peppers and add to the bean and corn mixture.  Finely dice the red onion, jalapeño and garlic.  Add the mixing bowl and stir to combine ingredients.
  • Top with the apple cider and agave dressing, mix thoroughly.  Enjoy immediately or soak overnight for more intense flavor.


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Saturday 1st of July 2017

Yum! Looks refreshing! I love chips & salsa!


Thursday 29th of June 2017

Oh my gosh, this look DELICIOUS! Might give it a try this weekend :)

Kristen |


Saturday 6th of May 2017

Oh yum! This looks so delicious! I will have to make it soon. My hubby loves salsa.

Jasmine Eclipse

Saturday 6th of May 2017

Yum!! This looks really good. I can't wait for summer so I can make my own homemade salsas! I'm really loving mango salsa at the moment, but I will definitely try this one out!

Linda Falardeau

Wednesday 27th of April 2016

I made a giant bowl of this thinking I'd have some to share. Guess what? None to share. So healthy and so good. We put it on top of everything! Chicken, fish, salad and unfortunately, tortilla chips. I say unfortunately because it usually involves eating just about the whole bag. We can't be good all the time!! Don't scrimp on the garlic.