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Spring Into Summer: Zesty Corn Salsa {Recipe and Giveaway – Closed}

by Aggies Kitchen on May 21, 2012

This weekend my family got together for our monthly “family day” at my sister’s house to celebrate my brother-in-law’s birthday. I’m not sure exactly when our monthly get-together tradition officially started, but I’m glad it did. My family is close, and we spend a lot of time together normally,  but it seems over the last few years with life getting busy with our growing families, jobs and just “stuff” that we weren’t getting together as a whole as often as we used to. My mom has been great about reaching out to each of us and setting a date that works for everyone to get together each month. We usually rotate houses and it seems that there always happens to be a reason to celebrate, whether it be a birthday or holiday or just each other.

Of course, food is absolutely always involved.

(My Nonna enjoyed playing my assistant while I took photos :) )

Last summer, at another family day at my sister’s house (where I made these cheesy corn stuffed jalapenos), my sister served up a corn and tomato salsa that was out of this world. When I was contacted by RO*TEL this month to host a Spring into Summer party and giveaway I immediately knew that I wanted to recreate that salsa and use RO*TEL tomatoes. My sister shared her recipe with me and I used it as a guide to put this super simple salsa together. Her recipe actually includes black beans, but on the day she made it for us she was actually out of them…I personally liked it without the beans because it was so light and refreshing, and since the second dish I was bringing over included beans (recipe to come) I opted to keep them out again.

There were plenty of good eats served up yesterday including deviled eggs (could not stop eating), a few dips, salads and fresh watermelon. My sister grilled up some hot dogs and had pulled barbecue turkey breast in the crock pot for sandwiches. My mom played bartender and kept these fresh whiskey sours flowing for us (so good – a must try!). Birthday cheesecake was enjoyed for dessert.

I put this salsa together in just minutes. Everything was in the pantry or freezer and it made a large amount, perfect for entertaining or for storing in the fridge as leftovers to use in other meals such as taco salads or over grilled chicken.

Zesty Corn Salsa


  • 2 cans RO*TEL diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels (if using fresh, lightly steam corn first then remove off cob. if using frozen, defrost by running under cool water)
  • juice from one lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 small sweet onion, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • drizzle of olive oil


  1. Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Serve with tortilla chips.
  3. Optional add ins: can of rinsed and drained black beans and chopped fresh cilantro



Two lucky winners will receive their own Spring into Summer prize packs, courtesy of  ConAgra Foods and RO*TEL

Prize pack includes: two cans of RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies, recipe cards, chip and dip serving bowl, party lights and an outdoor game set

Starts today, Monday, May 21 and ends Tuesday, May 29 at 12 noon (EST)

(Sorry, giveaway open to US readers only. Winners will be chosen randomly using Pick Giveaway Winner plugin application – winners will be notified by email and have 48 hours to claim prize or another winner will be selected.)

To enter into the giveaway:

Leave a comment on this post telling me if you make your own salsa and/or what your favorite way to prepare it is.

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(Disclosure: I am in a working relationship with RO*TEL and ConAgra Foods and have received compensation and product for this post.)

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Valerie May 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm

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Solducky May 24, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I do! I like to use a can of rotel with some lime juice, cracked black pepper, and minced garlic.
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rebecca May 25, 2012 at 10:31 am

I normally buy my salsa, but I’m looking forward to making this one! It sounds awesome!

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Barb K May 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I have not tried making my own salsa I would like to learn how, this recipe will me. Sounds good.


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Trudy May 25, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Your recipes sound wonderful ! I cannot wait to try them.. Thank you! That prize pack sounds WONDERFUL!


Tammy May 26, 2012 at 8:19 am

Looks easy and delicious – my favorite combo! Thanks for sharing!


Tammy May 26, 2012 at 8:22 am

I have made my own using fresh tomatoes, jalepinos, onions and cilantro but I do occasionally buy the “jar” from the store. In a pinch once I actually just opened up a can of Ro-tel and scooped with chips.


Julie May 26, 2012 at 8:45 am

I buy my salsa but am going to try this for my daughter’s graduation party


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Sondra May 26, 2012 at 11:53 am

I make salsa with the usual tomatoes, white onion (or shallot) lime juice, cilantro, but i use serrano pepper instead of jalapeno


Karen Valdez May 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

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Karen H May 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I adore ROTEL!! I usually just eat it as is! but if I’m getting fancy I add corn, black beans and even shredded cheese. Simple and delicious!


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I am also now following you on Pinterest! I am excited to look through all those great looking recipes! So glad I found you!


carmela m May 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm

I didnt think of using Rotel for salsa but will now. I use Rotel to make a salsa type pork chop dish. I use corn and black beans with it. It’s delish and my family always asks when I am making it again cause they love it.


jessie May 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I love to make homemade salsa with fresh from the garden veggies – yum!


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Ashley Howell May 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Dorito Dip!! yummy :)

2 Cans rotel i usually use a mild and a hot.
2 sticks of cream cheese
2 cans of white chicken breast drained
1-2 bags of doritos depending on how many you like..

layer doritos on the bottom of pan. cook the cream cheese, rotel , and chicken on the stove until cheese is melted and is mixed well.
pour it over the doritos and layer another layer of doritos on top.
put it in the oven until chips are a little darker than usual and voila! its delish!!!

party favorite!!


Robin May 26, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I love to use fresh garden veggies when I can but I have also made some using rotel
when I didn’t have enough fresh tomatoes


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Becky Sheldon May 27, 2012 at 2:15 am

I make my own salsa with Rotel, but instead of corn, I put in chunks of mango.. sooo good..


Liz lambert May 27, 2012 at 6:58 am

I makr my own my fam says the hotter the better so I use the hot rotell n garlic hotsause yummo


Michelle May 27, 2012 at 8:33 am

I love to make my own salsa – my favorite is fresh tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, salt and pepper. But I use Rotel tomatoes when I either don’t have fresh tomatoes or they are not in season, and it turns out quite well that way, too. Your recipe sounds wonderful, and I’m looking forward to trying it – thanks!


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katherine d May 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm

i love salsa with fresh tomatoes, limes, cilantro, black beans, and corn

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Ashley H. May 27, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I’ve never made my own salsa but I need to try to now ;)


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Elizabeth May 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Salsa is the best in the summer!


Carmen May 28, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I always make the fresh kind (pico de gallo)


Megan's Cookin' May 29, 2012 at 10:34 am

I do make my own salsa but usually only in Summer when tomatoes are ripe. I need to break out of that rut and try it with Rotel. Great recipe and giveaway to kick off Summer.


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Michelle @ Italian Mama Chef May 29, 2012 at 10:45 am

I like to make my own with fresh summer tomatoes but when they aren’t available I use Ro*tel with Cilantro and Lime. I love the flavor combo of that variety when I add in garlic and some salt and pepper.


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Misty bell May 29, 2012 at 11:52 am

I make my own, easy and its sooooo good..7 Roma tomatoes, 1 small red onion, half a cilantro bunch, 1/2 lemon or lime, salt and pepper and blend for smooth, or chop for chunky, my kids love this recipe… I follow u on Facebook and twitter


Misty bell May 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

Oh I forgot to add ur rotel with chili and lime,


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