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

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.

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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

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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.)

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153 comments on “Spring Into Summer: Zesty Corn Salsa {Recipe and Giveaway – Closed}”

  1. I’ve actually never made my own, but I’m definitely going to give this a try! It looks so fresh and amazing! 😀 Thank you for the giveaway!

  2. I don’t usually make fresh salsa but I will definitely try this recipe.

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  4. We do make our own salsa sometimes and I love it when we include corn. Can’t wait to try your recipe!!

  5. I LOVE to make tomatillo salsa the most. Fun giveaway!!!

  6. Yum! I adore rotel! Its yummy in so many dips. I’ve actually never made my own salsa. Josh doesn’t like the chunks in salsa…so I always end up grinding it up in the magic bullet!

  7. Salsa is one of those things I never have a recipe for- I just throw salt, toms, garlic, cilantro, and onion into bowl and adjust as necessary! If there’s mango lying around… BONUS!

  8. We love to make our own salsas. Pineapple salsa is a favorite, as is grilled corn salsa. Yum!

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  12. We love our homemade salsa with tomatillos, romas, onions and cilantro… and of course seome heat!

  13. I make my own…and cook the tomatoes on the stove in beer! Delicious.

  14. In the summer we make our own.. al fresco! Just through everything in the blender and have those chips ready!

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  17. This salsa sounds delightful! I haven’t tried making my own, but I really need to. Yum!

  18. This looks so good, perfect for summer!

  19. I have only made salsa once, but will try this one for summer backyard parties this summer! Looks great and so simple to prepare, my kind of recipe!

  20. I am already a fan on Facebook.

  21. I follow you on Pinterest. (As a side note, I made one of your recipes for dinner tonight….can’t wait for dinner time!)

  22. What a great looking salsa and giveaway! I do make my own salsa and usually roast the tomatoes, add in corn, black beans, garlic, jalapenos, cilantro, and pile it all in a bowl. Yum! Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a ChicWrap giveaway today that you should enter!

  23. Mine is similar to yours but I add a seeded and diced jalapeno and fresh cilantro to the mix!

  24. I love to make my own salsa. I have a very simple recipe combining canned tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, onion, lime juice, and salt & pepper to taste in the food processor.

  25. I am all about zesty salsa! We always stock Ro-Tel in the pantry. Love it!

  26. We make our own salsa; we use tomatoes, cilantro, jalapenos (all from our garden). Then any add ins, would be onion or a spice pack that I bought at a food/craft fair. Salsa is my favorite food! I LOVE it! What an AWESOME giveaway thanks!!!!

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  29. I discovered a spice mix made by a company called “Mama G’s Creations”. They sell their mix at Canton First Monday in Texas. I use this, a can of diced tomatoes, and I add fresh cilantro. Best salsa I’ve ever had!

  30. I’ve never made my own, but your recipe really looks good, I might try making it.

  31. I already like Aggie’s Kitchen on facebook

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  33. I haven’t made salsa yet but I copied your recipe and plan to try it soon.

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  36. Love the idea of constant celebrations and this zesty salsa!!

  37. I love homemade salsa! I will rarely eat the kind in jars but when it comes to homemade, look out!

  38. i don’t make salsa but i think i need to start doing exactly that.

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  40. I do both…that’s a GREAT idea to use Rotel! I use Rotel A LOT when I make mexican dishes 🙂

  41. I’m an email follower 🙂

  42. Currently my favorite is a salsa verde that I make with tomatillos, but I’ll definitely make this corn salsa with the mild Rotel version.

  43. Yes I make my own salsa. made salsa verde and with fresh tomatos

  44. I am now following you on Pinterest

  45. i made salsa for the first time last summer- it was so nice to can it and not have to buy it for several months!

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  52. I do make my own salsa, using Rotel mild and original tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno , and cumin. It’s actually The Pioneer Woman’s recipe!

  53. We love to make our own salsa, especially in summer when the ingredients are ultra fresh!

  54. Make our own in the summertime, usually buy ready made in winter

  55. Aggie, that looks amazing! And, I love that your family has monthly get-togethers. My family is very close, too, and I cannot imagine it any other way.

    I make fresh salsas, too.

  56. I follow you on twitter.

  57. Homemade is best but I also really like Trader Joe’s salsa verde.

  58. Love Salsa. Now where are my chips ; )

  59. I love to prepare it, I like mine medium to mild heat and very chunky, with lot of dice tomatoes, peppers, onions.

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  66. I love to doctor up salsa with fresh peaches or mangos, cilantro and garlic. We like it pretty sweet and mildly spicy.

  67. I love adding fresh mango to salsa!

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  69. I love salsa – I don’t prepare it myself because I’m the only one in the house who would eat it – I would like it spicy with grilled corn, lots of onions and cilantro!

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  72. What a great little giveaway! I almost always make my own salsa whether its a chunky chopped version or a roasted puree salsa!

  73. I “like” Aggie’s Kitchen on Facebook

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  75. I hope I win this! The way I make salsa is I cut up fresh tomatoes, cut up some mango, and pepper and voila!

  76. I have made salsa a few times, I like mango and avocado salsa

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  78. Inmake my own salsa using fresh tomatoes, jalopeno,cilantro and lime juice. I sometimes add rotel tomatoes is I don’t have jalopeno peepers around.

  79. I LOVE making homemade Salsa it is well used condiment in my house especially in the summer when Missouri home grown tomatoes are at their peak, they are so good I used to sit down at my grandpa’s garden when I was young with a little salt shaker and eat them right off the vine like they were apples. Looking forward to trying your Zesty Corn Salsa recipe. Thanks for sharing your love of cooking and food creations with us. 🙂

  80. I love making my mother’s salsa! It’s super simple: Diced tomatoes, olives, green chiles, olive oil, vinegar, garlic powder, Lime juice, salt and pepper! Mix it all and enjoy! I’m sure you could use RO*TEL tomatoes instead though! I love this recipe and normally I have all the ingredients so I never buy ready made anymore!

  81. We do make our own salsa with Rotel and green chili peppers. Thanks for the giveaway

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  84. Hi, Aggie. Is that your Mom’s hand in the pic? I love it!
    You don’t have to enter me, but I have to say I made the guac with RoTel and it was fabulous. No mayo or sour cream …really fresh.
    Fun post, GF!

  85. I have only tried it once, and I wasnt very happy with the recipe, once I get a recipe closer to what I was looking for I will be much happier

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  90. I make a similar corn and black bean salsa. Now I want to try it without the beans too.

  91. I am so excited to try this my daughter and I love salsa but really no luck with making it. Always was bland 🙁 . Thanks for sharing 🙂

  92. We make a dip using sausage and Ro*tel Tomatoes Original, and have too always make a double batch! Its a favorite around here.

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  95. I do! I like to use a can of rotel with some lime juice, cracked black pepper, and minced garlic.
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  97. I normally buy my salsa, but I’m looking forward to making this one! It sounds awesome!

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

  99. I Liked you on Face Book.

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

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

  102. 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.

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

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

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  109. 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!

  110. I just liked you on Facebook!!

  111. I’m now following you on Twitter too!

  112. I tweeted too! and checked a few other tweets out while I was there! Ha!

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

  114. 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.

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

  116. I am an rss subscriber.

  117. 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!!

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

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

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

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  126. I’ve never made my own salsa but I need to try to now 😉

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  129. Salsa is the best in the summer!

  130. I always make the fresh kind (pico de gallo)

  131. 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.

  132. I follow you on Twitter too.

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  134. I also follow you on Pinterest!

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  136. 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.

  137. 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

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

  139. that’s a perfect seasonal recipe corn salsa and corn soup is what to make when spring goes of to summer. i’m glad you make recipes according to the season too 🙂