Black Bean and Sweet Corn Pico De Gallo


I love appetizers.

I love foods that are full of flavor, eaten with your hands and often messy.

Black Bean and Sweet Corn Pico de Gallo

I’m a connoisseur of buffalo wings, salsas, queso, quesadillas, onion dips, pico de gallo, bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers, cream cheese stuffed peppers and more.

I love the food that is easily prepared, easily eaten, finger lickin’ delicious and fun.

When trying to come up with an additional, quick and delicious recipe for our football gathering today, this is what I came up with.

Fresh lime juice, heady cilantro, sweet corn, black beans, jalapenos and fragrant cumin combine to create a delicious chilled and simple appetizer.

Open one (15 oz) can of black beans, drain and rinse

black beans rinsing

add in one (15 oz) can of sweet corn (drained)


The juice of 3 limes,  1/2 C chopped cilantro, 1 Tbsp cumin, 2 (10 oz) cans of tomatoes and green chilies (drained), 1/2 C finely chopped red onion, and one diced jalapeno

limes, cilantro and red onions

Combine all ingredients and put in the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours


Here’s what you need to do.  RESIST opening your refrigerator over and over and over just so that you can smell the delicious scent of limes and cilantro and cumin.

Do NOT sneak spoonfuls of this pico de gallo because if you do, there won’t be any left over for your friends.

black bean pico

And trust me, if they find out that you’ve made this and didn’t share — you’ll be in trouble :-)

Black Bean and Corn Pico De Gallo
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Simple and refreshing homemade pico de gallo with black beans and sweet corn.
  • 1 (15 oz) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can of sweet corn, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (10 oz) cans of Ro*Tel tomatoes and green chilies - drained
  • The juice of 3 limes (about 3 Tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • ½ C diced red onion
  • 1 medium jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  1. Drain and rinse black beans and corn
  2. Drain most of the juice from the Ro*Tel
  3. Mix the corn and black beans with 2 cans of Ro-tel diced tomatoes and green chilies
  4. Dice the onion, chop the jalapeno and mix with the beans and corn.
  5. Juice 3 limes over the mixture
  6. Add in 1 Tbsp cumin
  7. Mix well
  8. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour
  9. Top with freshly chopped cilantro (and additional lime juice, if desired)
Rachel's Notes
This is quick to throw together, and gets better the longer you let the flavors marry. Serve with tortilla chips, quesadillas, on top of fish, tacos, shrimp kebabs. The possibilities are endless.


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  1. Marlene says

    This recipe (or close to it) is a favorite around our house! Sometimes we’ll even put it on a flour tortilla, add pieces of avocado and make it into a burrito. Yum-O!

  2. says

    Wow, A new spin on an old favorite. I’ve forever had a love affair with pico de gallo. Never thought about adding black beans and corn. This is etched in my memory for the next time I make some.

  3. says

    What gorgeous photos! I make almost this same recipe. One of my absolute favorites! I can definitely relate to what you said about not tasting it or you won’t have any left. The first time I made this I ate almost all of it before I put it in the fridge. Now I always make sure to make a double batch.
    Thanks for hosting. I am linking up with Mediterranean Eggplant.

  4. says

    Is it weird that I have this big aversion to black beans? I’ve never been able to make myself taste them. I’m so weird and wish I’d get over it, cuz your pico de gallo does look yummy! :)

  5. says

    I just love making this! Minus the onions of course! Oh, and sometimes I add avocado.

    Picture question. Were you using a flash in your action shots, or do you have tons of lighting in your kitchen. I guess I’m just curious what your settings were, if you don’t mind. I’m terrible at action shots.

  6. madge @ vegetariancasserolequeen says

    Appetizers are the best! Football and appetizers just go so well together. I posted my recipe for a jalapeno popper dip that I make for game day. Its very good!

    Beautiful pictures, by the way!

  7. says

    Hi Rachel, your photos for the black bean pico de gallo are amazing! I love how you got the water drops to stand out on the beans! Very cool! I am linking up one of my favorite family desert recipes, my mom’s apple cake, which i revised slightly to make it healthier and it turned out great! All the best! Alex

  8. Mrs Happy Homemaker says

    Looks scrumptious!! I make something similar to this that we call ‘Cowboy Caviar’ in my home. I’m with you on the appetizers – just can’t ever seem to get enough of them. Well, that and dessert, lol.


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