Sweet Corn, Hatch Chile, and Bacon Salsa

Sweet Corn, Hatch Chile, and Bacon Salsa ~ say that without drooling, I dare you!  I’m crowning this the salsa of the year, it’s stolen my heart and I know it’ll steal yours.  This salsa is going to be the HIT of your next party!

This is my kind of food.  I honestly could eat it for every meal of the day.  It’s another salsa/summer side salad hybrid like my COWBOY CAVIAR.  There are so many things you can do with it, starting with the obvious, chips, but you can also serve it alongside grilled chicken, steak, or fish.  It would be heaven on a taco, and of course there’s always the grab a spoon and eat it right out of the bowl method.  

The fresh corn is barely steamed, just enough to take the raw edge off  ~  the smokey chilies are roasted, skinned and finely chopped ~  the lime is bright and juicy ~  the cilantro sharp and fresh ~ and the bacon is meaty and crisp.  This salsa is a symphony of flavors in a bowl.

TIP: Peppers are often roasted because it brings out flavor, and their skin can be tough when cooked.  It’s VERY easy to roast your own peppers, whether they are Hatch or any other variety.  Just arrange them on a baking sheet and set the pan right up close to the broiler flame.  When they’ve turned black, wrap them in plastic or put them in a zip lock baggie and let them steam for a short bit.  Then you can easily peel away the skin to reveal the tender flesh.

Hatch chilies from New Mexico have a cult following, and they have a short growing season, I’ve sung their praises in other posts, like my CHEESY HATCH GREEN CHILE DIP and my  SLOW COOKED HATCH PEPPER CHILI.

TIP:  Hatch chilies come in hot or mild form, so use whatever your preference.  If you cannot find Hatch chilies, you can use other similar peppers from the produce section.  Anaheim or Poblano peppers would work, and you can always ask the product manager.  You can also used canned or frozen Hatch chilies.

I highly recommend giving this Sweet Corn, Hatch Chile, and Bacon Salsa a try, it’s been a big hit at our house.

Sweet Corn, Hatch Chile, and Bacon Salsa

Category: appetizer, salad

Yield: serves 6

Sweet Corn, Hatch Chile, and Bacon Salsa


  • 4 ears of corn
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced (green and white parts)
  • 8 slices of thick cut bacon, cooked until crisp, then chopped or crumbled into small pieces
  • 3 Hatch chiles, roasted, peeled, and finely chopped (see instructions below)
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • juice of 2 limes
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper


  1. Put the chilies on a baking sheet and set the pan on the rack closest to the broiler flame. Broil on high for about 10 minutes, or until the chilies are blackened. Put the hot chilies in a zip lock baggie and let steam for 15 minutes. Remove the peppers and peel away the skin. Finely chop the flesh, and put in a large mixing bowl, seeds and all.
  2. Wrap the ears of corn in a clean kitchen towel and microwave for 3 minutes. Remove the husks and silk and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Dry.
  3. Remove the corn kernels with a sharp knife and add to the bowl. Add the green onions and bacon.
  4. Remove the cilantro leaves from the stems and chop them finely. Add the cilantro to the bowl, along with the lime juice. Toss well, and season to taste with salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
  5. Refrigerate the salsa until ready to use.


  • I think a brief steaming brings out the flavor of corn, but if you have some fabulously fresh ears and you love it raw, go ahead and use it that way.  You might even want to roast your corn for another level of flavor.
  • While you can use canned or frozen chilies in this salsa, I don’t recommend using frozen or canned corn ~ the corn has to be fresh ~ just trust me on this one ;)


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Sweet Corn, Hatch Chile, and Bacon Salsa ~ say that without drooling, I dare you! I'm crowning this the salsa of the year, it's stolen my heart and I know it'll steal yours. This salsa is guaranteed to be the HIT of any summer party. | appetizer | corn | Hatch Chiles | Memorial Day | Barbecue | Potluck | 4th of July


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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    May 24, 2017 at 4:32 am

    I need a great big bowl of this delicious salsa! I cannot wait to try it and share with my family. This has so much appeal and it must be terrific. Sharing and pinning!

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    May 23, 2017 at 5:29 am

    A fantastic recipe, fabulous salsa!

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    Ritu Ahuja
    May 21, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Wow!! Salsa is my all time favorite. And yours look super yummy. Awesome flavours. Yumm :)

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      May 21, 2017 at 11:24 am

      I’m with you on that, Ritu, salsa is such a delicious food. Thanks!

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    Vicki Bensinger
    May 20, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Sue this sounds delicious! I can think of so many ways I’d love to use it.

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    Chris Scheuer
    May 19, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    I’m with you Sue, I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Love this unique combination. I just discovered canned hatch chiles for those days when time is crunched!

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    Denisse | Le Petit Eats
    May 19, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    I love everything that’s going on here! Can’t wait until I start seeing hatch chiles at the markets!

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    David @ Spiced
    May 19, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Wait. Hold up. Bacon in a salsa? Why have I never had this before? This sounds amazing, and I definitely need this in my life. Like this weekend! Great tips on roasting peppers, too. :-)

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      May 19, 2017 at 10:04 am

      I know David…where has this idea been all our lives??

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    May 18, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    I could eat my weight in this salsa – please pass me all the chips! ;)

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    Cathy | She Paused 4 Thought
    May 18, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    What a great flavor combo! I love Hatch Chiles and with the addition of bacon, what is not to love?!

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      May 18, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Hatch chile and bacon is a match made in heaven :)

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    May 18, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    This is most definitely a hit with all of my favorites in one bowl. I’ll take the spoon, please!

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    Susan Ewing
    May 18, 2017 at 10:17 am

    We are having my hubby’s 80th and one half birthday celebration in July. Open house type party. This would be a great also to serve. How far ahead can I make it?


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      May 18, 2017 at 10:39 am

      What fun! This would be a great thing to serve, especially in July when corn is the best! I would make it up to 24 hours ahead, but no more. Good luck with the party :)

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        May 18, 2017 at 10:40 am

        One more thing, I’d add the bacon just before serving, for the best crunch!

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    Nava K
    May 18, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Oh-wow, an appetizing and appealing salsa. I would like to have some please.

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    May 18, 2017 at 7:10 am

    I live part time in NM and am quite familiar with the deliciousness that is hatch chile. I want to eat this stuff by the bucket load!

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      May 18, 2017 at 7:19 am

      How lucky are you!

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    May 18, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Yup, I’m drooling, it sounds incredible!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    May 18, 2017 at 1:52 am

    This is the kind of dinner I would love too, Sue. Lots of flavours and happiness in this bowl of salsa!

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      May 18, 2017 at 7:40 am

      It definitely is a bowl of happiness Angie, thanks :))

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    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    May 18, 2017 at 1:49 am

    I haven’t seen Hatch chillies before. This salsa looks so full of freshness

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    Brian Jones
    May 18, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Yowsers this sounds delicious, I’ll be the one with a big bowl and a spoon in the corner ;)

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      May 18, 2017 at 7:11 am

      I’ll be right there with ya!!

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    May 17, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    I love roasting chillies like this, sounds like a great salsa!

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      May 18, 2017 at 7:20 am

      I used to buy the chiles roasted until I realized how easy it is to do :)

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    May 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Honestly it’s the bacon that got me here…never had a salsa with bacon, but it sounds pretty good!

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    Allison - Celebrating Sweets
    May 17, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Oh my! This sounds divine. Fabulous flavors!

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