This is a pretty rad salsa. Yeah, it has my name in it. No, that wasn’t my idea, but, yeah, it’s an awesome name.


This is a fairly simple recipe, but its particular combination summons an alchemy that makes the result greater than the sum of its parts. On paper it’s a basic black bean salsa, but in reality it’s so much more than that. I love this stuff so much that I actually did a search of my blog to make sure I’d never posted about it before, because it seems so improbable that I’d blog about food for three years before sharing this with the world. But for whatever reason, this is the day and now is the moment.

see how they glow
see how they glow?


With full credit to my mom, who gave me this recipe, and to the person who gave it to her, even though I can’t remember who that was.

You are going to need:

1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 package of frozen shoepeg corn (this is hard to find in many places, so you can also substitute a can of yellow corn, drained and rinsed)
2 tomatoes, diced (Roma tomatoes are the best to use – easiest to dice and extra yummy)
2-3 bell peppers (I like to use a green, a yellow, a red, and an orange one if I can find one), diced
1 red onion, diced
A goodly bunch of cilantro, chopped finely
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped very very small
For the dressing:
About 1/3 cup olive oil
Juice of one lemon and one lime
Salt and pepper and cumin to taste (I start with a scant teaspoon of salt, a half teaspoon of pepper, and a half teaspoon of cumin)
Dash of cayenne pepper
Dash of tabasco sauce
also some chips or other yummy foods, the better to munch with. extra points if the chips are temporarily stored inside a glass cabinet for lack of counter space.

After this, it’s pretty simple. Whisk the dressing together, mix the ingredients together, pour the dressing on top and adjust for taste (sometimes it needs a little extra bite of lime or some extra oil to bring everything together). And serve it up.

watch it go
eat some before it’s all gone

3 thoughts on “GAULSA

  1. Yes, we did make this for Super Bowl night. The Roma tomatoes in February looked so punk that I just added Costco salsa in instead (what a cheater). It was a big hit. I noted to the guests, can’t get more healthy than this salsa. And the leftovers … yum.

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