Spicy Black Bean Salsa – Gluten Free

Happy Belated Memorial Day! Its been a busy few days. First, and most important, I finally received my exam permit for my licensing exam! This means that while I am still cooking, I may not be posting as much because I will be studying. I also started my new job. I must say, after being in school for such a long time and being graded for all my actions, it is very refreshing to have this particular job. Even though I enjoy what I normally do, it is nice to not have anything hanging over your head, while you do it. My visits with the allergist are over! After 3 visits to the allergist, my allergy list is now: Dust mites, tree pollen, cats, dogs and fresh strawberries. (whew!). The tree pollen, is what has been getting to me the most, this summer. He gave me some relief, via medications and some ways to allergen-proof my home. Good start and now I am armed with knowledge! In other news, I have been running around like crazy πŸ™‚ Finally, we purchased new curtains for the house. It is a welcome respite from the heat! I always wanted to shop for curtains and I can’t wait until they are all up.

For Memorial Day, my husband and I decided to go upstate to my parent’s home. My sister, her boyfriend and my cousin, also drove up. In total, we had 8 members of our family, all around the dinner table. What FUN!! We had a huge BBQ! Mom and my grandmother made delicious chicken wings, thighs and legs, filet mignon, hamburgers and hot dogs. My cousin brought over an enormous potato salad (YUM!!). I made my Caramalized Onion Hamburger Buns, coldslaw (recipe soon), Dark Chocolate Flourless Cake with Ganache and Spicy Black Bean Salsa.

I love memories and even this salsa, has a specific memory. As I mentioned in a previous post, my sister used to be a highly selective eater, when she was little. She hated tomatoes and onions πŸ™‚ but loved pizza and salsa. Go figure πŸ™‚ As we were growing up, we used to have little “girls nights” where we would have a late night snack and watch movies. We still do that (when we aren’t exhausted) on our last nights, visiting our parent’s home. Our standards was chocolate chip cookies and milk but sometimes we had chips and salsa. Even if we purchased the hottest salsa, my sister would STILL complain that it wasn’t hot enough. So, she started “doctoring” the salsa with red pepper. I decided that I would make a salsa, she would enjoy πŸ™‚Β  Don’t worry, you don’t have to make this salsa as spicy. Just use a mild salsa and don’t add the seeds and rinds from the jalapeno, to make this a very mild dip. To spicy it up, use hot salsa and a whole jalapeno (or two). This recipe makes 1 pint of salsa. I thought that I had enough…next time, I know to make more πŸ™‚ I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Spicy Black Bean Salsa


1 (15 oz) can Black Beans, rinsed and drained

1 small can of fiesta canned corn (or just plain sweet kernel corn)

1/2 cup of fresh cilantro, plus some for decorating

1/2 a red onion

3/4 cup of your favorite chunky salsa or fresh pico de gallo (I used a medium spice)

Juice of 1 lime

1 jalapeno

(I cut it in half and only used half the seeds and rind)

1/2 cup of plain non-fat yogurt

1 teaspoon of ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon of paprika

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of black pepper


  1. Add salsa, onion and jalapeno to blender and chop.
  2. Add remaining ingredients (except corn) to blend and blend until it is the consistency you want. I left mine with very small chunks.
  3. Add corn and chop it just a little bit. I wanted the chunks of corn to be seen and not blended too much.
  4. PlaceΒ  in a serving bowl and garnish with cilantro

This salsa was a huge hit! I am definitely going to make this again. Next time, I plan to make a variation with some Mexican Blend cheeses. On its own, it is a low-fat and healthy dip. Enjoy!!!



Filed under Appetizer, Dips/Spreads, Gluten Free/ Gluten Free Suggestion

10 responses to “Spicy Black Bean Salsa – Gluten Free

  1. Congrats on starting the new job! Good luck with studying, I’m sure you’ll do great!

  2. Congratulations on your new job and best of luck with all of the studying.
    So pleased to hear that your allergies are under control and that you will be feeling better.
    How very special that you were able to spend time with your family and with such a wonderful food.
    Your black bean salsa sounds fabulous but your sister and I wouldn’t be able to share the same one, I can’t handle it so hot.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  3. Looks like you had a very happy family gathering. The list of the food you mention is enough to make me hungry and its not yet even lunch!

  4. rez

    This sounds amazing. I make my own salsa now, since i have a food processor…this gives me some fabulous ideas.

  5. This looks incredible. I love salsas and dips especially anything with black beans, cilantro, and lime. I will be making this over the weekend. Thanks for posting!

  6. I’m so very happy to hear your allergies are now under control. My allergies are alert with tree pollen, furry dogs and cats (little to no fur on a dog or cat doesn’t bother me), and bad smelling perfume lol. And congrats on the job! You’ve definitely earned it. And might I say.. very nice black bean salsa πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Kay πŸ™‚ Yes, cats and dogs. I am definitely not getting rid of our cat though. He is my baby right now. It took me 8 months for him to get used to me and now he cuddles and licks my arm and trust me. Thanks about the job πŸ™‚ It definitely gets me out of the house more and gives us some cushioning. Strong perfume gets me to as well. It is horrible having to go out into the lobby of my building sometimes. The scent is so strong, it stays a long while lol.

  7. Sounds like a great holiday. Congrats on the new job. I love this dip. I normally do more of a pico style. I like making it creamy.

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