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Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa

This is my last post before Halloween night. I wanted to squeeze in one more party food before the weekend! Drum roll for Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa.

I’ll be extremely busy the next few days prepping food, finishing the decorations, deciding what to wear… Seriously, what is my problem this year? I always have my costume picked out MONTHS in advance. This year? No clue. It will be thrown together exciting to say the least!

Certain flavors just SCREAM fall. Pumpkin, acorn squash, apples, caramel, maple…corn. Some people think of corn as a summer food, but to me, corn is for fall. In my mind corn symbolizes “harvest”. So as my last little nibble for the Halloween Extravaganza, I give you Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa!

These babies are extremely versatile. They make perfect little party bites, but could also be made as 4 inch cakes for a hearty side dish, a vegetarian meal, or the base of a savory south-west breakfast! They taste great warm and at room temperature, and the citrus in the salsa does a fine job of keeping the avocado green throughout the course of the evening! You could actually make the corn cakes hours, even a couple days before. Then reheat them for your event.

Have a Spook-Tacular (and safe) Halloween weekend!

To make:

Combine all dry ingredients for the corn cakes, in a large bowl.

Whisk well, then add everything else—butter last, stirring continuously until smooth. Heat a skillet (or griddle) to medium-high.

Brush (or spray) both skillets with oil or butter. Using a tablespoon scoop; pour corn cake mixture in the other skillet cooking 1-2 minutes per side. Work in small batches.

While the corn cakes are cooking, mix all the ingredients for the avocado salsa.

Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Jalapeno Corn Cakes:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow corn meal
2 Tbs. sugar
1 Tb. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Pepper to taste
2 cups corn, fresh or frozen, roughly chopped
1 jalapeño, diced
2 eggs
1 cup milk
3 Tb. melted butter

For the Avocado Salsa:
3 large ripe avocados, chopped
1 small red pepper, diced
1/4 cup chopped green onions
3 tomatoes, diced
2 clove garlic, mined
3 Tbs. cilantro
1 jalapeño, diced
½ lime, juiced
3 Tb. olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all dry ingredients for the corn cakes, in a large bowl.

Whisk well, then add everything else—butter last, stirring continuously until smooth. Heat a skillet (or griddle) to medium-high.

Brush (or spray) both skillets with oil or butter. Using a tablespoon scoop; pour corn cake mixture in the other skillet cooking 1-2 minutes per side. Work in small batches.

While the corn cakes are cooking, mix all the ingredients for the avocado salsa.

Serve the corn cakes with a small scoop of salsa on top, or pile them on a platter with the salsa on the side!

Make 50-60 corn cakes.

* If making as a side dish, use a 1/4 cup scoop!

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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73 Responses to “Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa”

  1. citronetvanilleposted October 28, 2010 at 4:14 am

    Oh you make me feel like getting into that halloween mood too. It's my BF's birthday (oct 31 st too) and his parents are coming from France so I really need to cook, and this is really a perfect snack. Gorgeous photos!

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  2. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted October 28, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Most of my dishes are Villeroy & Boch. You should fly home with me one day and come to Metlach to their factory sale. Just wonderful!
    What a wonderful idea to use spicy little pancakes as an appetizer. I am sure they are very tasty with the avocado salsa.

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  3. Katerinaposted October 28, 2010 at 4:44 am

    This is a great appetizer to serve before a friendly dinner as well. I love it!

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  4. Cherineposted October 28, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Great recipe and great Halloween spirit :)

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  5. Lea Annposted October 28, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I love those serving dishes. And these little pancakes are a marvelous and delicious idea. Another bookmarked!

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  6. Laurie @simplyscratchposted October 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I love jalapenos!!!! This looks really delicious!

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  7. apiciusapprenticeposted October 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Yet another recipe I am bookmarking as "To Try". I love the idea of jalapeno mini cakes! Have I mentioned how much I love this site?

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  8. Emily Zposted October 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    These look like a great party food, and something many of my friends would totally love. Have a great Halloween!

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  9. Victoria K.posted October 28, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    These look adorable! I think of corn as a good summer/fall veg though it's not as common in fall dishes. You should totally serve this at your party :)

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  10. Kristenposted October 28, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Those look and sound wonderful!

    I tagged you and gave you an award over at my sight.

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  11. Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Parisposted October 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Your corn cakes couldn't be more perfect !!! With your permission, I will use it for some Argentinian preparation (I will link you!)
    Have a great Halloween weekend !! Nothing special here…sniff sniff!!!

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  12. The Simple Skilletposted October 28, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    YUM…can't wait to try this. I need an appetizer for a party Sat night…will try them!

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  13. Torviewtorontoposted October 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    delicious healthy lovely pictures

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  14. Miss Meat and Potatoesposted October 28, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    What a wonderful, Halloween-perfect recipe (or for any day of the year in my book.) Thanks so much for sharing and best of luck with your costume. Oh – and Happy Halloween:)

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  15. Susiposted October 28, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I have quite a few Villeroy & Boch pieces as well! Your serving dish is absolutely stunning! Love this recipe and will be bookmarking it! Your corn cakes look perfect and your pictures make me want to reach out and grab a few! Beautiful :o)
    Happy Halloween! Hope you have a blast this weekend!

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  16. bunkycooksposted October 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    What a nice little appetizer for a party! Have a great Halloween. :)

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  17. Kim - Liv Lifeposted October 28, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Mmm!! An excellent appetizer! I'm headed to a party on Saturday as well, actually did pick out my costume early this year, we are Tacky Hawaiian Tourists! I'm a bit of a food snob and don't do well at buffets… the best part of this one is that the t-shirt to the costume says 'Which way to the buffet?" It will be funny.
    These spicy cakes are perfect! I may switch what I'm bringing and do these! Thanks, good luck with your costume!

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  18. Yesimposted October 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    looks delicioussssssssss

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  19. Annaposted October 28, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Awwww…they look so cute and delicious. Lovely idea, Love that they are a little spicy. Have a great Halloween Sommer. :-)

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  20. Tiffanyposted October 28, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    What a perfectly delicious party food! I'm not having a party, but I am making these for sure!

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  21. Heatherposted October 28, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    These look so wonderful!! What a great appetizer.

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  22. Belinda @zomppaposted October 28, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Ooo! These are calling my name! Gorgeous color.

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  23. Jenniposted October 28, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I audibly gasped because these bad boys look so amazing.

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  24. Emily Malloyposted October 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Um. I'm obsessed with this. Mmmk?!

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  25. Winelady Cooksposted October 28, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    First I must congratulate you on your terrific photos. Then of course this recipe looks divine. I must give it a try. Our family loves corn in or with almost anything.

    Happy & Safe Halloween to you! I'm sure you'll look fabulous.
    Joanne

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  26. Katie@Cozydeliciousposted October 28, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    These look delish! Your little cakes are the perfect munchie. But I'm sure I could make a meal of these guys – especially with all that avocado!

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  27. Lawyer Loves Lunchposted October 28, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    I love that your party food is so sophisticated yet simple. Truth be told, I could eat these for a meal :)

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  28. BigFatBakerposted October 28, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    These look so good! They would be great in place of a tortilla, can't wait to try your recipe!

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  29. Vegoliciousposted October 28, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Fantastic recipe.

    I’d love for you to submit one of your beautiful photos, and a link to your post, to my new vegetarian photo gallery showcasing the best vegetarian dishes and recipes on the web.

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  30. Stellaposted October 28, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Yum, Sommer! Your corn cakes look like perfect little discs of corn fluff. I can never get cookies or pancakes perfectly alike;) Ooh, and the salsa sounds so good with it too. This is so Aztec…or something like that (smile).

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  31. Eileenposted October 28, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Those corn cakes & salsa look delish! What time it the party? I want to make sure I have enough time to get there – lol…

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  32. Reeniposted October 29, 2010 at 1:04 am

    What delicious little corn cakes! The salsa sounds perfect with them! Have a great Halloween!

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  33. Loraposted October 29, 2010 at 2:02 am

    I love these flavors! Fabulous recipe. Thanks. Happy Halloween!

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  34. Monetposted October 29, 2010 at 5:35 am

    What a wonderful dish to serve at a party! Your cakes look just splendid on that platter with that fresh salsa. I want to dig right in. I hope that your Halloween weekend is full of love, laughter and a lot of good, ghoulish treats!

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  35. sophiaposted October 29, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Oh man. I must, I must, I must. I must try this dish out. I can just hardly wait to sink my teeth into one of those cakes, and have the juicy kernels flow sweet nectar into my mouth, and then that kick of the jalapenos! Wow!

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  36. Priya Sreeramposted October 29, 2010 at 8:33 am

    great looking recipe, fab presentation and wishing u a spook(fab)ubulous halloweeen!

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  37. Dimahposted October 29, 2010 at 9:15 am

    What a great recipe! These look so awesome!

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  38. thelonelyradish.composted October 29, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Bootiful ;)

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  39. 5 Star Foodieposted October 29, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    The corncakes sound fantastic with jalapenos i n them! And perfect with avocado salsa!

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  40. briarroseposted October 29, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    What a great party food. I always love to see something different than the usual snackums. ;)

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  41. Carolynposted October 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    The corn cakes look great, but the avocado salsa is what really caught my eye. It looks so delicious and fresh!

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  42. Medifast Couponposted October 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Seriously nice looking serving dish, I am going to have to look into getting myself one of those.

    Oh and did love the recipe too, sorry I am in awe of the dish.

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  43. Karenposted October 29, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I am so addicted to appetizers…I could eat them in place of entrees any day. These are amazing! I love that they are miniature…perfect for parties. Great flavors and great idea!

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  44. sweetlifeposted October 29, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    perfect creation for a spicy halloween, have fun and can't wait to see your pics….

    sweetlife

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  45. Suchitraposted October 29, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    lovely lovely recipe- makes my mouth water looking at the pics!

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  46. blackbookkitchendiariesposted October 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    they look very adoreable:) and the recipe is a keeper. thank you for sharing.

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  47. M @ Betty Crapperposted October 29, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    So beautiful I could eat my screen. I love all the ingredients in this and will definitely bookmark it to make soon.

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  48. A Little Yumminessposted October 30, 2010 at 3:25 am

    This is a party I would want to be at. I love Jalapeno anything. Only problem is I would probably eat like 100 of these!

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  49. Lizposted October 30, 2010 at 4:12 am

    This is great! Looks just delightful! I love the corn cakes! And I have a ton of avocados right now, so this is perfect!

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  50. The Urban Bakerposted October 30, 2010 at 4:22 am

    you are so right, this is the perfect party snack! looks yummy!

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  51. Angie's Recipesposted October 30, 2010 at 5:02 am

    This looks so beautiful and delicious. Absolutely a party snack winner!
    I wish you a wonderful weekend!
    Angie

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  52. julieposted October 30, 2010 at 11:35 am

    These are a perfect party bit Sommer! You really do come up with some delicious recipes!

    Have a wonderful Halloween and I'll be expecting you to blog about that amazing party you're having AND show off your outdoor lights. I'm betting they will be amazing!

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  53. Janetposted October 30, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Great recipe. Just wondering…is this finger food or do you need to eat with a fork?

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  54. Nirmalaposted October 30, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    You have incredible holiday spirit. It's kind of contagious. I love these little appetizers and easy to make. I love that about your recipes.

    Happy Halloween!

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  55. claireposted October 31, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    these are too cute. I love how you showed all of the steps! looks great!

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  56. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableposted November 1, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Wow Sommer! You think up the most intriguing and tempting combinations! The corn cakes, the salsa, each perfect on its own and yet complementing each other so well!!

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  57. Sophieposted November 1, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Lovely corn cakes, my friend!! That salsa rocks!!

    MMMMMMM,..excellent entertaining fod!

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  58. My Carolina Kitchenposted November 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Oh my gosh, these babies are calling my name. Everything I love is here.

    I grew up in the south and I can never get enough cornbread. And you added jalapenos to them. Oooh, la, la.
    Sam

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  59. lauraposted November 2, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Sommer, these sound perfect. I adore avocado salsa and the corn cakes with jalapenos sounds like the ideal pairing. The next time I have a party, I will be using all your recipes! ( :

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  60. honeybeecooksjackfruitposted November 5, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Your corn cakes look so adorable! I have a post on the same in the works… Main difference in mine is chopped red onion. I lovvve your salsa too. I can have salsa with anything and everything!

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  62. The Mistress of Spicesposted September 9, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Does this recipe really make 50-60 cakes? It sounds great and I’m thinking of making them for a party this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

    • Sommer — September 9th, 2011 @ 6:04 am

      It does, but they are small. About 2-3 inches.

      Reply

  63. Rani Krishposted September 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I just tried this and it was delicious!!!!!!!! going to try many of the recipes from the site!!!!!
    thank you.

    Reply

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  65. Mickiposted February 19, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I can’t find the recipe for these delicious looking corn cakes.

    Reply

  66. Oksanaposted April 9, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Hi, I cant seem to find the recipe…am I not looking in the right place?

    Reply

  67. Christyposted May 11, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Where’s the ingredient list? I can’t seem to find it. =(

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  68. Suzyposted June 2, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Where is the ingredients list?

    Reply

    • Sommer — June 2nd, 2013 @ 11:01 am

      Hi Suzy, Not sure what happened, but the recipe box code was missing. Fixed!

      Reply

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