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Corn Salsa Dip with Bacon

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Corn Salsa Dip with Bacon – Today I’m serving a must-try bar snack that is perfect for summer and fall parties. This salty-sweet Bacon Corn Salsa Recipe will brighten your day!

Candied Bacon Corn Salsa

Childhood Fable Lessons

Have you ever read the children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst?

It used to be one of my favorite read-alouds back when I taught third grade. I would read it to my class at the beginning of the school year and talk about how some days just don’t turn out the way we want.

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Choose Positivity, Always

Yet instead of having a bad attitude, like Alexander, we could choose to be positive through the tough times, knowing things will change. They always change.

On occasion, I still have to remind myself that the tough times don’t last forever.

Sometimes the situation changes; sometimes we create the change.

Bacon Corn Salsa

Food + Family = Blessings

Some seasons are light-hearted fun and smooth sailing, while other seasons are a seemingly endless storm of personal, relational, financial and/or health issues.

I find these hard times are much more bearable when you look for little blessings each day. For me, that can sometimes be a special recipe that I can make with my family. 

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Enjoy the Little Things

Through all the daily muck we put up with, we have to stop and enjoy the little things:  A clear blue sky, a long walk, a smile from a stranger, an honest response from a friend, a napping baby, a hearty meal, a mailbox without bills, a comfy pair of shoes, a full tank of gas, an early bedtime.

There is always something positive to focus on, if you look for it.

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Simple Pleasures

Today I’m focusing on simple ingredients that I love:



Fresh Corn.

I mean, who doesn’t love bacon, am I right?

Get The Full (Printable) Recipe Below For How To Make Corn Salsa Dip.

Corn Salsa Dip

Corn Salsa Recipe Ingredients: 

  • Cooked bacon –  Chopped or crumbled. The pièce de résistance, takes this dish to a new level.
  • Butter – To add richness to the sweet corn.
  • Fresh corn cut off the cobs – Try to buy sweet corn in season for the best flavor.
  • Red bell pepper – Seeded and diced. This adds color, crunchy texture, and tang to the dish.
  • Chopped green onion – For fresh perky onion flavor.
  • Chopped cilantro – Provides a fresh pop of herby essence. (Use parsley if you don’t love cilantro.) 
  • Fresh lime juice – A little acidity balances the heavier ingredients.
  • Hot sauce – To make the salsa a little spicy. Use your favorite brand.
  • Salt and pepper – Always. 

This Corn Salsa utilizes the bold fatty flavor of the bacon for contrast, in a crisp fresh corn salsa, with corn cut straight off the cob. It’s fantastic for scooping with tortilla chips, but also makes a great corn salad side dish.

Searing Red Peppers

How to Make Corn Salsa

  1. Start off by making your bacon. You can cook it up any way that you wish, on the stove, in the oven, or candied. 
  2. In a warm skillet, add butter and corn. Cook just enough to brighten the color and add sweetness. 
  3. Remove the corn and do the same with the red bell peppers.
  4. After just barely cooking the red peppers, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and serve as a dip, or even on top of a steak. 

I hope you’re having a fabulous day. But if not, make Bacon Corn Salsa your silver lining.

Fresh Corn Salsa

Frequently Asked Questions: 

How long does corn salsa good last? 

This corn salsa dip is good for four to five days when kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

Can I eat salsa that was left out overnight? 

Salsa is not safe to eat if it sits out at room temperature for longer than 2-3 hours. It could even potentially make you sick. It is best to keep this corn salsa dip in the fridge until ready to serve.

Can I freeze salsa? 

Yes, you can freeze this salsa, make sure it is in an airtight container with a little bit of headspace at the top.

However, freezing fresh slightly-cooked ingredients will change their texture when you thaw it. So it’s always best fresh.

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Antipasto Skewers with Herb Vinaigrette

Bacon and Pecorino Popcorn

Napa Style Potato Chips

Zucchini Chips ~ Table for Two

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Corn Salsa Dip with Bacon

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Today I'm serving a must-try bar snack that is perfect for summer and fall parties. This salty-sweet Bacon Corn Salsa Recipe will brighten your day!
Servings: 6


For the Bacon:

  • 6 strips thick-cut bacon

For the Bacon Corn Salsa:

  • 6 strips thick-cut cooked bacon chopped or crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 ears fresh corn cut off the cobs
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1-3 teaspoons hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper


For the Bacon:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lay the bacon strips out on a roasting pan with a rack and shallow tray below. (The kind that comes with an oven.)
  • Bake the bacon for 15-20 minutes, until almost crisp. Using tongs, flip the bacon strips and cook another 5 minutes, if needed, until cooked through and red in color. Remove from the oven and place on a paper towel to dry. Once cooled, the bacon should be firm and crisp, not flimsy.

For the Corn Salsa:

  • Crumble or chop the bacon. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the butter to the skillet. Sear the fresh corn for approximately 1 minute, just long enough to add color and sweetness, but not cook through.
  • Remove the corn, then repeat with the red bell peppers. Add the corn, peppers, green onion and cilantro to a bowl. Toss with the crumbled bacon, lime juice, and hot sauce. Then salt and pepper to taste. Serve as a corn salad, with chips, or as a steak topper.


Want to CANDY the Bacon? Rub it down with 1 cup brown sugar and 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper before baking.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 170kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 191mg, Potassium: 270mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 920IU, Vitamin C: 33mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Author: Sommer Collier

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39 comments on “Corn Salsa Dip with Bacon”

  1. i love many dishes specially salsa and corns its my favorite and easy to cook and eat. Its totally different from other dishes and provide the best protein and carbs to body.

  2. I love corn salsa! Love the addition of bacon to this recipe! So yummy!

  3. I’m making this for the weekend, I bet everyone is going to devour it!

  4. Loved it

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  8. Totally crushing on this salsa, Sommer! I love salsas that have corn in them. Add bacon and it’s just one huge swoon-fest then! I’m also crushing on those beers that you have there. We had a couple of Foothills varieties while we were in Raleigh last year. We are planning on going to Asheville sometime this year so we can explore the breweries there and of course, enjoy the mountains!

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  10. Love this! Your photography is stunning. The colours, tones, composition… even the dishes, simply exquisite.

  11. Oh this looks so good! I’m on a strict diet and am adding this to a list of to try recipes later in the year. Yum!!

    I have been through really tough times: infertility, loved ones with cancer, miscarriage, personal financial crisis, and bankruptcy. I have found like you that focusing on what you can be thankful for makes all the difference. There are always others better off and worse off than you. Looking at what you have and being thankful for it – even the small things like corn and bacon or milk and bread and the large things like a healthy family and a loving husband are what helped get me through the tough times.

    I hope your horrible, terrible season is (or days are) short and you have plenty to be thankful for during it.

  12. Your photography is always top notch but the composition in this post really caught my eye. Enough to pin it as a study in “what to do”. You did a great job telling a story with the shots. You rock!

  13. Yep! No surprise here. I am in love with this recipe. Yum x 10!

  14. I love the piece about finding joys in the little things – that’s been a big focus of mine recently. I also love the addition of the candied bacon, brilliant!

  15. Wow, I would never have thought to pair these flavors, but it sounds amazing!

  16. This looks CRYWORTHY good!

  17. There is nothing better together than bacon and corn. This looks wonderful! So much flavor!

  18. oh this look fabulous! I can’ wait to make it.

  19. bacon is the answer to most of life’s problems :) or at least good therapy! I love the candied bacon!

  20. What a lovely salsa. It’s the simple things that can bring us the most joy, especially when the going gets rough.

  21. Your photo’s are beautiful!

  22. Whoa, if Brian were to catch a glimpse of this post, I’d be making both of these for dinner. Can’t wait to try both of these recipes!

  23. Oh my gosh, yum! I have always wanted to make candied bacon, I think my Husband would give me flowers if I made this for him! :) It looks super delish!!

  24. I would have to guard that bacon with my life to prevent my boys from eating it before I put the salsa together. This is amazing. I want to eat it with a spoon!

  25. Oh my goodness, you did NOT candy bacon. I love, love, love this Sommer!

  26. WOW your salsa looks incredible!! I just found your blog, its awesome and I look forward to following your posts!

  27. Okay, I had no idea that bacon was candy-able. Where have I been?!

    I am such a pessimist, but I’ve been trying to be a little more positive lately. Thank you for the reminder! :)

  28. OH WOW! Is this sinful or what! But I must try it. Thanks Sommer.

  29. What? Candied Bacon! Sounds amazing and I can’t wait to give it a try!

  30. I want to dig in, that looks so good.

  31. I agree, we should learn to cherish every single day, the good and bad ones. However, thats not always easy in some situations.

    Candied bacon? Never tried that! I ought to surprise my husband with your recipe, he is a full on bacon lover.

  32. Mmmmm…this totally sounds like my kind of salsa. Love it!

  33. Great post Sommer – now that I’m older, I do try to see the positive in tough times. I expect to learn something through the trial now which has really helped change my perspective and get me through to the other side of a difficult situation. As for your salsa, that should get just about anyone through a tough time!

  34. I love your outlook…to always be on the lookout for little blessings each day. This candied bacon and corn salsa would surely count as a BIG blessing any day of the week, YUMMO!!

  35. whaaaaaaaat.
    candied bacon IN salsa?

  36. I always make extra bacon for recipes for that exact reason. 2 for the recipe, 1 for me ha.

  37. I adore this! And adding the bacon…genius!

  38. That is a classic book! I agree, candied bacon is like…treat with treat…delight with delight…this salsa is speaking directly to me.