Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa

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Looking for a new go-to party snack for upcoming events?

Drum roll for Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa. An appetizer you will make again and again!


Certain flavors just scream fall… Pumpkin, acorn squash, apples, caramel, maple, and corn.

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Some people think of corn as a summer food, but to me, corn is for fall.

In my mind corn symbolizes harvest. It’s rustic, hearty, and slightly sweet, making it a perfect platform for all sorts of brighter flavors, like perky Avocado Salsa.

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These Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa 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!

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They taste great warm and at room temperature. The citrus in the avocado salsa does a fine job of keeping the avocado green throughout the course of the evening, so you don’t have to worry about letting it sit out.

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Plus, the Jalapeno Corn Cakes can even be made a couple days before. Reheat before serving and whip up the fresh salsa.

I’ve been making Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa for years, and even with all the new recipes floating through our kitchen, it still shows up each year to wow our friends and family.

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Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa

Yield: 12+ servings

Prep Time:30 minutes

Cook Time:15 minutes

5 / 5 (4 Reviews)
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Easy to make Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa. This simple appetizer recipe is warm and inviting with a bold kick from the salsa!


For the Jalapeno Corn Cakes:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups corn (fresh or frozen) roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons 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 tablespoons cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. For the Corn Cakes: Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk well, then add everything else, reserving the butter for last. Stir until smooth.
  2. Heat a large skillet (or griddle) to medium-high heat. Brush the skillet with oil or butter. Using a tablespoon scoop, pour corn cake mixture in the skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining batter.
  3. While the jalapeno corn cakes are cooking, combine all the ingredients for the avocado salsa in a large bowl. Taste, then season with salt and pepper as needed.
  4. 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.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12+ servings, Serving Size: 12

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 300 Calories
  • Total Fat: 18.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 40mg
  • Sodium: 343mg
  • Carbohydrates: 32.4g
  • Fiber: 6.1g
  • Sugar: 5.6g
  • Protein: 6.1g
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74 comments on “Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa

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

    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!

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

    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.

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

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

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

    Great recipe and great Halloween spirit :)

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

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

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

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

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

    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?

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

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

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

    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 :)

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

    Those look and sound wonderful!

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

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

    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!!!

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

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

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

    delicious healthy lovely pictures

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

    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:)

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

    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!

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

    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!

  17. Yesimposted October 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm Reply

    looks delicioussssssssss

  18. Annaposted October 28, 2010 at 4:55 pm Reply

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

  19. Tiffanyposted October 28, 2010 at 5:18 pm Reply

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

  20. Heatherposted October 28, 2010 at 6:49 pm Reply

    These look so wonderful!! What a great appetizer.

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

    Ooo! These are calling my name! Gorgeous color.

  22. Jenniposted October 28, 2010 at 6:56 pm Reply

    I audibly gasped because these bad boys look so amazing.

  23. bunkycooksposted October 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  24. Emily Malloyposted October 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm Reply

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

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

    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.

  26. [email protected]posted October 28, 2010 at 8:56 pm Reply

    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!

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

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

    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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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!

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

    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!

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

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

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

    What a great recipe! These look so awesome!

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

    Bootiful ;)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

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

    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!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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!

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

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

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

    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!

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

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

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

    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!!

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

    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.

  58. Sophieposted November 1, 2010 at 11:26 am Reply

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

    MMMMMMM,..excellent entertaining fod!

    Rating: 5
  59. lauraposted November 2, 2010 at 3:09 pm Reply

    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! ( :

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

    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 Reply

    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!

    • Sommerposted September 9, 2011 at 6:04 am Reply

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

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

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

    Rating: 5
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  65. Suzyposted June 2, 2013 at 9:50 am Reply

    Where is the ingredients list?

    • Sommerposted June 2, 2013 at 11:01 am Reply

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

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  69. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted September 30, 2016 at 10:32 am Reply

    Love the sound of these corn cakes!

  70. Mariaposted September 30, 2016 at 10:53 am Reply

    Love this savory dish!

  71. Marla Meridithposted September 30, 2016 at 3:59 pm Reply

    Such a GREAT appetizer recipe!

    Rating: 5
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