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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

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Easy to make Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa. This simple appetizer recipe is warm and inviting with a bold kick from the salsa!
Servings: 12


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 and roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, 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 cloves garlic mined
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Serving: 5cakes, Calories: 293kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 245mg, Potassium: 590mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 920IU, Vitamin C: 27.5mg, Calcium: 85mg, Iron: 1.7mg
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Author: Sommer Collier

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75 comments on “Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa”

  1. The corn cakes were so delicious and I got something else great to pair with it.

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  3. Such a GREAT appetizer recipe!

  4. Love this savory dish!

  5. Love the sound of these corn cakes!

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  9. Where is the ingredients list?

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

  12. 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!

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  14. 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!

  15. 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! ( :

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

    MMMMMMM,..excellent entertaining fod!

  17. 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.

  18. 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!!

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

  20. 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!

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

  22. 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!

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

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

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

  26. 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!

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

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

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

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


  31. 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!

  32. 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.

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

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

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

  36. Bootiful ;)

  37. What a great recipe! These look so awesome!

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

  39. 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!

  40. 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!

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

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

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

  44. 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).

  45. 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.

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

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

  48. 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!

  49. 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.

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

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

  52. I audibly gasped because these bad boys look so amazing.

  53. Ooo! These are calling my name! Gorgeous color.

  54. These look so wonderful!! What a great appetizer.

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

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

  57. looks delicioussssssssss

  58. 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!

  59. 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!

  60. 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:)

  61. delicious healthy lovely pictures

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

  63. 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!!!

  64. Those look and sound wonderful!

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

  65. 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 :)

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

  67. 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?

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

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

  70. Great recipe and great Halloween spirit :)

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

  72. 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.

  73. 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!