Balsamic Black Bean Salsa

I love a good black bean salsa and have tried and loved many varieties in my day. Some with tomatoes, some without. Some with corn, some without. Some with spices, some without. You get the picture.

Recently, my friend Jennifer, brought this salsa to our church cooking group and I took one bite and was seriously addicted. The addition of balsamic vinegar is brilliant, if you ask me, and like any good salsa, all of the ingredients combine to blend without one ingredient trumping the other. Spicy onions and green salsa, tender black beans and corn, kickin’ lime, tangy balsamic vinegar, fresh cilantro and smoky cumin…a terrific combo and my favorite black bean salsa recipe to date. Thanks, Jen!

Balsamic Black Bean Salsa

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Balsamic Black Bean Salsa

Yield: Serves 6-8 as an appetizer

Balsamic Black Bean Salsa


  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained well
  • ½ medium onion finely diced (about 1/3 cup)
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 (7 oz.) can salsa verde (I used Herdez brand)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the salsa marinate for a few hours (or overnight before serving).
  2. Drain most of the liquid from the salsa before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.

Recipe Source: adapted from my friend, Jennifer S.

Balsamic Black Bean Salsa

36 Responses to Balsamic Black Bean Salsa

  1. Oklahoma says:

    Miss Mel isn’t kidding when she says use a GOOD balsamic vinegar. Even a moderate vinegar will ruin this dish.

  2. Andrea says:

    What is a church cooking group?? Please share the details!

    • Andrea says:

      Sorry! Read farther up where you explained it. The comments take up a lot of room on my phone so I whizzed by it at first. Sounds like a fun idea!:)

  3. Deb says:

    I’ve made this recipe at least 4 or 5 times now, and it is definitely a crowd pleaser. I have noticed that it tastes best if it’s made about 2 days before the event. For some reason the first day just isn’t as good to me. I also just made it with Mrs. Renfro’s Jalapeno Salsa instead of green salsa, and really like it. It really really spices it up and I loved it on the first day! If anyone tries this variation, you might want to cut the amount of salsa you put in there by half. I love me some spice but I think a whole jar would potentially overwhelm the flavor. I used a little less than half of an 8oz. jar.

  4. Deb says:

    Was looking for something different to make for a dip and saw this. It was delicious and came together so quickly. I think I’ll use the leftovers for burritos. Thanks Mel!

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  6. Deb says:

    I made this for a football tailgate and it was definitely a big hit! My only recommendations would be that you make it a couple days ahead of time b/c it tastes so much better on the 2nd and 3rd day. I also might use less balsamic dressing the next time, it was very overpowering the first day or so, basically until the other flavors had time to really mix in.

  7. Stacy says:

    Tried this tonight and LOVED it! My husband says it’s addicting! Thanks so much for the great recipe.

  8. Laura W. says:

    I made this and my mistake was possibly using generic basalmic, but the basalmic flavor overpowered my senses. I took it to a potluck with some positive response, but I did not enjoy it myself.

  9. Lucy says:

    I made this and loved it. I can’t wait to make it again. The flavors blend together so well. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Dana says:

    I must tell you that I recently stumbled upon your blog and the first thing I tried was this recipe and it was amazing!!!!!!!!! I brought it to a BBQ and people raved about it. Since than I have tried a number of your other recipes and really enjoy what you have done, thank you!

  11. I have to tell you how much I love this recipe!! I made it just for me a few months ago and loved it. I made it again this week for my companies potluck, and everyone raved about it! You made me a star! I handed out the recipe to 2 people, and they sent it to more… it’s an office hit!

    Thanks again!

  12. Kim says:

    This was a huge hit at the last party I went to, I added 3 rough chopped avacados. Oh dang it was delish!

  13. Melanie says:

    Kara – I agree that each balsamic vinegar brand tastes different. My main rule of thumb is to not buy generic. Some things are ok generic, but not this. The brand I have in my pantry now, which I love, is the Pompeian brand and I’ve also bought the DaVinci brand with pretty good results.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Melanie…out of curiosity, have you found a phenomenal balsamic vinegar brand? Sometimes they are so different and some better than others. What have you found that is a favorite?


  15. Valerie says:

    Oh, yum! I love balsamic vinegar, but have never tried it with beans. Yours looks so pretty.

  16. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – thanks for the nice comment! I’m so far from a celebrity (seriously, take a look at my wardrobe sometime!) but your comment made me smile!

  17. Melanie says:

    Martine – your comment was so nice! Thank you, thank you. It really made my day.

  18. Melanie says:

    Kris and Amy – well, the solace to actually eating this whole bowl is that it is relatively healthy! I’m glad you liked it!

  19. Melanie says:

    Hi teresa – the cooking group is so fun and laid back. It is just a group of ladies from church (and their friends they invite) and each month we set a theme (like party foods, desserts, five ingredients or less, etc.) and everyone brings a recipe and a sample to share. It’s fun!

  20. Melanie says:

    Leigh Anne – so glad this turned out! You have great taste in food so I’m really happy you liked it!

  21. Your Homebased Mom says:

    Just made this last night and took it to a dinner party – I was in charge of appetizers – it was a huge hit. Everyone wanted the recipe – thanks Melanie for another winner!

  22. Barbara says:

    Super salsa recipe! (Thank you Jennifer!)
    Love the addition of balsamic vinegar..your photo makes me want to dip right in!
    What fun to have a church cooking group.

  23. teresa says:

    you have a church cooking group? how do i get involved with that phenomenon? do you guys just get together and cook every month, or make each other meals? i’m so intrigued.

    great salsa, i bet i would get hooked!

  24. Sook says:

    Oh wow, this sounds so great! Balsamic vinegar does add a wonderful flavor to many dishes. 🙂

  25. Kris & Amy Morris says:

    I just made this & it is DIVINE!!!!! I could sit & eat the whole bowl right now all by myself, but I made it for a Superbowl party tomorrow! I love your blog! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  26. Jordan says:

    mmmm. I love any kind of corn, bean, cowboy caviar salsa’s. I will be trying this one for sure!

  27. Splendid Things says:

    this looks good. my husband is a big cilantro and salsa fan so i may have to try this on him. Thanks for sharing! jeanette

  28. grace says:

    i think i must be a black bean salsa connoisseur myself–i can’t get enough of the stuff. this batch sounds great–i’ve had balsamic vinegar added to black bean soup before and it was outstanding, so i imagine this’d be pretty stellar too.

  29. Martine says:

    I receive emails from your blog and it’s my favorite email to open. I refer to your blog quite frequently because I know I can trust all of the recipes you have posted. Your blog is by far better than any cookbook I’ve ever owned and believe me I own many. Thank you for sharing your time and talent with busy mothers like me that need something delicious and nutritious to put on the table each night!

  30. Cammee says:

    I think I’ll make this to go with our Mexican spread for the big game tomorrow. GO COLTS!!

  31. The Wife says:

    I had never thought about making a balsamic salsa before, but gosh it sounds (and looks delicious)!

  32. Anonymous says:

    I can’t hardly wait to check your blog everyday! I love everything you make. My mom and husband are always asking, what are you and Mel making today? ha ha. Your like a celebrity in our house.

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