Avocado Black Bean and Red Pepper Salsa

Avocado, Black Bean and Red Pepper Salsa is packed with flavor and loaded in vitamins, nutrients, protein and fiber. 

Avocado, Black Bean and Corn Salsa - The Lemon Bowl

My husband recently attended a week-long conference with scheduled evening events which meant one thing and one thing only: Mexican Fest 2013 for this girl! As I’ve mentioned a million times, he is not a fan of Mexican food. He doesn’t like melted cheese or cream sauces so that rules out 90% of Tex-Mex and he doesn’t care for cumin, cilantro, or beans so that rules out the more authentic Mexican food I grew up eating.


Ingredients for Avocado, Black Bean and Corn Salsa - The Lemon Bowl

Needless to say, when the cat’s away, the mice will play. This protein-packed salsa is filled with locally grown sweet corn, red peppers, cilantro and jalapeño. Avocados and olive oil add a creamy texture plus tons of healthy fats.

For the black beans, I used dried beans from a local farm and cooked up a large batch in my slow cooker. They were chewy with a bit of a bite and had so much more flavor than anything from a can. I froze two cups, used some in this salsa and used the rest later in the week when I made chicken and bean enchiladas.

Tortilla Chip with Avocado, Black Bean and Corn Salsa - The Lemon Bowl

Confession: I ate almost the entire bowl of this in one sitting thanks to a giant spoon and a warm batch of Baked Corn Tortilla Chips.

And I loved every bite.

Your chip is waiting.

Avocado, Black Bean and Corn Salsa - The Lemon Bowl

Avocado Black Bean and Red Pepper Salsa

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This bright and colorful salsa is packed with vitamins, protein and heart-healthy fats.
PREP: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 10 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 cup black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • ½ cup corn (thawed if frozen)
  • ½ avocado (diced)
  • 1 red pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 1 jalapeño (seeded and minced)
  • ½ cup cilantro (minced)
  • 1 juice of lime
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • baked corn tortilla chips (to serve)


  • Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl and serve with tortilla chips.


If you enjoy spicy food, leave the seeds and ribs in the jalapeño since that is where the heat lives.


Calories: 108kcalCarbohydrates: 14.2gProtein: 3.6gFat: 4.9gSaturated Fat: 0.7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4.2gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 193mgFiber: 4.6gSugar: 1.6g

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28 thoughts on “Avocado Black Bean and Red Pepper Salsa”

    1. It is a sad situation… :( But he likes sushi and Lebanese food (neither of which he ate before me) so I’ll take it.

    1. I know!! He will eat baked beans coated in sugar or perhaps in a Minestrone soup but I have to hide them – lol. He’s essentially 5.

  1. Now that I live on the border with Mexico, I’ve had a chance to become acquainted with real Mexican food, and I just love it. I’m grateful that my husband, who brought me here, does, too. Only problem: he doesn’t like avocado! This salsa recipe sounds wonderful, so I’m saving it for when I don’t have to leave out the avocado… :-) However, it also sounds like it would be great even without the avocado. Thank you for posting this.

    1. It would absolutely be great without the avocado!! Another idea is to make it without the avocado then put half in a bowl for him then add avocado just for you. ;) I feel your pain!!

  2. Hi Liz! So happy to be back online and have been catching up on your blog….. Hope you are well and feeling good with your new sweet baby on the way. :) I am a Mexican Food Lov-ah… so this recipe caught my eye right away. I’m pinning this to make for our next Friday night Fiesta {though I’m also thinking my Book Club gals will love it}. :)

  3. Dried beans in a slow cooker–why have I never tried this? Awesome idea!
    Mega heartbreak that the hubs doesn’t like Mexican food–I have similar “girly” nights when the husband is away: A monster veggie frittata. The crazy man won’t eat eggs at dinner.

    1. LOL I love that – what is it with men not eating frittatas? And yes, beans in the slow cooker was life changing for me too!!!!

  4. When it comes to taste buds, my husband is the polar opposite of yours. He could eat Mexican food everyday of his life. So, that means that I know he’d love this salsa. What a great way to kick up grilled chicken or fish.

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