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White Corn & Black Beans

Corn and black beans go together in my mind like peanut butter and jelly.  I can’t even begin to count the ways I have cooked these two ingredients together.  But this is one of my most favorite pairings.  It’s simple, and usually, simple things are the best.
When I saw the fresh ears of white corn, I was beside myself.  I am not sure when I fell so hard for white corn versus yellow corn, but it’s a deep, intense love.  Its sweetness goes perfect with black beans, particularly when fire roasted green chilies are invited to the party.That’s exactly what happened in this dish. I cut the kernels off the cob, blanched them, then I added some green chilies, black beans, herbs, spices, and fresh lime juice.  Then I garnished with queso fresco, Mexico’s answer to Greece’s feta.

White Corn & Black Beans

Author: Michelle De La Cerda


  • 4 ears corn; kernels removed
  • 2-15 oz . cans black beans; drained and rinsed
  • 1-4 oz . can green chilies
  • 1 tsp . chili powder
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 tbsp . fresh cilantro; chopped plus more for garnish
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • Queso fresco (optional)


  1. Remove the kernels from the cob and blanch them for 5 minutes in salted boiling water. 
  2. In a sauté pan, add the freshly blanched corn, black beans, green chilies, chili powder, lime juice, cilantro, and salt and pepper.  Mix well.
  3. Garnish with queso fresco and cilantro.  Serve.

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    July 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Wow, this looks so delicious, I’d definitely try it 😀

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    July 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you Petra. Hope you enjoy it.

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    Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
    July 11, 2015 at 9:51 am

    My family loves side dishes like this…definitely trying it! Can’t wait till we have local corn!

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      July 11, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      I’m counting the days until local corn too, a couple more weeks.

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    Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom
    July 11, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I like this “peanut butter and jelly” kind of combination. A match made in heaven!!

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      July 12, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      Perfect description Kristen.

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    Faye Wilkerson
    July 12, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    A great recipe for black beans. Fresh corn makes everything better.

    • Reply
      July 13, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      Oh yes it does, Thanks Faye.

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