Jalapeño Corn Relish Recipe

This Jalapeño Corn Relish is a zesty and flavorful condiment that pairs perfectly with grilled meats, tacos, or as a vibrant addition to any plate. Combining the sweetness of corn with the heat of jalapeños and the tanginess of vinegar, this relish is sure to elevate your meals. Here’s how to prepare it:


  • 15 oz (375 g) corn kernels, drained
  • 1/2 cup (64 g) diced onion
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) vinegar
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (32 g) brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeños, diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced (choose your favorite color for visual appeal)


  1. Combine Vinegar Mixture:
    • In a medium saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, and brown sugar. Heat over medium until the sugar dissolves completely. This mixture will create the acidic and sweet base for your relish.
  2. Add Spices and Vegetables:
    • To the saucepan, add the curry powder, salt, and minced garlic. Stir to incorporate the spices evenly.
    • Add the diced onion, jalapeños, and bell pepper to the pan. Stir well to ensure that all the vegetables are coated in the vinegar mixture.
  3. Cook the Relish:
    • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 5 minutes to soften the vegetables slightly and allow the flavors to meld.
  4. Add Corn:
    • Add the drained corn kernels to the saucepan. Stir well to combine with the other ingredients.
  5. Simmer:
    • Continue to simmer the mixture for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until the relish thickens slightly and the corn is heated through. The relish should be moist but not overly watery.
  6. Cool and Store:
    • Remove the relish from heat and allow it to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, transfer the relish to airtight containers.
    • Refrigerate the relish to enhance the flavors. It can be served immediately, but letting it sit for a few hours or overnight will deepen the tastes.
  7. Serve:
    • Serve the jalapeño corn relish as a condiment with grilled meats, as a topping on burgers or hot dogs, or alongside chips as a dip.


  • Adjusting Heat: You can adjust the heat level by removing the seeds and membranes from the jalapeños before dicing, or add more jalapeños for a spicier relish.
  • Longevity: This relish can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Ensure it’s kept in an airtight container to maintain freshness.
  • Serving Suggestions: This relish makes an excellent addition to a cheese platter or as a vibrant topping for fish tacos.


Jalapeño Corn Relish is a versatile and delicious way to add a pop of flavor to many dishes. Its combination of sweet, tangy, and spicy elements makes it a standout addition to your culinary creations. Enjoy this easy-to-make relish that’s sure to become a favorite!