Grilled Corn Pico de Gallo

Last month, our Small Group ended the school year with a pool party. Yes, it’s been hot enough here (for months, it seems) for pool parties. But this post isn’t about the water.

It’s about food.

Each Sunday night, the 16 couples in our group take turns preparing the shared meal . . . and Ronnie and Ashely, the couple who prepared the food that week, are – by far – my favorite “real life” foodies.

They. Can. Cook.

Yes, “they” — this husband and wife cooking duo both cook, bake, grill . .  you name it.  And out of their talented hands came my newest obsessions: Mexican Chocolate Cake and Corn Pico de Gallo.

This cake?  Amazing.  Divine.  Swoon-worthy.  With Cinnamon Mascarpone Frosting.  Le sigh…

I am soooo making it for my birthday next year.  Yes, MY birthday.
(you can get the recipe here from Baked Bree)

And then, there was the simplest pico of corn, celery, and black beans . . . and it was the inspiration behind today’s recipe for Grilled Corn Pico de Gallo.

I don’t know where Ronnie and Ashley found the recipe or even what amounts they used of the ingredients.  When I asked Ashley, she told me Ronnie doesn’t really measure everything — they mainly just mix it all to taste.

Finally . . . someone who cooks like me.

Since the Husband loves to grill corn, I decided to put him to task and used the roasted flavor of the grilled corn to tweak this recipe.  And, because being pregnant with Barney Kneeknuckles completely and forever changed my taste-buds, I threw in cilantro and red onion.

‘Cause, why not?

The end result was a pico that we gobbled up last Friday night after a long, long day of working and wrestling kidlets.  It’s great with tortilla chips and amazing with grilled steak.

Food makes me happy.


Grilled Corn Pico De Gallo


  1. 2 cups Grilled Corn (3-4 ears, cut off the cob)
  2. 2 cups (roughly 1 can) Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  3. 1/3 cup Chopped Red Onion
  4. 1/2 cup Diced Celery
  5. 1/4 cup Lime Juice (about 3 medium limes)
  6. 2-4 tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
  7. 1-2 tablespoons Chopped Cilantro


  1. Into a large bowl, mix the lime juice and rice wine vinegar
  2. Add the grilled corn, rinsed black beans, chopped onion, and diced celery. Stir to combine.
  3. Add chopped cilantro. Cover and let it marinate in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips or as a topping for grilled steak.

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Recipe by Rachel Lacy


How To Grill Corn On The Cob

Now . . . if you haven’t grilled corn before, the Husband assures me it is one of the easiest things ever.

p.s. I’m supposed to let everyone know that the Husband has cleaned his grill since these pics were taken.  He was quite adamant about everyone knowing this

  • Pull back the husks (but do NOT remove them) from the ears of corn.  Carefully remove all silks and rinse each ear.  Push the shucks back up and over the corn.
  • Fill a bowl with water and add 1 teaspoon of salt. Soak the corn for 10 minutes.
  • Let your grill heat for 10-15 minutes.
  • Place the husk-covered ears of corn onto the grill, over high heat, for 15-20 minutes.  Turn the corn every 5-7 minutes.
  • Pull the husks back from each ear (CAREFULLY because they will be HOT) and set the kernels on the grill — just long enough to get a little char.
  • Remove from the grill and serve.



Every Friday in June, Lori from My Kinda Rain and I will dishing up our new favorite grilled recipes, AND offering a linky so you can add or find other great recipes.

What recipes will you see here?

And … honestly, I can’t decide on the last recipe. I’m torn between three different ideas — so we will let that one be a surprise!

Alrighty — link up your favorite grilled recipes…

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  1. says

    Thanks to you (& your husband) for the Instructions on how to Grill Corn (I don’t do the grilling around here either) but neither of us had ever eaten grilled corn anywhere but out & are now hooked thanks to your helpful information!!!

    (and I will be using the extra corn that we didn’t eat with some fresh jalapenos & tomatoes as a “salsa” which may or may not just get eaten with a spoon)

    • Rachel says

      The cake was unbelievable — it had chocolate, balsamic vinegar, cinnamon and PEPPER in it. I couldn’t believe it when I learned the ingredients … but just amazing.

    • Rachel says

      You know, one of the things I loved about it, was that it wasn’t “tex-mex” in flavor. It should have been, with those specific ingredients, but it wasn’t … it was just a good “dip” or salad. Love that stuff!

    • Rachel says

      YOU definitely do, woman! I can only imagine the goodness you would create with grilled corn.

    • Rachel says

      Hubby does the grilling. I do the pics. It’s a relationship that works well for us, lol.

    • Rachel says

      Yes, try it! I promise it is worth it … Grilling brines out a whole new flab or out in corn.

  2. says

    WOW!! I love trying different salsas to use with tortilla chips or even as garnish. This one totally steals my heart and reminds me of the one I adore from a popular burrito/bowl chain.

    • Rachel says

      I have realized I am totally obsessed salsas and picos, whether with chips or as a garnish …. I think I have FOUR on my blog now.

  3. says

    That’s similar to what I use to make my tacos, because I prefer not to use meat. But I’ve never grilled corn before. Must do it! Do you think the directions would be similar for a charcoal grill?