Mexican Salsa Dip

Mexican Dip | Gather and Graze

When we lived in Florida a number of years ago, some Canadian friends introduced us to a close variation of this fresh Mexican Dip. Unfortunately, I can no longer find the recipe that was kindly passed on to me, so I’ve just been making it from memory ever since and am pretty sure that it’s reasonably close. The tins of RO*TEL Mexican Style Tomatoes (that have green chilli, lime and cilantro added to them) are widely available in supermarkets throughout the USA, but something I can only get my hands on from time to time. I’m sure though that adding a couple of diced fresh tomatoes and a chopped green chilli to the mix would be a good alternative.

It’s definitely more of a summer-time appetiser (perfect for those living in the Northern Hemisphere right now!), but as my sweet husband has just returned from the U.S. with a few tins of these tomatoes packed in his suitcase, I couldn’t NOT make up a batch for the family to dip into over the weekend. At least the sun was shining down upon us… albeit not providing a great deal of warmth!

Mexican Salsa Dip | Gather and Graze

  • Servings: Yields Approx 4 Cups
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • ½ Red Onion (diced finely)
  • 1 Medium Red Capsicum/Pepper (diced finely)
  • 1 Large Avocado (diced)
  • 1 Fresh Cob of Corn (kernels cut from the cob) or 1 x 300g (10oz) Tin Corn Kernels (drained)
  • 283g (10oz) Tin of RO*TEL Mexican Style Tomatoes (drained)*
  • Half of a 400g/14oz Tin of Black Beans (drained)
  • Juice of 1 Fresh Lime
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • A little salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Handful of Fresh Coriander/Cilantro (chopped)
  • Corn Chips (to serve)


Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and gently stir to combine. Transfer to a clean serving bowl and serve surrounded by the corn chips.

Mexican Dip | Gather and Graze


If you’re unable to find the tins of RO*TEL Mexican Style Tomatoes (or something similar) in your area, I’d recommend substituting with 2-3 ripe Roma Tomatoes (diced) and a finely chopped green chilli.


9 thoughts on “Mexican Salsa Dip

  1. Karen

    I grew up in Texas where RO*TEL tomatoes were very popular and have been lucky to find them wherever I’ve moved. I have some in my pantry and will be trying your recipe soon. I’m pinning.

    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      Thanks Karen! You’re so lucky to be able to purchase them locally… hope that you enjoy the dip when you get a chance to make it. We all really love it. 🙂

  2. Anne Wheaton

    The things people bring home in their suitcases! We always get my sister to bring TimTams when she visits. This looks just right for this time of year.

    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      Ahh TimTams… there’s often debate in our household as to whether the originals can be topped by any of the numerous variations that Arnott’s keep bringing out. Only in the past week have we trialled a Turkish Delight version… and my gosh they were amazing! My new favourite! 🙂 Thanks Anne, this dip is well suited to a relaxed afternoon sitting outdoors with a glass of chilled wine or beer on hand.

    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      Thanks Stefan… it’s very moreish, so hard to stop dipping!
      Oh and I’m making your Taiwanese chicken for our dinner tonight. I’ll let you know how it goes… 🙂


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