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Toasted Corn Salsa Recipe

While filming in Tahoe, we had the privilege of cooking with Chef Stephen J. Moise at The Ridge Tahoe. Chef Moise, the Executive Chef at Ridge Tahoe, has a passion for serving local, thoughtful, and healthy cuisine to his guests. Before becoming Executive Chef at Ridge Tahoe, Chef Moise amassed experiences with famous locations and names such as New York City’s Tavern on the Green, Tommy Hilfiger, and Marriott.

Due to his natural skill and honing his craft through professional work, Chef Moise has immeasurable proficiency in his field. The landscapes of Tahoe inspire Chef Moise to create healthy meals that also replenish you after a day in the great outdoors. Here’s a recipe for the toasted corn salsa we enjoyed.

At The Ridge Tahoe with Chef Moise

At The Ridge Tahoe (check out those views!) with Chef Moise

Toasted Corn Salsa


1/4 cup -bacon- sliced

1- cup corn kernels

1- teaspoon jalapeños – small diced

1- Tablespoon Fresno chili- small diced

1/4- cup red onion- medium dice

2- Tablespoons green onions – sliced

1/4- cup teardrop tomatoes- 1/2ed

2- Tablespoons cilantro- chopped

Juice of 3 limes

Olive oil

Kosher or sea salt


Next Steps

On a low heat, cook bacon till crispy, remove bacon- keep fat in pan

Pan on high heat (careful not too hot) add corn (have top to cover, will pop out of pan) cook for 30 seconds, stir- looking for scorched kernels but still firm, remove and cool

Add next 6 ingredients, mix,

Add juice – – mix

Add oil to mix, just to coat

Add bacon

Taste and add salt to lift flavor


Great over fish, shrimp and chicken

Blend if you would like sauce


Salsa Notes

  • Acid, heat and salt are the focus points: look for balance.
  • Heat from peppers change all the time. Fresno chili look like peppers; they have little to no heat but mild flavor.
  • This recipe has bacon (can be omitted).
  • Limes yield different amount of juice. You may need more, based on personal preference.
  • Salt should be used as an enhancer to lift flavors you have; if you’re using bacon, it may already be salty enough… you decide.

Enjoy! More to come from Tahoe and stay tuned for this upcoming PBS episode of “Travels with Darley.”


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