October 24, 2016

Frito Corn Salad

A delicious, festive corn salad recipe made with Chili Cheese Fritos for a fantastic crunch and super tasty flavor!

Remember the time I took my shirt off and ran around my back yard in my bra taking pictures? No? Oh, right… because I haven’t told you about that yet because it just happened.

It literally just happened.

So, I take my food pics on the back porch because that’s where I have the best natural light in the afternoons (that’s sunlight, not Natty Light, though one could wonder since I just told you I didn’t have a shirt on). This time of year, taking food pics can be a challenge because the sun goes down so early and my window of opportunity is pretty narrow.

Frito Corn Salad! Easy and delicious corn salad made with Chili Cheese Fritos for a fantastic crunch and super tasty flavor!

I whipped up this (insanely delicious, stupid easy, totally addicting) salad and set about staging things to take some pictures. When I stepped outside I realized the sun was setting QUICK so I knew I had to hurry with my little photo session. As I was taking pics I noticed the dish had this bizarre orange tint? No matter what angle I tried, there was a neon glow. What the what??

Then I realized it was my shirt! I was wearing a neon orangey-pink sweatshirt (yes, ma’am, you heard that right… complete with matching neon leggings because I’m over 40 and I do what I want) and the shirt was casting a glow on the food. With not a minute of sunlight to spare, I looked over at the neighbor’s house to see if their blinds were open (they were, but again, I’m over 40 and I do what I want) and then whipped off my shirt to finish taking pictures.

Husband walked outside and said, WHY is your shirt off?! I quickly explained and he said, The neighbors can SEE you. To which I replied that I didn’t have anything that they hadn’t ever seen before and since they’re still in their twenties it’s prolly time they got a good look at what things are going to look like some day.

As you can see below, the second picture is a bit orange but just know that’s just me and my big loud shirt and not the actual color of the salad!

Frito Corn Salad! Easy and delicious corn salad made with Chili Cheese Fritos for a fantastic crunch and super tasty flavor!

Speaking of the salad! My friend Kristie Marshall introduced me to this last summer when our boys were playing all-stars together. As we’re prone to do around here, everyone pitched in with covered dishes for a team supper one night after practice and Kristie brought this salad. I’d never heard of such a thing but that didn’t stop me from digging in! It was the hit of the shin-dig! I went back for thirds before we broke camp.

Kristie gave me the recipe she uses, which I learned is a Paula Deen recipe. The only thing I did different was to add a little sour cream (vs. using all mayo…. y’all know my girl Paula loves her some mayonnaise) and I garnished it with a little fresh chopped cilantro because I LOVE cilantro.

Calling this a salad is a bit of a stretch but I don’t care. It has veggies in it and it’s delicious and that’s all I care about! Don’t leave out the bell peppers or onions even if you don’t love those things by themselves. The crunch and freshness make for the perfect contrast with the rich creaminess from the cheese, sour cream and mayo. You will LOVE this! I promise!

Frito Corn Salad

Frito Corn Salad
Yield: 10-12 Servings
prep time: 10 Mcook time: total time: 10 M
A delicious, festive corn salad recipe made with Chili Cheese Fritos for a fantastic crunch and super tasty flavor!


  • 2 15-oz cans corn, drained well
  • 1 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1 cup finely diced green pepper
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 8 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 10-oz bag Chili Cheese Fritos
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (optional)


How to cook Frito Corn Salad

  1. Combine corn, red onion, green pepper, mayo, sour cream, cheese and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. When ready to serve (and not before!) fold in corn chips then garnish with cilantro if desired.


Once you stir the fritos in, you’ve probably got about 2 hours max before they lose their crunch so wait until the last possible minute to mix them in.
You can use any variety of whole kernel corn. The mexi blends (fiesta, green chili, etc) are great in this!
Feel free to substitute pepper jack cheese for the cheddar for a little kick.
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Frito Corn Salad! Easy and delicious corn salad made with Chili Cheese Fritos for a fantastic crunch and super tasty flavor!

Love Fritos? Try these Slow Cooker Frito Taco Bowls from Sweet Little Bluebird!

This recipe was shared at the Weekend Potluck!


  1. Salad looks wonderful. Will try it soon. I love being over 40 too--pretty much do as I please.

  2. Mandy, girl you have my eyes watering reading this one. Love it! The salad looks delish!!

  3. O M G!!! What's not to love--Fritos, corn, sour cream, cheese. Heavenly day, girl. Got to have this soon. Thank you. BTW, girls, you think 40 is freeing, just wait till you're 60. Eureka! ;-)

    1. Amen sister! Just turned 62 and I'm lovin' it (still feel 25 though).

  4. This salad is always a hit, no matter where I take it. I add a ittle chipotle chili powder to mine. Also, if it is just the two of us, we pile the chips on our plate and top with salad. That way the leftovers do not get soggy.

    1. Do you use tortilla chips or fritos to dip into it??

  5. OMG! That is too funny. I choked on my coffee this morning reading this.

  6. You made my day. I had to laugh :)

  7. "'Cuz I'm over 40 and I do what I want"
    OMG - I'm dying because its TRUE!

  8. Love the way you think and I have everything for this salad on my grocery list. Thanks

  9. Lol love this post! You had me smiling all through it. :) This is a recipe my hubby would love so I'm going to try it.

  10. A little bit of bacon or ham would dress this up even more... Gonna have to try this soon!

  11. Over 55 and doing what I want! Looks like a great salad to serve to the family when they are home for the holidays and the grandchildren will love this version of salad.

  12. I serve this as a dip and just use the Fritoes to dip into it. That way if there are any leftovers the Fritoes are still crunchy. This is not as good once the Fritoes are soft. I always get asked for the recipe when I take it for a gathering.

  13. Hilarious! Letting them see what they have to look forward too!

  14. Love this corn salad, like the idea of the sour cream. I kick it up a little by adding 1/4 cup of diced jalapenos and a tablespoon or two of chili powder. Wonderful.

  15. This is sooooo delish! I used 2 cans of Southwest Corn that I happened to have in my pantry, so I omitted the green bell pepper (the corn had poblano and red bell peppers in it). Otherwise, followed exactly. Super yum!


Hi there! While I’m not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven’t been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments.

I can tell you now 1) I have no idea if you can substitute Minute Rice or brown rice in my recipes because I’ve never used them and 2) If I know how to convert a recipe to a Crock Pot version, I will make a note about it (otherwise, I don’t know).

And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y’all! - Mandy