Frito Corn Salad

This Frito Corn Salad recipe is filled with corn, peppers, onion, and crushed Fritos.

This Frito Corn Salad is a side dish for BBQs and potlucks that screams splurge and game time! Use Chili Cheese Fritos for some extra spice.

Frito Corn Salad - this is your game day recipe. Corn, Fritos, peppers, and onion. So good!


We recently went to meet the teacher at elementary school and were surprised to find out that my son Weston was placed in a gifted class. And by surprised I mean shocked.

Not that he isn’t smart, because he definitely is, but he spends most of his time in lala land daydreaming about things.

Sometimes when he does something extra spacey, my husband will nudge me and whisper, “Gifted, huh?” In his gifted class they have twice the homework as other first graders which in my opinion is absurd for their young age.

At the open house for the parents it was like being in a room full of peacocks. Parents raising their hands asking questions that also provided an opportunity for them to show how great their child was.

For example, one parent raised her hand and said, “Since my daughter gets done with her homework so quickly can she do extra book reports on her own and bring them in to you?”

Insert eye roll. Sorry for my cynicism, but they’re KIDS people. Let them be kids! I had to keep my head down as each parent raised their hand because my face is so transparent.
Frito Corn Salad - this is your game day recipe. Corn, Fritos, peppers, and onion. So good!I made this Frito Corn Salad years ago but couldn’t bring myself to post it because I felt like I would get hate mail.

I get angry emails for using a can of condensed soup so making a “salad” out of Fritos – yeah, I didn’t think that would go over to well.

But guess what? It’s good and if you’re not a fan, I’ll have a healthy recipe for you tomorrow. Or you can try this Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad.

Oh wait. Maybe next week? Umm…nevermind. Maybe this isn’t the site for you. Now that we’ve cleared the air, let’s get to the Frito Corn Salad.
Frito Corn Salad - this is your game day recipe. Corn, Fritos, peppers, and onion. So good!

It’s pretty simple: corn, peppers, onion, and mayo. I used canned corn here but you could definitely used frozen corn thawed or fresh. If you want to add some color use red and green pepper.
Frito Corn Salad - this is your game day recipe. Corn, Fritos, peppers, and onion. So good!It’s very important to not add the crushed Fritos until right before serving because you want them nice and crunchy. Eat this with a spoon or use it as a dip!

Frito Corn Salad
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup green pepper , chopped
  • 1 ⁄2 cup red onion , chopped
  • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) bag coarsely crushed regular Fritos corn chips or Fritos chili cheese corn chips
  • Fritos Scoops for serving
  1. Mix first 5 ingredients and chill. Stir in corn chips just before serving. You may not want to add all of the corn chips. Add a little at a time. Some people prefer to just serve the Fritos on the side or crumbled on top. You can eat this with a spoon or as a dip with Fritos Scoops for serving.
Recipe Notes
Use both red and green peppers for more color.

You don't have to add all of the crushed Fritos. Just add until desired consistency.



Frito Corn Salad - this is your game day recipe. Corn, Fritos, peppers, and onion. So good!

Speak Your Mind



  1. That is terrible that people send you hate mail when they don’t like a recipe! It’s also kind of hilarious. I just can’t get my head around that thought process… “I don’t think I’ll personally like this recipe that someone has created and posted online for free so I can make it at my leisure, so I should probably email the author something rude to let her know how I feel…”

    Weird people aside, I think this salad looks amazing. I love “salads” like this. They go along with the strawberry/pretzel variety, and the snickers/apple kind too. Mmm, salad.

  2. Since the first time I tried this “salad” many years ago, it has been on my mind almost constantly. Especially at this time of year when the corn is still so good. It’s yummy if you mix a little BBQ sauce with the mayo. I use the chili cheese variety of Fritos or nacho cheese flavored Doritos. Drooling just thinking about it. Yum!

    (Sorry that h8ters don’t just ignore recipes that you post that aren’t right for them!)

  3. Hey girl this looks so good! Don’t worry what people think, just post recipes that you like! I think I would like this to! Yummy!

  4. sounds terrific, I like the idea of a little crunch with the corn – I think any kind of tortilla/ corn/ whatever-chip would work. If someone has a nice crisp chip they think is healthier than the Frito, then use it and stop complaining. I like someone’s suggestion of a little BBQ with it. Thanks for a great website.

  5. I can’t believe people send you hate mail when you use an ingredient they don’t like or don’t want to use. If there is something in a recipe that I don’t like, I just don’t make it. It shouldn’t be a hard concept.

    Anyway, thanks for all the yummy recipes!

  6. I am so totally in love with salads made with corn! I’ve taken to putting grilled corn in my regular green salads too- just love that little burst/crunch you get when you bite a corn kernel! So, yes, I’m going to make this and revel in the crunchy sweetness! And scooping it up with Fritos? Um, yes please!! Thank you for sharing this one!

    As far as those competitive parents go? Holy cow, don’t they amaze you?!! Just have to make sure everyone knows THEIR child is the only gift mankind will need in the future!! I was like you back in that day, try and smother a laugh and make sure they don’t see the big eye-roll going on!! Oh, and both my kids were designated “gifted” (ya know, ’cause I have to brag too… gag!) but my son was one of the daydream-iest kids ever! My daughter, overachiever. Go figure!!

  7. Making this!
    I think I would like this with a brat.
    I voted for you daily on the Saveur Blogging Awards and I bet many others did too.

  8. Oh my goodness! I love this recipe! My local HEB has a Mexican street corn flavored tortilla chip that I put in instead of the fritos. It was soooo good! 🙂

  9. I just can’t stay away! You always have me drooling, girl. Don’t listen to those haters! I cannot wait to make this!!

  10. This sounds yummy and I plan to make it for some friends who are coming over this weekend. It seems like it might be good served warm. Has anyone tried heating it before adding the fritos?

  11. I made this corn salad yesterday and it got rave reviews! It was absolutely delicious! I will definitely make it again.

  12. Will it be ok to make the day before?

  13. What kind of mayo

  14. I has this at a cook out and loved salad (dip) at a cook out. I’ve made it and in a few days, ate all of it. Yummy. Dipped with Frito corn chips.

  15. I ate this at a meeting a couple nights ago and out of abut 45 salads on the table….I thought this was the best thing I put in my mouth!!!!

  16. I make this a lot. I add a package of DRY ranch dressing. Yummmmmmm!!!!