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Frito Corn Salad

Add a yummy burst of flavor and crunch to your meal with this Frito Corn Salad. It’s a mix of sweet corn, fresh peppers, tangy cheese, and crispy Fritos, all tossed in a creamy and tasty dressing!

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Fritos Corn Salad Recipe

This amazing Frito Corn Salad is bursting with delicious flavors and different textures that you won’t be able to resist. The sweetness of corn, the crunch of bell peppers, and the bite of red onion, are perfect with the salty frito corn chips.

Mixed with a quick creamy dressing for a mouthwatering flavor you wont’ be able to resist.

And wait, there’s more! Add crunchy Fritos and tangy cheddar cheese for extra yumminess. Each spoonful gives you a crunchy start and a creamy finish that will make you come back for seconds!

Not only does it taste awesome, but it also looks fabulous with all its colorful ingredients. You can serve it at any occasion.

It’s the perfect side dish or main dish for a family dinner, summer cookouts, or a picnic. This Frito Corn Salad is more than just a salad, it’s an adventure!

small bowls of ingredients for the perfect summer side dish

Ingredients Needed

Corn – Frozen corn kernels work best. Substitute canned whole kernel corn.

Bell pepper – Green bell pepper for bite. Substitute red bell pepper.

Onion – Red onion for color. Substitute sweet or white onion.

Mayo – I prefer Duke’s for the creaminess. Use plain Greek yogurt or sour cream if needed.

Spices – I like a homemade BBQ seasoning or sub taco/fajita spices.

Cheese – Sharp cheddar works best. Substitute pepper jack or monterey jack cheese.

Corn chips – Plain regular fritos corn chips or use spicy corn chips. Tortilla chips will work too.

Jalapeno – I prefer the fresh ones or you can sub pickled or chopped green chilies.

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How to Make Frito Corn Salad Recipe

First: In a large bowl, combine the corn, bell pepper, red onion, jalapeno, mayo and seasoning. Stir to combine.

Second: Crush the Fritos and fold the crushed Fritos and shredded cheese into the salad. Serve with more Fritos or tortilla chips for dipping.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

bowl of fritos corn salad with a spoon in it

Can I make it ahead of time?

You can make the salad a day in advance and keep in the fridge in an airtight container.

I would leave out the chips until ready to serve as you don’t want soggy Fritos.

How long does it last?

If you need to store leftover frito corn salad, they will keep for about 2-3 days in the refrigerator.

If you know you are going to have leftovers or are making this ahead of time, I would keep the fritos out of it until just before eating. You can always make a full batch with out the chips.

Then when serving, portion out half to a serving bowl and add the chips. If it gets eaten then mix the second half. This way, any leftovers won’t have chips in it getting soggy.

Can I freeze it?

Because of the mayo, I don’t recommend freezing it. The fresh vegetables can also leak out water during the freezing and thawing process and make it watery.

close up of corn chips in a salad with red onion and bell peppers

Can I substitute fresh corn for frozen in this recipe?

Yes, you can use fresh corn if you prefer. You would need to cook the corn first and then cool it before adding it to the salad.

Can I leave out the jalapeno peppers?

Absolutely! The jalapenos are there to add a little heat, but if you prefer a milder frito corn salad, you can definitely leave them out.

If I use canned corn, do I need to cook it before using?

No, canned corn is already cooked. You just need to drain and rinse it before adding it to the salad.

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Some other Summer Side Dishes:

two bowls of corn salad with fritos in it

Tips for No Leftovers

  • Switch out the BBQ seasoning for store-bought taco seasoning, cajun seasoning, or a packet of ranch seasoning.
  • Use chili cheese fritos instead of the regular ones. Really any kind of fritos will work.
  • You can use canned corn, just drain and rinse. You will need to chill the salad for 30 minutes if you use canned corn. The frozen corn keeps everything chilled and the corn should thaw pretty quickly.
  • Want some protein? Add in some black beans or diced cooked chicken.
  • Try using pepper jack or colby jack cheese for a new flavor twist.
  • Finish with a sprinkle of chopped fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice if you like!

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This easy Frito corn salad is a delicious corn salad with great flavor and color. Perfect for family cookouts, backyard barbecues, game days, or your next potluck.

Frito Corn Salad Recipe

Frito Corn Salad Recipe

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Add a yummy burst of flavor and crunch to your meal with this Frito Corn Salad. It's a mix of sweet corn, fresh peppers, tangy cheese, and crispy Fritos, all tossed in a creamy and tasty dressing!

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces frozen corn kernels
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
  • 2 teaspoons BBQ seasoning
  • ¾ cup mayo
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) bag Fritos corn chips, crushed
  • Extra Frito corn chips scoops for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the corn, bell pepper, red onion, jalapeno, mayo and seasoning.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Crush the one bag Fritos and fold the crushed chips and shredded cheese into the salad.
  4. Serve with more Fritos or tortilla chips.

Notes

  • Switch out the BBQ seasoning for store-bought taco seasoning, cajun seasoning, or a packet of ranch seasoning.
  • Use chili cheese fritos instead of the regular ones. Really any kind of fritos will work.
  • You can use canned corn, just drain and rinse. You will need to chill the salad for 30 minutes if you use canned corn. The frozen corn keeps everything chilled and the corn should thaw pretty quickly.
  • Want some protein? Add in some black beans or diced cooked chicken.
  • Try using pepper jack or colby jack cheese for a new flavor twist.
  • Finish with a sprinkle of chopped fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice if you like!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 287Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 328mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g

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