Need a unique side dish to take to your next BBQ or potluck? Sure, we all love our favorite macaroni and potato salads and deviled eggs. A BBQ wouldn’t be the same without those classic side dishes. But a lot of times when you take one of those dishes, you find 5 other people did as well. And while I can never have too much tater salad, it is nice to have a bit of variety. Enter the Frito Corn Salad.
This is such a unique dish sitting out on the table. It stands out from everything else. It’s one of those salads (if they’ve never had it before) folks will look at and serve themselves up just a little bit. Then they’ll go and sit down, start eating their meal, and then wish they had put a bit more of that corn stuff on their plate. Now, you can really play around with this recipe and have fun. I am sharing with you the basic recipe for this salad. However, you can change up by using different kinds of cheese. Or, experiment with different Fritos like BBQ or Chili Cheese flavor. So have fun with it and try it out at your next BBQ!
1 (12 oz.) bag frozen corn kernels, thawed (see notes below)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 green pepper, diced
1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp. Taco Seasoning
1 (10 1/4 oz.) bag Fritos (regular or chili cheese), crushed
pepper, to taste
Note: I like to use the frozen corn that has been thawed because I think it has more of a fresh corn taste. But 2 cans of well-drained corn will work with this too.
In a large bowl, combine thawed corn, cheese, diced bell pepper and onions. Stir well.
Note: Please use a bigger bowl than I did here. This bowl was a bit too small and made it difficult to stir once I added all the other ingredients.
Then add in mayonnaise and taco seasoning.
Stir until thoroughly combined.
I like to season it with a little bit of pepper too (this is optional).
Then just before serving, stir in crushed Fritos so they stay nice and crunchy. Some folks put in half the crushed Fritos at the time they make it, then add the other half in right before serving.
Note: Go with what is easiest for you when making this. Using pre-shredded cheese in a bag works just fine. And if you don’t have time to thaw out a bag of corn, then use 2 (15 oz.) cans of corn that are drained really well. Also, for a big bump in flavor, try using the chili cheese or BBQ flavored Fritos.