Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Frito Corn Salad

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!
Ingredients:
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. 

Directions:
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.  
I always think it looks pretty when you have a few crushed ones on top when you serve it.
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. 

48 comments :

Anonymous said...

This sounds wonderful going to have to try.

sissymanley1964 said...

wow, I'm gonna have to try this! Looks so yummy and definitely different from the norm! Thanks!

Linda @ With A Blast said...

I was craving for something like this a couple days ago ! Thank you for sharing the recipe - pinned :-)

Pam Gurganus said...

I've been making this Paula Deen recipe for years and love it with the chili cheese flavored Fritos! YUM! :)

Brandie S. said...

Pam, I don't think Paula Deen can be credited with this recipe. It's been around for ages. My Mom was making this at Tupperware parties in the 70's! Also, this recipe is different from Paula's in that this one has Taco Seasoning too. Lots of variations on this!

Brandie S. said...

Hope you love it!

Brandie S. said...

Sissy, I'm telling ya - this one is always a hit at the potluck table. Hope you like it!

Brandie S. said...

Linda, corn is the one veggie my whole family can agree on. LOL. Hope you love this one!

Kathy said...

I bet this would be a great dish to take to a potluck or BBQ! So different and unique!

Caryl K said...

Wonder if a can of rinsed black beans would be good in this?! Have to experiment!

Pam Gurganus said...

Oh, I never thought the "original" recipe was hers! I only meant to give credit to where I got the recipe from! But wouldn't it be interesting to know when, where, why, and how recipes originated!?! From Tupperware parties to the internet! Thank goodness for people like you and your Mom that have shared recipes via whatever means! The culinary world sure has come a long way! :) I definitely am anxious to try this version of the recipe with the taco seasoning!

Brandie S. said...

Caryl - I think those would work great in here!

The Better Baker said...

WOW!! This is one of my most favorite dishes! I'm giggling because JUST TODAY....I emailed my sis in love, asking for her version of this dish, to add to my cookbook. I am all about crunch - the chips make this awesome dish. I've never tried it with taco seasoning....sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing another tried & true!! =)

Proud_Texas_Gal said...

I have had this many times and didn't know recipe!! I will make it this summer instead of potato salad...gotta change it up ya' know!!! ;)

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to try this! I'm drooling as I type ;-) Some of my favorite recipes are from Tupperware parties!

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

Love this, do you think I can substitute the mayo for something else? Mayo is 2 of one things in life that freak me out!

Kalamity Kelli said...

The first time I had this was in the early 90's when it was brought to our home for my father's funeral of all things! I turned my nose up at it but finally took a bite and I was hooked. That is the best tasting stuff! Sometimes, when no one is looking I will take out of the fridge and just eat whatever is left straight out of the bowl!

Brandie S. said...

Kelli, and that is why I love you!

Brandie S. said...

Pamela, do you have a substitute for mayo that you normally like to use? If you do, that will work. You want something creamy but not too tangy if that helps :)

Brandie S. said...

I'm gonna tell ya, I have a small binder that was given to me that has a whole bunch of fun recipes from Tupperware parties. I've tweaked the recipes here and there but they hold some very fond memories for me :)

Brandie S. said...

Hope this one is enjoyed by all if you give it a try Kathy!

Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads said...

This salad looks so yummy!

Marie in Va said...

Love your recipes! Any chance you can add the picture to the print page? It's always nice to see what I'm making is supposed to look like :) Looking forward to trying this for an upcoming office lunch!

Cherie said...

Just curious how far ahead you think I could make this before a party and it still taste fresh? My party is 2:00 Saturday. Sometimes things are better made ahead so the flavors can marinade.

the bergmans said...

This is such a brilliant salad. I also thought it was my mom's own concoction, but apparently she heard about it somewhere! I bring this to every party we go to because everyone loves it...just like you said, a small helping because they think it looks strange and then suddenly the whole bowl is gone! I use the chili cheese corn chips and it adds a ton of flavor!

Cherie said...

Have you ever made this the night before? I wouldn't add the chips but what about the rest?

thepaintedapron.com said...

What a great summer recipe! Never heard or seen this, loved what you said about people taking just a little then wishing they had more! Can't wait to try this, thanks!
Jenna

Pam Gurganus said...

That's awesome, Brandie! I wish I had something like that, but am grateful to you for sharing with us/the world! :)

Brandie S. said...

You could definitely make this the night before. Just add the chips in before serving the next day. Hope that helps!

Anita at Hungry Couple said...

Wow, this never would have occurred to me but it sounds really, really yummy. :)

madge | the vegetarian casserole queen said...

How fun! I love this...

Anonymous said...

Can I use plain yogurt,instead of mayo?

Anonymous said...

I love our blog and I really would love to make this salad, but, I can't seem to be able to save it. HELLLLLLLLLLLLLp please. Thank you, Trish Butler

Anonymous said...

PS. Have you ever used Mexi-Corn in this salad? Thank you again, Trish Butler

Judith Anne said...

How many cups of corn in the recipe if you want to use fresh? Local corn is in and I'd like to make this with my leftover fresh corn! :)

Anonymous said...

I made this for our Church's 4th of July dinner on the grounds. It was the hit of the event. I had one person beg for the leftovers and two others that just had to have the recipe. Got lots of "this is great" comments. I did change it up a bit by adding another tablespoon of taco seasoning and a 1/4 of a tsp. of seasoning salt. Thanks for the great recipe. I'll be making this one often. KESM

Anonymous said...

With some hesitation, I just made this for todays potluck... Omg... This is so good!
I had to hide the frito bag from my husband to keep him from picking into it.

Anonymous said...

Can I substitute the green peppers with something else by chance??

Anonymous said...

This is so funny cause I just had this last week at a golf luncheon for the first time and I didn't even take any until different gals at the table started talking about how good it was. Everyone ended up having seconds and thirds and asking for the recipe. The recipe she used had green, red and yellow peppers and she didn't use any taco seasoning, just the chili Fritos, but I'm sure that would be good also. I will be making this soon!!

kean said...

This is a great of recipes. Thank you for share ...

P.S. My son love Frito Corn Salad so much

Foreverdizzzy said...

Do we use real mayo or miracle whip? Do you cook it at all or just serve as is?

Anonymous said...

I am taking this to a Christmas party tonight! Finally I found something DIFFERENT that no one else will have! Getting real tired of the fruit tray, veggie tray, chips and salsa, and bar b q meatballs! HA!

Anonymous said...

Y am going to take this dish to our Homecoming next month,so happy to find something new to make...I will let you know how it went..

Christine Vigna said...

If your not a mayo fan, replaced it with wish bone guacamole ranch dressing. I have never found the Fritos and use the garden salsa sun chips. I have also added chopped cilantro, bacon bits, olives and red pepper. Also try a Mexican cheese blend instead. Was a great hit recently at our Cinco De Mayo party. FYI its great all year long!

swoozieq said...

I make my corn salad with 1 green..1 red and 1 yellow bell pepper diced... . 1 diced green onion....and miracle whip...LG can of corn...crushed chili cheese fritos best salad ever...

Ronda said...

Christine I was thinking the same thing Cilantro several colors of peppers I think I would also put the corn into a skillet and lightly blacken it, I would also add green onion tops finely chopped. I don't do bottled dressing but mayo, taco seasoning, and fresh avocado would get the same results...

Anonymous said...

OMG....Just made this for a pool party I am having tomorrow. This taste amazing. I will definitely be making this again with the addition of jalapenos, green chilies and black beans. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

Anonymous said...

It's also great with Doritos!