Frito Corn Salad (+Video)
This Frito Corn Salad is a unique appetizer that combines corn kernels, cheese, taco seasoning, Fritos, green peppers and red onion. So good!
A FAVORITE SUMMER DIP RECIPE
Need a unique side dish to take to your next BBQ or potluck? Sure, we all love our Macaroni Salad and Potato Salad and Deviled Eggs. A BBQ wouldn’t be the same without those classic side dishes. While I can never have too much tater salad, it is nice to have a bit of variety. Enter this Frito Corn Salad.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Some folks put in half the crushed Fritos at the time they make it, then add the other half in right before serving. But you don’t have to use all of the Fritos. It’s a matter of preference.
I love to use freshly shredded cheddar cheese but you can certainly use pre-shredded cheese.
Yes you can. 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.
This is where you can have some fun! Try switching out the flavors by using chili cheese flavor or BBQ flavored Frito corn chips.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)
- sweet corn
- cheddar cheese
- green pepper
- red onion
- taco seasoning
- Fritos corn chips
- black pepper
HOW TO MAKE FRITO CORN SALAD:
In a large bowl, combine thawed corn, cheese, diced bell pepper and onions. Stir well.
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. You do not need to use the entire bag if you don’t want that many corn chips.
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Frito Corn Salad (+Video)
- 12 ounce bag frozen corn kernels, thawed
- 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
- 1 green pepper diced
- 1/2 cup red onion finely diced
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
- 10.25 ounce bag Fritos crushed (or Chili Cheese Fritos)
- black pepper, to taste
- In a large bowl, combine thawed corn, cheese, diced bell pepper and onions. Stir well.
- Then add in mayonnaise and taco seasoning. Stir until thoroughly combined.
- Season with pepper (optional)
- 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.
- You do not need to use the entire bag of Fritos corn chips. This is entirely up to you and your tastebuds.
- Using pre-shredded cheese in a bag works just fine.
- 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.
“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.
Originally published: May 2013
Updated & republished: May 2021
Can I make this up the day befor?
Yes, just don’t add the Fritos until right before serving or they’ll get soggy (unless you like them soggy) 🙂
So the recipe say ‘grated cheddar cheese’ but the pic shows shredded. Big difference.
Which do you REALLY use? I’ve done this basic recipe before with just a bag of shredded, but with all the wax in those bags of cheese there is very little flavor. I might try getting a block of cheese and actually ‘grating’ as the recipe says. Just curious if you’ve ever grated.
For this recipe it really doesn’t matter which way you do it. It’s just a dip. So it depends on how thick or thin you want it. I have friends that love it grated because they prefer it to be smaller to blend in more but it really is a personal preference. Freshly shredded/grated really makes a difference though! However, fresh cheddar cheese can be a little hard to grate because it’s a softer cheese. So I would recommend popping it in the freezer for a couple of hours. It makes grating a bit easier since the cheese will be firmer.
I’ll make sure I update the recipe to be more clear. Thanks!
Do you precook the cob corn
Hi Jennifer, if you are using fresh corn on the cob, you will want to boil it then allow it to cool completely before you cut off the kernels.
I made this yesterday for 8 people at a pot luck. Huge hit! Will be using this recipe for years to come.
Yay!! Love hearing that Chad! Thanks so very much for taking the time to comment!
If not using fritos, what kind of Doritos?Taco flavor Doritos.