Chili Cheese Frito Salad

You are going to be surprised with today’s recipe.  It may sound a little strange but it is so delicious!  I had it at a potluck dinner with the women in my church.  The girl who brought it told me how easy it was and what was in it.  I couldn’t believe the ingredients: canned corn, mayo, chili cheese fritos, cheese, peppers, and onions.  So easy and OHHHH SOOO GOOOOD!  The salad gets all the flavor from the seasoning on the fritos.  So I came home and googled the recipe and found different variations.  From those, I then came up with my own version based on what I was told was in the salad. I must say that I am not a huge fan of canned corn but totally don’t even care about that because the salad tastes that good.

Chili Cheese Frito Salad

  • 3 (14 oz.) cans of corn, drained
  • 1/4 of a red pepper, diced
  • 1/4 green pepper, diced
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (9 1/4 oz) bag of chili cheese fritos
  1. Combine corn, peppers,onion, cheese, and mayo in a bowl.
  2. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  3. Just before serving mix in the fritos. I save about a handful to sprinkle on the top.  I also added a little tried parsley for the picture.Enjoy and eat it all because it’s not good as leftover.  The fritos get too soggy.

19 comments on “Chili Cheese Frito Salad

  • Just made this last night for a party and it was a hit! We didn’t incorporate the chips into the salad and instead put them in a bowl next to it and let everyone put as many chips as they wanted onto their serving of the corn salad. My thought was that we could save the leftover without having soggy chips but it turned out to be so good that there weren’t any leftovers to save! It was a great success and everyone LOVED and RAVED about it! Thanks for the recipe!

  • How many people does this serve? Looking to take to a potluck, but needs to serve about 15 people.


  • I had never heard of this recipe until I saw you post it. I made it twice over the holiday weekend and took it to two different family gatherings. Everyone loved it! I substituted green onion, for the red and it was still delicious. Thanks for posting this one.

  • I bought the stuff to make this later in the week for a bbq. It looks simple and yummy!

  • I use a can of well drained tomatoes with green chilies too. LOVE IT!

  • We had this salad on the 4th of July and it was awesome. If you want it to be even easier, my cousin that made it just used canned Mexican corn instead of dicing up peppers and onions. And they also are from a small town with no chili cheese fritos available – she just used the regular ones and it rocked!! I guess you could add a bit of chili powder if need be, but it sure was tasty with just the plain ones!

  • OMgosh, I HAVE to make this. It’s so unhealthy that I can’t bring myself to make it for me and my husband b/c we’d no doubt eat the whole thing in one sitting, so I think I’ll make it for a family reunion in September. My mouth is watering in anticipation!

  • I’m going to a potluck this week and this would be perfect! Should I wait until I’m there and it’s time to eat to add the fritos, or will they be ok with about an hour between adding and eating? Thanks for the recipe-I cannot wait to try it!

  • I first had this salad at the funeral dinner after my uncle passed a year ago. My mother and I sat at our table picking it apart and making notes of the ingredients because it is so good. I have made it numerous times since then and always get asked for the recipe.

  • Does this salad keep very well? Or does it need to be eaten immediately? Just wondered if leftovers still taste good if the chips get soft. I’m going to try this soon.

  • This would be great if they actually SOLD the chili cheese fritos in my area! Had them down in KY and loved them! Along with the cheese enchilada cheetos!

  • Sounds very interesting! I bet my boys would love it!

  • Sounds great. Good way to get kids to eat vegtables!

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