Frito Corn Salad

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Frito Corn Salad is the perfect potluck dish! This easy salad combines sweet juicy corn, fresh bell peppers, spicy jalapenos and of course crunchy Fritos all in a creamy dressing.

This is the perfect side dish or appetizer dip loaded with veggies and corn!

Frito Corn Salad in glass bowl

Crispy Crunchy Fritos

If you’ve never had Frito Corn Salad before, you’ve been missing out my friend. It’s pretty much the BEST ever way to enjoy Fritos (like they weren’t amazing enough already)! Delicious sweet corn, fresh crisp peppers and of course crispy crunchy Fritos all tossed in a quick creamy dressing.  What more could you ask for?

Fresh summer corn is so incredibly delish whether it is added to a fresh summer corn salad or even a Mexican Corn Dip.  It just has a perfectly sweet crunch and a fresh flavor that somehow just tastes better on the deck next to a freshly grilled burger or hot dog!

Ingredients for Frito Corn Salad including corn, cheese and jalapenos in glass bowl

Perfect Side Dish

This Frito Corn Salad is most definitely the perfect side dish at a barbecue or a potluck but it also makes an awesome appetizer because people just love the flavors and the texture is perfect for dipping.  One great thing is that it can all be made ahead of time making it the perfect potluck dish!  I simply stir everything together keeping the Fritos on the side.  At serving time, I give the Fritos bag a quick squish, sprinkle them on top and stir for a crunch that nobody can resist!

I use plain Fritos and add some chili powder to my dressing, if you happen to have Chili Cheese Fritos on hand, you can just add them in and skip the chili powder in the recipe!

Try Different Dressings

If you’d prefer, you can also make this Frito Corn Salad with ranch dressing and skip the mayonnaise completely.  Prefer a zestier option?  As strange as it sounds, you can also try catalina dressing (which is what I add to my famous Dorito Taco Salad) with excellent results!  While some recipes make Frito corn salad with cream cheese, I personally find it a little bit too rich and prefer the other options!

Frito Corn Salad in glass bowl with jalapeños on top

Toppings and Mix-ins

This recipe calls for canned or fresh corn.  Both are great but of course, like most recipes, fresh is best (leftover or grilled corn is perfect too).  I always cook corn in the Crock Pot and somehow I figure I have 192038 extra people coming… so I always have leftovers.  This is the perfect way to enjoy all of my leftovers and everyone raves about it.

I’m kind of a jalapeno freak (pretty much with any dish, the spicier the better) but if you’d like to tame this down a little, skip the jalapenos and add in some mild green chiles for flavor without the heat. I love the addition of fresh bell peppers for the crunch they add. You can also add a can of rinsed black beans.

And that chopper you’ve been asking about in the video? You can find it here on Amazon (mine is the Vidalia Chop Wizard). I love it so much I wrote a whole post about my chopper!

Frito Corn Salad with Sweet juicy corn, fresh bell peppers, spicy jalapenos and of course crunchy Fritos in bowl

You can use either the Frito scoop chips or tortilla chips (or celery) to scoop this up if you’re serving it as a dip or just serve it with a fork as a side dish! If you happen to take this along to a potluck, print a few copies of the recipe to bring with you.  I pretty much guarantee people will ask for it!

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Review Recipe

Frito Corn Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Frito Corn Salad combines sweet juicy corn, fresh bell peppers, spicy jalapenos and of course crunchy Fritos all in a creamy dressing.  This is the perfect potluck side dish or appetizer dip!


  • 2 12-14oz cans corn drained drained, or 3 cups fresh corn off the cob
  • 1/2 red pepper diced
  • 1/2 green pepper diced
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 4 oz can diced jalapenos drained
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 5 oz Fritos chips

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  1. Combine all ingredients except Fritos in a large bowl and mix well.

  2. Just before serving, stir in Fritos.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 155, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 251mg, Potassium: 89mg, Carbohydrates: 10g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 4g, Vitamin A: 10.5%, Vitamin C: 26.5%, Calcium: 12.4%, Iron: 2.2%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. I think of a lot of your recipes are one’s I’ve made for my Coffee time at our Church. Love them. They taste so great. Thank you for doing what you seem to be doing best. Keep up the awesome work.

  2. This is my mother-in-law’s go to salad for all occasions. Everyone loves it. The only difference is she uses the green chilies instead of the jalapeño and also uses chili cheese Fritos instead of putting chili pepper in it!  Yummy, yummy, yummy!!!!