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Fiesta Corn Chip Salad

This Frito corn salad is always requested by friends and family! Super easy and great alongside just about any main course. Quick tip: wait on adding Fritos until you're about to serve as they tend to get soggy after a few hours. —Mandy Mckinnon, North Canton, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 2 cans (15-1/4 ounces each) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (9-1/4 ounces) chili cheese-flavored corn chips, crushed
  • Minced fresh cilantro, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the corn, cheese, red pepper, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Chill until serving. Just before serving, stir in corn chips. If desired, sprinkle with cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 463 calories, 35g fat (9g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 789mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • robbrd
    Oct 27, 2020

    I wasn't overly jazzed with this but the family really liked it and most had seconds. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I prepared it sooner and it had more time to chill. I do think the suggestion to add green onions is a good idea and hopefully will remember to do this next time because there will be a next time.

  • LadySullen
    Jul 5, 2020

    This was, without a doubt, the very best side salad I've ever made. I used a Mexican cheese that was a combination of sharp Cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Colby and I took another reviewer's suggestion of adding some green onions. The overall flavor is unusual, but it makes the salad a real standout!

  • pajamaangel
    Aug 21, 2017

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  • Debglass11
    Jun 25, 2017

    Great salad, perfect side for any barbecue. Because I was pressed for time, I used regular corn chips and crushed the chips over the top of the salad right before serving. Next time I'll use the chili cheese chips and mix them into the salad. I could see adding diced jalapenos to this dish too. I will definitely include this salad in my summer side dishes from now on! Volunteer Field Editor

  • amehart
    Jun 23, 2017

    We loved this salad and it was so quick to prepare. Made as is except used red onion, green pepper and regular Fritos as this is what I had in the house - delicious!! I could see playing around with this and possibly adding black beans and some additional seasonings. The recipe as written is a keeper and we will be making it again and again.

  • angela32
    Jun 22, 2017

    This is a very good salad, perfect for a hot summer Texas dinner! I did change a couple things, I used fiesta corn and added green onion. I also grated my own cheese (but that isn't a flavor change).

  • SuSey22
    Sep 1, 2015

    I made this for a picnic, was worried it was too heavy for the "light "eaters but it was gone before all the other salads! My future son in law asked to lick the bowl!

  • valanddansmith
    Aug 5, 2013

    This is pretty darn good! Couldn't find Chili Cheese Fritos so I just used regular ones and added a bit of chili powder. Also just added the Fritos as a garnish to the top cause I didn't want them to get soggy!  Added some Vidalia onion and a few halved cherry tomatoes as well.

  • kellyjean8848
    May 28, 2013

    my supervisor made this for our carry in last Friday I ate so much it was s o good. she told me to get it here, it was good however I was sad to see the calorie count Lol! she did use light mayo!

  • mreilly615
    Jan 6, 2013

    My daughter and I loved it.