Paula Deen Frito and Corn Salad Recipe: Y’All Gotta Try This – So... (2024)

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I am so excited to share this recipe with Y’All! Did you catch my southern drawl? Well there is good reason. I found a Paula Deen recipe that is absolutely amazing and has become a HUGE favorite in our house. Its just so super yummy. I have Paula Deen to thank for a fantastic new favorite!

This recipe is Paula Deen’s Corn Salad. I like to refer to it as Paula Deen Fritos and Corn salad. It sounds a bit ironic to put “Fritos” and “salad” in the same title – and honestly, this probably isn’t waistline friendly, but then again – I can’t think of many recipes (or any ;)) that are “waistline” friendly from Paula Deen.

But before I thank Paula Deen – I first must thank my fellow mystery church member for this delicious introduction. You see, my girls and I were at our church’s annual ladies tea and this salad was there. I was addicted at first bite and determined to duplicate this at home as I knew that the boys would love it. Plus, Fritos are Alex’s secret indulgence (kinda like dark chocolate, brownies and donuts are mine ;)) and many that know him know that he loves them as he even gets them as gifts.

Well, I enjoyed a few servings of this salad at the Ladies Tea (shhh…) but I was so busy gabbing that I was one of the last to leave and never discovered who brought this salad to get the recipe.

So I came home and Googled “fritos, corn, cheese” as there were the main ingredients that I noted and sure enough, tons and tons of links to the famous Paula Deen Corn Salad and seemingly so popular that I felt like I was living under a recipe rock! So forgive me if I am already sharing this recipe with you and you already know it way to well, but I had to share it as it is a new favorite around here and it is perfect for gatherings, picnics, parties and teas! 🙂

Plus it is really simple to make and so it is perfect for busy moms. Nearly every recipe I have shared on our site has been my own as I admitted that I don’t follow recipes, just get in the kitchen with what I have and make up something. I also have a few baseline recipes that I can build on to make something new. But in this case, it is too perfect to perfect!

I did make a couple of very slight modifications to match whatever it was I had on hand or had recently gotten for cheap! Those modifications are in parentheses and really didn’t affect the taste. So you can use whatever you have on hand and probably have a similar experience! I am not a fan of buying the exact ingredients for a recipe as shopping this way is not budget friendly, but trying to utilize what you already have to make it work!

This exact version is from food.com.

Paula Deen Frito and Corn Salad: Y'All Gotta Try This

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Author: Cassie from The Thrifty Couple (via Food.com)

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Serves: 8 - 10

This is a super yummy, easy salad to quickly throw together for any occasion! It is also a popular fare, but don't be fooled by the name "salad" as it isn't low in fat or calories - but an occasional indulgence from Paula Deen hasn't hurt anyone 😉

Ingredients

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese ( I used marble cheddar)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup green pepper, chopped (I used an orange bell pepper instead that I got for .25 on this week's shopping trip)
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 (10½ ounce) bag coarsely crushed Fritos chili cheese corn chips

Instructions

  1. Mix first 5 ingredients and chill. Stir in corn chips just before serving.

Notes

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  1. Marilyn

    This would be good too with drained boned chicken…

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  2. Jacki Zambo

    How many servings does this make??

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  3. Mary L

    I have made this MANY times and the ONLY time I didn’t get rave reviews was when I used cheap corn, and Kraft mayo. Now I ALWAYS use Hellman’s (original/not low fat), real Fritos chili cheese chips, DelMonte or Green Giant corn (I like the cans of “Fresh Cut” but can’t find them anymore), green onions and I chop some of those little red, orange and yellow sweet peppers, either in addition to or in place of the green peppers.

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    • Laqueta

      Maybe you have a rough crowd. I have used all kinds of corn, mayo, and off brand corn chip. But of course when trying to push the best I’m sure these have additional flavor .

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  4. Fran

    I LOVE THIS and so does my family.

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  5. Carrie

    I have made this several times. It’s soooo good! The only change to the recipe I do is use frozen corn instead of canned. Tastes so much better that way!!!

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    • Beth

      Thanks for the tip! I picked up frozen today to try!

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    • Steph Wigstone

      How much frozen corn do you use?

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  6. Dawn

    it isn’t the fat or calorie content (if eaten in moderation) you should worry about. It’s the corn! Grains are bad, but again, eaten in moderation, won’t be so bad. Check out NSNG @ http://www.vinnietortorich.com.
    Great recipe for social gatherings!

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    • Betty O'Donnell

      Corn is okay, it’s fructose corn syrup that is bad for you. Also, wheat, rye, barley!

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  7. Courtney

    This looks yummy, but is it a dip or an actual salad?

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  8. Sarah

    I use Doritos and it is fantastic.
    We call it “Fat Salad”

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  9. j currie

    Just a few suggestions to the above salad Add a cup of black beans half cup diced roma tomatoes and a couple of diced green onions instead of red onions Add a tablespoon of bread and butter pickle juice to the H
    ellmans mayo. Place shredded old cheddar cheese on top followed by the whole frito lay chips .

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    • Laqueta

      hmmm I will expand next time and try some of these additions. thank you

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  10. Laqueta

    I use this at almost every gathering. ALL ages love this. I sometime use the red peppers; sometime omit the purple onion.
    I do wait until its ready to serve before the cheese and Fritos. I usually double the Fritos and place them around for extra.
    Easy and great addition. Thank you Paula (and my sister that first shared with me)

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  11. Ky

    I’m a lazy cook and just use mexi corn. Then I don’t have to chop peppers! I also add black beans and it almost becomes a meal!

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  12. Lauri

    I have made this Corn Salad many times. I use Kraft Mayo, I can’t stand Hellmann’s. I add 1 cup plus 2 heaping tbs. and everyone loves it. I also use Del Monte Summer Crisp corn. You need 2.5 cans for one recipe. It’s a great recipe to make for any kind of doings you are going to and need to bring a dish. Always a hit!

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  13. Geometry Dash

    I think this salad is A-Maize-Ing. My neighbors and husband loved it. I used fresh corn off the cob because it is in season. You can use the fritos to dip in the salad or out on top. Be sure to put the fritos on right before serving or they will be soggy.

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  14. Jarrodskymn

    I gave https://www.cornbreadhemp.com/collections/full-spectrum-cbd-oil a whack at for the maiden time, and I’m amazed! They tasted excessive and provided a intelligibility of calmness and relaxation. My stress melted away, and I slept well-advised too. These gummies are a game-changer on the side of me, and I highly commend them to anyone seeking natural emphasis liberation and well-advised sleep.

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