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Corn Chip Salad

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Corn Chip Salad is made with corn kernels, cheese, smoked paprika, Fritos, peppers, and red onion in a flavorful party dish everyone will love.

frito corn chip salad in a large bowl
the perfect summer salad

our favorite summer salad

This Corn Chip Salad salad is a summer favorite at BBQs and parties and it’s an easy appetizer. There’s never any left as it is always a crowd-pleaser. Truly the best dip for large gatherings.

what you’ll need

For this summer salad recipe, you’ll only need a few tasty ingredients.

ingredients for frito corn chip salad with corn, cheddar, onion, mayo and bell pepper
ingredients for Frito corn salad

recipe substitutions

The great thing about this Corn Chip Salad is you can customize the ingredients to fit your taste preferences. Here’s some ingredient ideas:

  • cheddar– pepper jack or Mexican cheese blend
  • peppers– use jalapeño or bell pepper for a milder taste
  • mayonnaise– sour cream may be used in place of mayo

how to make salad with corn chips

Frito corn salad is too easy!

steps for making Frito corn salad
  1. Mix bacon, cheese, corn, onion and pepper in a large bowl
  2. Add mayo and paprika, then chill if not serving right away
  3. Before serving, top with corn chips when ready to serve
  4. Serve cold.


side view of a large bowl filled with Frito corn salad dip
corn chip salad makes a great party dip

can I use canned corn for this recipe?

Yes, use grilled, cooked or canned will work fine, depending on your preference.

large spoonful of corn chips with corn salad
a scrumptious salad

storing leftover corn salad

To store leftovers, be sure not to add the corn chips yet. Keep the remainder of the corn chip salad in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. When ready to consume, remove and add corn chips.

creamy fritos corn salad in a bowl

what to serve with corn chip salad

This dish is best served as an appetizer or party dip, chilled and with corn chips or Fritos. Frito Corn Salad is delicious when paired with burgers, BBQ chicken or pork.

Corn Chip Salad

A cold and creamy Frito corn salad with red onion, peppers, cheddar cheese, and bacon topped with corn chips.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 476kcal
Author: Amber


  • 1 can corn drained
  • 1 can southwest corn drained
  • ½ red onion diced
  • 1 jalapeño diced (or green bell pepper)
  • ¼ cup bacon bits optional
  • cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika or taco seasoning blend
  • 9.75 bag corn chips favorite flavor


  • Combine both types of corn, mayonnaise, onion, jalapeno, bacon bits, cheddar cheese and paprika together in a bowl.
  • Crush half of the corn chips and stir into the corn right before serving.  Top with remaining chips.


  • Stir in some crushed corn chips right before serving so it doesn’t get soggy.  Add some larger corn chips to the top of the salad.
  • If you can’t find any southwest corn, just use 2 cans of corn and add some diced green and red pepper to the dish.
  • Make sure the corn is drained well so the salad isn’t watery.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.


Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 531mg | Potassium: 404mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 262mg | Iron: 1mg

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