Paula Deen Frito and Corn Salad Recipe: Y’All Gotta Try This – So Easy And Oh So Yummy

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy here.


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

Paula Deen Frito and Corn Salad: Y'All Gotta Try This
4.4 from 13 reviews
Prep time:
Total time:
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 ;)
  • 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
  1. Mix first 5 ingredients and chill. Stir in corn chips just before serving.
More Recipe Ideas:
Check out for more yummy and even healthier recipes :)!


Have you tried this before?  If this is your first time making and trying too, come back and let us know your thoughts!

See more of our Recipes to save even more money for a healthier budget and to live healthier lives too!


  1. Mary L says

    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.

  2. Carrie says

    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!!!

  3. K. Fales says

    when I can’t find chili cheese fritos I mix taco seasoning into the mayo. I also add black beans to this recipe

  4. J Ray says

    This is my go to side dish to take to potlucks! I love it and it’s always a hit. It’s a little addicting, just FYI!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Rate this recipe: