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