Paula Deen’s Frito Corn Salad – A Southern Delight

Paula Deen Frito Corn Salad

Paula Deen is known for her delicious Southern-style cooking. He gave us many amazing recipes to enjoy. One of her most popular dishes is Paula Deen Frito Corn Salad. Even though it’s called a “salad,” don’t think it’s just a bunch of greens. This dish treats us that combines the crispy, salty taste of Fritos with the sweet flavor of corn. It is good for various eating occasions, like parties, picnics, family get-togethers, and even afternoon teas. You’ll see why it quickly becomes a family favorite once you try it.

The Origin Story

I first tried this amazing salad at our church’s yearly ladies’ tea party, and I instantly fell in love with it! I was determined to make it myself at home, so I searched online and found out that it was created by none other than Paula Deen. No wonder it tasted so incredibly delicious! I like to call it “Paula Deen Frito Corn Salad.” Let’s be honest, when Paula Deen is behind a recipe, worrying about calories isn’t the main concern—it’s all about the amazing flavor!

Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 2 (15-ounce) cans of whole kernel corn (drained)
  • 1 bag of chili cheese Fritos (coarsely crushed; adjust the amount to your liking)
  • Chopped veggies (green pepper and red onion)
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Mayonnaise (yes, you read that right!)


  • Mix It Up: Get a big bowl and put in the drained corn, grated cheddar cheese, chopped green pepper, chopped red onion, and crushed Fritos. Then, mix everything well until everything is all mixed up nicely.
  • Chill Out: After you mix everything in the bowl, make sure to cover it up and put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This gives time for all the different flavors to blend and become even tastier. It’s like they’re having a party in there, getting to know each other better and making the salad extra delicious. So, be patient and let it chill before you dig in!
  • Final Touch: Right before you’re ready to serve the salad, sprinkle in some extra crushed Fritos to add more crunchiness. If you’d like, you may add some more taste and freshness to the dish by topping it with cilantro leaves.

Tips for the Perfect Frito Corn Salad

  • Drain the Corn: Make sure you drain the corn well before adding it to the salad. This preserves the salad beautiful and crunchy by preventing it from becoming too wet. When you drain the corn properly, it means you remove any extra liquid from it before mixing it with the other ingredients. This way, the salad stays delicious and doesn’t become soggy.
  • Shred Your Cheese: When you buy cheese that’s already shredded, it usually has some extra stuff in it to stop the little shreds from sticking together. These extra things can sometimes make your salad feel a bit weird. But if you shred the cheese yourself, it’s fresher and makes your salad taste creamier and better. So, it’s a good idea to shred your cheese for a tastier salad!
  • Don’t Overmix: When you’re putting in the Fritos chips, make sure to handle them delicately as you mix them into the salad. If you’re too rough, they might get soggy and lose their crunchiness. So, be gentle with them to keep that crispy texture intact!
  • Chill Time is Key: Let the salad hang out in the fridge for at least an hour before digging in. This gives all the tasty flavors a chance to mix and make the salad even better when you eat it.


  • Indulgence Alert: This salad might not be the healthiest choice since it’s high in fat and calories. But, you know, treating yourself every once in a while won’t cause any harm!
  • Make It Your Own: You can change up the ingredients if you need to Paula Deen would be cool with that! She’d support you in getting creative with what you’ve got in your kitchen!


Paula Deen Frito Corn Salad is yummy with different tastes and feels. Whether you’re throwing a casual cookout or just want something delicious to eat, you should definitely make this dish. And hey, enjoying a bit of happiness from munching on some Fritos isn’t a bad thing at all!


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