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Frito Salad

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Frito Salad loaded so much flavor and always a favorite at BBQ's!

Last summer we attended our nephew’s birthday party which was so fun, and full of more mosquitoes than I have ever witnessed. They ate us alive and the men had to hurry off to the closest stores to buy up all of the bug spray we could. Since then I’ve decided that mosquitoes are of the devil. Is there any purpose other than to destroy us? Thankfully they did not get the frito salad.

Frito Salad loaded so much flavor and always a favorite at BBQ's!

It was our saving grace. We gathered around the picnic tables to enjoy a bunch of delicious food. One dish in particular was my favorite. This frito salad recipe is by Carole Carlson and I’m so grateful she was willing to share the recipe with all of you.

Frito Salad loaded so much flavor and always a favorite at BBQ's!

You can add or substitute whatever you would like, you really can’t go wrong with this dish. And the best part, you can mix the whole thing an entire day before and then add the fritos right before serving. Your next bbq you wont have to stress over what side to bring, just whip up frito salad!

Are Fritos Gluten Free?

Fritos are made from corn and are gluten free.

All Frito-Lay products are labeled accurately with the most current ingredient information.

Are Tomatoes Good For You?

Tomatoes have been shown to have many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.

They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.

What Nutrients Are Found In Corn?

 Corn is rich is in Vitamin B12, folic acid and iron.

Frito Salad

Frito Salad loaded so much flavor and always a favorite at BBQ's!

Frito Salad

4.75 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 2 small bags fritos 1 chili cheese for extra flavor
  • 1 Regular Bottle Catalina dressing
  • 1 Can Olives sliced
  • 1 can chili beans and sauce do not drain
  • 2 Cups Grated cheese
  • 1 Packet Taco seasoning to taste we use the entire packet
  • 1 Tomato chopped
  • 1 1/2 Cups Corn
  • 1 Bell Pepper chopped
  • Cilantro for garnish


  • In a large bowl, stir together everything but the chips.
  • Refrigerate if you are not serving immediately otherwise stir in the fritos and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Frito Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 253
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Carbohydrates 17.6g6%
Fiber 4.5g19%
Sugar 3.4g4%
Protein 12.5g25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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About the authors

carrian feik cheney oh sweet basil

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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  • I love this Salad! I add cucumbers and shredded carrots and serve over lettuce. Crunchy and tasty! 

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    • I love your healthy spin on it! Yum!

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  • If you were going to serve this with something as a meal… What would you serve with it?

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    • We love to serve it with bbq chicken, brats, or even burgers! If it’s during the year and grilling isn’t possible we love a pulled bbq chicken in the slow cooker or any pulled meats actually!

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    • I sometimes serve it with medium rare rib eye steak and baked potato or corn on the cobb.
      Or make the salad a meal itself adding cooked taco meat or grillef chicken cubes and avacodo slices.

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      • Sounds perfect!

  • could these be served as a hot salad?

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    • I’m sure you could heat it all up and then toss with the crunchy chips and it would be awesome!

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  • This looks like something my husband would LOVE! Are the Frito bags you used like the lunchbox sized bags? Which size exactly?

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    • Hi Donna, just regular bags, not the big family style or small lunch size. 🙂

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  • I have to try this ASAP!!!

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  • This looks like a perfect dish for any outing. So glad I came across your site today. I’ll have to give this a try.

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    • Thank you so much! Can’t wait to check out your’s as well.

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