Tex Mex Frito Salad

Tex Mex Frito Salad | thefirstyearblog.com
Let’s talk salad – aka summer’s best friend (besides popsicles!).

I love digging into a big salad packed with veggies from the farmer’s market and loaded with beans or chicken.

If you’re like me, then you’ll enjoy this Tex Mex Frito Salad, YEEE-HAW!

Tex Mex Frito Salad | thefirstyearblog.com
This salad is fairly easy to prep – if you know how to use a knife, you can make this salad, but watch the fingers, you don’t want to mistake it for a carrot!

I know I’m more likely to eat salad if it’s already prepped and ready to go in the fridge, so I like to get all my prepping done at one time.

This recipe makes a big batch so plan to have leftovers or bring it to your next summer dinner party.

Tex Mex Frito Salad | thefirstyearblog.com
But my favorite thing about this salad, besides eating it, is that it’s a “empty the vegetable drawer” recipe – meaning if you have vegetables that need to be used, put them in the salad!

There’s lots of wiggle room to add more vegetables, so we’ll give you a recipe to start with.

Tex Mex Frito Salad | thefirstyearblog.com

Tex Mex Frito Salad

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • A big bunch of your desired leafy greens (ex. lettuce, spinach, kale, arugula, or a combination) washed, dried, and chopped
  • 1-2 peppers, diced
  • 1-2 tomatoes, diced
  • 7-8 green onion stalks, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, washed and chopped
  • 1 bag of Fritos, slightly crushed
  • Cheese or Mexican cheese, to top
  • Catalina Dressing (Kraft brand)
  • Additional vegetables we’ve thrown in: carrots, olives, celery, zucchini.


  1. Prep and chop all vegetables and leafy greens. Mix in a large bowl.
  2. Drain and rinse the pinto beans. In a small bowl, combine the beans, cumin, garlic powder and pepper, mix. Set aside.
  3. Slightly crush the Fritos.
  4. When ready to eat, combine your desired amount of vegetables/leafy greens with several scoops of pinto beans, topped with Fritos, cheese and Catalina dressing.
  5. Do not mix the beans, Fritos, and cheese into the salad if you will be storing it in the refrigerator for some time. Add those items right before serving.

Tex Mex Frito Salad | thefirstyearblog.com
I like to use a tupperware container with the lid on to mix it all together.

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44 Responses to “Tex Mex Frito Salad”

  1. Erin | The Law Student's Wife — April 14, 2014 at 8:11 am

    What a wonderful summer salad! Meals like this are one of mygo to’s in the summer. Plus, since I’m eating greens, I can have a double scoop of ice cream, right?

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      YES! My thinking exactly!

  2. Nutmeg Nanny — April 14, 2014 at 8:13 am

    This salad looks amazing! I made some homemade avocado ranch dressing this weekend that would go great with this salad. I need to make it soon!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      YUMM! Send some of that dressing over, I’d love to try!

  3. Aimee @ ShugarySweets — April 14, 2014 at 8:25 am

    This salad is gorgeous, and I’m sure it will be delicious!!!

  4. Southern Angel — April 14, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Again with the food and here I sit eating a leftover croissant from dinner last night!! This looks sooo good.. sighs.. note to buy ingredients because I would put this away in a heart beat!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 14, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Haha, I hope you can get the ingredients soon!

  5. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — April 14, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Love how hearty and full of flavor this salad is!

  6. Taylor @ greens & chocolate — April 14, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Yay for salads and spring! This looks delish – love the Fritos in it!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 14, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      Thanks friend :-)

  7. whatjessicabakednext — April 14, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    This looks divine!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 14, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      And it is so tasty too!

  8. Long Distance Baking — April 15, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I just ate breakfast but I would definitely eat this right now if it was sitting in front of me. Looks delicious!!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 15, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Haha, that’s the story of my life!

  9. Michael's Woodcraft — April 15, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Looks great Beth, love everything about it :)

    Check out my post: Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie

  10. Jennifer Johnson — April 16, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Love any kind of chopped salad I like black beans and salsa instead of dressing on my tex mex salads. Looks beautiful!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 16, 2014 at 8:00 am

      My husband prefers salsa too!

  11. Ginnie — April 16, 2014 at 10:50 am

    This looks so good! I make a similar salad, except I use Doritos and a lemon-garlic vinaigrette. Not the healthiest, but super delicious;)

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 16, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      YUM, that sounds delicious too!

  12. Erlene — April 16, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I love Fritos and this is a different salad mix. Pinned. Will have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Isadora @ she likes food — April 18, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I’m all about summer salads and this one looks great! I eat some type of tex mex salad at least once a week and I love them! I love your addition of fritos, I’ll have to throw some in next time :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 18, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Tex mex salads have great protein too!

  14. Robyn — April 21, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Love this salad, Beth, and your photography is beautiful! I’m all for salads that allow me to use up all my veggies in the fridge. I saw you at Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop and had to come see! Thanks for sharing the healthy meals!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 21, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Thank you Robyn, you made my day!

  15. Jen @ YummyHealthyEasy — April 23, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    What a beautiful salad, Beth!! I love Tex-Mex flavors. I love that you seasoned the beans like that. I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing on Saturday Night Fever – pinned!!

  16. ctrochelman — April 24, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    This looks awesome, Beth! For all the Frito lovers in the world!! Pinning & sharing :)

  17. Summer + Salad are totally one of those perfect combinations. This salad looks so fresh and delicious. YUM!

  18. bellavidaletty — May 16, 2014 at 9:29 am

    May family would love this. I pinned the recipe for later on my food board.

  19. Stephanie Manley — May 16, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Looks delicious and perfect for summer!

  20. Back for Seconds — May 16, 2014 at 10:31 am

    My grandma makes a salad like this and it it SO good! I’ll have to try this recipe too :)

  21. Jamie — June 20, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Fritos in a salad! Yes, please!! I can’t wait to try it!

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 20, 2014 at 7:46 am

      It is so delicious – on our favorite list for sure!

  22. Linda — June 20, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I think your “autocorrect” spelled “spinach” as “spanish” in the recipe! Don’t you just hate when that happens? LOL.

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 20, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Oh boy! Thank you for your spy eyes! I fixed it!

  23. Nibbles By Nic — June 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    In love with this healthy salad with a super fun kick! Your recipes are fantastic always! xo Nic

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 21, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      Oh Nic, you made my day!

  24. Andrea @ This Pug Life — June 23, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Reminds me of the taco salad my grandparents always made on taco night. It had fritos mixed right in, along with Catalina dressing (when I describe it it sounds so gross, but it’s so good!)

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 23, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Sounds delicious to me Andrea!!

  25. Jen — June 24, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Looks like a fabulous quick and easy dinner for any time of year – can’t wait to make this!

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Now you have me thinking about this salad, and I am craving it! I hope you get to enjoy it!

  26. Yum, this salad looks delicious! Thanks for sharing it at The Creative Collection link party!

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 27, 2014 at 6:46 am

      Thank you Mariah!

  27. MJ Fitzgerald — August 20, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    My family and I are eating this now. My brother who is not a fan of cilantro, is eating with us. Because of him I only put 1/2 the cilantro in it, he says any more and he wouldn’t like it. I love it. So does my oldest son who is vegetarian.

    • Beth @ The First Year — August 20, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      I am glad you guys liked it, its one of my favs!

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