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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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  1. 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?

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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!

  5. Love how hearty and full of flavor this salad is!

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

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

  8. Looks great Beth, love everything about it :)

    Check out my post: Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie

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

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

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

  12. 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 :)

  13. 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!

  14. 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!!

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

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

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

  18. Looks delicious and perfect for summer!

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

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

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

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

  23. 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!)

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

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

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

  26. 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.

  27. Wow. This Tex Mex Frito Salad looks is the pure combination of taste, I love healthy food.

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