Southwestern Corn Chip Salad Recipe
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Southwestern Corn Chip Salad Recipe

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You get an explosion of Southwestern flavor in every bite of this deliciously different salad. It's a favorite for kids of all ages since it mixes beans and cheese, tasty vegetables and crisp corn chips. —Jerri Moror, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups corn chips
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, torn
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend or cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup salad dressing of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped green chilies
  • 1 small avocado, peeled and sliced

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 259 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 291mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 4g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a serving bowl or platter, toss together the chips, lettuce, cheese, beans, tomato, salad dressing, onions and chilies. Top with avocado. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Southwestern Salad in Taste of Home April/May 1997, p35

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Rotavele User ID: 6118976 238428
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"I used cherry tomatoes instead. Keeps it from getting mushy. Add taco meat for a hearty dinner. :)"

christycincy User ID: 6445428 15691
Reviewed May. 7, 2013

"I did what one of the previous reviewers suggested and did not add the corn chips but rather let each person add their own chips and dressing. We did have leftovers and nothing got soggy that way. Very good salad. I served it alongside Mexican Lasagna for Cinco de Mayo."

gourlayville User ID: 588510 16754
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2010

"This was a great salad. I made it for a large group. The only thing I would suggest is letting your guests put their own corn chips on. This way if you have leftovers, it isn't ruined by soggy corn chips."

LAVFW User ID: 1427540 18714
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

"This is a GREAT salad! The beans make it filling and the fritos give it the right amount of crunch. Yum - would make again for sure!"

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