People.com Lifestyle Food Flamin' Hot Cheetos Salad?! Here's How to Make TikTok's Latest Food Trend Flamin' Hot Cheetos fans will just need five ingredients to make this TikTok creation By Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. He joined in 2006 as a Writer/Reporter where he became known for his Bravo and Broadway exclusives across print and digital. Dave is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It. He's appeared on many broadcasts including ABC's Good Morning America, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, E!'s Daily Pop, NBC's New York Live and PEOPLE's own Reality Check, as well as a number of podcasts like Bitch Sesh, Everything Iconic, Watch What Crappens, Hot Off the Mess, Mention It All, and PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to working at PEOPLE, Dave was the chief Theater Reporter for NBC New York and co-host of Entertainment Weekly's acclaimed TV Recaps series. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 13, 2021 03:41 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: rxthism/TikTok (2) Here's one unique way to consume Flamin' Hot Cheetos! The beloved spicy snack food has inspired a sea of unique food offerings — like Flamin' Hot Cheetos Mac n' Cheese, Flamin' Hot Cheetos Mountain Dew, and Taco Bell's Flamin' Hot Cheetos Taco Shells — as well as a seemingly never-ending list of at-home recipes involving the product, including sushi rolls, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, and even macarons. But the latest comes as a bit of a surprise: Flamin' Hot Cheetos salad! Cheetos-Flavored Mac and Cheese Will Soon Arrive at Walmart (and Yes It Comes in Flamin' Hot) The invention comes courtesy of TikTok user @rxthism, who posted a recipe of the concoction on her page in late August. "Let me show you how to make my Hot Cheetos salad," Ruth wrote on the clip, before showing off her step by step guide. She starts with a bowl of Flamin' Hot Cheetos, and then adds just four more ingredients: cilantro, cucumbers, lemon juice, and Tapatío hot sauce. "It's bussin' bussin'," she wrote afterwards. Are Flamin' Hot Cheetos and Other Spicy Snacks Safe to Eat? Man Who Says He Invented Flamin' Hot Cheetos Refutes Frito-Lays' Claim That He 'Was Not Involved' Since her post — which has been viewed 56.1K times — Flamin' Hot Cheetos fans have been flooding TikTok with their reviews, praising Ruth for the tasty recipe. As for Ruth, she said on TikTok that she's just hopeful that verified TikTok influencer Spice King tries her salad. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free weekly newsletter to get the biggest news of the week delivered to your inbox every Friday. John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/MCT/Getty Flamin' Hot Cheetos was first introduced to test markets in the summer of 1990, before being launched nationwide in early 1992. Richard Montañez — who began working for Frito-Lay, the parent company behind the snack, as a janitor — has long said he created the product, telling Variety he came up with the idea during one of Frito-Lay's "method improvement programs" where they looked for new ideas and fresh products. He later tested out the seasoning for the Cheetos in his garage. Montañez has gone on to write two books about his success, spoken about it in multiple engagements, and even will see his life told on the big screen in an upcoming biopic. Earlier this year, Frito-Lay told the Los Angels Times that despite Montañez's claims, he was "not at all" involved in the product, saying that "the facts do not support the urban legend." But Frito-Lay's subsidiary PepsiCo later clarified to PEOPLE that they attribute "the launch and success of Flamin' Hot Cheetos and other products to several people who worked at PepsiCo, including Richard Montañez." "Far from being an urban legend, Richard had a remarkable 40-plus-year career at PepsiCo and made an incredible impact on our business and employees and continues to serve as an inspiration today," the statement read. "His insights and ideas on how to better serve Hispanic consumers were invaluable and directly resulted in the success of Flamin' Hot Cheetos. To be clear, we have no reason to doubt the stories he shares about taking the initiative to create new product ideas for the Cheetos brand, and pitching them to past PepsiCo leaders." "Richard is an important part of PepsiCo's history and the success of the company," the spokesperson for PepsiCo added in the statement. "He is an inspiration and his story cannot be belittled. We regret the confusion that has come from the recent speculation, but most importantly want Richard to know he is valued and cared for among PepsiCo's employees and we only wish him happiness and success."