How a Humble Mexican Janitor Accidentally Invented Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Changed His Life Forever

Behind every bag of FlaminHot Cheetos is the rags to riches story of an immigrant man who worked as a factory janitor and became a top-level executive after coming up with an incredibly genius idea.

Richard Montanez, a Mexican native, began working at the Frito-Lay Rancho Cucamonga plant in California as a janitor in 1976. Today, he is the executive leading multicultural sales and community promotions across PepsiCo’s North American divisions.

Montanez grew up in the small town of

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