Southwest Egg rolls: Super crunchy egg rolls filled with perfectly spiced chicken and melty cheese. Dipped in creamy avocado ranch these are going to be your new go to appetizer!
Egg rolls are life. Can we just all agree that there’s nothing better than a perfectly cooked egg roll? Crunchy on the outside, and filled with all your favorite goodies?
While I’ve always been a fan of egg rolls any way I can get them, I’m in love with this southwest egg rolls recipe. We always order them to share when @ Chili’s or the Cheesecake Factory. Perfectly crunchy on the outside with a hearty spicy filling. Isn’t that what life is all about? Finding that one food item that just makes your heart and tummy happy? There’s no doubt that these southwest chicken egg rolls are about to become a new family favorite. I’d even argue this copycat is better than anything you’d find at a restaurant! Perfect as an appetizer, and for game day!
Related: Avocado Egg Rolls
Ingredients For Southwest Eggrolls
For the Eggroll Filling (From Scratch)
- Bell Pepper
- Corn: Use Mexciorn for a yummy twist!
- Black Beans: You can also use pinto beans.
- Green Onions
- Shredded Cheese: I used a Mexican blend.
- Cooked Chicken: Rotisserie chicken would work great here too.
- Chili Powder
- Egg Roll Wrappers: Look for egg roll wrappers in the produce section near the tofu.
- Oil: I used vegetable oil for frying.
For the Avocado Ranch:
- Ranch Dressing
Southwest Eggrolls Recipe
- Make the Filling: Combine bell pepper, corn, black beans, jalapeno, green onion, chicken, cheese, salt/pepper, chili powder, and cumin.
- Fill Egg rolls: Add ~2 tablespoons of filling to each egg roll. Seal edges with water. Freeze for 2-3 hours.
- Fry Egg rolls: Heat ~1 inch of oil in a deep skillet. Cook for 3-5 minutes per side.
- Make the Dressing: In a food processor, combine ranch and avocado.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Bake Southwest Egg Rolls Instead of Frying?
Absolutely. If you’re wanting to cut down on the amount of fan, baking is always an option. Just keep in mind that when you bake them, you are going to lose a little bit of that crunch. Frying these Southwest chicken egg rolls is what gives them that golden brown crunch. Best appetizer ever!
Can I Make Them Ahead of Time?
Yu can prepare the homemade filling ahead of time. However, I don’t suggest cooking until you are ready to serve them. That way they are fresh and crunchy!
Can You Freeze Southwest Egg Rolls?
You sure can! The key is to freeze them BEFORE cooking them so that the outer layer doesn’t become soggy. Simply follow the recipe up until it is time to fry them. Freeze right before frying. When you’re ready to eat them, all you have to do us thaw and cook!
This southwest egg rolls recipe is so simple and delicious! Don’t shy away from making your own homemade egg rolls, they’re easier than you think. Give yourself a true treat and make up a batch or two of these!
What To Serve With Southwest Egg Rolls
If you just want to eat them just by themselves, go for it! However, they go great with:
Chips and Guacamole
Southwest Egg Rolls
For the Eggrolls
- 1 Bell Pepper Diced
- 1 Cup Corn
- 1 Cup Black Beans
- ¼ Cup Green Onions Sliced
- 1 Jalapeno Pepper Seeded and Diced
- 2 Cups Mexican Shredded Cheese
- 1 ½ Cups Cooked Chicken
- 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
- ½ teaspoon Cumin
- Salt/Pepper to taste
- 1 Package Egg Roll Wrappers
- Vegetable Oil For Frying
For the Avocado Ranch
- 1 Cup Ranch Dressing
- ½ Avocado
For the Egg Rolls
- In a large bowl, combine bell pepper, corn, beans,jalapeno, green onion, cheese, chicken, cumin, chili pepper, and salt/pepper.
- Fill each wrapper with ~2 tablespoons of filling. Seal with water. Freeze for 2-3 hours.
- In a large deep skillet, heat ~1 inch of oil. Fry eggrolls a few at a time. Fry for 3-5 minutes per side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
For the Avocado Ranch
- In a blender, combine avocado and ranch. Serve with egg rolls and enjoy!
- Mix Up the Meat: Use ground beef, steak, or even pork instead.
- Make It Vegetarian: You can simply leave out the chicken. You could also use veggie crumbles or veggie “chicken”.
- Make It Spicy: Add an extra jalapeno, cayenne, and top off with a generous amount of hot sauce.
- Dip Dip Dip: Dip in salsa, sour cream, or guacamole instead.
- Bake: Bake for 10-12 minutes @ 425 degrees F for a healthier version.
What Do You think of these Southwest Egg Rolls,