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A favorite restaurant copycat these Southwest Egg Rolls are full of flavor, done from start to finish in under 30 minutes these are a delicious appetizer for any occasion.

Overhead of Southwest Egg Rolls cut in half showing inside next to dipping sauce.

I love Chili’s and these Southwest Egg Rolls are one of my favorite apps to get when we go there. They are absolutely delicious and I can eat them just as a meal.

But like I have said time and time again, we don’t always like to spend the money or drive to get restaurant food so we love making copycat recipes at home.

These Southwest Egg Rolls are a spot on copycat in my opinion! They taste so good and you will not want to put them down, and they may become your go-to appetizer.

These are great for dinner with tacos or for a night with friends when you are doing an appetizer spread. There is no reason not to make these!

Appetizers are one of my favorite things and I will build a whole meal just around them and these Southwest Egg Rolls are usually one of the ones that we make.

Some of my other favorite appetizers that we have on our website include: Hush Puppies, Chili Cheese Fries and Pico de Gallo.

Overhead of cut egg rolls on metal tray with ingredients surrounding it.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  • This makes a nice large batch that you can double if you’d like.
  • They are quick and easy to throw together.
  • Serve them alongside any of your southwest themed meals!

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (FULL RECIPE BELOW):

Chicken
Monterey Jack cheese
Black beans
Corn
Red bell pepper
Baby spinach
Scallions
Pickled jalapeños
Chili powder
Ground cumin
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Kosher salt
Pepper
Egg roll wrappers
Peanut oil for frying

Ingredients needed to make Southwest Egg Rolls.

HOW TO MAKE SOUTHWEST EGG ROLLS:

  1. In a large bowl add the chicken, cheese, black beans, corn, bell pepper, spinach, scallions, jalapenos, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  2. In a small bowl add some water.
  3. Start slowly heating your deep fryer to 375°F. Or, you can add about 3-4 inches of oil in a dutch oven to 375°F.
  4. On a clean work surface, place 1 egg roll wrapper with one corner pointing at you. Add ¼ cup of the mixture in the bottom middle of the wrapper. Roll the bottom corner up tightly to secure the filling. Fold over the left and right sides over the filling. With a fingertip, trace some water along the last exposed corner of the wrapper. Continue to tightly roll until completely sealed
  5. Place the rolled egg rolls on a parchment lined sheet tray.
  6. Once the oil is to temperature and all the egg rolls are wrapped, place a few egg rolls carefully into the hot oil. Fry for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown. You do not want to crowd the pan so you must do this in batches.
  7. Carefully take the egg rolls out of the oil and place them on a paper-towel-lined plate to soak up any excess oil. Then, place the egg rolls on a wire rack over a sheet tray to catch and potential drips. This step also helps the egg rolls to stay crunchy.
  8. Repeat until all the egg rolls are cooked. Cut them on a diagonal and serve with avocado ranch or your favorite dipping sauce.

Step by step photos on how to make Southwest Egg Rolls

CAN I USE A DEEP FRYER?

Yes absolutely! Just like in a pan you will want to heat the oil to the same temperature and you will want to cook in batches. 

If you aren’t a fan of trying to keep a constant temperature of the oil on the stove then a deep fryer can absolutely be used.

WHAT KIND OF CHICKEN IS BEST FOR THIS RECIPE?

Use rotisserie, leftover chicken, or any cooked chicken. I find leftover grilled chicken tastes the best. 

DO I HAVE TO USE PICKLED JALAPENOS?

You can use 1 fresh small seeded diced jalapeno in place of the pickled. The pickled jalapeno gives the mix a little extra zing/acid but it is not necessary.

WHAT DO I SERVE THIS WITH?

Avocado ranch is the sauce they serve with the southwestern egg rolls at Chili’s. Other dipping sauces that would be good are salsa, sour cream, ranch, pico de gallo, or even good just by themselves.

Overhead of cut Southwest Egg Rolls on metal tray showing filling next to dipping sauce.

HOW TO STORE:

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days, after that they become too soggy.

To reheat: if they are whole egg rolls you can pop them back in a heated fryer until heated through for a couple minutes.

If they are cut, preheat the oven to 350°F. Place them cut side up onto a wire rack over a sheet tray. Bake for 8-10 minutes until hot. I don’t recommend freezing these.

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Make sure you grab egg roll wrappers and not wonton wrappers.
  • Multiple different sauces can be used for dipping, see my suggestions above.
  • Other filling ideas: cilantro lime rice, spanish rice, or cooked quinoa.
  • Other cheese: cheddar, Pepper Jack cheese, or Colby Jack.
  • We do not recommend freezing these.
  • You can add or take out any veggies or chicken that you wish, this is a good base recipe to work off of.
  • Other veggies that would be good but need to be small diced: avocado, red cabbage, any colored peppers, kale, mushrooms, or any canned beans including cooked lentils. You want to stay away from any watery vegetables like tomatoes so the filling doesn’t become soggy.

Hand dipping one cut egg roll in dipping sauce.

Love a good restaurant recipe but don’t want to make the trip or pay the prices? You hav etc make these Southwest Egg Rolls ASAP, you won’t regret it!

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5 from 18 votes

Southwest Egg Rolls

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 6 minutes
Total: 26 minutes
A favorite restaurant copycat these Southwest Egg Rolls are full of flavor, done from start to finish in under 30 minutes these are a delicious appetizer for any occasion.
Servings 15

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • In a large bowl add the chicken, cheese, black beans, corn, bell pepper, spinach, scallions, jalapenos, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • In a small bowl add some water.
  • Start slowly heating your deep fryer to 375°F. Or, you can add about 3-4 inches of oil in a dutch oven to 375°F.
  • On a clean work surface, place 1 egg roll wrapper with one corner pointing at you. Add ¼ cup of the mixture in the bottom middle of the wrapper. Roll the bottom corner up tightly to secure the filling. Fold over the left and right sides over the filling. With a fingertip, trace some water along the last exposed corner of the wrapper. Continue to tightly roll until completely sealed
  • Place the rolled egg rolls on a parchment lined sheet tray.
  • Once the oil is to temperature and all the egg rolls are wrapped, place a few egg rolls carefully into the hot oil. Fry for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown. You do not want to crowd the pan so you must do this in batches.
  • Carefully take the egg rolls out of the oil and place them on a paper-towel-lined plate to soak up any excess oil. Then, place the egg rolls on a wire rack over a sheet tray to catch and potential drips. This step also helps the egg rolls to stay crunchy.
  • Repeat until all the egg rolls are cooked. Cut them on a diagonal and serve with avocado ranch or your favorite dipping sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 457IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

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6 Comments

  1. Can you make this in an Air Fryer?

  2. Yes, you would need to spray them well with olive oil spray and air fry at 400*F for 6 minutes, flip and air fry an additional 6 minutes.

  3. Brittany Diamond says:

    These were so freaking good! Id say better than the original

  4. 5 stars
    OMG! This filling is so good! We made half the amount of egg rolls (because it was just my hubby and i) and will be using the rest of the filling for tacos or a salad or as is! So glad we decided to use this recipe for our Super Bowl appetizer with the egg roll wrapper! GREAT RECIPE!

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