These Chili's inspired Southwestern Egg Rolls with Avocado Ranch are bursting with flavor and texture. Crunchy rolls are wrapped with chicken, black beans, corn, veggies, assorted cheeses and Mexican herbs and spices. Dip these delectable wraps in avocado ranch, you won't be able to eat just one!
Southwestern Egg Rolls
If you've visited Chili's Restaurant and tried their Southwestern Egg Rolls, you will certainly agree it is one of the best appetizers. If you haven't tried it, not to worry, this recipe is as close to a legit copycat recipe than all others.
These egg rolls consist of a crunchy texture and creamy filling. The flavors are similar to Tex-Mex style foods with traditional Mexican inspired ingredients. If you are a sauce lover (like me), the avocado ranch is the perfect pairing with these egg rolls.
Keep reading to learn more about these tasty southwest egg rolls, you won't be disappointed!
What Ingredients Do I Need?
Take a quick trip to your local grocery store, the items needed are easy to locate. Here's what you'll need:
Egg Roll Filling
- Rotisserie Chicken
- Black Beans
- Shredded Queso Cheese
- Spicy Pepper Jack
- Cream Cheese
- Green Onion
- Red Pepper
- Taco Seasoning
- Harissa Seasoning
- Ranch Seasoning
- Egg Roll Wrapper
How to Make Southwestern Egg Rolls
Egg Roll Filling
First, prepare the filling for the egg rolls. Roughly shred and chop the meat of a rotisserie chicken and set aside. Prep additional filling ingredients by rinsing black beans and shredding the cheese. Roughly chopping spinach, cilantro, red pepper, green onion, and draining corn (if needed).
In a sauté pan with cooking oil, add red pepper, corn, cilantro, onion, black beans, green onion and onion. Sauté until veggies become soft and translucent. Add salt, pepper, taco seasoning, harissa rub, rotisserie chicken and stir until well blended.
Next, add spinach, spicy pepper jack, cream cheese and mozzarella. Stir until the cheese starts to melt and ingredients combine together. It's important to note, you will need to set filling aside and allow it to cool (at least 30 minutes).
Egg Roll Assembly
After the filling has cooled, take one sheet of egg roll paper and place on a dry surface. The shape of the square should face you.
In the center of the egg roll sheet, place two to three tablespoons of filling, diagonal to the shape of the egg roll wrapper and ensure filling is spread evenly in the center. Be mindful to leave one to two inches of room on both sides for better wrapping.
How to Properly Wrap Egg Rolls
With your finger or small brush, add water to the perimeter of the pastry dough-this will help seal the ends. Fold the egg roll like a burrito folding in the bottom right corner first and folding the left and right sides next.
At this step, you should have one "flap" left. Tightly but gently roll until there's no flap left and you should have a perfectly rolled egg roll!
Please note, it is best to freeze the egg rolls for at least 30 minutes prior to frying (or your desired cooking method).
How to Cook Egg Rolls
It is important to note, there are several ways to cook the egg rolls. With that said, I will share how these egg rolls were prepared in my kitchen. You can certainly oven bake or air fry these. Be careful to adjust cooking times based on the method of cooking.
First, in a large sauté pan, fill the pan with enough oil to coat at least one side of the egg roll. Allow the oil to heat to 325-375 degrees if you have a thermometer. If not, the oil should be hot but not smoking.
How to Make Avocado Ranch Sauce
First, in a blender, add the avocado, mayonnaise, ranch seasoning, lime juice, sriracha and buttermilk. Then, process the dressing adjusting the consistency to your liking. If you want the sauce more "loose", add more buttermilk.
Adjust the avocado ranch to your taste by adding more seasonings or lime juice. Be sure to refrigerate before use.
Recipe Variations and Substitutions
- Choose your favorite protein. These southwest egg rolls would work perfectly with shredded beef or pork!
- Substitute with your favorite melting cheese such as cheddar, gouda mozzarella.
- Add in more veggies; onion, colorful peppers, jalapeños or assorted peppers.
Are southwest egg rolls healthy?
Depending on the cooking method, these southwest egg rolls can be healthy. If they are fried, these egg rolls are around 700-800 calories per serving. There is a high content of fat from the egg rolls being fried and high in carbs.
For a healthier alternative, you can certainly air fry or bake these egg rolls!
Do southwest egg rolls have meat?
Yes, traditional southwest egg rolls have chicken. You can absolutely omit the chicken if you like!
Can you freeze egg rolls?
Yes, you can freeze egg rolls and southwestern egg rolls to be exact. This recipe requires freezing before frying for up to thirty minutes to one hour. If you'd like to freeze longer, be sure to allow the egg rolls to thaw for at least thirty minutes before frying (or cooking).
What's in southwest egg rolls?
Southwest egg rolls are typically filled with chicken, black beans, corn, peppers, cilantro, spinach, cheese with Mexican spices and a zesty ranch dipping sauce.
Tips and Tricks for Best Results
- For best results, allow your mixture to cool completely before assembling your egg rolls. My first batch was a fail. I didn't wait and the dough split open.
- Freeze your rolls for at least one hour (2 hours is best), this helps to keep the egg rolls tightly secured during the cooking process.
- While your egg rolls freeze would be a great time to prepare the dipping sauce!
- Don't be afraid to start over with rolling egg rolls. It took about two attempts before I was rolling like a champ!
I HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS SOUTHWESTER EGG ROLL RECIPE WITH AVOCADO RANCH!
Southwestern Egg Rolls with Avocado Ranch
Egg Roll Filling
- 1 cup Rotisserie Chicken
- 1 cup Black Beans
- 1 cup Shredded Queso Cheese
- ½ cup Spicy Pepper Jack
- 1.5 oz Cream Cheese
- 1 cup Corn
- 1 cup Spinach
- ¼ cup Green Onion
- ¼ cup Cilantro
- 1 cup Red Pepper
- 1 tablespoon Taco Seasoning
- ½ tablespoon Harissa Seasoning
- Egg Roll Paper
- ¼ cup Water
- 1 ripe Avocado
- ⅓ cup Mayo
- 1 tablespoon Dry Ranch Seasoning
- 1 wedge Lime
- 1 cup Buttermilk
- 1 tsp Sriracha optional
Egg Roll Filling
- Roughly chop rotisserie chicken, prep additional ingredients by rinsing black beans, shredding cheese, roughly chopping spinach, cilantro, red pepper, onion, green onion, and draining corn.
- In a saute' pan with 1 teaspoon of cooking oil, add red pepper, corn, cilantro, onion, black beans, green onion and onion.
- Saute' until veggies become soft and translucent. Add smoked salt (optional), pepper, taco seasoning, harissa rub, rotisserie chicken and stir until well blended.
- Add spinach, spicy pepper jack, cream cheese and mozzarella. Stir until the cheese starts to melt and ingredients will begin to start clumping together. Set filling aside and let cool (at least 30 minutes).
Egg Roll Assembly
- After filling has cooled, take one sheet/square of egg roll paper and place on a dry surface so that the shape of the square faces you
- In the center, place between 2-3 tablespoons of filling diagonal to the shape of the egg roll wrapper and ensure filling is spread evenly in the center. Be mindful to leave 1-2 inches of room on both sides for better wrapping.
- With your finger or small brush, add water to the perimeter of the pastry dough-this will help seal the ends.
- Fold the egg roll like a burrito folding in the bottom right corner first and folding the left and right sides next.
- At this step, you should have one "flap" left. Tightly but gently roll until there's no flap let and you should have a perfectly rolled egg roll!
- How you cook the egg rolls are up to you and what gadgets you have. I fried mine in about a cup of oil until golden brown but you can bake these or air fry them too!
Avocado Ranch Dipping Sauce
- In a bowl, place avocado, mayo, ranch seasoning, lime judge, milk and sriracha and stir until creamy and well combined. Adjust to your tasting and refrigerate.