One of our favorite appetizers when dining out is Chili’s Southwestern Egg rolls. A twist on traditional egg rolls that use egg roll wrappers, these morsels use flour tortillas instead. This relatively easy recipe can be made ahead of time and frozen for quick, last-minute appetizers when company drops by unexpectedly.
Chili’s Southwestern Eggrolls
1 chicken breast fillet
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper
2 tablespoons minced green onion
1/3 cup frozen corn
1/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons frozen spinach, thawed and drained
2 tablespoons diced, canned jalapeno peppers
1/2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash cayenne pepper
3/4 cup shredded Jalapeno or Monterey Jack cheese
five 7-inch flour tortillas
For the Yummy Avocado-ranch dipping sauce You’ll Need:
half a fresh avocado, mashed
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dried parsley
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
dash dried dill weed
dash garlic powder
2 tablespoons chopped tomato
1 tablespoon chopped onion
Lightly season the chicken with salt and pepper and then grill it. Allow it to rest about 10 minutes, then dice it. This recipe can also be created using leftover grilled chicken.
Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large skillet and saute the red pepper and onion until slightly translucent.
Add the cooked diced chicken, corn, black beans, spinach, jalapeno peppers, parsley, cumin, chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper to the pan.
Cook for 3-4 minutes. Stirring to ensure the spinach separates rather than clumping together.
Shut off the heat, add cheese.
Wrap the tortillas in a paper towel that has been wet and wrung out to make it moist and microwave for a minute or so to heat through.
Fill the tortilla with the filling, fold the ends in, then roll tightly to enclose the filling.
Repeat until they’ve all been filled. At this point, you can wrap the egg rolls with saran wrap and freeze until you want them, or you can immediately deep fry them as you would any egg roll. Garnish the cut rolls with dipping sauce, chopped tomato, and onion.
To make the sauce combine all the ingredients listed under the sauce.
Cooking the frozen egg rolls:
Deep Fry them in Hot Oil (375F) the way you would deep fry anything, they take several minutes 8-14 depending on the size of your fryer.