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How To Make Southwest Egg Rolls

My husband and I really miss the Chili’s southwest egg rolls. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to dine out yet, so I decided to my own. Today, we are going to learn how to make Southwest Egg Rolls. I paired mine with my homemade Cucumber Aioli Sauce, Let’s start cooking you guys! Come, join me in learning How To Make Southwest Egg Rolls!

How To Make Southwest Egg Rolls


Season Mixture

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (use paprika powder if you want it less spicy)
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp crushed red peppers
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp coarse ground black pepper

Chicken Filling

  • 2 lbs chicken tenders or chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (you may also use canola or vegetable oil)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into small dices
  • 2 medium-sized Roma tomatoes, cut into small dices
  • 2 medium-sized Serrano peppers, finely chopped (you may also use Jalapeño peppers)
  • 1 can black beans, strained and rinsed
  • 2 cups frozen white corn, thawed (You may also use the corn in a can)
  • 4 sticks medium cheddar cheese, chopped (you may use any cheese you like)
  • 2 slices muenster cheese, broken into pieces
  • A handful of baby spinach, chopped
  • 6 stalks scallions or spring onions, finely chopped


  • ½ of a medium-sized lemon

Egg Wash

  • 1 large egg
  • 1-2 tbsp drinking water, at room temperature


  • 20-30 egg roll and/or raw tortilla wrappers (I used 10 each of both)
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1-2 cups canola oil

Item’s you’ll need

  • Measuring bowls, containers, and spoons
  • Medium-sized pot, or deep frying pan
  • Wooden ladle
  • Regular and serrated knives
  • Cutting boards
  • Grill
  • Thongs
  • Plates
  • Large iron skillet (12”) or frying pan
  • Wire racks
  • Fork
  • Rubber or pastry brush
  • Kitchen cloth
  • Chopsticks or toothpicks
  • Large and small strainers
  • Vacuum seal (optional)


Make The Seasoning Mixture

Seasoning in a bowl for south west egg roll filing

In a small container, combine the seasoning mixture ingredients. Mix well. Set aside for later.

Grill The Chicken

chicken being cooked on a grill

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, put the chicken tenders. Season them with salt and pepper. In a preheated barbecue, grill the chicken for 5 to 7 minutes on each side at 500°F/260°C. When done, remove them from the grill and allow them to cool down before cutting them into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

Make the Chicken Filling

corn, tomatoes, black beans for south west egg roll recipe

In a large skillet or frying pan, heat 1 to 2 tbsp of cooking oil over medium-high heat. Saute’ the diced red bell peppers for 2 to 3 minutes. Next are the dices of Roma tomatoes. Saute’ until soft. Add the chopped Serrano peppers and saute’ until fragrant. Then add the strained and rinsed black beans. Next is the frozen white corn, thawed. Stir again to combine then simmer for 6 to 8 minutes. Add the grilled chicken. Then the seasoning mixture and stir. Put the cheese and stir until cheese melts. Cook for 3 to 5 more minutes. Add the chopped baby spinach and the finely chopped spring onions. Stir then turn the heat off.

Make The Egg Rolls

south west egg rolls being wrapped

In a small container, 1 egg and 1 to 2 tbsp of water to make the egg wash. This will be used to seal the egg rolls. Lightly flour a large cutting board or flat surface to put the finished egg rolls to prevent them from sticking. On a separate cutting board, put the egg roll wrapper (I used two types, the regular egg roll wraps, and some raw tortilla wraps. Cover the wrappers with a damp cloth to prevent them from drying out). Scoop ½ cup of the filling, put it in the middle of the wrapper. Fold both sides and the back firmly as you roll them slowly. About 1/3 of the way, stop rolling and brush the remaining wrapper with the egg wash. When it is well coated, continue to roll to seal the egg rolls. Put the finished egg rolls on the lightly floured cutting board or surface. Repeat the process until chicken filling is consumed.

Fry the Egg Rolls

south west egg rolls being cooked in oil on a stove

In a deep frying pan or pot, heat 1 to 2 (or more) cups of cooking oil over high heat. Make sure the temperature gets up to 350°F/176°C before putting the egg rolls. You may low the heat to medium-high. Flip them over every 1 to 2 minutes or until all sides turn golden brown (if using a deep fryer, fried the egg rolls for 3 to 5 minutes or until the color turns golden brown). When done, put them on a wire rack to cool down. When the egg rolls are cool to the touch, slice them in half using a serrated knife. Serve them warm with your favorite dipping sauce. I paired mine with my homemade Cucumber Aioli sauce. To save the leftover put the raw egg rolls in the freezer uncovered for 30 minutes to an hour. Then vacuum seals them. This will keep its egg roll shape. Enjoy!

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Jacob Petrosky
Jacob Petrosky
Jacob Petrosky

Better than Chili's restaurant!


Oh man, this looks fantastic.