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southwestern egg rolls (for a crowd)

★★★★★ 5
a recipe by
Kristin D
Clearfield, UT

I LOVE the Southwestern egg rolls appetizer from Chili's. The problem is, eating out is a bit out of my poor college student budget. So, after much research, I decided to come up with my own version and it turned out great! This is a big recipe that makes A LOT of filling, but it freezes well, so you can make it ahead of time. :)

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Kristin's right, this recipe does make a lot of Southwestern egg rolls. But, that's a good thing because they're so delicious your family will devour them. The chicken is tender, juicy, and filled with Southwest spices. Corn adds a pop of sweetness to them. Great for a game day appetizer or just for dinner. These egg rolls are delicious no matter how you serve them. We love that you can make these ahead of time, freeze them, and then have them on hand.

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★★★★★ 5
serves 10 (2 egg rolls a piece)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Deep Fry

Ingredients For southwestern egg rolls (for a crowd)

  • 3 Tbsp
  • 6
    boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 2
    packages of reduced sodium taco seasoning (if you make your own, that will work just fine)
  • 2 can
    Mexican-style corn, drained (Mexicorn by Green Giant is what I use, 7 oz each)
  • 2 can
    black beans, drained (10.5 oz each)
  • 1 1/2 c
    plus 1/3 cup water
  • 1 lg
    bag of baby spinach (I used fresh, but frozen will work fine as long as it's thawed and drained)
  • 1 bag
    taco cheese blend (or whatever kind of cheese you prefer, 16 oz)
  • 1 lg
    egg, beaten
  • 20
    7-inch flour tortillas (my grocery store carries packages of 20)
  • sour cream or top-the-tater for serving

How To Make southwestern egg rolls (for a crowd)

  • Cooking chicken breasts in a skillet.
    In a large, deep skillet, melt the butter over medium to medium-high heat. Throw in the chicken breasts. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes on each side. They will be a deep, golden brown.
  • Shredded chicken breasts returned to the skillet.
    Take the chicken out and put on a cutting board. Shred with two forks, then put back into the pan. Pour in the 1 1/2 cups of water, and stir. Turn heat down to medium-low.
  • Water and seasoning packet added to the chicken.
    Once you've added the water, add in your taco seasoning packets. Stir. If need be, add in a little at a time of the extra 1/3 cup of water. You want the chicken and seasonings to be on the thicker side and not too liquidy.
  • Fresh spinach added to the skillet.
    Once you've got the chicken and seasonings well mixed, add in your bag of spinach. If you're using fresh, put it on top of the chicken, cover it, and let it begin to wilt for about 5-7 minutes. If you're using frozen spinach, just throw it in and give it a stir, making sure it's evenly mixed.
  • Corn and black beans added to the skillet.
    Once the spinach has cooked down a bit, give it a good stir to make sure it's evenly incorporated into the chicken. Then, add in your Mexicorn and black beans. Stir again to make sure everything is evenly mixed together. Let simmer, uncovered, for about 5-10 more minutes, or until spinach is mostly cooked through; stirring occasionally.
  • Stirring in shredded cheese.
    Once the mixture is finished cooking, take the skillet off the heat and add in your cheese. Stir until all the cheese is melted and mixed in.
  • Filling added to tortilla and rolling egg roll.
    Heat up your tortillas until they are hot, about a minute and a half. Spoon about 2 heaping spoonfuls of filling into the middle of the tortilla. Fold each side in, then roll the tortilla over the filling. Before you close the tortilla, brush the edge with some of the beaten egg. Continue rolling until they are closed, then place on a plate, egg-side down.
  • Ready to freeze egg rolls.
    Cover your plate of egg rolls with plastic wrap. Put in the freezer for 2-3 hours or until they are cold and the egg has had time to set. (Overnight is best.)
  • Frying the Southwestern Egg Rolls.
    Heat up your frying oil to 350 degrees F. Take the egg rolls out of the freezer and put them into your pan, being careful not to overcrowd. Cook for about 8-10 minutes or until both sides are a deep, golden brown. Set on a plate with paper towels to drain excess grease. Serve with sour cream or Top-The-Tater.