Southwestern Egg rolls

I had this the first time at a restaurant and fell in love! I looked online for a copycat recipe and was so excited to find one. Unfortunately, the recipe wasn't all that great. That's when I set to work developing this recipe. My mom helped a lot with the dipping sauce. It took a really long time to come up with this exact recipe but it was so worth it!


  • 2 chicken breasts, diced small
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/2 minced bell pepper
  • 1 onion, or 1/2 cup green onions, minced
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 10 ounce frozen spinach
  • 1/4 cup chopped jalapeño peppers
  • 1 tbsp. minced fresh parsley
  • 4 tsp. cumin powder
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese
  • 8 large tortillas
Dipping Sauce:
  • 2 avocado's
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp. buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. minced parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dill weed
  • dash garlic powder
  • dash pepper
  • Chopped tomatoes and onions for garnish

Prepare dipping sauce a few hours prior to eating. Mash avocado's and combine them with the remaining ingredients for dipping sauce. Refrigerate until ready to use. Meanwhile, sautee onion and green pepper until onion is translucent. Add chicken and sautee until no longer pink. Add spinach, corn, beans, jalapeños, parsley, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper until mixture is heated through. Remove from heat and add cheese until melted, stirring. Cool this mixture before assembling egg rolls. To assemble, place a bit of the chicken/spinach mixture onto each tortilla, wrapping in the sides and rolling to secure. Deep fry egg rolls until golden. Cut each egg roll in half and serve with dipping sauce, garnished with tomatoes and onions.

~When my time comes, I hope no one drains my veins of their sustaining fluid and fills them with formaldehyde, then wastes me by putting me in a concrete box in the ground for eternity. Rather, just a simple pine box with an acorn on top of it. Find a place where a tree is needed and return me to nature. When the acorn grows, I can nourish it and give back in some measure what I've taken. Maybe someday kids can crawl in my branches or a raccoon might curl up in my trunk or the larks can sing out from my leaves. At any rate, I would rather let an oak tree be my epitaph than a marble slab be my tombstone. - Mike Royko~


Andy said...

meeso this looks so flipin good! Both the rolls and the sauce are right up my alley. Will have to give this one a try.

Kribha said...

wow...I fell for this dish just after one look at it. Yum O Yum. Thanks for sharing it.Will surely try it.

Nabeela said...

oh YUM!!! I've never heard pf south western egg rolls....but if they taste anything like they look, I'm all for it!

Happy cook said...

I have had chinese spring rolls but not this one. It just looks fabulous.
I can just imagine how delicious it was when u ate them

meeso said...

~ Andy, this is a really good dish...I hope you do try it and like it :)

~ Kribha, It's not too hard to fall for this dish...I was hooked after one bite!!!

~ Nabeela, I had never heard of them either but I'm sooooo glad I found them!

~ Happy cook, the funny thing is these aren't egg rolls at all...but it was the name they had at the restaurant. Whatever their name, they are delicious :)

Namratha said...

Wowweeeeeee I've been looking high and low for this recipe Meeso deaar, this is awesome! I bet you had them in Chili's, my hubby and I simply dig this!! Thanks a bunch:) Will surely try them..

meeso said...

~ Namratha, that is exactly where I had them from :) So, you know about these, huh? Aren't they the best!!! Give them a try and you won't be disappointed!!!

Mona said...

Hi Meeso, the rolls look yummy, but i've some questions.. Well, where's egg in this recipe?..when they r called Egg Rolls?! And you said they have to be fried, Well, how to secure them, so that they dont open up while frying?
See ya

meeso said...

~ Hi Mona, There is NO egg in the recipe...the title is deceiving! It was the name given to them at the restaurant where I had them. I could rename them, maybe you could suggest something ;) To secure them, I just put them open side down when I first fry them, usually this holds them fine. Once in awhile they come open a bit, but I never mind. I have thought about using some water to try and glue them shut but never have. Another idea I have had is to put the spinach mixture in a samosa wrapper and fry them like a samosa. I am going to try that next time. Well, that was a long explanation :) Thanks for stopping by!!!

Cynthia said...

Any kind of rolls and dipping sauces I love :)

Sultana said...

These look great meeso :) I love any kind of spring roll! Ive never tried this kind, seems quite tasty...

BTW, i loved your quote below your post. Its very beautiful.


meeso said...

~ Thanks Cynthia, this dipping sauce is one of my favorites!!!

~ Thanks Sultana, I really loved that quote when I read it :)