Friday, June 21, 2013

Southwestern Eggrolls with Avocado Ranch Dipping Sauce

Well YeeHawww Y'all!  I have LOVED these Southwestern Eggrolls from Chili's for years.  I know they are technically an appetizer, but be honest - who among us has not said (at least to themselves) "I wish I could just eat these for my main course!"  These are lots of veggies in them, as well as chicken, and the taste is big and bold as Texas!

This recipe makes a lot, so it's either perfect for a party, or for having leftover eggrolls in the freezer for YOU at another time!  I like those options.  :)  I know it seems like a long list, but have you ever looked inside those things?  They pack a LOT of goodies into a small space, and that's what makes them so delicious.  And a lot of this stuff is stuff you probably have in the house already.  Throwing it all into a big bowl and mixing it is pretty simple.
Ingredients: 
For the eggrolls - 
  • 2 (6 oz) packages of "Grilled and Ready" Southwestern chicken breast strips, diced
    • or 2 cups of chopped, cooked chicken seasoned with southwestern flavors
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil 
  • 1/4 cup minced red bell pepper
  • 2 Tbsp minced chives (or green onions)
  • 2/3 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained (with the water squeezed out)
  • 2 Tbsp diced, canned jalapeno peppers
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 10 medium sized flour tortillas ("soft taco" sized)
Avocado-ranch dipping sauce -
  • 1/2 cup prepared guacamole 
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk ranch
Garnish - 
  • 2 Tbsp chopped tomato
  • 1 Tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 Tbsp chopped red onion
Step-by-Step:
Prep - Do yourself a favor, and chop, dice and slice EVERY thing before you start.  After that, it's just a matter of throwing it all together and wrapping them up!  I am saving several steps here by using pre-cooked chicken strips that are already seasoned with southwestern spices.  You could certainly cook your own chicken, or even use leftover cooked chicken. 
2 cups cooked, southwestern flavored chicken strips
To a large skillet, add the vegetable oil, and saute the red bell peppers over medium high heat for a couple of minutes until tender. 
1/4 cup minced red bell pepper
Add the chopped chives and diced, cooked chicken to the vegetables and saute until hot. 
2 Tbsp minced chives (or green onions)

To this, add the corn, black beans, spinach, jalapeno peppers, parsley, cumin, chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the spinach separates and gets mixed well into the other ingredients, then turn off the heat.
2/3 cup frozen corn

1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained

1/4 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained (with the water squeezed out)
2 Tbsp diced, canned jalapeno peppers
1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley


1 tsp cumin

1 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp table salt
Add the cheese to the hot ingredients and stir until all the cheese melts. Now the filling is ready.
1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese


If your tortillas are really stiff, you may need to heat them first. To do this, wrap them in a clean moist cloth and microwave them from about 30 seconds. But mine were really soft, so I didn't do this.

Spoon 1/4 cup of the filling into the center of a tortilla. 
Fold in each end, then roll up the tortilla. Try to roll it tightly. I used a toothpick to stick it together afterwards. Let it "rest" on the seam. Repeat this process with the remainder of the tortillas and filling. 




Arrange the eggrolls on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze for a few hours. I have read that overnight is best, but I couldn't wait!
While the eggrolls are freezing, make the avocado-ranch dip. Just combine the ingredients into a bowl. Then pop it into the fridge until you are ready to make the eggrolls.
1/2 cup prepared guacamole
1/2 cup buttermilk ranch

When you are ready to cook the eggrolls, remove the eggrolls from the freezer and heat up your oil. You may need several cups of oil, depending on how wide/deep of a pot you use. Heat the oil to 375 degrees F. I clip a candy thermometer to the edge of the pot to let me know when this temperature has been reached.

Deep fry the eggrolls in the hot oil until golden brown. This may take a while, since we froze them. Remove them to a paper towel-lined plate to drain for a couple of minutes.

Slice each eggroll on the diagonal and arrange them as you desire on a plate around a small bowl of the dipping sauce. Optional - garnish the dipping sauce with your chopped tomatoes, a little red onion and chopped chives.

Enjoy this recipe?  I hope so!!  So now, here's your part.  Click here to subscribe to MenuMusings so you won't miss a thing!  You won't be sorry.  And if you want to see what else I have up my sleeve, hop on over to the Recipe Index where you'll find lots of great recipes!

Order the Menu Musings Cookbook!
 
Here are a few random bonus recipes to intrigue you.
Cajun Crawfish Bread

Stuffed Peppers

Roasted Red Pepper and Basil Pesto Penne

Fire Roasted Corn Guacamole

Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli
Peanut Butter Cups - Just like Reese's

Written Method:
Prep all ingredients first.  Then, to a large skillet, add the vegetable oil, and saute the red bell peppers over medium high heat for a couple of minutes until tender.  Add the chopped chives and diced, cooked chicken to the vegetables and saute until hot.  To this, add the corn, black beans, spinach, jalapeno peppers, parsley, cumin, chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper.  Cook for about 5 minutes, until the spinach separates and gets mixed well into the other ingredients, then turn off the heat.  Add the cheese to the hot ingredients and stir until all the cheese melts.  Now the filling is ready.

If your tortillas are really stiff, you may need to heat them first.  To do this, wrap them in a clean moist cloth and microwave them from about 30 seconds.  But mine were really soft, so I didn't do this.

Spoon 1/4 cup of the filling into the center of a tortilla.  Fold in each end, then roll up the tortilla.  Try to roll it tightly.  I used a toothpick to stick it together afterwards.  Let it "rest" on the seam.  Repeat this process with the remainder of the tortillas and filling.  Arrange the eggrolls on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze for a few hours.  I have read that overnight is best, but I couldn't wait!  

While the eggrolls are freezing, make the avocado-ranch dip.  Just combine the ingredients into a bowl.  Then pop it into the fridge until you are ready to make the eggrolls.

When you are ready to cook the eggrolls, remove the eggrolls from the freezer and heat up your oil.  You may need several cups of oil, depending on how wide/deep of a pot you use.  Heat the oil to 375 degrees F.  I clip a candy thermometer to the edge of the pot to let me know when this temperature has been reached.

Deep fry the eggrolls in the hot  oil until golden brown.  This may take a while, since we froze them.  Remove them to a paper towel-lined plate to drain for a couple of minutes.  

Slice each eggroll on the diagonal and arrange them as you desire on a plate around a small bowl of the dipping sauce.  Optional - garnish the dipping sauce with your chopped tomatoes, a little red onion and chopped chives.

3 comments:

  1. Love the contrast of the fresh ingredients of the filling with the crispy tortilla wrapper...and really, anything fried is gonna be yummier!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Tried these tonight. Boy are they delicious!! Forgot the toothpicks the first time around and they exploded a little in the oil haha.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ha... Amber.. I'm glad you enjoyed them. But I'm still giggling over the exploded eggrolls I have in my mind. :)

      Delete

Follow me on Pinterest

Follow Me on Pinterest

In-Article Adsense