Southwestern Egg Rolls


These Southwest egg rolls aren't your traditional egg rolls. Small flour tortillas are stuffed with an exciting blend of Southwestern-style ingredients and deep-fried until golden brown.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 40 mins


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

  • 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast half

  • 2 tablespoons minced green onion

  • 2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper

  • cup frozen corn kernels

  • ¼ cup black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 2 tablespoons frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

  • 2 tablespoons diced jalapeno peppers

  • ½ tablespoon minced fresh parsley

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • teaspoon salt

  • 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper

  • ¾ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

  • 5 (6 inch) flour tortillas

  • 1 quart oil for deep frying


  1. Rub 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over chicken breast. Cook chicken in a medium saucepan over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and juices run clear, about 5 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Remove from heat and set aside.

  2. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in the saucepan over medium heat. Stir in green onion and bell pepper. Cook and stir until tender, about 5 minutes.

  3. Dice chicken and mix into the pan with green onion and bell pepper. Mix in corn, black beans, spinach, jalapeño peppers, parsley, cumin, chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper. Cook and stir until well blended and tender, 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in Monterey Jack cheese so that it melts.

  4. Wrap tortillas with a clean, lightly moist cloth. Microwave on high until hot and pliable, about 1 minute.

  5. Spoon even amounts of the mixture into each tortilla. Fold ends of tortillas, then roll tightly around the mixture. Secure with toothpicks. Arrange in a medium dish, cover with plastic, and place in the freezer. Freeze for at least 4 hours.

  6. Heat oil in a large, deep skillet for deep-frying to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Deep-fry frozen, stuffed tortillas until dark golden brown, about 10 minutes each. Drain on paper towels before serving.

    close up view of sliced Southwestern Egg Rolls with herbs on a white platter

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

419 Calories
31g Fat
22g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 419
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 575mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 8mg 39%
Calcium 186mg 14%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 230mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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