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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Southwestern Egg Rolls (Chili's Copycat)


I love Chili's Southwestern Egg Rolls! I think their flavor is fabulous! So one day I was really craving them and instead of going and buying them from the restaurant I figured I would try to make them myself and they turned out EXACTLY how I expected. They are incredibly easy, but a little bit time consuming. You really need to plan ahead, time wise, to create this!


Ingredients



1 chicken breast fillet
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper
2 tablespoons minced green onion
1/3 cup frozen corn
1/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons frozen spinach, thawed and drained
2 tablespoons diced, canned jalapeno peppers
1/2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash cayenne pepper
3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
five 7-inch flour tortillas

Avocado-Ranch Dipping Sauce:
1/4 cup smashed, fresh avocado (about half of an avocado)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dried parsley
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
dash dried dill weed
dash garlic powder
dash pepper


 


Heat stove to medium high heat. Rub chicken breast with some vegetable oil then grill it on barbecue for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until done. Lightly salt and pepper each side of chicken while it cooks. Set chicken aside until it cools down enough to handle.


Preheat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat. Add red pepper and onion to pan and sauté for a couple minutes until tender.


Dice cooked chicken into small cubes and add it to pan. Add corn, black beans, spinach, jalapeno peppers, parsley, cumin, chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper to pan.




Cook for another 4 minutes; stir well so that spinach separates and is incorporated into mixture.



 Remove pan from heat and add cheese; stir until cheese is melted.



Wrap tortillas in a moist cloth and microwave on high temperature for 1 1/2 minutes or until hot.
Spoon approximately one-fifth of mixture into center of a tortilla. Fold in ends and then roll tortilla over mixture.

 

 Roll tortilla very tight, then pierce with a toothpick to hold together. Repeat with remaining ingredients until you have five egg rolls.




Arrange egg rolls on a plate, cover plate with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.
While egg rolls freeze prepare avocado-ranch dipping sauce by combining all of ingredients in a small bowl. Preheat 4-6 cups of oil to 375 degrees.




Deep fry egg rolls in hot oil for 12-15 minutes and remove to paper towels or a rack to drain for about 2 minutes.




Slice each egg roll diagonally lengthwise and arrange on a plate around a small bowl of dipping sauce.

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