If you’ve ever tried Cheesecake Factory’s Southwest Egg Rolls (aka Tex Mex) you know how amazing they are. Now you can make this Cheesecake Factory copycat recipe at home in your Air Fryer!
Like the restaurant version, these egg rolls are filled with a flavorful mixture of chicken, cheese, corn, beans, and a Tex Mex seasoning blend. But they are AIR FRIED for a super crispy exterior that’s a much healthier alternative to deep frying.
Monterey Jack Cheese – Freshly grated off the block.
Spices – Paprika, Cumin, Chili Powder, Salt
How to Make Egg Rolls in the Air Fryer
Making egg rolls in the air fryer gives the same appearance and texture as one that was deep-fried, with a whole lot less oil! Plus it’s really easy to do.
Make the filling. Mix together veggies, black beans, shredded cheese, chicken, and seasonings in a large bowl.
Assemble. Lay out an egg roll wrapper and add about ½ cup of filling into the center of the square. Brush egg wash around the outer edges of the wrapper. Fold two opposite corners in over the filling, so the points are almost touching. Then fold another corner in so it’s covering the filling and roll the egg rolls until they’re closed, making sure it’s tightly sealed. If necessary, add a little extra egg wash to seal it.
As you roll, place the egg rolls onto a sheet pan lined with waxed or parchment paper. Don’t let them touch or they might stick together.
Air Fry. Brush the egg rolls lightly with vegetable oil. Place a few egg rolls in the air fryer basket, making sure they’re not touching each other and cook at 375 degrees for 5 minutes. Use tongs to flip each piece and continue to cook for another 3-5 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside. Continue to cook in batches until all of the egg rolls are cooked.
Make the Southwest Egg Roll dipping sauce. The zesty dipping sauce that is included with this recipe is quite simple and adds great flavor and creaminess to the crispy egg rolls. In a small bowl, mix together sour cream, Ranch dressing, and Taco Seasoning and you’ve got a simple but zesty, creamy dip.
Can you put frozen egg rolls in an air fryer?
Yes! Heat the air fryer to 350 degrees, and air fry for about 4 minutes. Turn up the heat to 400 degrees to crisp the exterior for 2 minutes.
Can I bake these in the oven?
If you don’t have an air fryer, you can still make this recipe. Prepare the egg rolls as instructed and spray with a little nonstick cooking spray first for a golden color. Bake on a parchment paper lined sheet pan at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Even better if you can use a baking rack over the sheet pan for better air flow.
Allow egg rolls to cool completely before storing. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
To freeze homemade egg rolls: Cool completely, then arrange on a baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer until firm; about 3-4 hours. Transfer to a freezer bag or freezer safe container and keep frozen for up to 6 months. Thaw completely before reheating.
I recommend reheating egg rolls in the air fryer. Whether they’re these homemade southwest egg rolls or the ones from your favorite take-out restaurant, using the air fryer is the way to go. Reheating in the microwave will just make them soggy.
Air Fryer Reheating: To reheat egg rolls in the air fryer, set the air fryer to 350°F and add 2-4 at a time. Each batch will take around 5 minutes, depending on the size of your air fryer and how many rolls you add to the pan.
I recommend reheating the egg rolls at a lower temperature than when cooking them for the first time. The reason for this is that the interior needs time to warm up and if you have the temperature too hot, the exterior will burn before the filling is warm.
Make Ahead and Freezing
You can also make them ahead of time, or make a double batch and freeze until you’re got a craving.
Make a double batch of the recipe, and only air fry what you need.
The rest, arrange on a baking sheet and flash freeze for a few hours or until firm. Then transfer to a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
When you’re ready to bake them, place a few in the air fryer and spray with cooking spray. Set the machine to 400 degrees F and cook for 6 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for 4-6 minutes more.
Depending on the size of your air fryer, you should be able to fit 5-8 egg rolls.
Make sure to seal the edges really well with the egg wash.
Be patient – You don’t want to overcrowd the air fryer, so fry them in batches. They don’t take long and you can keep them warm in the oven if needed.
Keep a damp paper towel over the rest of the eggs rolls as they wait for their turn in the fryer.
Leftover filling can be frozen for the next time you make these, or added to a quesadilla or burrito.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the corn, black beans, bell pepper, jalapenos, green onions, chicken, cheese and seasonings; set aside.
In a small bowl, use a fork to whisk together the egg and water.
Scoop ½ cup of the chicken mixture onto an egg roll wrapper. Brush the egg wash around the outside of the egg roll. Fold in two sides of the wrapper so the points almost touch. Then fold the top in and tightly roll up the egg roll and place on a sheet pan lined with waxed or parchment paper. Repeat with the remainder of the chicken mixture.
Lightly brush each egg roll with vegetable oil. Place egg rolls in an air fryer and cook at 375°F for 5 minutes. Make sure there is space between each egg roll – cook in batches if needed.
Use a tongs to flip the egg rolls and continue cooking for 3-5 more minutes or until the exterior is golden brown and crispy. (Cooking times can vary greatly depending on the brand and size of your air fryer. I did four at a time at 375°F and it took between 8-10 minutes total.)
While the egg rolls are in the air fryer, combine the sour cream, ranch dressing and taco seasoning to make the zesty dip. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Optional Zesty Dip
In a small bowl, combine sour cream, ranch dressing and taco seasoning for the zesty dip. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve the egg rolls warm with zesty dip on the side.
Storage: Allow to cool completely before storing. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.Freezing: Cool completely, then arrange on a baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer until firm; about 3-4 hours. Transfer to a freezer bag or freezer safe container and keep frozen for up to 6 months. Thaw completely before reheating.Air Fryer Reheating: To reheat egg rolls in the air fryer, set the air fryer to 350°F and add 2-4 at a time. Each batch will take around 5 minutes, depending on the size of your air fryer and how many rolls you add to the pan.Do not reheat in the microwave, or they will become soggy.Make Ahead: Make a double batch of the recipe, and only air fry what you need. Arrange the rest on a baking sheet and flash freeze for a few hours or until firm. Then transfer to a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.When you’re ready to bake them, place a few in the air fryer and spray with cooking spray. Set the machine to 400 degrees F and cook for 6 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for 4-6 minutes more.
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.