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Air Fryer Egg Rolls have a flavorful southwest-style filling in a crispy, crunchy wrapper. Dunk them in a zesty dip and you’re in for a delicious appetizer!
We are a little obsessed with air fryer recipes around here. Some of our favorites: Air Fryer Cream Cheese Wontons, Air Fryer Tater Tots, and Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs. These Southwest Egg Rolls are just the latest addiction!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Although these work great as an easy appetizer, we love to make them into a meal as well. I serve them with a copycat Olive Garden Salad, a bowl of fresh fruit, and some Oreo Rice Krispie Treats for dessert.
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.
You can also make them ahead of time, or make a double batch and freeze until you’re got a craving.