Crispy Southwest Air Fryer Egg Rolls with Zesty Dip

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 WontonsAir Fryer Tater Tots and Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs.

Two halves of an egg roll stacked on top of each other, with more stacked in the background

Air Fryer Southwest Egg Rolls Recipe

Have you ever been to a restaurant that has Southwest Egg Rolls on their appetizer menu?  Oh my goodness, they’re simply delicious. They’re usually filled with a mixture of chicken, cheese, corn, beans and a tex mex seasoning blend. They’re deep fried until perfectly crisp and served with a smooth and creamy dip. Never had one? You’re missing out!

Luckily, I’ve come up with a healthier version of these egg rolls that you can make from scratch at home!

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. For this southwest version, you’ll need veggies, black beans, shredded cheese, chicken and seasonings. Shredded chicken breast, leftover rotisserie chicken, anything works.

Assemble. Lay out a wrapper and add about ½ cup of filling into the center of the square. Then, you’ll 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.

Cook. Place the egg rolls onto a sheet pan lined with waxed or parchment paper. Don’t let them touch or they might stick together. 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 done.

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can still make this recipe. Make the egg rolls as instructed, then bake on a sheet pan at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Spray with a little nonstick cooking spray first for a golden color.

A collage of 2 images showing hands rolling up an egg roll wrapper around the filling.

Air fryer basket with four egg rolls

What to do with leftovers

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.

Reheating Instructions

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.

Eggs rolls, or really, anything fried or air-fried, are meant to have a crunchy exterior and a moist interior.  Although the microwave will warm them back up, they’ll end up with an exterior that has a less-than-ideal texture.

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.

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.

An egg roll split in half so you can see the southwest filling

Serving Suggestions

The dip that goes with this recipe is quite simple and adds great flavor and creaminess to the crispy egg rolls. You can also serve with pico de gallo, guacamole,  hot sauce and/or cheesy queso dip.

Although these work great as an appetizer, we love to make them into a meal as well. I serve them with a green salad, a bowl of fresh fruit and fried ice cream pie for dessert.

A egg roll dipped into a zesy southwest dip.

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A plate of southwest egg rolls

Air Fryer Southwest Egg Rolls

Air Fryer Egg Rolls have a flavorful southwest filling rolled up in a crunchy wrapper. Dunk them in a zesty dip and you’re in for a delicious appetizer.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, tex-mex
Servings 12 Egg Rolls
Calories 221kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

Filling

  • 1 cup corn kernels frozen or canned (drained)
  • 1 cup black beans rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup finely diced jalapeno pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 3 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon mild chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Egg Rolls

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 12 egg roll wrappers
  • Vegetable oil

Zesty Dip

  • 1 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup buttermilk ranch dressing or light ranch dressing
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

Nutritional information does not include optional ingredients.

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 16gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 391mgPotassium: 188mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 619IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 227mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Air Fryer Egg Rolls, Southwest Egg Rolls
Kelsey is a busy wife, mother of (soon-to-be) 2, food scientist, and blogger over at Dance Around the Kitchen. She grew up on her family’s farm in Iowa where she learned to cook and bake from her mom and grandma.  She loves being in the kitchen, but also loves fitness and believes that life is all about balance.  Her recipes include quick weeknight meals, savory sides, crave-able salads and all the sweets under the sun!

Kristin Maxwell

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.

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  1. Best egg rolls ever, I couldn’t believe how delicious these were from my air fryer
    I’ll never cook in oil again!!.

  2. These were fantastic! The whole family loved them. I used fire roasted canned corn. Definitely will make them again!

  3. I tried this recipe tonight but instead of precooked chicken, I used ground turkey and cooked it with the veggies, taco seasoning, mexican cheese, and some cilantro in place of the jalapeños because that’s what I had on hand. Other than the ‘grease’ factor, they were a huge hit, dipping sauce included! We really enjoyed them, but next time I will probably stick to chicken as this will decrease the amount of grease produced. I made 6 larger egg rolls since it was for a meal and not an appetizer. I will make them again!