Southwest Egg Rolls and Avacado Ranch Dipping Sauce

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Southwest Egg Rolls and Avacado Ranch Dipping Sauce Are there any fans of Southwestern style food in the house? Anyone? Bueller…..Bueller……. Southwest Egg Rolls and Avacado Ranch Dipping Sauce (5) How about avocados? Well, around here avocados are eaten almost religiously and this avocado ranch is such an awesome way to showcase them. It is so good with these egg rolls.

Southwest Egg Rolls and Avacado Ranch Dipping Sauce (3) Okay, so I’m not gonna lie, photographing these egg rolls totally kicked my butt. In fact, I may never try taking pictures of egg rolls again. I’ll add it to my new year’s resolutions or something.

Southwest Egg Rolls and Avacado Ranch Dipping Sauce (4) Don’t ask me why. I really don’t understand why the most innocent looking food can be so extremely difficult for me sometimes. I just couldn’t capture them the way that I wanted. I won’t even admit how long I spent trying to make them look the way I had planned.

Southwest Egg Rolls and Avacado Ranch Dipping Sauce (7) Honestly, my best photos are the ones that I take when I am relaxed and not trying to be a perfectionist. I think my mood shows through my photography. If I am having a bad day or just not all that excited about a recipe then it’s a sure bet the pictures are going to suck. For example, my camera had been misbehaving this day and the weather was creating the worst possible lighting which had me doing nothing short of dancing around trying to keep up and capture the right moments. The point is that it just wasn’t happening, I was frustrated, and I came very close to scratching the entire thing.

Southwest Egg Rolls and Avacado Ranch Dipping Sauce (6) Of course, after I had spent forever on these I would have felt even stupider than I already did about it if I didn’t at least get to share them with you guys. I think I’ve said this before and I know that I have told you not to let my amateur photography skills keep you from trying a recipe. I can at least say that these really are delicious. I made them for our Christmas party and called them “Feliz Navidad Rolls” or  “Santa Fe-egg Rolls”.

Southwest Egg Rolls and Avacado Ranch Dipping Sauce (2) Yeah, I know, I’m much cornier than these rolls are. Oh, and I forgot to mention that I made the wrappers from scratch. I’ve never seen egg roll or wonton wrappers in the stores here so I didn’t have much choice but even if you can buy them I recommend trying them at home at least once. You know, just to say you did. Plus it really impresses people. I hope you try them!

Southwest Egg Rolls and Avacado Ranch Dipping Sauce

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 18 egg rolls


  • 1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 1/2 cups corn
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 18 egg roll wrappers (recipe follows)
  • oil for frying
  • Egg Roll Wrappers:
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Avocado Ranch:
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 jalepenos, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder


  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for filling and stir until well mixed.
  2. Wrappers:
  3. Beat eggs with salt and sugar in a large bowl. Stir in water then add flour. When it starts to come together turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead until you have a smooth dough that doesn't stick to your hands. Divide into 2 sections and roll out one at a time into a rectangle about 1/8 inch thick or as thin as possible. Cut into 9 equal squares by cutting 2 lines horizontally and 2 vertically.
  4. Assemble:
  5. Dip fingers in a small bowl of water and wet all of the edges of wrapper. Spoon about 1/4 cup of filling onto 1 corner of wrapper then start rolling towards center. Fold in sides and wrap tightly. Add a little more water to seal the tip if necessary.
  6. Cook:
  7. Heat a few inches of oil to 350 degrees and fry in batches for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  8. Avocado Ranch:
  9. Combine all ingredients for ranch in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Serve with hot egg rolls.
Southwest Egg Rolls and Avacado Ranch Dipping Sauce.

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  1. says

    Tori, I love Southwestern style food!!! I grew up in Dallas, Texas eating tex-mex so this is right up my alley!!!! and hey, don’t beat yourself up with the photos. . I felt the same way about shooting taquitos . . so much so that I re-made and re-shot them AFTER posting them. But seriously these southwest-egg-rolls look great!!! love the inside shots!!! Happy NYE!!!

  2. says

    Oh my gosh. How ironic. Because a few months ago I tried to shoot egg rolls and I seriously about pulled my hair out! I think yours turned out great! And that recipe? My mom wouldn’t request another one from me if I served her these! She loves them from a local restaurant and she will be thrilled when I make em for her 🙂

  3. says

    Raises hand, raises hand! Love me some southwestern food! These egg rolls sound completely delicious!

    Ugh – bad weather = not fun taking photos. It was pouringggg here today and I had no choice but to shoot a recipe. I was not a happy camper! lol

  4. says

    I think you are crazy, Tori! These photos are awesome. 🙂 I seriously saw those and then my stomach growled…that’s how awesome they are. Oh, and 2 bonus points for the Bueller reference!

    • Tori says

      Thanks, David. They did turn out better than I hoped but only after spending way too long on them. Glad you got the reference. My dad’s a big fan so I’ve seen that movie a lot and heard that referrence all my life. Happy New Year!

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