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Southwestern egg rolls cut in half and arranged on a plate with a sour cream dipping sauce in the center.

Southwestern Egg Rolls

Filled with seasoned ground beef, black beans and corn, these southwestern egg rolls are super flavorful and really easy to make.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican & Southwestern
Keyword southwestern appetizers
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 410kcal


  • ½ tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Canola Oil plus oil for frying (or use your favorite frying oil)
  • 1 pound Lean Ground Beef
  • 8 ounce can Tomato Sauce
  • 15 ounce can Black Beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounce can Corn drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons Green Onions sliced
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • 1 pound Package Egg Roll Wrappers
  • Sour Cream for serving
  • Hot Sauce for serving


You will also need:

  • Pastry brush, Parchment paper, Paper towels, moistened with water

Make the ground beef

  • Add the chili powder, salt, garlic powder, cumin and black pepper to a small bowl, stir to combine..
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and sprinkle the top with the prepared seasoning mix. Stir, to mix well.
  • Cook the ground beef until browned, approximately 5 minutes, stirring frequently and breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • Add the tomato sauce to the skillet, stir well to combine. Lower the heat to medium-low, cover and cook about 20-25 minutes, until cooked through, and most of the liquid has cooked out, stirring occasionally.
  • Set the ground beef aside and allow it to cool a bit. Add the black beans, corn and green onions to the skillet, stir to combine well.

Build the egg rolls

  • Add the egg to a small bowl and beat well.
  • Working with one egg roll skin at a time
  • Lay the egg roll diagonally in front of you (like a diamond). Add 2 heaping tablespoons of the ground beef filling in the middle. Fold the side closet to you in, and then bring in the sides.
  • Using a pastry brush, moisten the exposed edges of the egg roll wrapper with the beaten egg then roll tightly. Press the edges lightly to ensure the seal.
  • Set the egg roll aside on a pan or plate and cover with a moistened paper towel to prevent the skin from drying out. For best result, line the pan or plate with parchment paper to reduce sticking. Repeat until the wrappers or filling are used up.

Fry the southwestern egg rolls

  • Add enough oil to a large, deep skillet to cover the bottom by about a ½ inch of oil. Heat the oil over medium-high heat, when the oil is hot but not smoking, add about 6 egg rolls to the skillet (depending on the size) do not crowd the pan.
  • Turn the egg rolls frequently to brown on all sides. Cook for about 3-5 minutes until the egg rolls are a beautiful golden color.
  • Remove the egg rolls from the skillet and place them on a paper-towel lined plate or pan. Repeat with the remaining egg rolls.
  • When the egg rolls cool a bit, cut them in half and arrange them on a plate. Serve the egg rolls with hot sauce and sour cream, if desired.


Because we’re going to be using the ground beef to make egg rolls, then frying them, we want don’t want the filling to be greasy or saucy. If there is excess oil in the skillet, drain it.
To do this quickly and neatly: off the heat, pile the ground beef to one side of the skillet and tip it slightly so the oil pools on the other side. Scoop out the oil using a large serving spoon or ladle and add it to an empty can or container.
Continue scooping until most or all of the oil is gone. Then level the skillet and stir, voila, all the oil is gone!
Between batches, remove the skillet from the heat until you’re ready to put in the next batch, don’t turn off the heat, just move the skillet to a cold burner. Also lower and raise the heat as needed, not much, just a notch or two.


Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 1108mg | Potassium: 583mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 4.6mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 4.9mg