Welcome to my latest recipe creation, Taco Egg Rolls! These delicious appetizers combine the flavors of Tex-Mex cuisine with the convenient and tasty egg rolls. Imagine biting into crispy and crunchy egg rolls filled with perfectly seasoned taco meat, diced onions, and shredded cheddar cheese. Are you salivating yet?
I have always been a fan of egg rolls as they can transform any filling ingredient into a portable and fun-to-eat snack. So I thought, why not make a beef taco version that anyone can enjoy? These taco egg rolls are easy to make and perfect for sharing at parties or enjoying as an appetizer before dinner.
If you are a fan of southwestern style food, then this recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings. The combination of ground beef, taco seasoning, and melted cheddar cheese creates a perfect cheesy taco flavor that everyone will love. Plus, you can customize it to your liking by adding ingredients like green onions or salsa.
Trust me; you won’t want to miss out on this mouthwatering treat! Keep reading for the ingredient list, recipe how-to, serving suggestions, and more. Let’s roll!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Attention foodies and taco lovers! I am thrilled to share with you one of my all-time favorite recipes: the Taco Egg Rolls Recipe. This recipe is perfect for anyone looking for a fun, delicious way to spice up their appetizer or snack game.
What makes this recipe unique is that it combines the classic flavors of tacos with egg rolls, creating a mouth-watering fusion of Tex-Mex and Asian cuisine. An irresistible combination of seasoned ground beef, diced onions, shredded cheddar cheese and taco seasoning are wrapped in an egg roll wrapper and fried till crispy. Can you already taste the crispy crunch juxtaposed with the melted cheesy taco flavor? Divine!
The Taco Egg Rolls Recipe is versatile and easy to prepare. It takes no more than 30 minutes to whip up these tantalizing treats, making them ideal for busy weeknights, after-school snacks or entertaining friends and family.
Plus, there are endless possibilities for customization based on your preferences. Swap out beef taco filling for chicken or ground beef taco, experiment with different spices, or add veggies such as bell peppers or corn to bring even more flavor to the meal.
So gather up your family and friends, whip up a batch of these appetizing bites, and enjoy them as a quick and delicious appetizer or snack anytime! They’re perfect for munching while watching TV, tailgating or just hanging out with friends! Trust me; you’ll love ’em!
Gather The Ingredients You Need
To make the delicious and easy Taco Egg Rolls recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 package taco seasoning (1/4 cup)
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 10 egg roll wrappers
Feel free to use ground chicken, turkey or beef – whichever protein you prefer – for this recipe. You can also add in your favorite taco toppings, such as guacamole, sour cream, diced tomatoes, and jalapeños. Additionally, if you are watching your calorie intake or dietary restrictions, you can swap in an egg substitute or use spring roll wrappers instead of egg roll wrappers.
The Recipe How-To
Now that you know why this recipe will be a sure hit among your friends and family, let’s dive into the exciting part – cooking the Taco Egg Rolls.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1 cup diced green onion
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 12 egg roll wrappers
Prepare the taco meat: In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until it is fully browned. Drain any excess grease from the skillet, then add the packet of taco seasoning and stir. Add in the diced green onions and stir again.
Add the cheese and onions: Remove the skillet from heat and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and finely diced white onion.
Prepare the egg rolls: Lay an egg roll wrapper on your flat work surface. Scoop about two tablespoons of taco meat in a line toward one end of the wrapper. Roll up tightly, folding in both sides halfway through to contain filling.
Seal the egg rolls: Mix together some flour and water to make a paste for sealing (about one part flour to two parts water). Brush some of this paste along the edge of the remaining flap of egg roll wrap to seal shut.
Fry the egg rolls: Heat up vegetable oil in a deep-frying pan or an air fryer to about 350 °F (175⁰C). If using oil, carefully place each egg roll into oil, cooking until golden brown on all sides (about three to four minutes). If using an air fryer, preheat first then cook for approximately ten minutes at a temperature of around 360°F (180°C).
Drain and serve: Remove fully cooked egg rolls onto paper towels to drain excess oil before serving.
These Taco Egg Rolls are perfect as appetizers or snack but could also make great meals when paired with something light like salad on a busy weeknight dinner!
So there you have it! Whether you’re hosting a party or craving some delicious Tex-Mex snacks, these cheesy Taco Egg Rolls will undoubtedly be perfect for any occasion.
Substitutions and Variations
Looking to switch things up a bit and put a unique twist on your Taco Egg Rolls? Here are some substitution and variation suggestions to elevate the dish even more.
1. Swap the Ground Beef: Not into beef? No problem! You can easily substitute ground turkey or chicken to make this recipe totally your own. If you want to go veggie, try using crumbled tofu or plant-based ground meat alternatives.
2. Use Spring Roll Wrappers: While egg roll wrappers work well for this recipe, you can always switch things up by using spring roll wrappers instead. Known for their thinner and more transparent texture, these wrappers will give your egg rolls a different crunch from the traditional egg roll recipe.
3. Go Tex-Mex Style: Add some extra southwestern flair to your egg rolls by incorporating black beans, corn, or rice into the filling mixture. You can also take it up a notch and use homemade taco seasoning with cumin, chili powder, paprika and other spices instead of pre-packaged mix.
4. Cheesy Variations: To make these egg rolls extra cheesy, try stuffing shredded cheddar cheese inside as well as incorporating a cheesy sauce or dip for serving. For something different, change the filling to cheese taco-style with cream cheese mixed in with taco seasoning.
5. Make Use of an Air Fryer: Want that satisfying crispy texture on your egg rolls without all the oil? Try air frying them instead of deep frying! With an air fryer, you can achieve that perfect crisp without added oil and in much faster time.
Whatever variations you choose to make to this already fantastic recipe, just remember to have fun with it and enjoy every bite!
Serving and Pairing
Now that you’ve made these delectable taco egg rolls, it’s time to serve them up! These rolls are savory and satisfying, making them perfect for a quick snack or a full meal.
When it comes to serving, these egg rolls are perfect on their own or paired with other delicious appetizers. Serve them alongside some fresh salsa and guacamole for that extra kick of flavor!
For a heartier meal, try serving these egg rolls with a side salad or roasted vegetables. You could also pair them with some rice and beans for a complete tex-mex experience.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding some southwestern egg rolls to your spread. Chicken taco and ground beef taco rolls would be a great choice to pair with the taco egg rolls. The sky is the limit when it comes to pairing these delicious appetizers!
These egg rolls are also perfect for serving up at a party or get-together. Your guests are sure to love the perfect cheesy taco taste.
Overall, these tasty and satisfying egg rolls are incredibly versatile and can be served in various ways depending on your personal preferences. Whether you decide to serve them as part of an appetizer spread, with sides, or as the main dish, they will undoubtedly satisfy any cravings for Tex-mex flavors!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
These delicious Taco Egg Rolls can be made ahead of time, which is a bonus for busy schedules or when you’re entertaining guests. To make ahead of time, prepare the egg rolls as directed in the recipe instructions and then cover them with plastic wrap or foil. Place them in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook.
You can also store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Make sure to reheat them properly to avoid sogginess. You can reheat them in the oven at 350°F for about 10-12 minutes or until they are hot and crispy. Another option is to use an air fryer, which will result in a crispy texture similar to freshly cooked egg rolls.
If you want to freeze your egg rolls for later use or meal prep, be sure to place them on a baking sheet in a single layer in the freezer until they’ve frozen completely. Then, transfer them into a freezer-safe bag or container and store them for up to 3 months.
To reheat frozen Taco Egg Rolls, remove them from the freezer and place them directly into the oven at 350°F for about 15-20 minutes or until they are heated through and become crispy again.
Whether made ahead of time or reheated from frozen, these Taco Egg Rolls are perfect for quick meals or as an appetizer option for your next gathering. Don’t hesitate to try other variations like Tex-Mex chicken taco, southwestern egg rolls, or ground beef taco egg rolls!
Tips for Perfect Results
There’s nothing more satisfying than preparing a meal that is both delicious and presents beautifully in front of your guests. To ensure your taco egg rolls are always a hit, here are a few tips to guarantee perfect results:
First of all, using fresh ingredients is key for the success of this recipe. Make sure to get the leanest ground beef possible and use fresh green onions and white onions as toppings. This will add both flavor and texture to your dish.
If you’re looking for a healthier option, you can use an egg substitute instead of regular eggs for the filling. This will lower the fat content and still provide the necessary consistency for the mixture.
When handling the egg roll wrappers, make sure to keep them moist by covering them with a damp towel until ready to use. This prevents cracking and makes it easier to fold them into actual rolls.
Furthermore, it’s crucial not to overfill the rolls! The filling should be compact but not too dense, leaving plenty of space to roll them properly. These rolls are easy to make once you get the hang of it, but practice makes perfect.
Lastly, if you’re looking for a crispier texture, you can use an air fryer instead of frying them in oil – it works like magic! Served warm with salsa on top or any other dipping sauce, these rolls will fly off the plate faster than you know it.
In conclusion, following these tips will guarantee that your taco egg rolls will turn out perfect every time. Not only are they delicious but also versatile and perfect for any occasion – from appetizers at a party to dinner with your family. So what are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and start cooking!
As with any recipe, the taco egg rolls recipe may leave some questions unanswered. To ensure that every cook can create the perfect dish, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions and provided well-informed answers. Look no further than this section to discover tips on cooking techniques, ingredient substitutions, and more.
Why are my egg rolls not crispy?
Achieving the perfect level of oil temperature is crucial for obtaining the ideal crispiness in your egg rolls. If the oil is excessively hot, your egg rolls will brown too quickly and won’t be crispy enough due to insufficient evaporation time. In contrast, if the oil is too cold, your egg rolls will never reach their desired crispy texture. If you don’t have a thermometer on hand, it’s still possible to fry your egg rolls, but it may require a bit of experimentation and adjustment.
Can I substitute tortillas for egg roll wrappers?
One great option for a crispy crust is the use of egg roll wraps, as they are thin and always maintain a satisfying crunch. However, for those who prefer a different texture, small flour tortillas can also serve as an excellent alternative crust.
What is egg roll filling made of?
Egg rolls are commonly filled with either pork or chicken combined with shredded cabbage and carrots. To achieve an authentic Asian flavor, a mix of sautéed garlic, ginger, and onion is used. Adding mung bean sprouts to the filling can also enhance the taste. The use of hoisin sauce and sesame oil really elevates that delectable Asian taste. This recipe is sure to impress your palate.
Should I freeze egg rolls before frying?
A useful tip for making egg rolls ahead of time is to put them in the freezer, especially if you need to prepare them more than a day before cooking. You can assemble the egg rolls without frying them and freeze them immediately. To do this, it is recommended to place each egg roll in a single layer inside a large ziplock freezer-safe bag as they are made. This way, you can easily store them until you are ready to cook them. This is a great method to save time and have egg rolls ready on-the-go.
In conclusion, it’s safe to say that these taco egg rolls recipe are a game changer when it comes to appetizers. With their crispy texture and irresistible flavor, they’re sure to be a hit at any party or gathering. Plus, the option to vary the protein (chicken or beef) makes it perfect for people who are on a high-protein diet.
The best part? This recipe is so easy to make, even novice cooks can whip up a batch in no time. So why not give these taco egg rolls a try and impress your guests with your culinary skills? And don’t forget, you can always modify this recipe to suit your taste preferences.
So go ahead and add this delicious recipe to your repertoire. Whether you’re looking for an appetizer that will please a crowd or just want to switch things up for dinner, these taco egg rolls are guaranteed to satisfy. Just make sure you have enough on hand– they’ll disappear in a flash!
Taco Egg Rolls Recipe
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 cup green onion, chopped
- 1 (1 1/4 ounce) packet taco seasoning
- 1 cup egg substitute (egg beaters)
- 8 egg roll wraps
- 4 tablespoons low-fat taco cheese
- Brown the ground beef and onions, and add the taco seasoning.
- Take one egg roll wrapper and add 1/8 of the beef mixture in a line, diagonally from one corner to the other to make rolling the egg roll easier. Top with a 1/2 tbsp of cheese. Roll up like an egg roll. (See egg roll packaging for detailed directions on how to roll your egg rolls).
- Repeat with the rest of the egg roll wrappers.
- Pour egg substitute into shallow bowl and dip all of the egg rolls, coating evenly. Place on cookie sheet that’s been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray (very important!).
- Bake at 375°F for 20 minutes or until light brown and crispy.
- Better than deep fried and just as crispy!
- You can add many different fillings: chicken or cabbage and green onions for Chinese egg rolls, etc.
- Note: I find the egg roll wrappers in the produce section, where they have the dressings and foods like tofu and the like.
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