April 27, 2011

Crispy Southwestern Wontons

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I am a huge fan these crispy, restaurant-style wontons. They’re such a fun treat for dinner, and so easy to whip up at home. Here’s one of our favorite recipes for hot, lightly fried wontons stuffed with a cheesy southwestern ranch filling. Hope you enjoy these!

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Here’s one of my secrets to make weeknight dinners quick and hassle-free. I keep frozen, diced vegetables on hand so they’re easy to grab and a cinch to throw into recipes. Here’s what I normally have on hand at all times: bell peppers, carrots, celery, zucchini, white onions, red onions, and corn. There’s also usually okra, edamame, peas, and broccoli, but I wouldn’t hyperventilate as much if I ran out of those.

Whenever I’m dicing vegetables, I use whatever I need for the recipe, then throw the rest in a Ziploc bag to keep in the freezer for the next time I need it. Makes things so much easier on me knowing I can just grab pre-diced vegetables from the freezer and whip something up!

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All right, let’s put these vegetables to work. Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

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Add 1/4 cup diced onions and cook for about five minutes until they’re starting to turn golden.

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Then add 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper and cook five more minutes until softened. Add 1 clove of minced garlic, and stir for about 1 minute.

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Immediately add the frozen corn kernels and canned black beans, 1/4 cup each.

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Next you’ll need about a cup of shredded chicken. Here I used leftover rotisserie-style chicken from this Brown Butter Ravioli with Toasted Walnuts and Crispy Sage, perfect for this execution!

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Add the chicken to the vegetables and beans, stir to heat everything up, then move everything to a bowl, like the one above.

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Season with a little pepper…

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Add some cheese, about 1/2 cup.

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And cover with about two tablespoons (1/2 package) of dry ranch dressing. Love this cool, tangy flavor boost.

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Stir everything to combine.

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At this point we can start heating the oil for the wontons. Rinse out the skillet used for the vegetables, (I could’ve done a better job of that here!) dry it completely, and fill with about a 1/2 inch of canola or vegetable oil. Begin heating over medium heat.

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While that’s heating up, it’s time to break out the wonton wrappers. I found this brand at Publix and I’m really partial to it. Unlike some other brands I’ve tried, these are nice and thick, so they don’t stick together when you’re trying to pull them apart, and they don’t rip when you’re stuffing and sealing the wrappers.

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Scoop about a teaspoon of the chicken and vegetables into each wrapper.

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Rub some water onto two sides of the wonton and fold over to seal, making sure to press out any extra air pockets in the wrapper.

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Repeat for the remaining wonton filling. Here’s my assembly line!

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By the time you have all your wontons stuffed and sealed, your oil should be good and hot. Set up a plate lined with a paper towel for draining, then go ahead and add about 6 wontons to the oil.

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Or less, if you have a smaller skillet. You don’t want to crowd the wontons.

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When they’re lightly golden (about 1 minute) flip to the other side. When both sides are perfectly golden and crisp, remove to the paper towel to drain and repeat with the remaining wontons. By the way, save that oil when you’re done, you can use it again next time. You’ll definitely want to make these again. :)

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Lovely! I just want to take a big crunch out of these.

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We also love stuffing these wontons with our favorite taco fillings or pizza toppings. They’re great for using up leftovers, because pretty much anything is delicious when stuffed in a wonton and fried.

You know what’s also cool about this recipe? After the wontons are sealed and stuffed, instead of frying you can place on a baking sheet and freeze overnight, then move to a Ziploc bag for long term freezing. Then when you’ve got guests you can whip these out for a quick and easy appetizer, no need to even thaw!

This recipe makes about 24 wontons, and if you’ve got a few extra wrappers leftover, hang on to them because I’ve got another recipe coming at you next week for a fun way to use them up.

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Crispy Southwestern Wontons

1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup frozen corn kernals
1/4 cup canned black beans, drained
5 oz (1 cup) chicken, shredded
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tbsp (1/2 pkg) dry ranch dressing
24 wonton wrappers
canola or vegetable oil for frying

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and salt and saute for 5 minutes. Add bell pepper and cook for 5 more minutes. Add garlic and stir for 1 minute. Add corn, beans, and chicken and stir to combine. Move the chicken mixture to a bowl and season with pepper, then stir in cheese and dry ranch dressing. Begin heating about 1/2 inch of canola or vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, scoop 1 teaspoon of chicken mixture into the center of each wonton wrapper. Rub some water on two sides of the wrapper, then fold over to firmly seal, forming a triangle, and gently press out any extra air pockets. When the oil is hot, place 6 wontons at a time into oil. Cook about 1 minute per side until golden and crispy.

Makes 24 wontons, or 3 dinner-sized servings. Nutritional Information for this recipe can be found at CalorieCount.com.



Make for: Appetizers, Dinner / Main Dish
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60 Comments



 
 

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Colleen April 27, 2011 at 1:21 am

I love the idea of throwing your extra chopped up veggies into bags in your freezer! Its an amazing time / money saving idea! Thank you!

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Dani @ Cloud 8½ September 6, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I agree with Colleen – that’s a great idea! Do they keep a good long while, as the store-bought frozen veggies do? That’s probably a ridiculous question!

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Evil Pixie April 27, 2011 at 2:14 am

What a great recipe! I’m going to give it a try.

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Lori @ The Chicken's Kitchen April 27, 2011 at 2:47 am

Looks like I will be throwing some yummy wontons into my dinner rotation! Yum!

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Katie @ Won in the Oven April 27, 2011 at 7:39 am

I just made something very similar to these but I baked them. I love wonton wrappers. I am going to try to use them in the place of pasta when I make manicotti next time.

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Lea January 18, 2012 at 11:05 am

Really!? Did u still use wonton wrappers when u baked them or a different kind of wrapper? Trying to go healthier and am wondering how they turned out. :) TIA!

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Urban Wife April 27, 2011 at 8:14 am

Love the idea of freezing leftover chopped veggies. Mine tend to go bad in the fridge quickly and now I have a solution! Thanks!

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Debra D. April 27, 2011 at 9:03 am

Dang it! No getting around this one, just gonna have to try these!

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Beth April 27, 2011 at 9:15 am

The filling itself looks like it would make a great meal itself, maybe with greens, rice, or in a taco shell. I think I will definitely have to try it.

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Lea January 18, 2012 at 11:07 am

*LIKE! :)

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh April 27, 2011 at 9:50 am

These look soo delicious! Also, thanks so much for providing nutritional info, it’s such a big help!

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Karly April 27, 2011 at 9:56 am

Ooh, those look divine.

I love your tip for freezing diced veggies. I used to do that and not sure why I quit. I’ll have to start that back up!

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Leslie April 27, 2011 at 10:42 am

What a great idea for having veggies on hand, brilliant!! Going to try this this week!

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susan aka suslyn April 27, 2011 at 11:35 am

I already did that with onions, but never thought of the others LOL

We used to make Crab Rangoon in college a lot. Thanks for taking me back — this looks yummy.

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Liz April 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm

These look awesome! I will definately making these the next time we have friends over. Yumm.

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Maria April 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I will have to make a veggie version! These look fantastic!

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Cheryl Ann {Boho Charme} April 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I have to watch your page for great new recipes. You have something different and I like simple but different. Thanks for coming up with these great ideas!

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Cheryl Ann {Boho Charme} April 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Forgot to link to my page!

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Jenny Flake April 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Delicious! Love ordering these at restaurants! Great idea to keep frozen chopped veggies, I need to do that :)

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Sandy April 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm

breath taking. you have done it again.

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Melinda April 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Mmmm they look so good! You just gave me an idea for my dinner tonight. I was going to just have a salad with grilled chicken (boooooring), but I think I’m going to whip up the filling and put that on my salad instead :)

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Tracy April 27, 2011 at 6:20 pm

These look wonderful! I love the idea of stuffing them with pizza toppings, too. Yum!

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Shannon A April 27, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Making these asap!!

BTW — I absolutely LOVE and totally appreciate the calorie information. Every time I read one of your amazing recipes, I think “I wonder how many calories are in this??” And now I know! Thanks!!

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Dalai Lina April 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Not fair. I’ve been on a detox for three days and I am ready to eat my screen – they look so good!

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Beth April 28, 2011 at 8:51 am

I found your blog by chance and so glad I did….the colors are so crisp and bright…it makes the pictures come alive and I love the step by step of everything…Looking forward to checking your blog daily-oh and def these wontons this weekend for dinner.

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Tricia April 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Love the idea of freezing diced veggies…why do I throw out the extra? Never again!

Also, I think the addition of ranch mix to this recipe is brilliant. Like I said, gotta try this with my homemade guacamole recipe for dipping!

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www.StarHughes.com April 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Wow this is such a yummy recipe! And wontons have always seemed so hard to make, but you make it look relatively easy! I can’t wait to try it out and impress my family and friends!

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Lauren from Lauren's Latest April 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I chop up my veggies too! It really does make a difference during the week!

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Shawnda April 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Love the tip about freezing the extra veggies. That’s really going to unclutter my fridge of leftover bowls full of 1/2 onions and 3/4 peppers!

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Shannon April 28, 2011 at 4:04 pm

What a great idea! I love the thought of pizza toppings and taco filling as well. And freezing these are perfect for those busy evenings. I love this!!

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Allison April 28, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Guess what I made tonight?!!!! They were SO good!! I, like others, also VERY much appreciate the nutritional information. Thanks for sharing!

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Mindy April 29, 2011 at 4:45 am

I must say.. I cannot wait to try this one for my hubby!

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Nita April 29, 2011 at 8:27 am

Looks fabulous! Thanks for the recipe and all the great tips.

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Stacy April 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm

OK…yum. These look wonderful. I can’t make them fast enough :)

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sheila @ Elements April 30, 2011 at 11:00 am

Oh wow…your pictures are so good that my mouth won’t stop watering! They look wonderful! I’ve never made them fried before…only baked. Hmmmm…I see what I’m missing out on now. :)

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Tammy April 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm

These look delicious! I will be making these very soon.

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Kerry (newlywedcooks) May 2, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I am seriously the most impressed with keeping frozen diced veggies. I’m super allergic to onions (handling them, not eating them) and any recipe that calls for them involves my husband cutting one before work or waiting until he gets home to start dinner. This will be fantastic and such a simple idea! I’m floored. :)

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Heidi W May 4, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I made these for dinner tonight – YUM! And anything that can be frozen and cooked later is always a bonus!!

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Khaki May 4, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Made this filling tonight, but made quesdillas with it instead. Sooooo good! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitcheb August 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm

These look incredible! Thanks so much for the recipe…I can’t wait to give it a try! :)

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Robbi August 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm

OH! MY! These are WONDERFUL!

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Nia August 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Mmm, I love how there’s not just chicken in the wontons, there’s actually a lot of flavors going on. The ranch aspect of it just seems amazing. I can’t wait to have these again. They are always so delicious. The mix seems like the taco dip you’d find at Chipotle, but the ranch adds that nice tangy kick I like to it.

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chris September 7, 2011 at 11:27 am

I love keeping chopped veggies in the freezer! Although it’s usually for my morning omelet. I can barely do anything I certainly shouldn’t be wielding a knife!
That recipe looks amazzzing.

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Daisy September 9, 2011 at 12:06 pm

My mouth started watering when I saw this photo. These look so tasty, and you make it look so easy! I am definitely making these for dinner tonight :)

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Carolyn Fraser September 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I made these the other day thinking that I would eat a few and give a few away and freeze a few…well the ones that I put in the freezer made it, but I sat and ate all 12 that I had fried. Great idea! Used the spicy ranch dressing mix and added a little cream cheese, they were great.

Thank you for the fun ideas.

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Jennifer November 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Has anyone tried these without the chicken?

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Susanne November 7, 2011 at 6:35 am

Hello and thanks for this great recipe. Its very yummy!

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Samantha Nelson December 5, 2011 at 9:33 am

Made these last night – oh my goodness…. YUM!!! Way better than I even imagined they would be. That ranch is just perfect in there!

My husband and I were talking and next time we’re going to try to make them as egg rolls instead – more filling in each one!

And love the freezing idea, I’m making another batch today just to freeze!

Thank you!

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Kathryn January 7, 2012 at 10:08 am

I stumbled across your blog a couple months ago. I am SO glad I did. Thanks for the great recipes! I just put a shout out about these wontons on our blog. You can see the post here: ourchateau.blogspot.com/2012/01/crispy-sothwestern-wontons.html
Let me know if you disapprove of anything in it.

Take good care! Kathryn

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Amar January 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Thanks for hard work you’ve done. Your Website is really amazing especially free fonts as well as Yummy Recipes. Keep it up and wish you both Good Luck! ;)

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Ellyn January 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

How does the celery thaw after freezing?I would think it wouldn’t do well being frozen. Do you just put the raw carrots, onions and celery right into the freezer?

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Marsie January 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I just made these for dinner! I had trouble finding wonton wrappers so I went with egg rolls instead. Super yummy!! I had some diced green peppers and green onions on hand so I tossed them on in too- so good!! Thanks for a great meal!

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elle February 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I made these a few weeks ago and ended up with about 40! I froze 30 of them (cooked). I was able to reheat them in the oven (right out of the freezer) on 350° for 10 minutes and they were just as delicious and crispy as the first time around.

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Asmita February 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Delicious!!!

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Ashley June 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Just made these earlier for lunch, and WOW!! Even my picky 3year old loved them, couldnt fry them em up fast enough for her. However mine didnt look as pretty as yours, Have never used wonton wrappers before, any tips for getting all of the air bubbles out? Thanks again for the awesome toddler approved recipe :)

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Sharla December 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Amanda – we LOVE to make wontons like this and stuff with buffalo chicken and blue cheese. Delish!! Thanks for sharing this recipe, we’ll try this soon :)

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melissa December 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I foolishly printed this recipe and waited maybe six months to make them.
Addictive!! Simply Addictive!
OH MY GOODNESS. Everyone I’ve prepared these for come back for seconds and thirds…

Do I have it straight 8 wontons are 409 calories?
If so, this is good news as I would like my daily quota in these!

Don’t do as I did- make these this week!! Thank you.

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KB May 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Made these yesterday (05/05/13) for a Cinco de Mayo party and they were a HUGE hit! I made them alongside a chipotle sour cream sauce— AMAZING! On behalf of myself and all those who requested the recipe— THANK YOU!!

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Raechel November 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm

These sound yummy but I’d bake them. Also would like to try them chicken mixture on an empanda shell baked

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Mori December 11, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Any ideas on calorie ballpark? We’re trying to find fun recipes for our “Family Diet”…this looks so delicious, but no idea about the nutritional content (Calorie Count had no answers). Any ideas?

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