Bandito Chicken Wings Recipe
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Bandito Chicken Wings Recipe

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These golden wings make a mouthwatering hot appetizer. —Gloria Jarrett, Loveland, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 12 whole chicken wings (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup taco sauce
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup French salad dressing
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 223 calories, 20g fat (8g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 450mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 8g protein.


  1. Cut chicken wings into three sections; discard wing tips. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a skillet over medium heat, combine 2 tablespoons butter and oil. Fry chicken until brown, about 6-8 minutes on each side. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  2. In a saucepan, combine taco sauce, barbecue sauce, French dressing, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce and remaining butter; cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted and sauce is blended. Pour 1/2 cup over the chicken wings.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 15-20 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Serve with the remaining sauce. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Bandito Chicken Wings in Taste of Home December/January 1997, p64

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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jiljilsch User ID: 8294399 225581
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2015

"I used chicken legs to make these, I did take the skin off, but otherwise cooked exactly as directed. I was surprised by how mild these were, I was expecting a much hotter/spicier end result! I was glad for the mildness, just surprised! Very good though, will definitely make these again!"

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 224973
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2015

"Delicious!!!!!!!!! I made them exactly as the recipe directed....we devoured them! I think you could cut down on the fat to brown the wings, and could use less butter in the sauce. I found them a little labor intensive, cutting off the tips and separating the other two parts of the wing, but I'm sure there are kitchen clippers or whatever that would make that part easy. Guess I need to look for something like that because my family loved these wings and will want them frequently!"

kshea User ID: 2698812 201647
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012

"My husband loves these wings!"

marciaoakley User ID: 1474421 201646
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"These are sweet, not hot. I used fat-free Catalina and increased the hot sauce to 1 Tablespoon. Good wings!"

shondad1 User ID: 4709588 39834
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2010

"These wings were pretty good, I would make it again, but I think I'll add a bit more hot sauce. I substituted light margarine for the butter in the sauce and used canola oil only to brown (did not use butter at all). I also think it could have used more salt (just realize I forgot the Worcestershire sauce, that may have made a difference). They were still good though. I used light BBQ sauce and light Catalina French, to also aid in serving a healthier dish."

tone09 User ID: 4187954 34929
Reviewed May. 31, 2009

"I added 1/2 cup of brown sugar to add a sweet and spicy flavor to the recipe. Try it, you will not be disappointed. Great recipe and very quick and easy to prepare"

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