Southwestern Onion Rings Recipe
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Southwestern Onion Rings Recipe

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These light crispy onion rings are sliced thin and spiced just right with garlic powder, cayenne pepper, chili powder and cumin. My family likes them alongside grilled burgers. They're even good as leftovers. -Tamra Kriedeman, Enderlin, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + soaking Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + soaking Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 large sweet onions
  • 2-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Oil for deep-fat frying


  1. Cut onions into 1/4-in. slices; separate into rings. Place in a large bowl; cover with buttermilk and soak for 30 minutes, stirring twice.
  2. In a shallow dish, beat eggs and water. In another shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt, chili powder, cayenne, sugar, garlic powder and cumin. Drain onion rings; dip in egg mixture, then roll in flour mixture.
  3. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat 1 in. of oil to 375°. Fry onion rings, a few at a time, for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Southwestern Onion Rings in Taste of Home August/September 2003, p27

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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Reviewed Jun. 10, 2014

"My kids, who normally aren't onion ring fans, loved this. I agree that it did take time to fry them up, but it was worth it. My son declared it a keeper!"

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"Excellent flavor and crispiness! Took some time though to fry all of them up, but once I started eating them I couldn't stop till they were all gone. This was the first onion ring recipe that my wife and kids all loved!"

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"Excellent taste. Not an easy recipe to make, but well worth the effort! Loved the "zippy" flavor!"

Reviewed Jun. 26, 2012

"Delicious recipe! The onion rings were still crispy the next day. They were completely addicting and easy to keep eating. Give them a try. You won't be sorry."

Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

"These are great. Love the little spicy taste."

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