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Southwestern Onion Rings

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • khegeman
    Oct 18, 2018

    very good

  • karensjewels
    Jan 21, 2018

    I made these last night as a surprise for my 13 year old son. He LOVES great onion rings and has tried a ton of them. He tasted this and said they were the best ones he's ever had. My husband agreed, and all of a sudden, 8 servings became 2 1/2 (they let me eat a couple, lol!). These really are amazing, and so easy to make!

  • amsm
    Sep 3, 2016

    These onion rings are delicious! I love the texture of the breading with the sweet onions. Although these onion rings tasted great, I didn't pick up the southwestern flavors of the spices.

  • ms11145
    Sep 2, 2016

    I usually use a tempura batter for Onion Rings, but I wanted to try something different. I loved the extra kick of these. I added just a tad of dried cilantro to the flour mixture. Definitely a keeper.

  • shecooksalot
    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!

  • Worshipguy
    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!

  • Billl Muck
    Jul 27, 2013

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

  • AutumnBeauty
    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.

  • kimberlygalvin
    Jun 19, 2011

    These are great. Love the little spicy taste.

  • lindypat
    Oct 19, 2009

    My family always ask for these homemade onion rings! Only trouble with this recipe is that no matter how much there is, it's never enough!