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Southwestern Onion Rings Recipe

Southwestern Onion Rings Recipe

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. YIELD: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.

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amsm User ID: 8302234 253589
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1604521 253576
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5888460 205655
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!"

Worshipguy User ID: 6391761 205654
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!"

Billl Muck User ID: 5770091 70980
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

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

AutumnBeauty User ID: 6752689 88836
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."

kimberlygalvin User ID: 2939950 59803
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

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

lindypat User ID: 814971 131367
Reviewed 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!"

momsfavorites User ID: 836215 70952
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2009

"MMMMMMMMM! GREAT onion rings"

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