Update 6/2012: Taken after the model of these delicious wraps, I threw these together for dinner one night nearly three years ago in a frantic attempt to feed my hungry family and use ingredients I already had on hand.

Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps

And the result was such a smashing success that we’ve continued to enjoy this recipe at least monthly since (and that’s saying a lot coming from the lady who doesn’t repeat many meals). Full of flavor, these wraps are a snap to make.

The method turns out a delightfully crunchy tortilla that is filled with rice, chicken, beans, spices and cheese. And they make great leftovers. I just love it when a meal happens to fit all the criteria I love: healthful, fast, delicious. Score.

What To ServeServed with a light green salad and some fresh fruit and veggies (or perhaps this delicious fruit concoction) and this is a perfectly perfect meal for any night of the week!

Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps

Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps

Yield: Makes 6 wraps

Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps

Note: This is one of the most adaptable recipes on here (reading through the comments will prove that – your variations sound amazing!). Feel free to up the cilantro, add in a different meat of your choice, eliminate the pepper, add green chilies – seriously, the options are endless.


  • 1 cup cooked rice, warm or at room temperature
  • 1 cup cooked, shredded chicken (or other leftover meat, like shredded pork or beef)
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 green onion, finely sliced (white and green parts)
  • 1/2 red or green pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I use a combination of Monterey jack and sharp cheddar)
  • Sour cream (optional)
  • 6 burrito-sized flour tortillas


  1. Mix rice together with chili powder, cumin and garlic salt. Add remaining ingredients except for cheese and sour cream. Sprinkle cheese over tortillas, leaving 1/2-inch border around edges, then arrange chicken and rice mixture down the center of each tortilla. (Optional: I like to dollop little bits of sour cream over the cheese before arranging chicken and rice mixture down the center – it makes the wraps delightfully creamy.) Roll stuffed tortillas, leaving edges open and slightly flatten the wraps with the palm of your hand. Spray seam-side of the wrap lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Heat a large non-stick skillet (or griddle) over medium heat for 1 minute. Arrange wraps, seam-side down, in pan or griddle and cook until golden brown and crisp, about 2-3 minutes per side. Cooking them seam-side down first helps seal the long edge so they don’t fall apart. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining wraps. Serve warm.

Recipe Source: original recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

385 Responses to Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps

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  2. Jessica says:

    Hi! My name is Jessica and I am starting up a meal planning blog. This blog will be compiled throughout all of 2017 and will launch in 2018. My purpose will be to help families learn to meal plan by giving convenient, easy, and inexpensive plans, already laid out for each day. This will not be a recipe blog because to be honest, I’m not that good of a cook. Lol. I just see things I like and can put them in meals well.
    Often I have made your Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps and they are absolutely stellar! I was wondering if I could have permission to include this in my blog, along with 1 photo? You would have full credit, and I would only post a link to the recipe, which would take them directly to your site. I would not suggest any changes as I felt it was absolutely perfect as is.

    Thank you for your consideration,

  3. Matt says:

    Great recipe. I double it and use guac and refried beans and no green pepper. Also reheats perfect even 3 days later.

  4. Sheryl says:

    These are fantastic! I freeze them and send them with my daughter to college. She thaws and then puts in a pan to warm/toast and loves them!

    • Kelsie says:

      Thanks for that comment! I’m trying to come up with a list of freezer meals to make for after I have my baby. I’ve made these before and think they’re great, but wasn’t sure how well they would work for a freezer meal. Now I won’t be afraid to try it. 🙂

  5. Kmduff says:

    I made these with leftover pot roast last night. Doubling the recipe was not enough. So delicious and disappeared very quickly!

  6. Debora Cadene says:

    These chicken wraps are the absolute BEST. I came across this recipie quite some time ago, and its since become one of my absolute favorites. The flavor is CRAZY, and if you happen to have left over and don’t want to make another wrap…you can turn the mix into soup….I just add some chicken broth and mabey a small tin of diced tomatoes or Rotel. Dollop of sour cream and OH YEAH!! Thanks Mel!!!!!

  7. Brandie Cotton says:

    We LOVE these! They’re so easy, and they please everyone! Last week I made extra so I could try freezing them…I wrapped them individually in parchment paper and put them in a big ziplock. Took them out last night, put them on a pan, popped them in the oven for about 25 min–perfect!!! Tasted like I had just made them. Thought I’d share!

  8. Britt-Marie says:

    I’ve made these before and my kids all loved them! Tonight I had left over shredded pork I didn’t know what to do with and was searching through your recipes to get ideas, there was my answer: “1 cup cooked, shredded chicken (or other leftover meat, like shredded pork or beef)” MKC saved dinner once again! I didn’t even have lime or cilantro this time (which I LOVE) but they still turned out yummy. Thanks!

  9. cheryl says:

    Made these last night. I made brown rice with some shredded zucchini mixed in, roasted a Poblano pepper and chopped it up with 3 fresh serranos; used some diced rotisserie chicken breast, black beans, reduced fat white cheddar (Trader Joe’s), and stuffed into freshly made w/w tortillas from my local store. The idea of frying them to a crispy state with just a couple sprays of Pam is really the key for some reason. Also served with freshly made pico de gallo on the side and a dab of reduced fat sour cream. Yummy!!! We ate two and have the two smaller ones wrapped up in the fridge for a lunch this week.

  10. Janelle says:

    So for starters, these are absolutely delicious, combining so many awesome flavors. But the real thing that makes this recipe a winner? It can be prepped ahead of time, then thrown together for dinner many times after you first make it! You didn’t just make dinner for one night, you made dinner for all week! (if you’re a single person without kids to eat all the leftovers). The recipe calls for combining all of the stuffing ingredients together in one big bowl, at the end. Then you just scoop out some of that filling, into each wrap, and fry it up (with cheese/sour cream added). What this means is – at the end of the recipe, you’ve got a giant bowl full of burrito stuffing. It refrigerates easily, so for dinner the next night all you need to do is pull out some tortillas, shredded cheese, and that big bowl – wrap together, fry it up, and you’ve just made a delicious homemade meal more quickly than you could have made a TV dinner.

  11. Carie Whitham says:

    YUM! I made this as written except for using soft taco size tortillas, less cheese, no cilantro (yuck!) and I added a little corn. I also made the filling ahead and froze it, so I just had to put it all together tonight. Served it with sour cream and salsa on top. Would also be good topped with cheese dip (of course). 🙂 Thank you!!! I shared your link on FB!

  12. Darla says:

    When I make these, I want to make sure I get extra surface area. So, I end up crisping them a couple of extra times on 2 additional sides making them a long rectangular shape. My son just asked to have those “square burritos” for after Thanksgiving with leftover turkey. We are looking forward to it!

  13. Wendy says:

    Have used this recipe many times and LOVE it. Now I’d like to try to make it for a staff lunch and wondered if you had any thoughts or suggestions on how to prep ahead and still get crispy results? Could they be warmed (uncovered) in the oven prior to serving? I know they’ll still taste great – but I do love crispy!

  14. Tori says:

    I love these wraps but since I’m only cooking for 2 we always have extras, even when I halve the recipe, any idea if this could be frozen? thanks!

  15. Kari says:

    We loved these! This is the first recipe I have tried of yours and now you’re in my feed reader 🙂 Thanks! The options for the filling are endless. I think we’ll be using this wrap technique for all sorts of things (breakfast wraps w/scrambled eggs & cheese inside? yum).

    I sauteed the green peppers and onions first to soften them and then added the rest of the filling ingredients to the skillet to warm them up (before assembling the wraps).

  16. Heather says:

    I seriously did a dance and did some moves that I never knew I had after I took a bite of this wrap..I may or may not have had 3 of these wraps in 1 day(5 hours)! 🙂 Delicious!!

  17. Jennifer G. says:

    I’ve been wanting to make these for awhile since they are so highly “pinned.” My son was visiting from college and we made these for a quick dinner one night since I had both leftover brown rice and rotisserie chicken sitting in the fridge. I wasn’t really expecting much but boy were they delicious. The best wrap/burrito thing I have ever made. I really think it’s the preparation method and plan to improvise ingredients such as using refried beans and avocado. I can see how the variations are endless. My son loved them so much he wanted to learn how to make them and brought the recipe back to school with him.

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  20. Kathy says:

    I made these and the whole family really liked them – I was surprised at how much!

  21. Britt-Marie says:

    yum! I’ve tried so many recipes on your blog, but the name and picture of this one didn’t really grab me/seem like something all the different. But today when I saw it under the “Most Pinned” recipes I figured I’d check it out. I had all the ingredients on hand and WOW was it delicious! All my kids ate it. I was so excited I called my sister and told her she had to try it. Thanks for another great recipe that will now become a regular.

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  23. Diane Fernald says:

    First, do understand that I almost NEVER comment on blogs, or recipe sites, or whatnot; however, I do follow your blog and find many of your recipes to be amazingly good, and I’m a big fan. That being said, I tried these southwest chicken wraps only because they were the “‘most pinned’ on your site, and when a recipe has nearly 1.5 million pins, I sit up and take notice. They are truly amazing! My husband loves them, they are relatively healthy and quick. They’ll be regulars on my menu, too! Thanks so much

  24. Nicole Peck says:

    I just have to say that I made these recently and they are AMAZING!!! My family inhaled them! Huge hit around here!! Speaking of which, I think I need to make them again….

  25. Kristie Hawksley says:

    Just made your Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps tonight. AWESOME! Great flavor. This will be a regular to my menu for sure. Thanks!

  26. Amanda says:

    I made this last night for my family and it was amazing! The only changes I made were that I used yellow rice and I mixed the shredded cheese with sour cream and spread it on the tortilla. SO good! Thanks for the recipe! I can’t wait to make it again!

  27. […] Recipe adapted from: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe […]

  28. kathy Noble says:

    going to make these tonite but in a taco style with avacado cant wait to try them

  29. Sara says:

    I love when I have a Pinterest “success”!! These were great! Thanks for the recipe!

  30. caitlyn says:

    We made these today and they were a total hit! My husband raved about them. 🙂 Our mods – I added corn and canned diced chilies but omitted the green onion and bell pepper. I also used half chili powder and half chipotle chili powder. Instead of making wraps, we just made regular burritos. This dish will most certainly be a part of our regular rotation now. Thanks, Mel!

  31. Marcy says:

    These were a great twist on a burrito/cafe rio type dish! We just thought that there was too much lime. Excited to try again with less.

  32. CC says:

    So happy to have stumbled on this site. Made this for dinner and everyone loved it. Can’t wait to play around with this recipe and dress it up. Thanks Mel!

  33. Amy says:

    I think I have everything to make these….except tortillas. But I DO have some wonton wrappers that need to be used up soon…. Think I’ll use them to make this into little turnovers for football watching!!

  34. Dana says:

    We love these! Next time I will use my foreman grill instead of frying pan and will add jalapenos to my husbands…..and maybe try them w beef too! Love this recipe!

  35. Stacy says:

    I have made several of your recipes in the last couple months. Last night I made these crispy chicken wraps. My oldest declared these the best of the new recipes I have tried. He ate the leftovers for breakfast this morning!

  36. ZingL6 says:

    These look wonderful. Do you have the nutritional info on them please?

  37. Darlene says:

    I was wondering what you thought about subbing quinoa for the rice?

  38. Christy says:

    Came across these about 6 months ago and have had them at least 6 times. We love them!

  39. Sarah says:

    Had these pinned for the longest time and finally made them this evening! Another delish recipe – I seriously have NEVER been unhappy with anything from your site! Thanks for being my #1 online cookbook! 🙂

  40. Amy says:

    Found this recipe on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a try tonight. SO glad I did! They are SO yummy and huge hit with my hubby and my 15 month old loved the filling. I did do a few substitutions, quinoa instead of rice, Greek yogurt instead of sour creme, and then since my hubby sadly hates cilantro and I hate peppers, I left those out but added green chilies and chunks of avocado. And I think next time (there will definitely be a next time!), I’ll add corn and black olives! Thank you for this super yummy recipe!

  41. Lindsay G says:

    We made these last night! They were sooooooooooooooooooo good! We loved them a lot! They will become a regular on our menu, especially in the summer where we won’t need to turn the oven on! I even froze some extra rice so I can whip them up faster (without planning much) next time. Thanks for the yuminess!

  42. Tam says:

    I made these for dinner last night and they were great! I used leftover rotisserie chicken from Costco and added the cheese into the chicken/rice/bean mixture (by mistake) and it turned out wonderful. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  43. chelsea says:

    oh hello. I rarely comment anywhere but I want to tell you, I love trying new recipes, and I love recipe blogs, but yours is always the first one I come to. And most days, the only one I come to. My kids know you by name; I regularly make your haystacks, lemon garlic grilled chicken, sweet and sour chicken, beef stroganoff, southwest chicken wraps, and kale salad, pea/ pesto pasta salad, and I know there are more I’m forgetting. But. These last couple weeks we made your chicken pillows (with the cornmeal crescent rolls)–HOLY MOLY., 30 second turtle cookies, crispy chicken wraps, the taco salad with catalina dressing, greek pastiito, and I always use your method for ‘simple shredded chicken.’ Tomorrow I’m making your mexican lasagna. You are my hero!

  44. asdf says:

    You threw together in a frantic attempt to feed your family? With these ingredients, this is literally the only option. Cilantro lasts only a couple days if still considered fresh, so I call bullocks on this being a last minute “throw together”. If you had not purchased the tortillas and cilantro sepcifically to do some sort of mexican dish I would agree, but you don’t just have a full package of tortillas sitting around randomly. those were purchased sepcifically for making these or something very similar.

    • J says:

      I grow Cilantro in my garden and always have tortillas on hand, we use them for everything in our house, wraps, quesadillas, pizzas and more
      and just because she had them in her pantry/fridge doesn’t mean she wasn’t busy all day and made a quick throw together that she hasn’t made before!
      You have no clue what this woman does with her days or time so your negativity is far from needed, instead of rude comments just move on

      • Elena says:

        Haha. I was laughing over here because she said you wouldn’t have tortillas on hand unless you had specific purpose for them. THinking about it, I have 4 kinds of tortillas in our fridge. Just because. And Cilantro. Because my mom puts in in like.. everything. Everything on here, we usually have on hand for other meals. 🙂 I ADORE this recipe. My husband and I use it alllll the time. Our daughter loves it too. She was a a year old when we started using it. I actually put the spices into the rice so it makes mexican rice in the rice cooker. Can also make the spices into a mix. I add a can of corn for an extra veggie and extra yumminess.(We named them Squaritos in our house… 😀 )

    • Nicole says:

      I certainly have large tortillas in my fridge at all times.

      • Nicole says:

        I also ALWAYS have tortillas on hand, and how is this literally the only option? Seems like this is being rude just to be rude

    • I would disagree. I always have two kinds of tortillas in my pantry or freezer. I have two boys and a husband who love snacks. Tortillas with pb and honey or a meIted string cheese are easy after school or after work snacks they can do on their own. I wouldn’t be so quick to assume anything about someone else’s kitchen if I were you.

    • Unique says:

      Yet, people who actually shop for the essentials always keep last minute additions handy. Here is a hint for ya ASDF, I freeze tortillas. Thaw the corn ones out, cut them into triangles and fry them. Chips and salsa or nachos. Do the same with flour make flautas. In a Mexican house, bean rice and tortilla are like water and milk. Guess what. I’m about to make this recipe and don’t need to leave my house AT ALL! Ha, maybe your the one who needs to be more prepared for just about anything!

    • Deb says:

      I have all these ingredients on hand all the time…it’s called a well stocked pantry. You should try it!~

    • Kimberley says:

      good grief that was mean

    • CHERYL says:

      I cook with cilantro a lot and use tortillas in place of bread on many occassions, so it would not be surprising to find these items in my kitchen. Don’t be so quick to assume that she wouldn’t have these items. Just because you don’t use them regularly, doesn’t mean that others don’t as well.

    • Jennfier says:

      I haven’t tried this recipe and I literally have everything on hand. For many reasons. We love mexican food, and I buy all these ingredients regularly. Especially tortillas. I have 2 toddlers. We wouldn’t survive more than a couple of days without tortillas for quesadillas.

    • Vivian says:

      Why would you post this??

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  47. Summer says:

    These were fantastic! Thanks!

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  49. Amy says:

    These were great, just made them for lunch. So tasty and I will definitely use the recipe again. Thanks:)

  50. Kayla says:

    Oh. My. Word. These were delicious!! My husband made an audible “Mmmmmm!” the second he bit into them. I don’t have a meal rotation yet, but these will definitely make me start one! Have already shared the recipe with everyone I know. Thanks for all of your lovely recipes–all of them have been a success!

  51. Troutie says:

    These were really yummy. Loved the little bit of crispiness, and the blend of flavors with sour cream cooked right in there was superb. Will make these over and over, without a doubt.

  52. Tina says:

    Mel, I just tried these and LOVED them! Seriously awesome and hearty enough to satisfy my hungry husband and my picky kids! Thanks

  53. Lilly says:

    Does anyone know how much calories one wrap has?

  54. Rebecca says:

    These are fantastic! Thanks. Making them again tonight, a new family favorite here! My sand loves anything burrito adjacent!

  55. C. says:

    This recipe is going to go over well with the entire family. I love the simplicity of the recipes you provide and most are just delicious! Thank you very much for what you do here.

  56. Cindy says:

    I make these, minus the meat, for meatless Monday. Serve with a guacamole salad and you have a perfect dinner with lots of flavor. So easy to adjust the recipe for just 2. Definitely a favorite!

  57. Laura says:

    I have made these a few times and absolutely LOVE them. The crispiness really makes everything extra delicious! I found the recipe on pinterest and wrote about it on my blog.


  58. jen says:

    Just made these for dinner tonight. Very easy and only dirtied one bowl with precooked rice from the freezer and leaving out the chicken (trying to find more meatless meals for our rotation). Also added chopped tomato as some others suggested, left out scallions and cilantro ’cause we didn’t have any on hand. Used a little extra rice as my family doesn’t always love beans but DOES love rice.

    Verdict – super! Hubby and I both loved them. We made 4 big burrito size and 4 smaller soft taco size (for my 2 year old and for snacking). Used the sour cream inside and definitely would again. Amazing how much flavor just the lime juice and a few simple spices produced. The only thing I would do to make them even faster next time is just mix the cheese into the filling — it would save me a few minutes of assembly time and I think would turn out equally cheesey delicious.

    Thanks for a great recipe! With a toddler and another due in just a few weeks I’m finding I really have to change how (and what) I cook. No more hours of cooking for one dinner – we need quick, easy, healthy (and preferably inexpensive), and tasty. This one did it all!

  59. Lacee says:

    Made these tonight with leftover Cafe Rio style shredded pork. Yummy! I used uncooked tortillas. I cooked one side, then removed it from the pan and stuffed it cooked side up-rolled it up, then put back on the stove and flipped occasionally to cook all sides. I even folded the ends and cooked the ends so they stayed closed so when you crunched into it it revealed a warm, soft, delicious inside.

  60. Janet says:

    Made these tonight and my family devoured them, even my picky 7 year old! It seems like the majority of my supper ideas are coming from you these days!

  61. shatha says:

    do you really never repeat recipes?? so jealous of your kids right now, my mom cooks the same thing over and over again, she only has like 10 recipes that she keeps making and they are all the same to me :””( forever jealous .

  62. Sarah A. says:

    A friend brought me these for dinner after having my baby and we LOVED them! The only thing she did differently is that she omitted the green onion and green pepper and put in a can of green chilies.They were great! Thank you for the recipe! 🙂

  63. Jennifer says:

    Hello Mel,

    I don’t know if this was asked before but if I made these on a Sunday could I use them throughout the week for lunches if I just put them in a container in the fridge?


    • Mel says:

      Hi Jennifer – that’s really up to you. They taste best fresh, in my opinion, but if you are fine with heating up leftovers, I think it would work ok.

  64. Amber says:

    Just finished these! They are so amazing! I subbed out chiles for bell peppers and used a chipotle sour cream inside. SO GOOD! Thanks for the idea!

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  66. Laura says:

    Looking forward to trying this one a night when I need something easy. Looks great!

  67. KAREN says:

    These were so good. My family loved them and wants me to make sure I saved the recipe! They were so easy which was very nice. Thank you for sharing this! I added some corn and some salsa and used lemon because I didn’t have lime. I used the uncle bens 90 second rice pouch which made it even easier. Great recipe!!!

  68. Amanda says:

    I just made these tonight and they turned out really yummy. I didn’t have fresh cilantro, so I used dried (would be better with fresh) and I used taco bell southwest ranch sauce because I didn’t have sour cream. Only thing I would do differently is I would cut back on the cumin a bit. This makes a TON of the mixture. I used fajita size (smaller than burrito size) wraps and two were more than enough for one person and I could probably make 4-6 more.
    I will be using the remaining of the mixture and turn it into soup. I am thinking a can of rotel and a few cups of chicken broth.

  69. Beth W. says:

    Cassie, I have made these exactly as written for freezer meals. I did not grill them prior to freezing. I wrapped them with saran wrap individually and put them in a freezer bag. Instructions to go with the meal start at spraying with cooking spray after thawing. Just be sure there isn’t any water left in the rice or beans. It should not be soupy.

  70. Cassie says:

    This looks awesome! Do you have any freezer meal tips for this recipe?

  71. Jaime says:

    These worked out great, even though I was missing a few ingredients (cilantro, lime and green onion) and still were a hit! I used leftover beef that I cooked in the crockpot earlier in the week, a partial pepper, rice I had frozen from a previous meal and leftover tortillas. I love how leftover night took on a life of its own. Thanks, Mel!

  72. Emily says:

    This is very easy to make. We won’t comment on the taste until we eat them! 😉

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  74. Nicole says:

    I made these last night for dinner, one word AMAZING! Theses will become a regular in our home! Loved everything about it!

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  76. Carrie says:

    Yum!! I am pregnant but recently got the dreaded gestational diabetes diagnosis and was struggling with new dinner ideas that didn’t taste modified. This fit the bill perfectly! Rotisserie chicken from the store meant these came together in a snap and I subbed out flour tortillas for whole wheat to up the fiber factor and decrease the carbs a little. This was the first time I’ve had any rice in 2 months – it was just enough to make me feel like I was getting a treat and without spiking my blood sugar too.

    My hubby tucked into these while I was grilling up the 2nd half of the wraps and his plate was nearly clean by the time I was finished! He declared them “keepers”. I can see the potential for modification too depending on what is on hand. I bet these would be excellent with some corn or fresh tomato in the mix too! Looking forward to experimenting with them and will be putting these into the regular dinner rotation.

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  78. Beth Wadsworth says:

    These are fabulous! I love the crunch of the red bell pepper. I would have never thought to put that in the mix. I had a bunch of leftover pork and left my 13 yo daughter in charge of making it while I ran to the bus stop for her sister. I returned to find her shredding the pork with the cheese shredder. It said to shred it!! I had a good laugh. She is Amelia Bedelia, just like her mother was. Anyway, we didn’t have black beans, so I did sub a can of Brook’s Hot Chili Beans (our fave anyway) and did a double batch. We had plenty for our big family for dinner and plenty for the freezer for later dinners. How great is that going to be, pulling out this yummy food in a couple of weeks with no effort on my part! The grilling idea is great too. I would have just nuked them. George Foreman is going to visit us tonight!

  79. Jennifer says:

    WoW!! I made this last night, with a few changes based on what I had. It was sooo good! Hubby loved it! Thank you!

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  81. Samantha says:

    Just made these! They are SO good – I could eat them in a bowl, even without the cheese. The cilantro really pulls it together. Thank you!

  82. Jeff says:

    These look great! I need to include rice in my wraps more often, fills them right now! I love the lime juice addition, I bet it really freshens it up!

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  84. Ashlee says:

    Found these on Pinterest. Made them today. I doubled the recipe, but added corn instead of 2 cans black beans. I was out of shredded cheese, so I used Laughing Cow wedges. Made them creamier. My fam loved them! Definitely plan to make them again. They were so simple and so flavorful. Thanks! Keep the awesome recipes coming.

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  86. KC Dear says:

    I made this a couple nights ago, and my husband and I both agree that this is THE BEST recipe I’ve found on Pinterest and tried!!! It was absolutely AMAZING!!! So good that it’s going on my meal list for this week too!! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  89. Alicia says:

    These look yummy! Do you think I could freeze them? and then cook them as I want one?

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  91. […] Crispy Southwest Turkey Wraps A spicer, less bready take on the classic Thanksgiving leftover sandwich. Mix together leftover wild rice, shredded […]

  92. […] Crispy Southwest Turkey Wraps A spicer, less bready take on the classic Thanksgiving leftover sandwich. Mix together leftover wild rice, shredded […]

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  94. J Gearhart says:

    We had these tonight and they were a big hit. I might of rolled them a little too tight as mine was not as wide as the picture. I did flatten and that did help. I loved the crispy outside. This will be a recipe we will make over and over again.

  95. […] Southwest Chicken Wraps-  This is a new tasty recipe that I can’t wait to try out on the family.  I also have leftover cabbage from last week so I am going to tie that into a side dish tonight. […]

  96. Lizzy says:

    Made these for my family. I linked to you on my blog. Thanks for sharing!


  97. angela says:

    We love these in our house. I made them last night, and ran out of tortilla before I ran out of filling. So, I used the filoing in corn tortillas and made taquitos! They were good.

  98. Mel says:

    Caitlin – I think others have tried these with corn. It’s definitely worth a try!

  99. Caitlin says:

    Can you use corn tortillas for these? I can’t have flour tortillas but I don’t know how well corn would work since they aren’t as soft and pliable.

  100. Erin Kingsley says:

    I have stumbled upon your stupendous website and I am suddenly interested in cooking again! Thank you. I have been looking for something to inspire me and this is it. I started with these chicken wraps and they were a hit! LOVE IT. Next up, Simple Orange Chicken With Broccoli.

  101. ashley says:

    This recipes looks amazing. I am going to be sharing it on my blog as part of my 2 week meal plan.

  102. […] Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps (by Mel @ Mel’s Kitchen Café) […]

  103. beth says:

    I love recipes that are easy and yummy! This is perfect and my family loves it. I’ve made it every time with sour cream and love it but I decided to try out a new spread. It’s a jalapeño greek yogurt dip from Costco and I will never go back to using sour cream on these!!! This spread on these wraps is amazing!!!

  104. Deb says:

    I’m in this place right now where 3 nights a week, we’re running to soccer/baseball practice and need something we can grab and go and this was PERFECT! Delicious and portable. Thanks Mel!

  105. Melane says:

    Hey! I came across you receintly and I wanted to let you now my family and I have enjoyed pretty much every recipe we have tried of yours! This one was no exception! Thank you for sharing your talents and great tasting goodies!

    Sincerly, a new follower,

  106. Brooklynn M says:

    These are delicious and simple to make! Made them with my boyfriend tonight and we love them! 🙂

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  108. Just saw these on pinterest and they look and sound soooo good! I’m starving and inspired and its not even 6 am! Yum!

  109. […] Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps–What can be healthier than tortillas and beans? Did you know, in fact, that beans and rice together make the perfect low-fat protein? All you need to add to this recipe is leftover meat – shredded pork, chicken or beef, or even ground turkey, and you have a meal that will satisfy the whole family in a healthy way. Adaptable for practically any taste, you can do spicy or mild, cheesy or full of veggies. The choice is up to you! […]

  110. Mel says:

    Amy – I don’t, sorry!

  111. Amy M says:

    Hey i just found your site on pinterest! i was wondering if you knew how many calories are in this recipe?

  112. Nicole says:

    Yummmy!! I am making these tonight with left over shredded pork!!

  113. Ryan Kehoe says:

    I made these tonight for my wife and she loved them but because she is on a low calorie diet we used small corn tortillas instead of the flour tortillas (she said they have less than half the calories so they are essentially two corn tortillas for every one flour tortilla in terms of calories). They turned out great and were delicious. She couldn’t believe that they were healthy!

  114. Megan says:

    Oh my goodness…these are AMAZING! My husband said,”these are top ten for sure.” which means his top ten of all time which says a lot. I have made them before but I guess he forgot. Also, this time I used chipotle chili powder, which I love, and it gave them a yummy smoky, chipotle flavor. Thank you Mel, for this wonderful recipe. It took me a little time, because I had to make rice, cook chicken and cook the tortillas….but it was so worth it. Its my husbands happiest day of the year….the start of college football and I wanted to make something yummy. This was a winner. All three of my children ate one whole wrap….even my 26 month old. I used to love the grilled stuffed burritos at taco bell and the way you cook these reminds me of those….but don’t worry….your filling is much better. Thank you Mel. Your site is the best. Hands down.

  115. Z's mommy says:

    When I saw this I knew I had to make it. I made them last night and my family loved them especially my little picky eater thank you!!!

  116. […] L- Chinese (Grandma in town) D- Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps […]

  117. gerri says:

    gonna try these today – but will have to leave out cilantro – don’t have any in the frig, but not a big fan of it anyhow!

  118. Menu Mondays says:

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  119. Joann says:

    I’m making these right now. Sat down while the rice is cooking. I had defrosted ground beef so I used that, added corn. A few extra “Mexican” favors that I have on hand. I had also made a avocado / cilantro cream sauce to put inside. I didn’t have sour cream on hand. As of right now they smell amazing. I can’t wait to try. Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

  120. Amy says:

    I tried this tonight, it was excellent! The only change I made as I used quinoa instead of rice. I have been trying to add this more and this was a perfect time. Very easy and delicious.

  121. Sheila says:

    This looks amazing! I love Mexican food and always keep flour tortillas on hand. This is a definate must try! Pinning too!

  122. Stacey says:

    I make a version of these too but I add one package of frozen drained chopped spinach and 1 cup of corn and more green onions. I top them off with some taco sauce and bake in the oven for enchiladas! They are a hit for parties too in egg rolls wrappers – great appetizers! Great recipe 🙂

  123. Kim says:

    I have made this dish lots of times when I have leftover rice. I often throw corn in too. I spray them with Pam and bake them in the oven and they turn out nice and crispy. Sometimes I throw tomatoes in too. Tonight my sister used Greek yogurt because we didn’t have sour cream and they came out really good.

  124. […]  The avocado came through a lot less that way. And the third place winner is… Crispy Southwest (Chicken) Wraps This was delicious but it lacked something.  Maybe it was the difference of using ground beef […]

  125. Jessica says:

    I found this recipe on Pinterest a while ago and was going through my recipes I pinned and came across this one again. We hit the store yesterday and got all of the ingredients. I am so looking forward to making this for dinner tomorrow night! Thank you for the great recipes!

  126. Erica V says:

    I found this recipe on Pinterest, and let me just say, I started drooling at the screen! I LOVE Mexican food but I’ve been trying to watch my weight. This was a great meal that satisfied my “Mexican tooth” and was friendly to my hips. I just made a few simple swaps to lower the calories- brown rice instead of white, weight watchers Mexican style cheese, fat free sour cream, and a whole wheat tortilla. Mmmmmmm! I found myself eating the stuffing while I was cooking my burrito LOL! Thank you so much for posting this- a definite winner!

  127. Joy says:

    Sounds like something my family would LOVE! We like to throw burritos into our little Foreman grill, gives great grill marks on both sides & is fast and easy! Makes a nice crispy crust without any Pam or oil needed 🙂

  128. Joslin O'Guinn says:

    These wraps were delicious! I made them for our dinner tonight,but mixed in refried beans instead of black beans, & used ground turkey instead of chicken( only bc thats what we had on hand). I got the approval of my husband, p,us that of 2 11-year olds;-) Def a keeper recipe.

  129. Merry Flieger says:

    Made this tonight, It was a big hit in the house….
    I added a 1/2 can of corn and mixed Monterey Jack & Cheddar together.

  130. Sarah says:

    These were delicious! I used a skillet for a few, but it was a little tedious, and they were not cooking evenly, so I put the rest on a sheet pan and put them under the broiler until brown on each side. Much easier and very crispy!

  131. Ashley says:

    These were delish and very easy to make.. I used canned chicken which made this recipe even easier! Ty for sharing.. Yumm!!!

  132. Melissa M says:


    Cilantro = Coriander

    Other English translations:
    Eggplant = Aubergine
    Courgette = Zucchini
    Swede = Rutabaga

    You have all of them at Tesco, Asda, or Marks and Sparks…

    Melissa (my husband is English)

  133. Mel says:

    Louise – cilantro is a green plant-like herb similar to flat-leaf parsley but with a completely different flavor. If you can’t find it, sub parsley or leave it out.

  134. Louise says:

    Sorry, what on earth is ‘cilantro’??? (I’m from England btw!)

  135. […] 8. Crispy Southwest Chicken Wrap The ingredients The result […]

  136. Krys says:

    These were delicious! I found the recipe about 2 months ago and I finally made them last night. They are yummy and good for you. I used brown rice in place of white and cut down on the black beans because I’m not a huge fan of them. I also used 100% whole wheat wrap and I also used a “healthier” cheese and they still came out great!

  137. […] Image & Recipe here at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe […]

  138. Melisa Harker says:

    I just came over from pinterest and I gotta say yu-ummm! This should make taco night all kinds of Delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  139. Sarah says:

    These are awesome! I substituted quinoa for the rice to for some additional protein.

  140. Adrienne says:

    I made this recipe last week after discovering it on the Pearls, Handcuffs and Happy Hour blog. I had been subjected to the smell of Chipotle all afternoon and was just dying to get home and whip this up for dinner. It was a hit! Even the picky ones liked it.
    I will be trying many more of your yummy sounding recipes.
    Great job on this site and all the work that goes into it! I truly appreciate that everything is printable. Kudos to you.

  141. Adrienne says:

    I made this last week after smelling all of my coworkers eating Chipotle last week. I found it on the Pearls, Handcuffs and Happy Hour blog. What a great recipe!! Everyone loved it, including the picky ones. We had some leftovers and I could hardly wait til lunch the next day to eat them again!
    Also, what a fabulous collections of recipes you have on your site. I can’t wait to try many of them! Special kudos to you for making all the recipes printable and I love the weekly menus. Great job!

  142. Melissa M says:

    We made this two nights in a row. The second night we made a few changes and it was even better!

    We added quite a bit of sweet corn into the mix because I love love the stuff and it made the whole thing sweet which was perfect for us. We also used regular sized tortillas (accidentally purchased the wrong size) and we actually liked the smaller versions. I love carbs and tortillas, so the smaller ones were a better ratio of filling to bread for us.

    Love this recipe! It’s so easy to alter and change to taste. Thank You!

  143. […] Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Café […]

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  145. […] Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps – These wraps are tasty and good for you. Not only that, but they sure stretch the budget and take only a few minutes to prepare. For added speed, have some chicken already cooked that you can just shred up. My family loves Mexican style food, so this bean, rice and chicken meal is a hit.  […]

  146. […] recipe is from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, but I’ll include my slightly tweaked version of the recipe […]

  147. Cara says:

    Made this tonight for my husband and 1 year old! Taking my last few bites right now, I gotta say… NAILED IT! THIS DISH IS RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING!!!!! Favorite recipe I have right now. WOW! Thank you so much! 🙂

  148. […] Southwest Veggie Quesadillas Adapted from Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps […]

  149. Jennifer says:

    Just made these for dinner. They were delicious and I was excited to find a meal that I had everything already in the pantry! I love your site and have come to trust that if you say a meal is delicious it really is. I have so many of your recipes in my “Tried and Loved” binder. Thank you for helping me expand our list of meals!

  150. Crispy Southwestern Chicken Wraps « ipinnedit says:

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  151. These look amazing. My wife is a chef, going to have to ask her to make these for me! Feel free to check out my blog if your thirsty. Cheers

  152. Jewell Price says:

    Sounds great! Can’t wait to try…

  153. […] Adapted fromMels Kitchen Cafe *Makes 6 wraps* 1 cup cooked rice, warm or at room temperature 1 cup cooked, shredded chicken 1 can […]

  154. Victoria says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe!
    I just cooked it for my family after following a link from Pinterest… a photo that looked so mouthwatering that I just had to try it.
    The results were unanimous. Fantastic!
    I am from Australia so I wasn’t sure what our equivilent of Monterey Jack cheese is but I used a mix of Tasty cheese and Mozarella which was lovely. Also couldn’t find Black beans so used Mexican Beans from The Old El Paso range.
    I love cooking in oil being a fried food fanatic but resisted the urge and just used the cooking spray and they were still crispy with a great flavour.
    Adding this recipe to my recipe file for sure. Cheers!

  155. Breanne says:

    I tried this recipe and it was a keeper! I also have a daily vlog where you can check out the Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps completed as our dinner. Thanks so much for your recipes. Hopefully our viewers will follow your recipe link here and find some more yummy stuff.
    To check out your recipe on our Channel: http://youtu.be/qYUz8ayWgBo

  156. terry says:

    just made these and the husband loved them! i cooked the chicken in the slow cooker with a 1/2 can of diced tomatoes w/lime and cilantro and that made the chicken perfect! thank you for I am sure this recipe will be well used in my house!

  157. Katelyn says:

    Made these for the second time tonight. They are DELICIOUS. The only change I make is to season the chicken with various mexican spices before I cook it. These are going into our rotation of favorite weeknight dinners!

  158. MMcQueen says:

    Just made these with brown rice and a wheat tortilla…YUM!

  159. Mandi says:

    I made these and they were SO tasty. They’ll definitely be added to our “favorites” list for dinner. Thanks for sharing!

  160. […] to spice up dinner, I took to my new favorite playground, Pinterest, and found an incredible, delicious and easy Southwestern recipe.  It was a huge hit tonight as the kids even asked for seconds so I knew I had to share.  […]

  161. Stacey says:

    I made these with ground turkey, and cheated by using already-seasoned Spanish rice and they were delicious! My boyfriend said it was his new favorite meal that I make.. It works well for me that the meal only took me 20 minutes! Thank you so much!

  162. […] Monday 4/23: Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps […]

  163. […] Wraps Tuesday: Mongolion Beef Wednesday: Poor Man’s Dinner Thursday: Beef Stroganoff Friday: Pepperoni Rolls Saturday: Cripsy Southwest Chicken Wraps Sunday: Tender Beef Pot […]

  164. Melanie says:

    Made this for tonights dinner with my own little twist. DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for the idea!

  165. […] is somewhat of a miracle in it’s own right. You can find the original recipe by clicking here or I have also put it […]

  166. […] – Southwest Chicken wraps (wrap free for […]

  167. Andrea says:

    I made these tonight & my toddler loved the rice especially! Thank you!

  168. […] batch to my cooking marathon.  With the amount of tortillas I bought for the breakfast burritos, Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps (a great grab-and-go lunch option–just needs reheating), Southwest Roll-ups, and Baked Creamy […]

  169. […] my recipe ideas and we decided to try one out.  i found it here – but the original recipe is here…crispy southwest chicken wraps.  i slightly modified the recipe because marcos and i dont […]

  170. […] Grilled Chicken Wraps from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe:  I didn’t have everything on hand (as usual) but had the shredded chicken (leftover from last month’s Slow Cooked Chicken Tacos), cheese, beans and rice so I wrapped that up with some sour cream and crisped these up. We had these again the next night (at the request of my “not a fan of leftovers” husband.  I think I’ll eat wraps like this from now on.  I’m not a huge fan of plain tortillas.  Heating them up to crunchy was super good that might be the only way I eat them from now on. […]

  171. Breanna says:

    Made these tonight! We loved them! My husband took one bite and said, “That’s a keeper.” Thank you Mel!! .. and so simple too!

  172. Sarah says:

    Made these last night – the changes I made were to use chicken from a rotisserie chicken, cooked brown rice, whole wheat tortillas, and a whole red bell pepper. I also added pickled jalapenos on top of the cheese before adding the chicken and rice mixture. I didn’t have any sour cream on hand, but if I make these again, I will definitely be adding it. The burritos were a little dry, so I think the sour cream will help with that.

  173. […] S: Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps […]

  174. […] – Crispy Southwest Chicken wraps. Minus the beans for everyone, minus the tortilla for me. These were very good last […]

  175. Jenee says:

    If I am starting with spanish rice do I need the cumin, chili powder and salt? Thanks!

    • Mel says:

      Jenee – is it a prepackaged Spanish rice blend you are using? If so, I’m not sure what to eliminate since each package probably differs in spices. You’ll probably have to experiment to taste but I’d probably leave out the extra spices and add them in as needed so it isn’t overly salty or too spiced.

  176. Jenee says:

    I have spanish rice, do I need to use the cumin, chili powder and garlic salt? I really don’t cook much. Thanks!

  177. Brenda says:

    I made these for dinner tonight. They were wonderful. The sour cream made the whole thing, so don’t leave it off. Just the right creaminess.

  178. Mel says:

    Sharon – try it as Carolyn suggests (without any cooking spray or oil) and if you have sticking/burning issues, spread a little bit of oil on the griddle or skillet before cooking.

  179. Carolyn says:

    You don’t need cooking spray. Just put the tortilla on the pan. I never use it and they crisp up perfectly because of the fat already in the wrap.

  180. Sharon says:

    I’d love to make these tonight, but I don’t have any cooking spray. Do you think it would work to coat the tortilla with butter? Or pour some vegetable oil into the pan before I cook each one?

  181. […] Southwest Chicken Wraps from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe and corn […]

  182. shannon says:

    I loooovvveee these!I tricked my family and used greek yogurt instead of sour cream for extra protein and also added some corn. We use the wheat wraps (which my kids and husband think are better than the regular tortillas) and they were toooo-die-for even per my super picky family!!! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  184. jill says:

    making this recipe right now!!!! cant wait to try it!!!!! smells so yummy:)

  185. Emily says:

    Looks delicious. Trying this tonight. Yum!

  186. […] made Southwest Chicken Wraps for dinner tonight thanks to another Pinterest […]

  187. Anita says:

    These look delicious! Any idea on calorie count? Time to loose weight for summer.. blahh! haha!

  188. […] handy ingredient search box to use cilantro and green onions leftover from last week’s southwest chicken wraps (so. damn. good.) and found this fish tacos […]

  189. Juliann says:

    Thanks for dinner tonight!
    This recipe is perfect for ready rice and rotisserie chicken and frankly you made it when you were in a a rush…..I made it because I just dont always feel like spending an hour cooking. My kids ate the rice and chicken and I can eat like a grown up with actual spices…..it was a win/win Tuesday. Mama likes when it all works out in the end.
    I imagine you could make these in other flavors and they would be yum!

  190. […] – Crispy Southwest Chicken Wrap. I’ll skip the tortilla and just do a chicken/rice […]

  191. Rachel says:

    I just tried this recipe and it was delicious! These were hands down the best chicken wraps I’ve ever tasted. Thanks for sharing!

  192. Misty says:

    Started making these a couple months ago and I now make it every few weeks for the family. A very tasty wrap! Thanks for the recipe!

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  194. Isabella says:

    Thank-you so much for sharing!! I tried this tonite for dinner and my husband and kids LOVED IT! Needless to say so did I 🙂

  195. […] Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps […]

  196. Beth says:

    Made these tonight. Incredibly good. I think I might try adding avocado chunks and chopped tomatoes.

  197. […] you have pinned. For example, I recently pinned this recipe for Southwest Chicken Wraps: Source: melskitchencafe.com via Jessica on […]

  198. leslie says:

    made these tonight…very yummy! Added onion too..

  199. Amy Loo says:

    I love that you have a printable version WITH a picture. These look awesome!

  200. Clutterphobic says:

    I make the same recipe, except I use Spanish rice and I make them into quessadillas. My family and I love this. Yum 🙂

  201. […] – Crispy Southwest chicken wraps (using up leftover chicken from […]

  202. […] Taste test these crispy southwest chicken wraps […]

  203. Heather E says:

    Made this tonight….absolutely DELICIOUS!!! Thank you!

  204. Brittany says:

    These look and sound great! Making this for dinner tonight!

  205. Eghe says:

    Made it tonight. Added to the list of recipes!

  206. Sherri says:

    I made these tonight and they were soooo delicious!!! Relatively quick to make too. I think even my picky eater 3 year old would love these!

  207. […] 6. Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps […]

  208. I’m making these for dinner tonight! And I’m looking forward to at least one leftover for lunch tomorrow!!

  209. Vicki says:

    DELICIOUS !!!! loved the flavors.. could even eat the mixture as a salad !

  210. Laura says:

    These look awesome! Anyone figure out the PointsPlus for Weight Watchers yet??

  211. megan bennett says:

    Yummy!I can not wait to try them!

  212. Mery says:

    I made this tonight and my family loved them! I loved how easy they are to make. Thank you.

  213. mayra says:

    does anyone now or have tried to freeze these rice and chicken wraps?? i wonder if mines the sour cream would they freeze well?


  214. Lesley says:

    Just wanted to let you know I found these via pinterest and made them last week. They were a huge hit. Thanks for sharing!! I’m linking to your recipe from my blog this week and just wanted to say hi.

  215. […] inspiration for this recipe came from this recipe which I found on Pinterest.  (Who else is completely obsessed with […]

  216. […] Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe — These appear easy, but substantial enough to feed a crowd of men if need be. Most of the prep can be done in advance for a quick halftime fix. If wrapped in smaller sized tortillas, they could be cut in half and served on a platter with salsa for dipping. […]

  217. Kristy says:

    Heather – I use burrito size tortillas and tuck the ends in before I roll. You won’t loose a drop. 🙂

  218. Mel says:

    Heather – using a large, flat spatula helps as well as placing them seam-side down to begin with. That helps seal everything in and then all you have to worry about is the two short edges, which isn’t too big of a deal if you flip carefully with a large spatula.

  219. jill says:

    these were amazing. Will make again and again. My 5 yr old girl even loved them. My husband said to put them at the top of my recipes!! I did use Spanish rice instead of plain, but seasoned the chicken with the specified ingredients……did use Si Si cilantro instead of fresh. Loved!!

  220. How do you flip them on the grill without all the contents falling out?

  221. Mel says:

    Laura – I usually use either long grain white rice or brown rice. Whatever I am in the mood for!

  222. Laura says:

    These look so yummy! I’m making them for dinner tonight. I’m wondering what kind of rice you used? Thanks!

  223. Kristy says:

    I absolutely agree with Carolyn. Besides, the crispiness of them was one of my favorite parts. 🙂 If you don’t want to use Pam, use a *little* EVOO instead and you’ll get the same result while still keeping it healthy.

  224. Carolyn says:

    Lisa, you’re not frying them in any fat – you’re heating them in a frying pan. The fat that makes them crispy is already in the tortillas, so you’d be eating it either way. You don’t need to add any cooking spray. They brown perfectly without adding anything to the pan. Your comment doesn’t make sense to me, but maybe I’m missing something. Glad they were good without the pan-crisping. I wouldn’t recommend leaving that step out to others – that melts the cheese and warms everything up perfectly.

  225. Lisa says:

    Wow!! I just made these and they were delicious!! I didnt fry them cause im trying to stay away from fried food and they still turned out great…will definetly make again..thankyou…

  226. meagan says:

    cant wait to try

  227. Shelly says:

    Wow! These would be even better with guacamole, but divine as they are! Thanks!!

  228. K. Morgan says:

    Just made these, and they are amazing! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I was directed to your site through Pinterest.

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  230. Jeanette says:

    Just made these for a dinner/late night snack and they were delicious! I forgot to buy a bell pepper so I left that out. Also I thought the lime might have been alittle too tangy but it actually enhanced the flavor of everything, the cilantro especially! Thumbs up. 🙂

  231. Michelle says:

    Just made these! Vegetarian version, I simply replaced the meat with 1 cup of corn!

  232. mamawolfe says:

    I think this is exactly what I was looking for for tonight…got beans in the crockpot right now!

  233. Stacie fox says:


  234. Noemi says:

    OMG, this is making me so hungry right now! I’m adding this to my recipe box.

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  236. Carolyn says:

    Really, really tasty. I doubled the recipe. We used a bit more than three chicken breasts, added only one can of beans to the mixture and my bf fried/cooked the other with garlic & chili peppers. We used sliced alvocado, fresh salsa, and good cheddar as our toppings. Had supper and lunch and the other half we froze. Def on the ‘make again’ list!

  237. Sheila says:

    Found you on Pinterest the other day, made these tonight, altered them a tad, and they were Delicious! And Super Quick and Easy(something I’m thankful for when I get home late most days)! So glad I have leftovers! Definitely something I will make again.

  238. […] Today, I made some really yummy food, so that’s what I’m going to post about. The recipe I found was called Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps. I don’t really cook a whole lot, but I really love to do it. I don’t know why I don’t.. I should start cooking more 🙂 Anyways, I got the recipe off Pinterest.com, and whoever put it on there got it from here. […]

  239. HeatherM says:

    Made these tonight and they didn’t disappoint.. as none of your recipes ever do! I didn’t have a few things on hand.. but today was my shopping day.. sadly, my car has a dead battery. So I had to make it without the peppers/cilantro.. still really good. I wonder how it would be with diced green chilies? ok seriously, I put those in everything. haha.

  240. Kristen says:

    Thank you so much for the recipe!!! Made these last night and they were amazing, keeping this in my recipe archive for sure

  241. Laura says:

    These are AMMMMMMMmmmmMMMmmAZING! Thank you for sharing! My hubby says he would love these at least once a week. I did add a little more kick to it with some extra seasoning, lime juice and cayenne. I am going to dice up fresh jalapenos next time. Just wonderful!

  242. cathy says:

    love love these…. So easy to make .. Buy a store bought rotisserie chicken and it is even easier…

  243. Danielle says:

    Made these tonight for my family and sister’s friends. TOTAL success!

  244. T.Roche says:

    These are fantastic! I made them tonight for dinner but used leftover turkey breast and I doubled the recipe for my family of six, everyone loved them. THANK YOU!

  245. These are DELICIOUS! This will definitely be a repeat recipe in my house 🙂

  246. Angela says:

    I made these last night, i make shifted a little, my husband loves flavor, so i added a can of rotel to the rice, the cumin, black beans, the lime and a little taco seasoning, i also added some salsa to the sour cream and grilled the chicken my family devoured it!.. thank you so much yummy

  247. […] Southwest Chicken Wraps – from Pinterest […]

  248. […] Adapted from: melskitchencafe […]

  249. Allison says:

    Made these tonight and after our poor rolling technique due to our too small tortillas, we found out these are also great as quesadillas! We added corn, salsa, and some diced jalepeno for some extra pizzaz! Loved it!

  250. Joshlyn says:

    Found this recipe on Pinterest, not that I’m one to necessarily eat “healthy” but this recipe sounded delicious, so I made it tonight. My only problem was that I can’t eat flour tortilla’s b/c of my Lap Band surgery, so I had to use corn, and corn is so small that it didn’t really make an actual wrap, just kind of an open faced, soft corn tortilla toastada. But… Still delicious. Next time I’ll marinate my chicken, it was a little bland. And I grilled my chicken, green bell pepper, and yellow onion, on my indoor grill.

  251. Mandie says:

    I made these tonight, I used a white onion cause I forgot the green onion. But my husband and I LOVED them! They were amazing!!! My favorite item that I’ve made this year! It was filling but not heavy! So happy. Found this!

  252. Jessica says:

    I made this tonight. It was absolutely DELICIOUS! Thank you for the recipe!

  253. […] Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps: […]

  254. […] Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps (picture and recipe courtesy of Mel’s Kitchen Cafe) […]

  255. […] burritos (replacing the chicken with beef)and avocado […]

  256. Mandy Henderson says:

    I made these tonight and they were DELICIOUS!! This is the first time in a long time that I’ve tried a recipe and my entire family of six LOVED it! Thanks so much for the recipe 🙂

  257. […] Mel’s Kitchen Cafe GA_googleAddAttr("AdOpt", "1"); GA_googleAddAttr("Origin", "other"); […]

  258. […] Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps (picture and recipe courtesy of Mel’s Kitchen Cafe) […]

  259. Laura says:

    Just made these tonight — and they are AMAZING! Thank you for sharing!

  260. […] – Crispy Southwestern Chicken Wraps, homemade french […]

  261. Kristy H. says:

    Oh Mmm Gee!! I made these tonight and they are SO good. They taste similar to Chili’s Southwest Eggrolls. Yum!! The only thing I did different was to sauté the bell pepper/onion beforehand and double the spices. Maybe the latter was because I ended up with more rice. I used a cup (before cooking.) So yummy. A HUGE family hit – even with my picky 10 y/o!

  262. Debora Cadene says:

    Hey Mel….made these for supper last night and crisped them up in my Hamilton Beach grill….. They were awsome. Thanks again for another keeper. My husband said I need to make these all the time as well, so for me thats enough right there. Can’t wait for lunch, cause guess what we’re having…

  263. Sariah F. says:

    These are also wonderful to freeze! If you make 2 batches – they freeze perfectly and warm up perfectly! 2 minutes in microwave while covered in a damp papertowel – great backup for busy nights, yet still delicious 🙂 Thanks for a revamp from my old burrito recipe!

  264. Made these last night–added beans & corn to the mix & a fresh avocado–DELISH! Thank you!

  265. Kimm says:

    These were sooooooo great and easy! I added a little bit more of the cumin and chili powder and spread sour cream on the tortilla shell like you suggested. I also used pepperjack cheese in there too for a little more kick! Thanks for this recipe!! It makes a TON too!!!

  266. Sara says:

    I was searching frantically for something quick to make for dinner tonight when I came across this on pinterest.com. We whipped it up super quick and LOVED it. Can’t wait to make it agin and share the recipe with family. Thanks for the wonderful dinner!

  267. Courtney says:

    Thank you so much for this fantastic recipe! I made it tonight and it was a hit. Love how flavorful and easy these are. Thanks again!!

  268. Mel says:

    Erika – I’m not familiar with this product so I’m not sure if it would freeze and reheat well. You might try googling or looking on Tyson’s website to see if they have any additional information.

  269. […] Dinner – Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps […]

  270. […] get to this last week), green beans, garlic bread Zesty Marinated Chicken Breast, broccoli, rice Crispy Chicken Wraps, raw veggies, grapes Rice & Black Beans, cheese quesadillas, raw veggie Healthy Mama BBQ […]

  271. Erika says:

    Hey all!!?? So I have a lot of those packages of tyson pregrilled chicken! I thought it would be awesome to use in this recipe, but will it be safe to freeze and reheat????

  272. Emily says:

    I found this recipe on Pinterest, and I just wanted to hop over here to tell you that these are amazing; my hubby and I love them! I made a big batch and we froze the extras! 🙂

  273. amber says:

    These look so tasty and I bet they freeze great too. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  274. […] (DONE!) Breakfast Burritos  (decided not to make these, instead I used my tortillas to make extra Crispy Chicken Wraps) Crispy Chicken Wraps  (DONE!) Zesty Marinated Chicken  (not pictured, […]

  275. […] Chicken Pot Pie (two extras for the freezer) Grilled Burritos – sort of like these Spinach Mozzarella Meatloaf (extra for the freezer) Chicken & Rice Soup with Crusty Bread […]

  276. […] Meals: BBQ pork ribs, mashed potatoes, veggies Cheesy Enchilada Cassrole, raw veggies Crispy Chicken Wraps, raw veggies, fruit Crockpot Pizza (recipe coming soon!), salad Healthy Mama BBQ Chicken […]

  277. […] mixture for the Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps. These were fun to make and oh-so-good! We served some for dinner and I froze the […]

  278. […] or in a rush, I think I would probably leave out the rice. Terrible, I know!Anyway, get the recipe here. via Itsy Bitsy […]

  279. Allison says:

    Just wanted to let you know I found this on Pinterest and it is AMAZING. Browning the tortillas is brilliant. Thanks!!

  280. Jackie Brown says:

    Mel, I’m using this model for my freezer cooking class on Thursday. Thanks for the inspiration!

  281. […] got the recipe from a site called Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.  She actually calls them “Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps,” but I tend to think “burrito” is a better word, since “wrap” makes […]

  282. […] Bread Sticks Beef Hot Dogs, Au Gratin Potatoes, fruit, raw veggies Homemade Pizza, fruit, veggies Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps, salad, fruit Dinner with extended family Dinner […]

  283. Amber E. says:

    Just made these for supper……YUM! Seriously tastes like restaurant food 🙂 Thanks SO much for the recipe, glad I ‘pinned’ it on pinterest!! Blessings!

  284. I just saw these on Pinterest – Yum! I am putting the ingredients on my grocery list right now! 🙂

  285. Jolara says:

    These were SO VERY AWESOME! The only thing I did different was add 1 can (drained) of Rotel to add some extra kick! Super easy and super yummy, what more could you ask for?!

  286. Jacqueline says:

    These are absolutely mouthwatering! Wow, we are going to have to try them and so easy too.

  287. Misty says:

    SO amazing. We had them for dinner tonight and they were a hit. I’d never even thought of grilling wraps before. Seems so simple, yet it was incredibly tasty. Thanks.

  288. Kim says:

    These were DELICIOUS!! I had left-over white rice from a few nights ago(always do, but end up throwing it out). Quickly boiled a piece of frozen chicken and TADA. :o) I used Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses. My daughter said this was one of her favorite meals. Definite Keeper!!

  289. These look phenomenal. I’ve been obsessed with wraps lately, definitely have to try these.

  290. […] Next up are some Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps. Again, these seem to be quite easy to make and they look delicious! Although, if I’m really feeling lazy or in a rush, I think I would probably leave out the rice. Terrible, I know!Anyway, get the recipe here. […]

  291. Jessi Harri says:

    I just made these and they were amazing! My 5 year old would not touch them (not surprising) but my 2 year old ate 2 of them! I froze 4 extras and cant wait to heat them up for a quick lunch. I have been looking for an easy recipe like this for awhile and I will definitely be making these again!

  292. Lindsey says:

    I had to laugh just now when I looked up this recipe. I have been making these, from your site, for months now. We love them!! They are one of our go-to dinners when there isn’t much time or other preparation. The funny thing is I only just now noticed that they have CHICKEN in them! All this time I have been making them without. I guess I will have to try a little chicken next time, but if anyone is wondering, it is delicious without! Also, we have made them many times with quinoa instead of rice and that is equaly delicious and even more healthy!

  293. Laurel says:

    Hi Mel! I recently saw a guest post you did on another blog for some veggie wraps. I cannot remember where I saw it. Maybe there was a link on one of your posts? Can you help me out? They look wonderful and I look forward to trying them out! 🙂

  294. Carolyn says:

    I’ve made these several times, and loved them, but tonight I made the chicken with the marinade from the Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas…even better!! Soooo yummy!

  295. Cindy says:

    My whole family loved this!!! Even my meat and potatoes husband!It’s very much like the Cafe Rio or Costa Vida seasoning. Thank you!!!

  296. Amy says:

    Melanie, I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF YOUR RECIPES!! I make something different from your website once and week, and have NEVER been disappointed! I don’t know where you get all of your recipes, but they are always awesome. This one was a delight. Followed it up with your mint brownies, which are now a family fav. Thanks!!! (Last week we had the simple asian noodles. So good…. I was afraid to make them, since my husband is Asian, and usually only likes authentic asian food, but he LOVED it!)

  297. Aubri says:

    We love these and have them at our house quite often. But…I just got a panini grill for my birthday, and we made these in the panini maker. They were so fast and easy! If you have a panini grill, be sure to try making these and your other crispy wraps (love them too!) in it!

  298. Erin says:

    These were SO GOOD! So easy, especially with rotisserie chicken. Wonderfully simple, thank you!!

  299. Heather says:

    Tried these ones last week and was glad I had leftovers- I used to not like leftovers until your recipes! I have printed so many to try and know they will be delicious! Keep up the amazing cooking and baking! 🙂

  300. Felicia says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I made them for Father’s Day and my husband loved them!

  301. Danielle says:


    We really love these. I was wondering, have you ever tried freezing them?
    I think they would be great for a quick meal as we head off to dance or something.

    • Mel says:

      Danielle – I’ve never tried freezing these but it is a good idea. If I were to freeze them, I would wrap the tortilla more like a burrito so that there isn’t an open end and then microwave to reheat. Let me know if you try it!

  302. […] fixing another meal on your grill.  This recipe is my adaptation of a recipe that I saw over on My Kitchen Cafe.  It turn out delicious and the family loved […]

  303. Amy says:

    Wow made these last night with homemade guac. My family loved them! My brother was in town from El Paso, so I always get nervous making mexican for him, but he raved about them! So happy I found your blog! I also made the Caramel Crunch Bars for my goodie trays and they turned out fabulous also! I have a lot of other meals on my list too of yours and can’t wait to try them!! Thanks again!

  304. Melanie says:

    Amy – I think these would be divine with homemade guacamole. I’m so glad your brother liked them, too! And thanks for letting me know you liked the Caramel Crunch Bars!

  305. Amy H. says:

    Late this afternoon- no dinner plan but had some chicken to “do something with”. I went to your blog which I have bookmarked and found this quick recipe that I had all the ingredients for! Yea! What a great quick and easy recipe that we all loved! I especially liked the fresh lime juice! This is definitely a keeper! THANKS!

  306. Melanie says:

    Amy H. – I love it when nights like that actually work out and dinner is good. I’m glad this recipe came through for you. Thanks for letting me know!

  307. Melanie says:

    Emily – glad you liked these. Thanks!

  308. Emily says:

    These were so good, Thanks for the recipe!

  309. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – oh man, I love to hear when the picky husband loves a meal. Thanks for letting me know!

  310. Anonymous says:

    So I made these Grilled Burritos and my husband, who is very hard to please when it comes to cooking, just loved them. He wanted them a couple days later, which is ok since I had stuff left over to make them. They were a big hit and super easy!!!

  311. Leslie says:

    Oh these sound and look so good! Now I know what is for dinner tonight! Thank you so much! And thanks for responding about how many Parm. rolls you defrosted (on the last post). You are very helpful and responsive. It is very much appreciated!!! Have a wonderful day. 🙂

  312. John and Crystal Pinegar Family says:

    Yum! I’m going to make these witht the leftover Kalua pork I made last night. 🙂

  313. Patsyk says:

    They look wonderful! My hubby often puts wraps on the grill to get them crispy too… he likes the look of the grill marks on them.

  314. JoAnn says:

    Hi from a fellow Wisconsin-ite!

    Just discovered your site from Tasty Kitchen – the sweet & sour chicken recipe caught my eye. I know my husband will love those!

  315. Sara says:

    Mmmmm, we had quesadillas last night, but I wish we had had these! They look yummy. Maybe later in the week.

  316. Tara says:

    Oh yum!!! My sister told me about your blog! I love all your stuff! Thanks for sharing all your fabulous recipes!!! 🙂 We are making Caramel Crunch Bars tonight and this one is going on my list for dinners! 🙂

  317. Jenn says:

    I think it’s great you had all of those things on hand–cilantro? That’s only hanging around if I had it on my weekly menu!

  318. Leslie says:

    yep..you gotta love when you make a “non planned” dinner and it turns out perfect!

  319. Marisa says:

    Oh yum!!! They look really, really good. I love when you can throw a meal together quickly and have it turn out to be awesome. I’ll for sure have to try this recipe!

  320. Leisel says:

    I love how you used the word snarf! That’s my kinda gal! Looks like another winner!!!

  321. grace says:

    mmm…cheesy and definitely snarf-worthy! the ONLY thing i’d change is to go with all jack cheese and no cheddar. yeah, it makes a great color variety, but i just don’t like it!

  322. Velva says:

    What a great healthy weeknight dinner.
    I can totally relate to having difficulty just throwing stuff together for dinner on a weeknight, while the pressure is on to feed the hungry bunch 🙂

  323. teresa says:

    score indeed! my family would love this!

  324. Katie says:

    YUM! That looks soooo good!

  325. Anonymous says:

    Hi Melanie…are there beans in this or not? I didn’t see them in the ingredients, but I think I see them in the pictures. How much do you put in? They look so yummy!

  326. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – oh my goodness, I can’t believe I left the most important ingredient out! Thanks for calling it to my attention.

  327. Jan Russell says:

    SOOOOOO GOOD! I made these today without cilantro (didn’t have any) or peppers (don’t like them) and they were still totally snarf worthy! I loved them!!!

  328. Melanie says:

    Jan – I love your comments (but you know that already). I’m glad you tried these – I’ve been waiting to get a second opinion on them, beside my family’s. Thanks for letting me know!

  329. Laura says:

    My hubby will love this dish! He loves tortillas filled with his meal, the meat, rice, beans etc. FYI you are featured again on tasty kitchen with you sweet and sour chicken!

  330. The Evans says:

    I’ve never taken the time to comment on your blog but I love your recipes! I’ve already made this recipe and the chili mac this week. Thanks for the great recipes. These wraps got two big thumbs up from my husband!

  331. Julianne says:

    We made this last night (“we” meaning “Ryan”) and it was terrific. We used homemade tortillas and they did just fine. We used mild cheddar and mozerella as the cheeses. I think next time I’ll add a little tomato and/or pico to the mixture. Anyway, thumbs up, majorly.

  332. Melanie says:

    The Evans – hey, thanks for checking in! I’m glad that you liked the chili mac and these wraps. I appreciate you letting me know.

  333. Jessie says:

    I made these the night you posted them and my husband was in heaven. He was so excited for left overs! He always says his co-workers envy his lunch leftovers! Thanks for the great receipe!

  334. Laura says:

    Ok Melanie, you are taking over Tasty Kitchen. This recipe is featured there today, but I’m right there with ya with Teriyaki Sliders.

  335. Melanie says:

    Jessie – thanks so much for letting me know you made these and liked them. I’m all about creating lunch-leftover-envy! Thank you for checking in.

  336. SeaShore says:

    Thanks for this recipe, we had them tonight & loved them. Even my husband, who thinks beans are vile, loved them. We did add a bit more heat to the spices, but that’s us. Thanks again!

  337. Melanie says:

    SeaShore – ok, the husband-thinking-beans-are-vile thing made me laugh. I don’t know why. No offense to your husband, but it was funny. I’m gld that despite the beans, they were a hit! Thanks for letting me know.

  338. Kevin says:

    Those wraps look so cheesy and good!

  339. Loralee and the gang... says:

    These were delicious! I didn’t use up all the filling the first night because we used smaller tortillas, but it kept in the fridge beautifully, and made a quick, easy, and delicious lunch for the next couple of days!
    Thanks, Melanie!

  340. The Geists says:

    These were seriously so good!! I had just made a chicken and rice dinner the night befor and used them for his recipie, which made it fast and easy!! I also liked it with a side of fresh salsa and sour cream and just dipped it into them both for a delicious juicy bite!!

  341. Melanie says:

    Loralee and the gang – glad these were great the first night AND as leftovers. Thanks for letting me know!

    The Geists – don’t you love when leftovers make for a great second dinner? Thanks for letting me know you liked these!

  342. Stacie Aho says:

    I really liked these. I love how they use up leftovers, but they are so yummy and versatile. My husband thought they were a little dry, so next time I’ll really load on the sour cream (hehe), add some guac, and tomatoes. I think that will moisten them up a bit. I love that they get all crispy just by spraying them with Pam (I used fat free olive oil spray).


  343. Melanie says:

    Stacie – I love the “healthy” crispiness to them also. Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed them. Hope your husband likes them better next time with additional “goop.”

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