Mexican Wontons are a zingy twist on a classic appetizer. They are crispy with a perfectly spiced, creamy center!
Similar to our Baked Cream Cheese Rangoon, these Mexican Wontons are deliciously crispy. For more favorite Mexican appetizers try Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos, Cream Cheese Green Chili Dip, and Avocado Taquitos.
Quick + easy appetizer
Wontons are made with a wrapper and filling, then usually fried so they’re deliciously crispy. The wrapper is similar to egg noodle dough but in sheet form.
The filling can be a blend of savory ingredients like meat, cheese, seafood, or vegetables. They can also be made with sweet fillings like cream cheese, nuts, or fruit fillings. This recipe uses classic Mexican food flavors to make the filling.
Mexican Wontons are perfect for dipping in sour cream, Guacamole, hot sauce, Salsa, Queso Blanco, and Pico De Gallo.
Making Mexican Wontons
FILLING. Add shredded cheese, cream cheese, diced chilies, garlic powder, and chili powder to a medium bowl and mix until combined.
Place about 1 teaspoon of this mixture into the center of each wonton.
WRAP. Brush the edges of the wonton wrapper with water and fold diagonally in half. Firmly press edges together to seal.
FRY. Heat oil in a pot to 365°F. Fry about 6 wontons at a time until golden brown and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve immediately with Guacamole, Queso, or Pico.
Air Fryer Directions
Working in batches, add 6-8 wontons to the basket of your air fryer. Spray the outside of the wontons with olive oil or cooking spray. Cook at 370°F for about 7-10 minutes.
Do not overfill. Do not add too much filling otherwise it won’t seal well. Use about 1 teaspoon of filling per wrapper.
Consistency. The filling cannot be too wet or it will ooze out.
Wonton wrapper. The wrapper needs to stay moist. Fill one wrapper at a time and keep the remaining wrappers under a damp paper towel.
Fold wonton wrappers in various shapes, the easiest is a triangle like the ones shown in this recipe. Use water or egg wash to help seal the edges closed.
I love how the flavors of the written Mexican Wonton recipe came together, but it’s always fun to find ways to change them up.
Here are some ideas to try, but keep any additions balanced in flavor and texture with the other ingredients.
- Add extra flavor with salt, cumin, or taco seasoning.
- Add corn, black beans, green onion, or chopped cilantro.
- Use cheddar cheese or a Mexican cheese blend.
- Add protein with browned lean ground beef or ground turkey, cooked chopped chicken.
STORE leftover Mexican Wontons in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
FREEZE in a well-sealed container for up to 3 months. Thaw before reheating.
Reheat leftover Wontons in the microwave, but they won’t be as crispy. To keep crisp, reheat a few in an air fryer (350°F for about 3-4 min) or several in the oven (350°F for 5-10 min).
Traditional Chinese wontons are typically made with a ground pork and shrimp filling inside a wonton wrapper. This recipe is a Mexican take on wontons, with a Mexican flavored filling inside the same type of wonton wrapper.
Yes! Working in batches, add 6-8 wontons to the basket of your air fryer. Spray them with olive oil or cooking spray and air fry at 370°F for about 7-10 minutes.
These would taste amazing dipped in Homemade Salsa, Avocado Cream Sauce, or even Chipotle Ranch.
For more Mexican-inspired dishes:
Mexican Wontons Recipe
- 1 pound finely shredded pepper jack cheese
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese softened
- ½ (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp chili powder
- 1 (14-ounce) package wonton wrappers
- 4 cups vegetable oil for deep frying
- Add shredded cheese, cream cheese, diced chilies, garlic powder, and chili powder to a medium bowl and mix until combined.
- Place about 1 teaspoon of this mixture into the center of each wonton.
- Brush the edges of the wonton wrapper with water and fold diagonally in half. Firmly press edges together to seal.
I really enjoyed making this Mexican version of wontons. A great appetizer filled with the best ingredients!
Made these for an appetizer for Taco Tuesday and they were a huge hit! I should have made way more than I did haha
Haha!! Yes, I have to make a ton!! Thank you for trying them!
I served these with a big salad for dinner and everyone loved them! Thank you.
You are so welcome!! Thank you for trying them!!
I love all the different things that you can do with wontons, and this is an amazing recipe! thank you so much for sharing this recipe