When it comes to dumplings, the seemingly simple combination of dough and filling allows for endless variations. Beckoned by this call of duty, we took it upon ourselves to create a Tex-Mex dumpling by throwing grated cheddar, chopped chilies, and crumbled tortilla chips into ground-pork filling.

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Tex-Mex Dumplings

Makes about 10 dumplings


For the dumplings:

  • 10 4-inch dumpling wrappers
  • 3 tablespoons salsa
  • 3 tablespoons grated cheddar
  • ¼ cup crumbled tortilla chips
  • Dash hot sauce
  • 10 ounces ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • Scant ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green chilies
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Canola, safflower, or peanut oil

For the sauce:

  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Hot sauce

Step 1: Make the filling

In a large bowl, combine salsa, cheese, crumbled tortilla chips, hot sauce, pork, sour cream, salt, green chilies, and soy sauce. Mix to combine.h

Step 2: Wrap the dumplings

Arrange 10 or so wrappers out on the counter. Place about 2 teaspoons of filling at the center of each dumpling wrapper. Rub water along the outline of the wrapper. As you fold the two sides together, pick the dumpling up in your hands and make little pleats to seal them together. You can also just leave them on the counter, fold one side over the other, and seal with a fork. Repeat with more wrappers and more filling until you’ve made as many dumplings as you want.


Step 3: Cook the dumplings

Film a skillet with about a tablespoon of oil and warm over high heat. When the oil is shimmering, arrange the dumplings in the pan as close as they will fit without touching. Cook until the bottoms have turned brown and golden. Pour 3 tablespoons of water into the pan, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat, take off the lid, check one dumpling to be sure the pork is cooked, and use a spatula to lift each dumpling from the pan. Repeat with as many more batches as you want to eat, wiping out the pan and adding more oil as needed.s

Step 4: Make the sauce and eat

Stir together the soy sauce, hot sauce, salsa, and sour cream for the sauce. Fill another little bowl with soy sauce if you’d like. Arrange the dumplings on a plate and dip dumplings into both sauces before eating.