Recreating Chili's Awesome Blossom

“Chili’s Awesome Blossom”! Yes, you remember that? The awesome blossom that used to live in Chillies! The one you kept picking at, so irresistible, you could not stop, that you simply ended up with no space left for the rest of the food you ordered?! Well I can speak for myself and that used to be the case every time! I always loved that Awesome Blossom, and have no idea why they stopped making them! It took me a while and a few trials and errors, then I managed to make the one that is just right for me. So am sharing it here with you hoping to remind you of super cool food from super cool days!

Here is how you can make this blooming onion (the awesome blossom) it at home 🙂

I have also included for you a video of a cheese stuffed awesome blossom! Like the first one needed any help!!! OMG, now you literally won’t stop munching!


  • 1 large organic brown onion sliced like a blossom (as described below)
  • 2 ½ cups organic flour
  • 2 tsp DS Himalayan Pink Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk (see tip below)

For Awesome Blossom Dip

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce
  • ½ tsp DS Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 1-2 tsp DS Red Shatta (red chili sauce)
  • ¼ tsp paprika

To create the blossom shape slice off the top ¼ inch of the large onion (the stem side). Use this sliced side as a steady base for your onion as you slice.

Cut through the top (keeping about an inch away to keep the slices attached) towards the bottom of the onion. Start by making 4 slices, then cut 3 slices in between the main four. Then flip your onion and open it up slightly.

Prepare a double dip station, filling one bowl with the buttermilk and another bowl with the flour mixed with the spices and seasoning.

TIP – Mix 1 tbsp lemon juice with milk to make sour milk. Sour milk is a substitute to buttermilk when buttermilk is not available.

Dip the onion into the buttermilk, making sure it gets everywhere, then dip it into the flour and make sure to cover every petal.

Repeat the process again.

Place the onion in the freezer for 1 hour.

Heat the frying oil to 400F and deep fry the cold onion in the hot oil until it becomes golden brown. The onion must be totally submerged in the oil.

Carefully and gently, remove from the oil and drain for a minute.


Make the Awesome Blossom dip 

In a bowl, mix all the dipping sauce ingredients together until well combined.

You can serve the blooming onion as a starter, next to burgers, in a BBQ party or as snack for football season!

Don’t let the retro food put you off, your friends will love being served a blast from the past, it is in fact a conversation piece so own it, make and serve it and just dig in :))


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