Chili’s Awesome Blossom

Chili’s Awesome Blossom was an amazing menu item at Chilis. While this tasty onion appetizer was retired from the menu, you can still enjoy this favorite flavor.
A blooming onion with sauce and two beers

Chili’s is known for its flavorful food and our version of Chili’s Awesome Blossom. Everyone loves Chilis Chilis Chicken Crispers Copycat Recipe and their Copycat Chili’s Salsa.

The Awesome Blossom is aptly named. It’s a “bloom” of breaded and deep-fried onion. You pick apart the petals of the onion “flower” and dip them in a delicious sauce with just the right amount of spice.

The Awesome Blossom has been replaced at Chili’s by Awesome Blossom Petals. Awesome Blossom Petals is a very similar (but lighter) version of the full blooming onion but is served up as separate petals. It consists of a light, flaky breading, hints of seasoned salt, sweetness from the onion, and a ranch-style dressing dip.

About Chili’s Restaurant

Chili’s began life in 1975 as a quirky little hamburger joint in a building that used to be a Dallas post office. Now there are over 1,600 Chili’s spread over 33 countries. If you go to a Chili’s, you’ll find an upside-down photo. This is a tradition that goes back to the first Chili’s when a photo was accidentally hung the wrong way. Now the upside-down picture means that good luck will follow Chili’s diners. So go there for good fortune and the delicious food! If you are interested in reading more about the history of Chili’s, click here.

Modifications to the recipe you can make

    If you are Counting Calories – in this copycat Awesome Blossom Recipe:

  • Substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream.
  • Find a brand of ketchup that has low sugar content. Of course, if you make your own ketchup, you have complete control over how much sugar goes into it. See below for a sugar-free ketchup recipe.

How to Store Onions

  • Never store your onions with your potatoes because the gases they emit will make the other vegetable spoil faster. For more information about storing fruits and vegetables, click here.

Let me know how much fun you’ve had making an Awesome Blossom out of an onion. Here are some more links for you to try including a couple of copykat onion recipes.
Outback Steakhouse Bloomin Onion
Outback Steakhouse Dipping Sauce for Bloomin Onion

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A copycat Chilis Awesome blossom on a plate with sauce in a bowl

A blooming onion with sauce and two beers

Chili’s Awesome Blossom

Make this copykat Chili's Awesome Blossom recipe at home for your family. Super easy and super delicious! It may be messy to eat, but it's impossible to mess up the recipe.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Awesome Blossom, Chilis Appetizers, Chilis Recipes
Servings: 10
Calories: 201kcal


  • 1 Prepared Onion
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick Seasoned Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Seasoned Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Red Pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • vegetable oil for frying


  • Mix all dry ingredients together. 
  • Slice the onion like a blossom by cutting the top 1/4 off (the top has the stem). Then peel the onion but make sure the root stays intact. Carefully slice the onion from the top down stopping about 1/2" above the root (take care not to cut through the root). Slice the rest of the onion like a pie into several servings. 
  • Soak the onion in ice-cold water for about 30 minutes until the onion's petals open up and bloom.
  • Heat oil to 350 degrees.
  • Drain the onion and dip in flour mixture and dust thoroughly. Dip onion then in buttermilk and back in flour mixture. 
  • Place in hot oil and fry until golden. Oil should cover onion. When done drain well and place on plate and cut center out of onion so the petals may easily be removed.

Sauce Directions

  • Mix all together and serve in the middle of the onion blossom. Garnish with paprika and just a dash of red pepper.


Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Kim

    5 stars
    Stephanie, thank you for this awesome copycat creation. It looks super tasty and the presentation is restaurant quality. I also appreciate all your tips and tricks!

  2. Michael G McKinney

    i worked for Outback Steakhouse and i think it’s bullshit that Outback has a claim on a fried onion…Chili’s deserves the rite to sell Awesome Blossoms…

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