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Mexican Pinwheels

Mexican Pinwheels are easy appetizers with a creamy filling, tender chicken, fresh veggies, and taco inspired flavors. No doubt these will be a hit at your next gathering!

Mexican Cream Cheese Pinwheels

Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels

Trying to find new ways to serve the same old ingredients can force you to get creative. Especially with picky eaters involved. My favorite way to do it is to serve it in a tortilla. Pinwheels Sandwiches!!

They are so versatile: Burritos, tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas… The options are endless!

Full of tender chicken, Mexican flavor, they are spiral rolled tortillas of all your favorite flavors! Think chipotle or jalapeno flavored tortillas.

Next time you are looking for goodies to serve at a party, afternoon snack, or fun dinner, these are an easy recipe to put together and everyone will love them!

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Ingredients Needed

Tortillas – Large flour tortilla (burrito size). Try a flavored tortilla wrap if you like.

Cream cheese – Plain cream cheese, softened.

Sour cream –  Full fat, low fat, or fat free. Sub plain Greek yogurt is needed.

Salsa – Use your favorite red or green salsa!

Seasoning – Homemade taco seasoning, or a packet of store-bought if you have on hand.

Chicken – Use cooked chicken breast diced or shredded.

Cheese – Sharp cheddar cheese or your favorite.

Bell peppers – A combo of green and red bell peppers. Garnish with green onions.

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How to Make Mexican Pinwheels Recipe

First: Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, salsa, and taco seasoning. Lay out the four tortillas.

Second: Divide the cream cheese mixture between the four tortillas and spread into an even layer.

Third: Divide the cheese, chicken, and bell peppers and sprinkle over the 4 tortillas. Starting on one edge, roll tightly. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge.

Fourth: Chill for at least one hour. Remove plastic wrap and slice into 1-inch pieces with a serrated knife. Serve!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

delicious recipe for Mexican pinwheels

How long do they last?

Taco Pinwheel sandwiches are a great make-ahead appetizer or lunch, but only a day or two in advance.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Place a paper towel in the container to absorb any excess moisture.

What do you eat with pinwheels?

Since these are like a twist on Taco Tuesday dishes, I like to serve with salsa or favorite guacamole and some tortilla chips.

You can even dunk them in some white cheese dip if you are adventurous!

hand holding a Mexican pinwheel sandwich

How do you wrap Mexican pinwheels?

Start by making sure the spread is all the way to the edges of the tortilla.

Next, sprinkle all the fillings over the tortilla, leaving 1/2 inch from the edge clear.

Take one edge and start rolling. Be sure to roll as tightly as possible. Secure with toothpicks if you need to but the spread should help the tortilla to stick to itself.

Wrap the Mexican pinwheels in plastic wrap to keep them from drying out. Chill for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

plate of Mexican pinwheel sandwich slices

How do you keep pinwheels from getting soggy?

  • Don’t use fillings that are super high in water like tomatoes.
  • Be sure to use a thick spread to keep the tortilla from getting wet.
  • Pat any excess water or moisture off ingredients.
  • Be sure to chill them for at least 30 minutes so they firm up.
collage of pinwheel sandwiches

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Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • Spice it up by adding in fresh jalapenos or chopped green chiles.
  • Soft flour tortillas are best. Corn tortillas tend to tear.
  • For best results, be sure to soften your cream cheese to room temperature for easier mixing.
  • I like to use leftover chicken breasts, shredded chicken, or rotisserie chicken.
  • Substitute cooked ground beef or taco meat for the chicken if you prefer.
  • Switch up the cheese to Monterey Jack or Mexican blend if you like.
  • Other fresh veggies or ingerdients like black beans, black olives, cilantro
  • Wrap the pinwheels as tightly as possible.
  • Chill in the fridge before slicing.
  • Use a serrated knife when slicing.

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hand holding a pinwheel sandwich with a bite missing

These easy Mexican Pinwheels are a bite sized tasty appetizer, quick lunch, and a fun twist on Mexican food!

mexican pinwheel sandwiches

Mexican Pinwheels Recipe

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Mexican Pinwheels are easy appetizers with a creamy filling, tender chicken, fresh veggies, and taco inspired flavors. No doubt these will be a hit at your next gathering!

Ingredients

  • 4 large burrito size flour tortillas
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup salsa
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (1 ounce)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ cups cooked chicken
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced fine
  • ½ green bell pepper, diced fine

Instructions

  1. Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, salsa, and taco seasoning.
  2. Lay out the four tortillas.
  3. Divide the cream cheese mixture between the four tortillas and spread into an even layer.
  4. Divide the cheese, chicken, and bell peppers and sprinkle over the 4 tortillas.
  5. Starting on one edge, roll tightly. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge.
  6. Chill for at least one hour.
  7. Remove plastic wrap and slice with a serrated knife.
  8. Serve!

Notes

  • Spice it up by adding in fresh jalapenos or chopped green chiles.
  • Soft flour tortillas are best. Corn tortillas tend to tear.
  • For best results, be sure to soften your cream cheese to room temperature for easier mixing.
  • I like to use leftover chicken breasts, shredded chicken, or rotisserie chicken.
  • Substitute cooked ground beef or taco meat for the chicken if you prefer.
  • Switch up the cheese to Monterey Jack or Mexican blend if you like.
  • Other fresh veggies or ingerdients like black beans, black olives, cilantro
  • Wrap the pinwheels as tightly as possible.
  • Chill in the fridge before slicing.
  • Use a serrated knife when slicing.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 522Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 1173mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 7gSugar: 6gProtein: 21g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party. I can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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