Fiesta Pinwheels

Fiesta pinwheels are bite-size tortilla rolls filled with a spiced cream cheese mixture. They are a party in your mouth!

These make-ahead morsels are easy to throw together and make great after school snacks, a quick lunch, or a fab appetizer. For more simple and tasty lunch ideas try the Ultimate Grilled CheeseLunch Kabobs, or Baked Chicken Nuggets.

Fiesta pinwheels on a platter with salsa

Party Food or Easy Lunch!

It’s always fun to mix up the lunch menu a bit by adding some fun and tasty items. My kids love ham and cheese roll ups, but these fiesta style pinwheels are just as delish!

Not only are they super fun to eat, they are SO easy to make. They can easily be made ahead of time for a quick lunch or afternoon snack. They also are perfect finger food for a party appetizer

They are creamy and pack a flavor punch in such a small bite. You can easily add a little shredded chicken to make them even heartier. 

Cream cheese filling for fiesta pinwheel recipe

Just 20 Minutes of Prep

These fiesta pinwheels do require a bit of chill time, but it’s only hands on for about 20 minutes!

CREAM. Add cream cheese, sour cream salsa, taco seasoning and garlic powder to a small bowl. Mix together until smooth. Add the chilies and cheese and stir.

SPREAD. Scoop ½-¾ c of the mixture onto each 10inch tortilla. Spread to mixture to cover the tortilla.

ROLL & CHILL. Roll each tortilla like you would a jelly-roll.  Line them up, seam side down, in a baking dish. Cover the dish and place it in the fridge to chill for 2 hours or overnight.

SLICE & SERVE. After they have chilled, slice each tortilla roll into 1 inch pieces. Place them side by side on a serving tray so that you can see the rolled layers. Serve with salsa.

Creamy fiesta mixture spread on a tortilla

Recipe Tips

Spice: You can adjust the spiciness of these rollups according to what kind of salsa or taco seasoning you buy (or make homemade taco seasoning). You can also add seasonings such as paprika, red chili flakes, or have hot sauce served on the side. 

Tortillas: We used 10 inch flour tortillas, but you can easily use a smaller tortilla. You can also change up the type and use whole wheat tortillas or garden spinach herb tortillas. 

Tortillas rolled with fiesta mixture inside

Serving and Storing

You can SERVE these with your favorite Mexican dips, such as:

These roll ups STORE well. You can make them up to a day ahead of time and store leftovers for 2-3 more days after that.

Fiesta pinwheel appetizers on a platter with salsa

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Fiesta Pinwheels Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Fiesta pinwheels are bite-size tortilla rolls filled with a spiced cream cheese mixture. They are a party in your mouth!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
chill 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 20 people
Calories 437 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese softened
  • ½ c sour cream
  • ¼ c salsa
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • dash garlic powder
  • 1 (4oz) can chopped green chilies
  • 1 c Mexican cheese finely shredded
  • 8 flour tortillas (10 inch)
  • salsa

Instructions
 

  • Add cream cheese, sour cream salsa, taco seasoning and garlic powder to a small bowl. Mix together until smooth. Add the chilies and cheese and stir.
  • Scoop ½-¾ c of the mixture onto each 10inch tortilla. Spread to mixture to cover the tortilla.
  • Roll each tortilla like you would a jelly-roll. Line them up, seam side down, in a baking dish. Cover the dish and place it in the fridge to chill for 2 hours to overnight.
  • After they have chilled slice each tortilla roll into 1inch pieces. Place them side by side on a serving tray so that you can see the rolled layers. Serve with salsa.

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About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    Yummy! These were such a hit here and so delicious! My family absolutely loved them and were all over them! I’ll definitely remake these for sure!