Mexican pinwheels are bite-size tortilla rolls filled with a spiced cream cheese mixture. They are a party in your mouth!
These make-ahead Mexican pinwheels are easy to throw together and make great after-school snacks, a quick lunch, or appetizer. For more simple and tasty lunch ideas try the Ultimate Grilled Cheese, Lunch Kabobs, or Baked Chicken Nuggets.
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 Mexican pinwheels are just as tasty!
Not only are they super fun to eat, but they are also SO easy to make.
Make these rolls ahead of time for a quick lunch or afternoon snack. They also are the perfect finger food for a party appetizer.
Add a little shredded chicken to make them even heartier.
Just 20 Minutes of Prep
These Mexican tortilla pinwheels do require a bit of chill time, but it’s only hands-on for about 20 minutes!
FILLING. 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 cup of the mixture onto each 10-inch Flour Tortilla. Spread the mixture to cover the tortilla.
ASSEMBLE + 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, use a serrated knife to 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.
Spice. Adjust the spiciness according to the salsa or taco seasoning purchased (or make Homemade Taco Seasoning). Add seasonings such as paprika, red chili flakes, or serve hot sauce on the side.
Cheese. Mexican cheese blend uses Monterey jack cheese, cheddar cheese, asadero cheese, and quesadilla cheese.
- If desired, grate your own blend and use the portions that you prefer, but keep it to 1 cup total to keep a balance of ingredients.
Tortillas. We used 10-inch Flour Tortillas, but you can easily use a smaller tortilla. Change up the type and use whole wheat tortillas or garden spinach herb tortillas.
Mix-ins. Add extra ingredients to change the flavor up a bit. Avoid adding too many, though, so that the ratio of the cream mixture to the other ingredients stays balanced.
- Some ideas include chopped veggies like jalapenos, red bell peppers, black olives, corn, black beans, or green onions.
Serving + Storing
SERVE tortilla pinwheels with your favorite Mexican dips, such as:
Make ahead of time. These roll-ups store well. Make them up to a day ahead of time.
STORE leftovers for 2-3 more days after that. Be sure to cover the sliced pinwheels with plastic wrap to keep the ends from drying out.
Prepare the pinwheels 24 hours in advance. Leftovers also last for 2-3 days in the fridge.
Stick with using flour tortillas as corn tortillas tend to crack when rolled. We used 10″ tortillas, but you could use smaller ones, or even use Homemade Flour Tortillas!
For more wraps and roll-ups, try:
Mexican Pinwheels Recipe
- 1 (8oz) package cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup salsa
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- dash garlic powder
- 1 (4oz) can chopped green chilies
- 1 cup Mexican cheese finely shredded
- 8 flour tortillas (10 inch)
- salsa on the side
- 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 1/2-¾ cup of the mixture onto each 10-inch tortilla. Spread the 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 overnight.
- 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.
The perfect party appetizer!! Everyone loves these! They are loaded with flavor & so easy to make!
I have been looking for a delicious appetizer! These were perfect!!
Thank you!! Glad you enjoyed them!
A perfect little snack or appetizer made with tortillas and creamy filling.
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!
Yay! I’m so happy you enjoyed the pinwheels. They are a fun recipe!
I am addicted to these pinwheels! Can never have enough! They are delicious!!
Thank you!! They are tasty and just so fun to eat!
I had these at my SILs house and had to have the recipe. These are so delicious! The recipe makes quite a few so they’re great for a party.
Very Good! Everyone loved them.
I remember this from years ago and never knew how to make them. Thank you for the recipe.
Great recipe! These go like hotcakes 😊
This is a great & simple recipe. You can modify it in many different ways and get the same great results. The original is great, but I went with a buffalo chicken alternative. Both were awesome.
I would love to know what you did differently for the Buffalo chicken version!
These are great. Can I freeze these as rollups or just the mix and then thaw out later and make them? Thanks.
You could probably do either. I think I would suggest the second… just so the tortillas don’t get soggy after thawing.