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Easy Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels Recipe

These Easy Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels are great served as an appetizer or light lunch! Delicious, flavourful little bites…with cream cheese, taco spice, peppers, onions, cilantro, salsa and cheese! So good.

If you’re looking for a quick lunch idea (or simple delicious appetizer), these Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels are great recipe! They’re so easy to make and everyone loves them.

Easy Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels

About this recipe:

These pinwheels are flour tortillas filled with a creamy filling made with cream cheese, spices and minced veggies, then they’re rolled up and sliced. Delicious, flavourful little bites…with cream cheese, taco spice, peppers, onions, cilantro, salsa and cheese! So good.

Easy Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels

These are so versatile.

You can make so many different variations of these pinwheels! Try different flavours of cream cheese, add deli meats, veggies and spices. The possibilities are endlessly delicious (see more ideas in the ‘Tips’ section below).

Easy Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels

Great for kids lunches.

This past weekend my daughter was busy in our kitchen cooking and baking for the week ahead, and one of the recipes she made were these Easy Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels to pack in school lunches. These are so simple to make and use ingredients we already had on hand. With just 15 minutes of prep time, lunches were made for 2 days! Love that. These pinwheels are SO easy to pack in the kids lunch kits, and they’re a really nice change from sandwiches (they’re also a great afternoon snack). I just add some fresh veggies, and they get a nutritious, fun and delicious lunch.

Easy Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels for Kids Lunches

A great appetizer too!

Whenever I make these pinwheels as an appetizer they always get rave reviews and they disappear quickly, everyone loves them! I also really like that you can make these a couple of hours or a day ahead of when you want to serve them. So if you’re looking for a great make-ahead appetizer, these bite-sized pinwheels are perfect for parties and game day. Serve them with extra salsa, sour cream and tortilla chips.

Easy Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels for Kids Lunches

Mexican Pinwheels Recipe Tips

  • TORTILLAS: Use flour tortillas, they’re more sturdy and stand up to rolling better than corn tortillas.
  • CREAM CHEESE: I use a block of full fat cream cheese, but you can also use the spreadable cream cheese.
  • SALSA: You can use red salsa or green salsa.
  • TACO SPICE: I use my homemade taco seasoning for these. But you can also use a pre-made spice.
  • CHEESE: I used sharp cheddar cheese to make these but you can use any kind of cheese that you like. Some other favourites are Monterey Jack Cheese and mozzarella.
  • SOUR CREAM: If you don’t have sour cream, plain Greek yogurt works well.
  • REFRIGERATE: After the filled tortillas are rolled up tightly, wrap them in plastic wrap, or place in an airtight container, and refrigerate for at least an hour. Make Ahead Tip: You can even make these ahead of time and keep them in the fridge overnight, then slice when you need them.
  • OPTIONAL ADD-INS: You can add any veggies to these pinwheels, just make sure they’re minced. Here are some great options: sliced green onions, bell peppers, black olives, green chiles, refried beans, jalapeño peppers and more. You can also add thinly sliced deli meats, shredded chicken breast or even cooked ground beef.
  • LEFTOVERS: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Delicious appetizers that pair well with Mexican Pinwheels:

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Easy Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels Recipe

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These Easy Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels are great served as an appetizer or for lunch! Delicious, flavourful little bites…with cream cheese, taco spice, peppers, onions, cilantro, salsa and cheese! So good.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Refrigeration Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 40 pieces 1x
  • Category: Appetizer

Ingredients

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  • 5 large soft flour tortillas (10-inch flour tortillas)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp taco spice (see tips above)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red pepper
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped green onion
  • 23 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup salsa

Instructions

  1. Using a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese, sour cream and taco spice until smooth.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients: red pepper, green onion, cilantro, cheese and salsa.
  3. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly between the 5 flour tortillas, making sure to leave about a half an inch along the edges of the tortillas without the mixture.
  4. Roll the tortillas up tightly, wrap in plastic wrap or place in an airtight container, then refrigerate for at least an hour, and even overnight.
  5. When you’re ready to serve them, use a serrated knife to cut the tortillas into 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.

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9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This looks like such a fun recipe. I am always looking for some new lunch ideas as well, so I appreciate you sharing this one. I am sure I will be making it often.






  2. Delicious recipe. I made these for a taco party bar. I doubled the recipe, and used the large 12” soft taco shells, it only made about 55, thin spread, 1/2 inch thick when cut. They are good, but doesn’t make as much as I thought.

  3. Hey Jo-Anna

    I had fun making these Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels for my birthday party yesterday. I prepared it a few minutes before the party, so it was fresh and tasty. How long do you feel they will last in the fridge if I make a large batch?






  4. When last week I was invited to a potluck, a great confusion arose in my mind! I wanted to take something unique along with me and then came across this recipe for the gorgeous Mexican Tortillas. Everyone praised me!