Mexican Pinwheels are a colorful and flavorful appetizer that combines the creamy textures of cheese and guacamole with the savory taste of grilled chicken and the z
esty kick of tomatoes and green chilies. Wrapped in sundried tomato tortillas, these pinwheels are perfect for parties, picnics, or as a tasty snack any time. Follow this easy recipe to create a crowd-pleasing treat that’s both delicious and visually appealing.
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 pinch Aleppo pepper
5 sundried tomato tortilla wraps
1/2 cup diced tomatoes with green chilies (such as RO*TEL® Tomatoes and Green Chilies), drained
8 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
8 ounces grilled chicken breast strips
1/2 cup guacamole, or as needed (optional)
Step 1: Prepare the Filling
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, sour cream, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and Aleppo pepper. Mix well until the ingredients are thoroughly blended into a smooth spread.
Step 2: Assemble the Pinwheels
Lay out the sundried tomato tortilla wraps on a clean, flat surface. Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture over each tortilla, leaving a small border around the edges. This will help prevent the filling from squeezing out when you roll them up.
Step 3: Add the Toppings
Evenly distribute the drained diced tomatoes with green chilies over the cream cheese layer on each tortilla. Add a layer of shredded Cheddar cheese on top of the tomatoes. Arrange the grilled chicken breast strips over the cheese, and if using, dollop some guacamole across the chicken.
Step 4: Roll and Chill
Carefully roll up each tortilla tightly to ensure the fillings are securely wrapped inside. Wrap the rolled tortillas individually in plastic wrap and place them in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour. This step helps the pinwheels firm up, making them easier to slice.
Step 5: Slice and Serve
Once chilled, remove the rolls from the refrigerator and unwrap them. Using a sharp knife, slice each roll into 1-inch thick pinwheels. Discard the ends for a cleaner presentation, or enjoy them as the cook’s treat!
Step 6: Arrange and Enjoy
Arrange the pinwheels on a serving platter, displaying the colorful spirals. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Consistency of the Filling: Adjust the amount of sour cream to achieve your desired consistency for the filling. Less sour cream will yield a thicker spread, while more will make it creamier.
Variations: Feel free to add other ingredients like sliced black olives, chopped cilantro, or minced jalapeños to the filling for extra flavor and texture.
Make-Ahead: These pinwheels can be made a day ahead of your event and stored in the refrigerator, making them a convenient option for entertaining.
Mexican Pinwheels can be served as an appetizer or a light snack. Pair them with salsa, queso dip, or more guacamole for dipping to enhance the flavors.
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Mexican Pinwheels are an easy-to-make, versatile, and delicious option for any gathering. With their creamy, spicy filling and vibrant appearance, they’re sure to be a hit with guests of all ages. Enjoy crafting these tasty treats for your next party, picnic, or snack time!