Fiesta Pinwheels

Fiesta Pinwheels are another Tex-Mex appetizer with great Tex-Mex spicy flavor but with different ingredients than most pinwheel recipes. These almost taste like a layered dip inside a tortilla and rolled up! Fiesta Pinwheels are made with a cream cheese and sour cream base that you season with taco seasoning and garlic powder, then add olives, green chilies, green onions, cheese and salsa. I increased the heat of these tasty pinwheels by putting the filling in jalapeno cheddar wraps! Wow, were these good!

When I made these a few weeks ago the original recipe said they made 5 dozen. Well that wasn’t to be! I was lucky to get even close to two dozen of these pinwheels. That’s when I became Johnny-On-the-Spot and had to raid my pantry to see what I could throw together to make more servings and I came up with Jalapeno Cheddar Roll Ups. Those bean roll ups turned out spectacular even if I hadn’t planned for them, and this recipe came out exceptionally well, too. But I’ve adjusted the servings to more accurately reflect how many appetizers each batch makes. I also made changes in a few other ingredients, but I think the outcome was excellent.

Yes, I made these Fiesta Pinwheels for a large brunch I was serving to our church’s Vacation Bible School workers a few weeks ago and this recipe was on the menu. They were scarfed down quickly just like everything else! These easy roll ups are nice and spicy due to the salsa, green chilies and jalapeno cheddar wraps, but your palate is cooled slightly by the cream cheese and sour cream. Fiesta Pinwheels are actually supposed to be served with salsa or hot sauce, so for those who really enjoy SPICY, you can double your pleasure by dipping each appetizer into a bowl of salsa or hot sauce! [Emphasis on HOT]!!! I used my own Homemade Taco Seasoning since I didn’t have a taco seasoning packet on hand.

If you’re in the mood for a great Tex-Mex appetizer that tastes a little like layered dip inside a spicy jalapeno cheddar tortilla, then this is the recipe for you! Give these great pinwheels a try sometime. You won’t be disappointed.

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Fiesta Pinwheels have a little heat from the jalapeno cheddar wraps but I didn’t actually add any diced jalapenos to this recipe!

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Here’s a close up so you can see the texture of this tasty appetizer. Fiesta Pinwheels only take about 10 minutes to whip up, but it’s best to refrigerate them a few hours before cutting.

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Fiesta Pinwheels taste like eating Layered Mexican Dip in a tortilla!


Here’s what I did.

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Soften cream cheese and put in mixing bowl. Add sour cream, sliced ripe olives, drained and patted dry, and diced chilies.

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Add green onions, taco seasoning and garlic powder. I used Homemade Taco Seasoning because I had run out of regular taco seasoning packets.

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Add cheddar cheese and salsa. I didn’t have picante sauce on hand so I used salsa instead. It came out perfect!

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Stir ingredients to combine.

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I used jalapeno cheddar wraps to wrap the filling of these pinwheels. Spread the filling to the edge of the tortillas.

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Roll as tightly as possible without tearing the tortillas.

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Keep rolling and seal edges tightly.

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Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate several hours or overnight.

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Here are the pinwheels ready for the refrigerator.

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To serve: unwrap plastic from pinwheels. Place on cutting board and using sharp knife cut in one to two-inch slices. Serve with salsa.

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Here’s another close up so you can see the texture of the filling. Serve Fiesta Pinwheels with salsa or veggie dippers of your choice. 

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I saved the small end pieces for samples for anyone who wanted to try just small samples of Fiesta Pinwheels. But once they sampled the small ones, they usually wanted another one…..and another……


Here’s the recipe.


(Recipe adapted from Taste of Home)

[b]Fiesta Pinwheels[/b]
Recipe Type: Appetizers
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from [url href=”” target=”_blank” title=”fiesta pinwheels”]Taste of Home[/url]
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 24
Wonderful Tex-Mex appetizer that ‘s extra spicy due to using Jalapeno Cheddar Wraps in addition to the diced chilies, salsa and taco seasoning in the recipe.
  • 8-oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2.25-oz. can sliced ripe olives, drained and patted dry
  • 4-oz. can diced chilies
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 3 tbsp. [url href=”” target=”_blank” title=”homemade taco seasoning”]homemade taco seasoning[/url]
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • flour tortillas (I used jalapeno cheddar wraps)
  • ½ cup salsa
  • salsa or hot sauce for dipping
  1. Mix cream cheese, sour cream, olives, chilies, green onions, taco seasoning, garlic powder, cheddar cheese and ½ cup salsa.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Spread on tortillas.
  4. Roll up very tightly and wrap in plastic wrap for a few hours until firm.
  5. Slice down in 1 to 2-inch sections and serve with salsa.


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These tasty pinwheels are wonderful for afternoon snacks!

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These delicious roll ups have a nice blend of heat and creamy coolness from the cream cheese and sour cream. If you’re looking for a great party recipe, consider making Fiesta Pinwheels sometime soon!

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It’s really hard to eat only one! Fiesta Pinwheels are a delightful appetizer for watching sporting events on television. They may even make the news more palatable! 

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