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Mexican Pinwheels

Easy Mexican Pinwheels are an easy appetizer with creamy chicken and the bold flavors of salsa, cilantro, and spices rolled into a tortilla.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings (3 pieces)
Calories 267kcal


  • 12 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Jack cheese
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces sliced olives drained
  • 1 tablespoons cilantro
  • 4 flour tortillas 12-inch


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, chicken and sour cream. Use a hand mixer if you have one to make sure it’s really well combined.
  • Stir in salsa, shredded cheese and taco seasoning, then gently fold in green onions, olives and cilantro.
  • Lay one tortilla on a flat surface and spread ¼ of the chicken mixture evenly on the tortilla, leaving about 1/3 of an inch around the edges.
  • Roll tortilla into a log shape. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Repeat with the remaining ingredients, wrap tightly with plastic wrap, then refrigerate logs for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  • When ready to serve, remove logs from the refrigerator. Unwrap and slice into even pieces using a sharp, serrated knife. Secure pinwheels with toothpicks if desired.
  • Arrange on a serving platter and garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired.


Store leftover sliced pinwheels in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days. They will get softer the longer they are stored.I don't recommend freezing as the texture will change drastically. You can make them ahead up to 1 day in advance.


Calories: 267kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 13gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 547mgPotassium: 172mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 737IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 194mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Mexican Pinwheels, tortilla pinwheels