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Appetizer Tortilla Pinwheels Recipe

Appetizer Tortilla Pinwheels Recipe

A friend gave me this recipe, and whenever I serve these pretty and delicious appetizers, people ask me for the recipe, too! Besides being attractive and tasty, the pinwheels can be made ahead of time and sliced just before serving, leaving you time for other last-minute party preparations. —Pat Waymire, Yellow Springs, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, well drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Seasoned salt to taste
  • 5 flour tortillas (10 inches), room temperature
  • Salsa


  • 1. Beat first eight ingredients until blended. Spread over tortillas; roll up tightly. Wrap each in plastic, twisting ends to seal; refrigerate several hours.
  • 2. Unwrap. Using a serrated knife, cut into 1/2- to 3/4-in. slices. If desired, serve with salsa. Yield: about 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 180 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 305mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

Reviews for Appetizer Tortilla Pinwheels

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I_Fortuna User ID: 8342880 245822
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2016

"Tortillas corn and flour must be cooked first to remove the raw flour flavor. When cooked properly, they do not become soggy easily. Flour do not have to be cooked until crisp, just until they puff a little. Raw flour tortillas, although partially cooked by a company are still mostly raw.

Flour or corn tortillas can be heated directly over a gas flame, let cool and use. Or, in the frying pan with butter (that's how I love them), or briefly heated in the oven or microwave.
When making enchiladas, I heat my corn tortillas in a tortilla server in the microwave, 10 seconds each. So, if you put 6 tortillas in, set the time for 1 minute. They will come out nice and steamed for ready for use."

danchef User ID: 8725357 242913
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2016

"Have been making these for years only difference is I use a package of Hidden Valley ranch dressing mixed in with my cheese mix instead of the salt and garlic . Also chopped jalapeno peppers in place of green chillies . Do not forget to drain canned ingredients . If you make them you should have enough for more than five . I get eight at least and do not wrap them , i just put them in an air tight container over night and cut"

Hoop55 User ID: 8659304 240177
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2015

"I love these...I also do the cream cheese and sour cream but add sliced ham, swiss cheese, black olives, chives and garlic powder to taste"

AiJen User ID: 2579313 240076
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"Made these yesterday and let them sit in fridge overnight to meld the flavors. So, today I sliced one and tried it...yuck! tortilla was soggy, and sour cream is overpowering. I tried baking a few, 350 oven, for 10 minutes. Definite improvement, but still soggy inside."

PlumaD User ID: 8361565 225922
Reviewed May. 5, 2015

"can these be frozen?"

tcarver User ID: 5663692 219693
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"Very tasty. I don't think they are bland as someone described. I love a lot of flavor and found these perfect."

20grands User ID: 5689390 214067
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

"This is a favorite for all kinds of gatherings. I also recommend the Taste of Home recipe for "Cranberry Feta Pinwheels". Tasty and festive."

SimpleFoods User ID: 7160373 51741
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014 Edited Dec. 24, 2015

"I don't know what a reader did to these rollups, but I have never heard of a tortilla becoming soggy!! As to the sour cream - you use it to thin the cream cheese in order to spread it easily on the tortilla - not to mention the great flavor it adds. I can't begin to imagine what it must have been like after baking it - the sour cream would become liquid!"

KcookieB211 User ID: 1404577 26886
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"I have been making these for years...with the following variation: add 1 can of Hormel chicken spread (and I haven't used olives. Just cream cheese, chicken spread, green chiles, green onions and cheese ) I leave tortillas flat. Start with tortilla, spread mix, add a tortilla, spread mix, etc. for about four high then wrap in plastic wrap and chill. When ready to serve, slice into triangles. Easy to eat and different than traditional pinwheels. Good "go-to" appetizer."

recipehound54 User ID: 4246730 45661
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"I've made these for years and they're always a great appetizer. The best plus is that they need to be made ahead of time to give the filling ingredients a change to blend together. That means that you can devote more time to those appetizers that have to wait until just before serving to be prepared. To fix the "these are kind of bland" issue: add half a package (or more, depending on your taste) of taco seasoning to the sour cream/cream cheese mixture. That gives the pinwheels an extra boost of flavor. I disagree with the "discard the ends" instructions. Those are just as good as the inner slices--they just don't look as pretty. :)"

indicook User ID: 5994561 51619
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"tasty and easy..everyone always loves them. I been making this recipe for 30+ years"

deannasnz User ID: 6542477 50159
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2014

"An oldie but a goodie."

CountryGirl72 User ID: 7814020 47804
Reviewed May. 22, 2014

"I don't think these were all that great but man my sister does! Out of everything she has tasted and ate that I make she always asks me to make these for her. They taste ok to me they do look awful pretty when you display them on a pretty platter."

tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 16896
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

"Every year my kids request these for our Christmas Eve dinner and for our Superbowl party. I have never put in olives because no one in my family likes them. Be sure to refrigerate these like the recipe says so all the flavors blend nicely. I have never discarded the ends."

Janice Kay User ID: 5261475 22365
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"make the filling in advance to season through, try fresh minced Jalapeo's if you like it spicey."

Rebeccadnaz User ID: 7588590 26919
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

"I made 10doz of these for our new years eve party, set them down on the table to go find the hostess. When I came back there were only a few left! My entire family gives this recipe 5 stars!"

102878 User ID: 7274615 51740
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

"Wonderful appetizers. My one question is - why discard the ends. I would change that to sample the ends. Usually, if I am entertaining, the prep time is when I have the time to eat! I "sample" things like the ends."

Bonito User ID: 1630276 51737
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2013

"This was amazing - I have made something like this but with the seasoned salt it really perks up the taste - great tip"

grniis2 User ID: 5615142 26902
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2013

"I made these for a family get together and everyone raved about them and wanted the recipe. I substituted diced red sweet pepper for olives and salsa verde, drained, for green chilies since that is what I had on hand. Worked out great. I was able to use 6 tortillas. Will definitely make again."

randcbruns User ID: 828588 21847
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2013

"I love these types of recipes, they are so open to be able to against them to your family's liking. You don't like olives, leave them out. Want to add a different spice, go ahead. I use this as my basic recipe and them add and change ingredients to fit my mood, my family's taste, and/or the event I am taking them to. These are the prefect finger food."

MaryJFisher User ID: 7340573 47803
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"I get great reviews every time I make this recipe. Someone always asks for the recipe."

MUTTSY1 User ID: 6417165 21535
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2013

"Really enjoyed the taste and the ease of making. Only problem I had was after a few hours and especially the next day the tortillas went soft like uncooked dough."

GoodWitchGlenda User ID: 7118685 26900
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2013

"Question: I made this recipe for a dinner which has been postponed because of weather. Can I freeze these and use them in two weeks?"

jieastcott User ID: 1507778 50127
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"Made these for a party and they were a hit! I put ham in half and just this filling in the other half."

LeVoy User ID: 7015521 26898
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"We made the pinwheels for New Year's Eve. The tortillas were soggy and no one seemed to like them. The inside filling was good. Wish I had thought to scrape off the tortillas and use the filling on crackers. They went in the garbage. Did anyone else have this problem?"

coolchick2 User ID: 6433149 80407
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"bland and pasty"

germanycook User ID: 6411056 23495
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"Yum. Just like the ones I made for our wedding! Didn't use chilies or green onions but double the olives.... also if you want them to be easier to slice, freeze for an hour or so before slicing. Then pop them on a serving platter and leave in the fridge until serving time! I also used a serrated knife to cut them."

slickola User ID: 625677 22364
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2012

"I made 2 of the pinwheels by the recipe , using jalapeno peppers and they were good . I put shaved smoked turkey , shaved smoked ham and shaved roast beef on the other 3 . We liked the roll with the smoked ham a lot and loved the roll with the roast beef"

lholzwarth2004 User ID: 5819190 51605
Reviewed May. 13, 2012

"This recipe was amazing as is. Can sure understand why it was a contest winner. Made it again also adding one thin slice of Boar's Head jerk turkey and ham. The jerk turkey added quite a kick. Would also try substituting jalapeno peppers for the green chilies for even more of a kick!"

MaggieWB User ID: 4951050 80403
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"I took a tray of these to a party and they really made me look like a star. Easy to make, fast, delicious, not a thing to change about the recipe...and I agree...the electric knife is a great tip. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!"

blndzdoitbetr User ID: 5605456 45658
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"Anytime we have a party or a potluck, I'm asked to bring these! My mom even makes only the filling and uses it on bagels, crackers or eats it with veggies. We ALL absolutely LOVE it!!"

caroline schryer User ID: 4304950 55899
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2011

"I wrote a review for this recipe and I never read it ... Why ? Caroline"

river79 User ID: 5630640 22363
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2011

"Very good taste - I would make the filling the day before to let flavors mix. The electric knife used to cut is an excellent recommendation - worked GREAT!"

ACJ User ID: 4214318 47801
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2011

"I used the green healthy tortillas for a Christmas appetizer, they were festive and yummuy! Used green olives and extra pimentos, made them the day before, unwrapped and sliced. Super easy and gone in a flash."

whizzer1 User ID: 2207741 50125
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"i have modified this recipe by mixing a package of good seasons fiesta dressing mix to 2 packages of cream cheese. (omit the seasonings & salsa, & sour cream as it's all in the mix) for a mexican flair & it it delicious too. my daughter in law eats a whole tortilla as a sandwich for lunch or dinner"

Jean39 User ID: 5510066 21846
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2010

"Haven't made this yet , but it sounds yummy.

I will be trying it."

me2nc User ID: 5480630 45614
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"So easy and so good. Definitely need more tortillas. Plenty of stuffing. I made nine and probably could have stretched more."

sylvia_moss User ID: 4270982 51593
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"These are really good. The best thing about them is how easy they are to make."

gaelicblue User ID: 5332439 80401
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"I made this for the first time this weekend and it got rave reviews! Even people who said they really don't like olives tried it and loved it! I got many requests for the recipe and I always use that as a measure of success. I'll keep this one in my recipe book for sure."

pallsbury User ID: 510061 51563
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"I have made theses for years, I am always getting asked to make them at our family and work functions. I triple the recipe and it makes 8 to 10 large ones. Great Recipe."

ritasistos User ID: 3451730 23493
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2010

"They are wonderful. Would use the burito size tortillas next time."

Linda_from_NH User ID: 993489 51562
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2010

"I had a very similar recipe which I lost in one of my last three moves. This is wonderful! Be sure to drain the green chilies and olives! This recipe makes a lot of filling - I used 8 10" tortillas but may not have used as much of the filling as I should have. HOWEVER, the extra won't go to waste - it's scrumptious on bagels!"

iamwildcookie User ID: 4774060 21845
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2010

"Outstanding appetizer.. Everyone loved it. Easy and plastic wrapped roll can sit in fridge overnight..I drained the chopped green chilies in a tea strainer.."

Frisian_girl User ID: 1022076 80400
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2010

"These are always a hit when I make them. I've been making them for years and I'm always requested to bring them to various functions.

I sometimes substitute hot pepper relish (well drained) instead of the green chilis. It gives it just a bit of a nice bite.
Excellent Recipe!"

nkw123 User ID: 4189487 21533
Reviewed May. 6, 2010

"I'm making these for a party this weekend, except this time I'm TRIPLEING the recipe b/c they never last very long! Very good and very easy!!!"

caraguard User ID: 3684011 55889
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2010

"These were delicious and a big hit at my party! I really don't care for olives, but they worked perfectly in this appetizer. And these pinwheels were definitely the easiest I've ever worked with. I will absolutely make again!"

m1ssm3 User ID: 4815243 51561
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"These were a big hit at the party. I used Neufchatel cheese and omitted the garlic powder and sesoned salt. Didn't last long enough for salsa!"

caroline schryer User ID: 4304950 51733
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2009

"I have made these several times and am planning to make them for our church for appetizers on Thanksgiving. Everyone just loves them. I am wondering, just how far ahead they can be made, and if they can be frozen ?

We have many other dishes to make and making these ahead would be helpful. Thanks"

Nancy__Az User ID: 179259 26897
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2009

"These were fast and easy. I used jalapeno cheddar wraps instead of plain tortillas and they were great."

shellshell72691 User ID: 2695759 26860
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2009

"I have been making these for years as well. They are so easy and a hit at any get together. Any get together I am responsible for bringing these."

einon User ID: 1703260 26753
Reviewed May. 28, 2009

"I have been making these over a simular recipe for at least 12 years. When I want small sandwiches I add a thin slice of roast beef, turkey, or chichen and then roll up."

rauten46 User ID: 3348121 55880
Reviewed May. 13, 2009

"I made these for a baby shower and they were amazing. They didn't last long because everyone loved them. I will definately make these again and again. Rauten"

MrsKase User ID: 3265136 22252
Reviewed May. 4, 2009

"You have to make sure the olives are well-drained so they don't become soggy."

bgrabis User ID: 2916556 55875
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2009

"I made this for a Cristmas buffet. they got very soggy and ended up throwing them out"

mg3works4me User ID: 3315484 51732
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2009

"Everyone that has tried this has really liked it -- my pastors keep asking me to make it for ladies night. I added 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper for extra color. None of the latino ladies we served had ever seen anything like it, and I thought that was so funny, since it uses tortillas!"

angus16 User ID: 3749813 26752
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2009

"I made this for the Superbowl party we went to. It was quick and easy to make but we thought it didn't have the best flavor. Thanks anyways!"

hollyez User ID: 3350271 45613
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2008

"This was great! My husband LOVES this recipe. I made it for Thanksgiving and he has asked me to make them again for Christmas Eve and New Years. Thank you Tast of Home for a great treat!"

Rosie Culver User ID: 2375277 16892
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2008

"I have used the samr recipe only I use a thin slice of roast beef or ham from my local deli it is a huge success.

Rosie Culver Youngsville La."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.