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Fiesta Pinwheels Recipe
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Fiesta Pinwheels Recipe

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Whenever I serve these make-ahead appetizers, they disappear fast. When a friend at the office shared them with me, I knew in one bite I'd be bringing her recipe home for the holidays. —Diane Martin, Brown Deer, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup picante sauce
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • Dash garlic powder
  • 1 can (4-1/2 ounces) chopped ripe olives, drained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 8 flour tortillas (10 inches)
  • Salsa

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3 each) equals 170 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 402 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream, picante sauce, taco seasoning and garlic powder until smooth. Stir in olives, chilies, cheese and onions. Spread about 1/2 cup on each tortilla.
  2. Roll up jelly-roll style; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. Slice into 1-in. pieces. Serve with salsa. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Editor's Note: Pinwheels may be prepared ahead and frozen. Thaw in refrigerator.
Originally published as Fiesta Pinwheels in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1997, p22

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3 each) equals 170 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 402 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"I have made these sooo often in the last couple of years. They are my favorite thing to take to any gathering, and I have never had any left to bring home. I agree with maureen104 - maybe the reason a person wouldn't like them is NOT the recipe as it was actually submitted, NOT the absence of meat - but perhaps it's because that person totally changed the recipe to something else?!"

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2015

"I've been making these for years. They are perfect as is.. I don't understand why anyone would completely change the recipe and then give it on!y 2 stars!"

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

"this recipe was ok... but there was no sort of meat to tie it all together... I used some cooked deli chicken shredded - no olives and no chilies! added veggie cream cheese (instead of the plain cream cheese) and a dab of mayo - fiesta ranch dry dressing mix (instead of taco seasonings) and added a dab of the picante sauce to bind it all together! i used the same measurements for the ingredients as I have listed - had to tone it down abit - cause I gots to keep my pancreas happy!"

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

"I only used a little of the olives, I love olives but didn't want that to be the only thing you could taste. It was the perfect amount. Next time I might leave them out altogether."

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2015

"These are easy and taste great. I always get compliments."

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