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

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

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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cskrn 243493
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016

"I made these for a superbowl party. Everyone loved them!"

Angel182009 240823
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"I don't know what else to say but wow! This recipe was so easy to put together to feed a crowd and had great flavor. I will be making these again and for every family gathering I host."

justmbeth 240624
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"Simple and easy to put together for a large party. Made quite a bit."

IrishCatnipGirl 240402
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"Made these for our family gathering on Christmas Eve and they were a hit! Easy to make and when I told my kids to leave me some, they said, "How many?" We'll be making these for every family gathering from now on."

Susiew122 240284
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

"These were very good, made them for Christmas as I had to bring a dish, ALL were gone and people looked for more. Makes a very lot and easy."

mkaskela 238443
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"Good. I omitted the olives."

Summy 238203
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2015

"This was yummy! I made it exactly as written. To prevent the filling from spilling out, I simply stopped spreading it about 1 inch from one side of the tortilla, then rolled the tortilla toward that end. The filling kind of squished and spread itself into that area as I rolled, and there was no spillage. Uses a very sharp non-serrated knife to cut it. I am also using this as a sandwich spread with avocado for my quick breakfast this morning. Delicious!"

SimpleFoods 238107
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?!"

maureen104 236999
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!"

235gbt 236939
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!"

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