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Appetizer Tortilla Pinwheels

A friend gave me this recipe, and whenever I serve these tortilla roll ups, people ask me for the recipe, too! The cream cheese 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
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


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


  • Beat cream cheese, cheese and sour cream until blended. Stir in olives, green chiles, green onions and seasonings.
  • Spread over tortillas; roll up tightly. Wrap each in plastic, twisting ends to seal; refrigerate several hours.
  • Unwrap. Cut into 1/2- to 3/4-in. slices, using a serrated knife. If desired, serve with salsa.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • This recipe is super versatile. For a Greek twist, for example, swap in feta cheese, use kalamata olives and trade diced tomatoes for the chiles.
  • Wondering how long cream cheese lasts? Here's your answer.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 pinwheel: 63 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


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    • Garry
      Oct 19, 2020

      Everybody absolutely love them at the last party we had.

    • catcove
      Aug 20, 2020

      These are great! I've also made them with crm chs, ham and diced pickles (dill or sweet). Another version - crm chs, chipotle raspberry sauce and diced chicken. So many variations and so easy!

    • Barb
      Apr 15, 2020

      Easy and delish!

    • Denise
      Dec 11, 2019

      I've been making these for years. In fact, if i dont have them, everyone asks for them!

    • Sue
      Aug 29, 2019

      I’ve made these for years. The only thing I do differently, is to cook up some bacon and then chop it up and add it to the mixture. Super yummy!

    • roxiejmc
      Aug 19, 2019

      Taste so yummy easy to make and everyone loves them. I serve with sides of salsa and guacamole

    • ajroeding
      May 24, 2019

      (Note to Editor: I submitted this review the other day and the end was cut off. If you can't use the brand name Wheat Thins, can you at least change it to "wheat crackers", instead of just cutting it off?) I have made these for years, but I don't use chilies or seasoning. I also discovered that just the filling makes a delicious dip! I serve it with Sundried Tomato wheat crackers.

    • Phillie
      Feb 13, 2019

      These are fabulous! I also made a version with smoked salmon and added Mexican taco spices. Fantastic, thanks so much Pat Waymire!

    • Rosemary Swope
      Feb 12, 2019

      Made these delicious little appetizers for 2 get-togethers. Was enjoyed by all! Thank you for sharing this recipe, It's a keeper!

    • Roger1939
      Jan 31, 2019

      I haven’t made these yet, but I plan to for Super Bowl Sunday. I am going to make up the next year on Saturday and then spread out on the tortillas early Sunday. Hopefully that will prevent any possibility of tortillas getting soggy. I am going to leave out the olives and the peppers, at least the seeds. I think I’m going to try that taco powder in them or one of the other suggestions you people have made. They just sound delicious.