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Appetizer Tortilla Pinwheels Recipe
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Appetizer Tortilla Pinwheels Recipe

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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
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 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 (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Seasoned salt to taste
  • 5 flour tortillas (10 inches), room temperature
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  • Salsa

Nutritional Facts

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


  1. In a large bowl, beat the first eight ingredients until blended. Spread over the tortillas; roll up tightly. Wrap each with plastic wrap, twisting ends; refrigerate for several hours.
  2. Unwrap; cut into 1/2-in. to 3/4-in. slices. (An electric knife works best.) Discard ends. Garnish with parsley. Serve with salsa if desired. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Appetizer Tortilla Pinwheels in Country Woman November/December 1988, p29

Nutritional Facts

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

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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Reviewed May. 5, 2015

"can these be frozen?"

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."

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."

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014

"These are anything but "bland" as somebody else described them! With the green onions, green chilis, cream cheese - they're delicious. I don't remember where I got the recipe, but have made them many times. There are never any left. I don't have an electric knife, but a serrated knife works very well. Thanks for reminding me of these wonderful little critters - now I know exactly what I'm going to serve to guests this weekend!"

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."

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