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Fiesta Pinwheels

Whenever I serve this make-ahead, easy pinwheel recipe, they disappear fast. When a friend at the office shared them with me, I knew in one bite I'd be taking her Mexican pinwheels home for the holidays. —Diane Martin, Brown Deer, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 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 chiles
  • 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 8 flour tortillas (10 inches)
  • Salsa


  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream, picante sauce, taco seasoning and garlic powder until smooth. Stir in olives, chiles, cheese and onions. Spread about 1/2 cup on each tortilla.
  • Roll up jelly-roll style; wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. Slice into 1-in. pieces. Serve with salsa.

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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 59 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 154mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


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    • Riddhima
      Nov 28, 2020

      Thanks for the recipe. I would love to try this recipe once and provide more insightful feedback.

    • Linda
      Nov 28, 2020

      Sounds good but any suggestions on making this gluten free?

    • Foxycook
      Jul 2, 2019

      The filling flavor was good, but I was not impressed with the inaccuracy of the approx. servings per recipe. Also, 1/2 cup of filling per 10" tortilla was way off. Should have been 1 cup. I lost 2 inches on each side due to lack of filling, plus had open gaps in some of the pinwheels. This happening even though I doubled the recipe, but not the tortillas . Flavor and presentation was enjoyed by all. My rating reflects amount of servings suggested.

    • kredhead
      May 7, 2019

      Flavor is good. Just by reading the recipe I felt it needed's basically a flavored spread with olives. I added a grilled chicken breast finely chopped, could have added a second cut chunkier. Used finely shredded cheese, should have used the regular, thicker cut because it disappeared. Will definately make again with changes. Calling shenanigans on 5 dozen.

    • Kathy
      Mar 22, 2019

      The flavor is pretty good, but I had to cut the rating in half due to the inaccurate portion sizes. It claims it makes about 5 dozen. Yet, I had to add an additional package of cream cheese, another cup of cheddar cheese, and an additional 3/4 cup sour cream to get only 3, MAYBE 4 dozen, and they aren't filled nearly as full as the photo above. Very disappointed, since it's for my son's birthday party and I don't have time to get to the store to make another batch.

    • keely27
      Jan 31, 2019

      Basic, go-to pinwheel recipe

    • scotland1
      Dec 9, 2018

      Made them this past summer and took them to my brother and his wife 50th Wedding Anniversary. It was a hit. That will be on my recipe box.

    • CherGar
      Apr 17, 2018

      No comment left

    • tdawg1004
      Mar 30, 2018

      No comment left

    • fhquilting
      Mar 5, 2018

      This is a wonderful good! Note to HB Cook from 2009: yes, there is waste on the ends; but that is your reward for your hard eat the ends. O Happy day!!