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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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    • Autumn
      Jan 27, 2021

      These pinwheels are so yummy! We make them and let sit overnight in the fridge and the flavor the next day is amazing. We use smaller tortillas and they work just fine; we also leave out the olives.

    • 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

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    • tdawg1004
      Mar 30, 2018

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