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Fiesta Pinwheels Recipe

Fiesta Pinwheels Recipe

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 taking her recipe home for the holidays. —Diane Martin, Brown Deer, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling YIELD: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


  • 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.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: Pinwheels may be prepared ahead and frozen. Thaw in refrigerator.

Nutritional Facts

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

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nswdcl User ID: 5530310 265117
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2017

"I am very happy to have this recipe. I think I had these years ago, but failed to get the recipe then. Just to clarify, is picante sauce the same thing as the salsa you serve it with, or is it something like Cholula or Tobasco?"

tcarver User ID: 5663692 261358
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2017

"They tasted GREAT!"

russelkl User ID: 7012001 258505
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2016

"I've made these on several occasions and they are a big hit!"

cskrn User ID: 7338987 243493
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016

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

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 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 User ID: 1196484 240624
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

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

IrishCatnipGirl User ID: 3204378 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 User ID: 5821544 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 User ID: 6061564 238443
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"Good. I omitted the olives."

Summy User ID: 1386846 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 User ID: 7160373 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 User ID: 3232847 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 User ID: 8485749 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!"

wunsagin User ID: 791731 236934
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

"I only used a little of the olives, I love olives but didn't want that to be the only thing you could taste. It was the perfect amount. Next time I might leave them out altogether."

kramerstacey15 User ID: 5709757 231123
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2015

"These are easy and taste great. I always get compliments."

icunrse User ID: 6357713 228974
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

"I brought these to a party and they cleaned the plate. I will make these again for sure!"

Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 224875
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2015

"These were so good. My husband loved them. I also made some without olives. I just don't like those little stinkers. :) Two thumbs up recipe! Will make again and again."

angieact1 User ID: 1990802 218162
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"Always gobbled up - and tastes great!"

nmblades User ID: 170437 216936
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

"easy to make. I made the filling the night before, wrapped them up in the AM, then just sliced and plated when I got home from work and off to my party. Well received, many people wanted the recipe."

ekahood User ID: 6269421 216773
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"These taste great, but I lost a lot of filling trying to roll them up. What is the solution for that?"

Jolena User ID: 87898 216668
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"What happened to the print size on this recipe???"

kcoffman User ID: 37720 216351
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"Ripe olives are the black olives."

MsPattyinLoveland User ID: 5671128 216350
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"I substituted fat free cream cheese and light sour cream. Also I used light Italian and light sun dried tomatoe flat outs wraps in place of flour tortillas. Much healthier and saves calories. For a little extra protein I made one with finely shredded chicken. Put all ingredients in food processor and spread on wrap."

Iloveflorida User ID: 7989929 216349
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"Do you use green or black olives? Shouldn't matter, but if they're that good I want to do it right."

valanddansmith User ID: 988113 214564
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"Loved these! They're really good and simple to make!"

CarlaMae User ID: 2861639 48027
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"I make these every year for my Christmas Party and they are always a hit!"

jamesandlynn User ID: 8098186 19811
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2014

"Yummy. Can also add chicken or ham, BBQ, pineapple and omit salsa and taco. Terriff"

yumyumyum111 User ID: 8058536 20493
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"Really good and easy to make! Accidentally bought 8 inch tortillas and filled with 1/3 cup filling per tortilla and it worked great. Will definitely make again!"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 49449
Reviewed May. 6, 2013

"Everyone really liked these."

ValerieMS User ID: 4364700 20813
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013 Edited Dec. 31, 2014

"Everyone loved this when I took it to a New Year's Eve party."

Melissa4321 User ID: 6157595 50864
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"These are very good and easy to make! I only got 6 tortillas though and not 8 following the instructions to spread 1/2 cup on each tortilla. The only thing I changed was I used jalapeno cheddar tortillas instead of plain flour tortillas. This added very good flavor. Will make again."

kwOhio User ID: 6439377 19796
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"Very good - not one left when I served them!!!!"

PugParent User ID: 4906527 24546
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"I made this Christmas Eve to take to a party on Christmas Day. I used red & green flour tortillas to add color to my platter. It looked beautiful. But more importantly, it was a huge hit! Although the recipe made quite a bit, I should have made a double batch as they went so fast!!! This is definitely a keeper!"

turtledaisy User ID: 3675355 48025
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"Very good appetizer. easy to prepare and store well in the refrigerator."

winnie98 User ID: 2882637 21868
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"I have made these for our" Family Christmas Day Appetizer Blow Out" in 2008 and 2009. I have been asked to bring them again this year, 2010. They are a HIT and the first thing to disappear."

gerk User ID: 4733232 49446
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"this is one of the best I ever made, everyone ask for the recipe"

linda.eliz User ID: 4480193 44349
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

"These are great, and easy and inexpensive to make. They are good without the salsa, but better with it."

jewellery User ID: 2949372 50863
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2009

"I've been making these for years now,they are a great appetizer for Xmas, also, I make these in the summer for the girls at work or at a party. They are a big hit.

Pat Simons"

HBcook User ID: 2966570 43855
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2009

"These are VERY good and have lots of flavor. Rolling them is a pain and ocourse, when you slice them there is waste on either end. All in all, worth the effort for a party."

[email protected] User ID: 904591 46700
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2008

"I have made this recipe several times, and each time I have been asked for the recipe..they are excellent for any occasion..Pat Siegfried"

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