Tortilla Pinwheels with Cream Cheese Filling Recipe

Tortilla pinwheels
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Ratings (79)
  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 36 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
125 Calories
9g Fat
7g Carbs
5g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These tortilla pinwheels are very popular, especially for holiday entertaining. Serve with salsa, ranch dressing, sour cream, guacamole, or use your favorite dip ideas.

The filling for these roll-ups is a basic chile and cheese mixture, but feel free to experiment with other ideas, like crab meat, finely chopped ham, roasted red pepper, etc.


  • 5 to 6 large flour tortillas
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 6 green onions (chopped)
  • 4 ounces chopped green chiles (drained)
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese (shredded, about 2 cups)
  • Dash salt (or to taste)
  • Dash freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • Optional: salsa, ranch dressing, sour cream, guacamole, or other dips

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather ingredients.

    Tortilla pinwheels ingredients
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  2. Have tortillas at room temperature.

  3. Place the cream cheese and sour cream in a bowl mix with an electric mixer on low until well blended. Add the green onions, chiles, and cheddar cheese. Beat just until blended. Taste and add salt and ground black pepper, as needed.

    Add tortilla mixture ingredients and blend
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  4. Spread mixture thinly and evenly over tortillas to within about 1/4-inch of the edges.

    Spread mixture over tortillas
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  5. Roll each filled tortilla up jelly-roll fashion and wrap each tortilla in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

    Roll each tortilla, wrap, and refrigerate
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  6. Just before serving, slice each tortilla pinwheel in 1/2 to 3/4 inch rounds and arrange on serving plate. The tortillas will become dry if sliced too far in advance.

    Slice each tortilla into pinwheel and serve
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  7. Serve with your favorite salsa or a few different dips. Ranch dressing, guacamole, and sour cream are all good choices.