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Fiesta Pinwheels (+Video)

These Fiesta Pinwheels are so delicious and simple! Made with flour tortillas, cream cheese, salsa, sour cream and of course, shredded cheese!

A SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS APPETIZER OR SNACK

Today I am sharing one of my favorite appetizers: Fiesta Pinwheels! Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, so you better believe I’m already planning our Mexican-inspired fiesta! These pinwheels are so delicious and the easiest little appetizers to whip up. Perfect for a last minute party or unexpected guests.

a bunch of fiesta pinwheels shown on a metal tray wit ha bowl of salsa in the middle.

TIPS FOR MAKING FIESTA PINWHEELS:

  • The version I’m sharing today is really simple, but you could definitely play around with these by adding cooked chicken or bacon.
  • You can make so many different variations of this recipe just by changing the flavor of the tortilla. Spinach and sun-dried tomato flavors are my other favorites.
  • Want more filling? No problem! This makes quite a few pinwheels so you could certainly add more filling to each tortilla. It will just make a few less pinwheels.
  • Experiment with different cheeses. Monterey Jack and Pepper Jack work wonderful in this!
  • Try adding a Tablespoon of taco seasoning to the filling to make it more of a Mexican Pinwheel!
close up photo of stacked fiesta pinwheels on a metal tray with a bowl of salsa in the background.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • cream cheese
  • sour cream
  • salsa (I like Herdez brand)
  • flour tortillas
  • shredded cheddar cheese
flour tortillas salsa, cream cheese, sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese.

HOW TO MAKE FIESTA PINWHEELS:

In a large bowl, mix together softened cream cheese and sour cream until combined. 

cream cheese and sour cream in a clear bowl.

Stir in salsa and cheese.

salsa and cheddar cheese added to cream cheese and sour cream mixture in a clear bowl.

Lay out one large tortilla onto a clean surface. Spread about 1/3 cup of cream cheese mixture onto one half of the tortilla.

salsa cream cheese mixture spread onto half a flour tortilla.

Roll up tight, leaving ends open. Repeat with all remaining filling and tortillas.

a hand showing rolling up a cream cheese filled tortilla.

You can either slice them into 1 1/2 inch circles right away and serve with salsa OR saran wrap and let chill until ready to use.

tortillas rolled up and shown covered in plastic wrap on a marble surface.

They stay good in refrigerator up to 2 days.

a hand dipping a pinwheel into a bowl of salsa.

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Originally published: April 2015
Updated and republished: February 2023

Fiesta Pinwheels recipe.

Fiesta Pinwheels (+Video)

These Fiesta Pinwheels are so simple! Made with flour tortillas, cream cheese, salsa, sour cream and of course, shredded cheese!
5 from 8 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 2 (8 ounce) blocks cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mild salsa (I like Herdez brand)
  • 6 large flour tortillas, burrito-size
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or other favorite cheese)
  • extra salsa, for dipping

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix together softened cream cheese and sour cream until combined and smooth
  • Stir in salsa and shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Lay out one large tortilla onto a clean surface.
  • Spread about 1/3 cup of cream cheese mixture (more if you like a thick filling) onto one half of the tortilla.
  • Roll up tight, leaving ends open.
  • Repeat with all remaining filling and tortillas.
  • Now, you can either slice them into 1 1/2 inch circles and serve with salsa OR cover them in plastic wrap and let chill until ready to use.

Video

Notes

  • You can spread the filling over the entire tortilla instead of just half. You’ll just get half the amount of the pinwheels but if you like more filling, that is the way to go. 
  • They stay good in refrigerator up to 2 days.
  • Use any of your favorite shredded cheese for this. A Mexican-style blend would also be delicious.
  • For an extra kick of flavor, try adding a little bit of sliced green onion to the cream cheese mixture before spreading. 
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 494mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Just made this and they’re delicious!
    Are these able to be frozen to be thawed out and enjoyed later?

  2. 5 stars
    I am confused by “2 ounce blocks of cream cheese softened, 8”.
    Are they sold in 2 ounce size and what is the “8” for.