Appetizer/ Recipe

Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels

June 30, 2018 (Last Updated: August 8, 2019)

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A perfect crowd pleasing appetizer for a party, potluck or BBQ. These Mexican tortilla pinwheels are made with cream cheese, roasted chilies, and bell peppers.

Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels on a plate sprinkled with chopped chives.

Summertime is busy! We seem to be go, go, go all the time! These Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels are a favorite when I need to take something to a BBQ potluck! They are fast and easy and don’t take a ton of effort to make! Other quick favorites are Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip and Guacamole!  You just can’t go wrong showing up to a party carrying one of these dishes!

A closeup of a tortilla appetizer with a plateful in the background.

These Mexican tortilla pinwheels are easy to pull together and are always a hit! You can easily adjust the filling with your favorite ingredients or to what you have on hand.

A tortilla with a layer of cream cheese filing.

Options for filling

My favorite filling has roasted green chilies, fresh red bell peppers and finely chopped chives. You could also add jalapenos for extra spice! Some other options include:

  • Roasted chilies
  • Bell peppers
  • Red onions
  • Bacon
  • Cilantro
  • Jalapenos
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Pimento peppers
  • Chives

Rolling up a filled tortilla.

Can I make ahead of time?

These are best if you make them a few hours ahead of time and refrigerate before slicing. They hold their shape a bit better and the filling doesn’t ooze out. I have made them very last minute though too. They work out just fine – but maybe just aren’t as pretty.

Slicing up a roll of Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels.

Can I use corn tortillas?

Corn tortillas do not work well in this recipe. They tend to crack and don’t hold their shape. Use flour tortillas for the best results. Some options for flour tortillas include whole wheat flour tortillas, gluten free flour tortillas or spinach wraps. 

Don’t forget to PIN for later! Tortilla roll up filled with cream cheese, peppers and green chilies.

If you make this recipe, Iā€™d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

5 from 3 votes
Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels are always a hit for a potluck or party.
Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels
Prep Time
10 mins
2 hrs
Total Time
10 mins

Cream cheese and roasted chilies all rolled up into a Mexican tortilla pinwheel.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cream cheese rollups, Mexican tortilla pinwheels
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 104 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 can roasted green chilis 7 oz can
  • 1 tablespoon chives chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 4 flour tortillas 8 inches size
  1. Place cream cheese in a bowl. Stir until smooth. 

  2. Drain green chilies and add to cream cheese. Add bell peppers and chives. Stir until well incorporated.

  3. Divide mixture into four equal parts. Spread mixture evenly over each tortilla.

  4. Roll up tortillas. Wrap each rolled tortilla in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours until chilled through.

  5. Remove plastic wrap and slice each tortilla into 1 inch slices. 

  6. Garnish with additional chives and serve. 

Recipe Notes

Can add a finely diced jalapeno for more spice.

If cream cheese is too firm, microwave for 10 seconds until soft enough to stir.Ā 


Nutrition Facts
Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels
Amount Per Serving
Calories 104 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 212mg9%
Potassium 62mg2%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 575IU12%
Vitamin C 15.8mg19%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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  • Reply
    Fred G
    November 2, 2018 at 11:54 am

    5 stars
    What a great idea!

    • Reply
      November 2, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      Thank you!!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    July 4, 2018 at 9:35 am

    5 stars
    These look perfect!! I love how easy they are too! This is something I’d enjoy on Friday or Saturday night..a big plate and I’m set šŸ™‚

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    July 3, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Gosh these look easy- and delish, too! I’m always on the look-out for appetizer dishes and these would certainly ‘fit the bill.’

    • Reply
      July 4, 2018 at 5:57 am

      These are great and you can adjust the ingredients to your liking!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    July 2, 2018 at 4:39 am

    I always forget how easy it is to make pinwheels! And they’re such a fun party appetizer since they’re the perfect pick-up-and-go type of food. The filling here sounds delicious, and I second your vote for the jalapenos in there! Hope you had a great weekend, my friend! šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      July 4, 2018 at 5:57 am

      A little extra spice is always a good thing!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    July 1, 2018 at 7:51 am

    5 stars
    I love little pinwheels like these Kathy! So easy to put together and the perfect tasty finger food!

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