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1.00 LBS
Prep time
15 mins
Total time
15 mins
This easy Mexican Pinwheels Recipe is a party favorite that's full of bright, bold flavors you'll crave!
Author: Julie Kotzbach
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: about 24 pinwheels
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cups shredded cheddar or Colby jack cheese
  • 1 cup cooked & shredded chicken breast (approx. 1 breast)
  • ½ cup of your favorite salsa
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped (add as much as you like)
  • ½ green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • Three 10-inch flour tortillas
  1. To a large mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, oregano, garlic powder, and cumin. Use a spoon or spatula to mix everything together until evenly combined.
  2. Add the cheese, chicken, and salsa to the cream cheese mixture. Stir together until evenly combined.
  3. Add the cilantro and bell peppers to the filling. Stir until incorporated.
  4. Lay one tortilla flat on a cutting board. Place ⅓ of the filling in the center of the tortilla. Use the back of a spoon or a spatula to spread the filling evenly over the tortilla. (You don't need to go all the way to the sides as they will be discarded later.) Carefully roll up the tortilla, starting with the side closest to you, until you create a log shape.
  5. Repeat filling and rolling the remaining two tortillas, using ⅓ of the filling for each.
  6. Use a sharp knife to cut the end off of one of the rolled tortillas so that your next cut is where the filling starts. Cut the tortilla into ¼-inch to ½-inch slices. (You should get about 8 pinwheels per tortillas.)
  7. Place the pinwheels on a serving plate.
  8. Serve immediately, or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
The number of pinwheels will vary based on the size of your tortillas, the amount of filling used, and how thick you cut the slices. 

You can cut down on the prep time by using store-bought rotisserie chicken or using left oven chicken from dinner the night before.