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Mexican Pinwheels

No bake appetizers are the perfect option for a party! And since you only need a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of your time to prepare them, these Mexican pinwheels are one of the best party treats. Your guests will love the delicious combination of cream cheese and spicy Rotel inside each bite. And you’ll love how simple they are to make.
Mexican Pinwheels on a white plate.

No bake appetizers are the perfect option for a party! And since you only need a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of your time to prepare them, these Mexican pinwheels are one of the best party treats. Your guests will love the delicious combination of cream cheese and spicy Rotel inside each bite. And you’ll love how simple they are to make.

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What Do I Need to Make Mexican Pinwheels?

Since you only need four ingredients to prepare these quick and easy appetizers, they’re perfect for a last minute get-together! To make your own Mexican pinwheels, you’ll need:

Mexican Pinwheels Ingredients.

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How Do I Make Mexican Pinwheels?

These delicious appetizers can be prepared in a matter of minutes. And since there’s no baking involved, they’re perfect for a party! To make these Mexican pinwheels at home, just follow these four simple steps.

Step One: Mix the Filling

Place the softened cream cheese, diced tomatoes with green chilies, shredded cheese, and green onion in a large bowl. Stir to mix all the ingredients together until the mixture is smooth and well combined.

Step Two: Fill Your Pinwheels

Line up three flour tortillas in a row, making sure the edges of each tortilla overlaps with the one next to it. Spread one quarter of the cream cheese mixture over the top of the tortillas, from edge to edge. 

Step Three: Roll the Tortillas

After spreading the filling over the top of the tortillas, tightly roll the tortillas up over the filling, starting at the narrow end. Continue spreading the filling over the tortillas until you have four tortilla logs. Wrap each log tightly in plastic wrap and place them in the refrigerator to chill for at least two hours.

Step Four: Slice the Pinwheels

After allowing the pinwheels to chill, remove them from the refrigerator and unwrap the plastic wrap. Slice the uneven ends off the log, then slice the tortillas into one inch slices. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.

Steps for Mexican Pinwheels.

How Do You Store Mexican Pinwheels?

Since the filling in these pinwheels is made with cream cheese, they need to be refrigerated when you’re not serving them. You can cover the serving platter with plastic wrap or transfer the leftover pinwheels to an airtight container. The pinwheels will stay good in the fridge for up to four days.

Mexican Pinwheel Recipe Ideas

This appetizer recipe couldn’t be simpler to prepare. That means it’s also easy to customize. Try these recipe ideas to create a delicious snack to serve your guests at your next party.

  • Add some taco seasoning. Give your fiesta pinwheels even more Mexican flavor with the help of taco seasoning. Mix one tablespoon of taco seasoning into the cream cheese mixture before spreading the filling into the tortillas to take the flavor of your appetizers up a notch.
  • Use salsa instead of Rotel. Diced tomatoes with green chilies are packed with Mexican flavor. But if you don’t have any on hand, you can also use salsa. Replace the can of diced tomatoes with one cup of salsa.
  • Mix in some chicken. Add some protein to your pinwheels with the help of cooked, shredded chicken. Make sure to finely shred or chop the chicken before adding it to the filling to prevent clumps from forming inside your pinwheels.

Pinwheel appetizers on a white plate.

How Do You Keep Pinwheels from Getting Soggy?

There’s nothing worse than biting into a soggy pinwheel! But what can you do to keep the tortillas from getting soggy as you’re preparing your snacks? There are a couple of different steps you can take to keep your pinwheels from getting soggy before you have a chance to eat them.

  • Drain as much liquid as you can from your diced tomatoes. The less liquid you have in your pinwheel filling, the less chance you’ll have of the tortillas getting soggy. Make sure to drain your Rotel before mixing it into the cream cheese to remove excess moisture from the tomatoes.
  • Start with cold tortillas. Another simple way to keep the filling from soaking into your tortillas is to chill flour tortillas before adding the filling. Place the tortillas in the refrigerator for one hour before spreading the filling to help them become more solid and sturdier.
  • Wrap tightly with plastic wrap. To prevent moisture from building up on the outside of your pinwheels, make sure to wrap the tortillas tightly with plastic wrap before chilling them. The wrap with provide a protective barrier on the outside of the tortillas as they chill.
  • Keep them covered. It’s best to serve your pinwheels immediately after slicing them. But if you need to store them before serving them, make sure to cover the pinwheels while they’re in the fridge. Wrap the serving plate tightly with plastic wrap or keep the pinwheels in an airtight container until you’re ready to enjoy them.

Mexican Pinwheels on a white plate.

Mexican Pinwheels on a white plate.

Mexican Pinwheels

No bake appetizers are the perfect option for a party! And since you only need a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of your time to prepare them, these Mexican pinwheels are one of the best party treats. Your guests will love the delicious combination of cream cheese and spicy Rotel inside each bite. And you’ll love how simple they are to make.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mexican Pinwheels
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Servings: 28 pinwheels
Calories: 84kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 flour tortillas
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 10 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies Rotel, drained
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 2 green onions finely chopped

Instructions

  • Combine the cream cheese, tomatoes, shredded cheese and green onions in a large bowl.
  • Place three flour tortillas in a row, making sure the edges are lined up and the ends are overlapping. Spread the mixture in an even layer over all the tortillas.
  • Starting at one end, roll up the tortillas into a large log. Wrap in plastic wrap.
  • Continue rolling until you have four logs.
  • Place the tortillas in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours.
  • When ready to serve, remove the plastic wrap and cut off the uneven ends. Slice the tortillas into one inch slices. Chill until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg
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