Tortilla Pinwheels

I have made this Tortilla Pinwheels appetizer for more than 4 times by now, for various occasions like birthday parties, baby showers or holiday tables. Each time it was very much appreciated and for some,  beyond the good taste this was something new and interesting. I have been asked for the recipe and finally had the chance to make time to make this recipe a photo shoot:).

This flavorful appetizer is easy to prepare, you can even make it the evening before the day of the event, refrigerate overnight and save some time for other things left to do for the event day. Isn’t that great?:)
The only thing I changed to this Tortilla Pinwheels recipe is the use of red pepper instead of  green chilies, so kids who doesn’t like spicy food could serve too. You can use spicy salsa for serving instead.
Tortilla Pinwheels with tomato sauce on display
Recipe adapted after tasteofhome
Tortilla Pinwheels

Tortilla Pinwheels

5 from 1 vote
Tortilla Pinwheels - flavorful appetizer, easy to prepare, perfect for parties or holiday tables. You can even make it the evening before the day of the event.
Servings 16 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 5-6 homemade flour tortillas (10 inches) , room temperature


  • 3/4 cup (200g) sour cream
  • 8 oz (220g) cream cheese , softened
  • 3.5 oz (100g) black olives , chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped red pepper (about 50g)
  • 1 cup (100g) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup green onion , about 2 springs chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt to taste

For Serving

  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  • Salsa


  • If you want to use homemade tortillas for this appetizer this would be the first step. For homemade tortillas you can find the recipe here. After you make them let them cool down, to reach the room temperature.(I usually make the tortillas in the afternoon and then in the evening I prepare the filling – in order to have the appetizer ready for the next day).
  • In a large bowl, mix the filling ingredients until well combined.
  • Spread over the tortillas and roll up tightly.
  • Wrap the rolls with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight to blend the flavors.
  • Before the time of serving, around 1 hr or 30 minutes before unwrap the rolls, and using a very good sharp knife cut into 1/2- 3/4-in (1-2 cm) slices. Discard ends. Garnish with parsley and serve with spicy salsa for dipping.  



Serving: 1gCalories: 110kcalCarbohydrates: 6.4gProtein: 3.4gFat: 8.2gSaturated Fat: 4.7gCholesterol: 20mgSugar: 0.7g
Calories: 110kcal
Course: Appetizer, Bread, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, holiday, homemade tortilla tortilla, pinwheels, roll, snack, tortilla appetizer, tortilla pinwheels

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  1. I LOVE this filling…totally irresistible! I will make these for my next gathering 🙂

  2. Nami | Just One Cookbook Author says:

    Perfect appetizer dish for big party! I like that it’s easy to prepare and you can make it ahead of time!

  3. What a great idea! Those pinwheels must taste wonderful. Homemade tortillas are just the best.



  4. marylou Author says:

    sauce ???

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