Taco Pinwheels

Are you looking for a fun and flavorful twist to your appetizer game? Look no further than Taco Pinwheels! These bite-sized delights combine all the savory flavors of traditional tacos in a convenient, crowd-pleasing format. Perfect for parties, family gatherings, or even just a snack, taco pinwheels are easy to make and even easier to devour. In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to create these tasty treats and share some tips on how to make them your own.


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix
  • 1/2 cup green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 can (4 oz) diced green chiles, drained
  • 1/2 cup black olives, chopped (optional)
  • 4 large flour tortillas (10 inches in diameter)


Prepare the Filling:
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, blend the softened cream cheese with sour cream until smooth. Stir in the taco seasoning mix until well combined. Add the shredded cheese, green onions, red bell pepper, green chiles, and black olives (if using). Mix all the ingredients until thoroughly combined.

Assemble the Pinwheels:
Lay out the flour tortillas on a flat surface. Spread an even layer of the taco filling over the tortillas, leaving about a 1/2-inch border on the edges to prevent spillage. Make sure the filling is distributed evenly for the best flavor in every bite.

Roll and Chill:
Carefully roll up the tortillas tightly to ensure the filling stays in place. Wrap the rolled tortillas in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, or until they are firm. This step is crucial as it helps the pinwheels hold their shape when cut.

Slice and Serve:
Once chilled, use a sharp knife to slice the tortilla rolls into 1-inch thick pinwheels. Arrange them on a serving platter, and they’re ready to enjoy!

Tips for Perfect Taco Pinwheels:

  • Variety is the Spice of Life: Feel free to customize your taco pinwheels with different ingredients such as cooked ground beef, diced chicken, or even beans for added protein. Just make sure to drain any excess moisture from these additions to keep the pinwheels from becoming soggy.
  • Serving Suggestions: Taco pinwheels can be served as they are, or with a side of salsa, guacamole, or sour cream for dipping. They pair wonderfully with a fresh salad or crispy tortilla chips.
  • Make Ahead: These pinwheels can be made a day ahead, making your party preparations much smoother. Just slice them right before serving to maintain the best texture.

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