Tortilla Pinwheels – 8 Ingredients

Tortilla wraps are a common lunchtime food but, if you choose some nice ingredients and change the way you cut them up, they also make a great appetizer. Because you eat them with your fingers, you can just serve them on a plate and leave your guests to help themselves, leaving you free to work on your main course or spend time being the perfect host.

I don’t know who came up with the name pinwheels, but it’s perfect for describing these little tortilla treats. Each one is easy to eat and really tasty – the perfect appetizer or addition to a buffet lunch.

The first time I had these was at a friend’s house where he was hosting a dinner party. The conversation was a little stilted at first, but then he brought out some finger food appetizers and everyone started chatting much more freely. Food is a great way to start a conversation!

I was so impressed with this dish, tortilla pinwheels, that I included in my next dinner party and, guess what, it started conversations then too!

Now I often make this recipe when I know I have different groups of people to feed, and I want them to feel comfortable enough to chat freely. They can also be made well in advance so that you, the host, can join in the fun!

Preparation time: 20 minutes plus chilling time

Cooking time: N/A

Number of Servings: 48


  • 5 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 8 ounces soft cream cheese
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 ounces chopped olives
  • 4 ounces green chilies
  • 1 small green onion, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Salsa


  1. Blend the cream cheese, cheddar, and sour cream together to make a smooth mixture. Add the olives, chilies, onions, and seasoning
  2. Spread over the tortillas and the roll up tightly
  3. Wrap each roll in aluminum foil or cling film, and then refrigerate for 2-3 hours to firm
  4. Unwrap and then cut into ½ to ¾-inch thick slices to make about 48 servings
  5. Serve with salsa

Tortilla Pinwheels - 8 Ingredients

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