Monday, April 20, 2015

Tortilla Pinwheels

Tortilla Pinwheels is the perfect appetizer/snack recipe for any party or potluck. Its super simple and easy to make, can be made ahead of time, looks pretty, tastes delicious and you can serve it two ways: hot (baked) or cold. Now isn't that great. I've another Cheesy Peppery Pinwheels Recipe which is using crescent dinner roll instead of tortilla. Both recipes have their own unique taste and texture due to the base used. Which ever you try am sure you will like both. 

For those who are new to Tortilla, its a soft, thin Mexican flatbread made with finely ground wheat flour and or all purpose flour. It is very similar to Indian style chapati/roti. For this recipe I have stuffed the tortilla with cream cheese, green onions and bell pepper filling, sprinkled lots of cheese and added a good helping of green goodness spinach for that healthy lift. Refrigerate for 30 mins to an hour before cutting them into circles and there you have your pinwheels ready. Serve them cold or bake them for a crispy texture. Pairing it with some hot spicy dipping sauce is how I like serving it. 

This was one of the appetizer's I made for my daughter's first birthday and everyone loved it. I made the baked version as I personally prefer the baked one over the cold but that's just the way how I like it. Am sure there must be some who prefer it the other way around. 

Now to the recipe...

For the filling: 
4 oz cream cheese (soft at room temperature)
4-5 spring onions green chopped finely
1/4 cup each green and red bell pepper finely diced
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp dry oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dry parsley flakes

For Pinwheels: 
2 flour tortillas
Filling (from above)
handful of spinach leaves (using baby spinach)
1/2 cup of shredded cheese of choice (am using reduced fat mix of Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Queso Quesadilla, Asadero Cheese) 
Red chilli flakes to taste

For making the filling: 
In a mixing bowl, add the cream cheese followed by salt, pepper, oregano, garlic powder and parsley flakes and then veggies like green onions, red and green bell pepper. Mix thoroughly and keep aside. 

For making Tortilla Pinwheels: 
Warm up a tortilla slightly either in microwave or on stove top (this step is optional but I prefer doing it). Now add a dollop of cream cheese filling and spread it evenly. Layer it with generous amount of cheese, sprinkle some red chilli flakes (optional) and top it with a evenly distributed layer of spinach leaves. 

Now starting from one side, roll the tortilla tight. Take a plastic wrap and place the tortilla seam-side down on it. Roll it so that the wrap covers the entire tortilla tightly. Tuck the sides inside. Repeat this procedure for the other roll too. Now place these into the refrigerator for about minimum of 30 mins to overnight. 

For the Cold Tortilla Pinwheel: when ready to serve cut each roll into 6-7 pinwheels and serve with your favorite dipping sauce. 

For the Baked Tortilla Pinwheel:  Preheat the oven to 375F, line baking tray with aluminium foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray/ oil. Place the cut tortilla pinwheels onto the sheet and bake for 10-15 mins until the cheese has melted and the tortilla are crisp. Turn mid way through. Remove on serving plate and serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce. 


  • In the filling you can add other veggies of choice too like grated carrots, zucchini
  • I prefer to keep the filling neutral and instead serve with a spicy sauce so that it caters to everyone's taste. But you can add red chilli flakes or red chilli powder to your taste preference
  • Make sure to roll the pinwheels tightly or else they will open up on cutting. They make slightly expand and open when baked but still retain their shape. The melted cheese helps keeping it together. 

That's it, our cheesy and perfect party appetizers/snacks Tortilla Pinwheels are ready. Serve them hot or cold with your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!!

Happy Cooking!!


  1. Its mouth watering!!!Beautiful Presentation!

  2. Very will make great appetizer!!

  3. Wow, yummy totilla pinwheels, What an great presentation..excellent

  4. i made this before once, but in a complete indian style. Love the pics a looooooot :)

  5. These look phenomenal! My mom used to buy something kind of like this from the store when she was hosting parties, and I loved them - I'm looking forward to trying this! The cream cheese mixed with herbs and veggies looks divine.


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