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Taco Pinwheels

These pinwheels come together quickly when you start with leftover taco meat. They make an appealing party appetizer served with salsa, or a fun lunch option with a salad on the side. —Cindy Reams, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    3 dozen pinwheels


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup Seasoned Taco Meat
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped ripe olives
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 5 flour tortillas (8 inches), room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shredded lettuce
  • Additional salsa


  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Stir in the taco meat, cheese, salsa, mayonnaise, olives and onion. Spread over tortillas. Sprinkle with lettuce; roll up tightly. Wrap securely and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Unwrap and cut into 1-in. pieces. Serve with additional salsa.
Nutrition Facts
1 pinwheel: 51 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 84mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Katie
    Jul 29, 2020

    Huge hit with my picky husband! He asks me to make these all the time. Very easy to put together and delicious !

  • curlylis85
    Oct 26, 2019

    These were a huge hit for dinner and an even bigger hit for my kid's lunchboxes the next day!

  • robbrd
    Aug 24, 2019

    Super to prepare for a party with finger foods! The recipe says you need 5 tortillas, since I doubled it, I expected to use 10. I only had enough for 6 tortillas. I didn't overload them by any means. The tortilla wasn't covered with meat in single layer. I recommend that if you cook the meat for this recipe that you let it cool before assembling. It is perfect if you want to use leftover taco meat. Mine were not round like the picture but that may have been due to the fact I used warm meat and that softened the cream cheese even more, which made it that the shape wasn't as round when I rolled it up. The fact that it wasn't perfectly round certainly didn't detract from the food.

  • rena 55
    Aug 11, 2019

    Love recipes that are easy and oh, so tasty! This one fills both those requirements! Will keep some taco meat on hand so I can make them up quick!

  • maryannet
    Aug 2, 2019

    easy to make, used corn tortillas and stacked them. Warmed a little. Tastes great.

  • ocean2
    May 4, 2019

    When I make a dish, like this, that calls for raw onion, I usually "cook" the onion in a little bit of acid (lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar). It really takes the bite out of the onion.

  • Deborah
    Apr 5, 2019

    I think I'm missing some ingredients for the recipe on my site. How many and what size tortillas are used? I can already tell changes I would make. Sub mashed avocado for mayo and green onions for white onions. Maybe also add chopped cilantro. Yum!!

  • ChrisD1717
    Sep 2, 2017

    I love appetizer pinwheel recipes. What could be easier? This was another keeper. Took to work, they were devoured. I was told I couldn't leave work till I gave out the recipe. Thanks for another great recipe.

  • cookinmom83
    Jul 19, 2014

    These tasty treats are the best. I'm asked to make them at every event, and they go fast. You don't have to follow exactly the recipe you can put your own spin on them and they turn out just as good. I like to add green chilli also if u don't have enough cream cheese you can use sour cream.

  • KarisAnn
    Dec 16, 2013

    As others have said, it's not easy to get these cut uniformly. If the great taste matched the presentation, I'd have rated this a 5-star recipe.