Mexican Pinwheels Recipe – Mexican Special

These Mexican pinwheel appetizers feature chicken, cream cheese, and Cheddar. They are fast to assemble and loaded with Mexican flavors! The heat will sneak up on you, but it’s tempered by the cool cream cheese.

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Cook Time4 hr
  • Total Time4 hr 15 min

Mexican Pinwheels Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch Aleppo pepper
  • 5 sundried tomato tortilla wraps
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes with green chilies (such as RO*TEL® Tomatoes and Green Chilies), drained
  • 8 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 ounces grilled chicken breast strips
  • 1/2 cup guacamole, or as needed (optional)

How To Make Mexican Pinwheels


Blend cream cheese, sour cream, smoked paprika, onion powder, and Aleppo pepper together in a small bowl


Lay tortillas out on a cutting board. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over tortillas. Divide RO*TEL, Cheddar cheese, chicken strips, and guacamole evenly among tortillas.


Roll up pinwheels tightly. Refrigerate for 4 hours. Cut into 1-inch rounds. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes:
Aleppo pepper is a robust spicy pepper with a unique flavor. If you don’t have this, you need it, or feel free to use some cumin and crushed red pepper.