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Tortilla Philadelphia Cream Cheese Pinwheels

Philadelphia cream cheese pinwheels are to die for!! Such an easy appetizer to serve at any occasion and packed full of flavor and a bit spicy too!

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Have you had these cream cheese pinwheels at a party, or made them yourself? They are SO good, yet so easy to do. You can really customize them how you like but the important parts are chicken and cream cheese, I mean how can you go wrong with that! (affiliate links present)

Philadelphia Cream Cheese Pinwheels

I’m not a big fan of spicy but a bit is really good in these using diced up chilies. They’re a perfect appetizer for just about any occasion and inexpensive to make as well. You can change it up with all sorts of ingredients like we did with these pickle roll ups. Add meat, or keep vegetarian.

If you want a quick appetizer just grab a rotisserie chicken at the store and skip the cooking all together. I love the flavor they bring to recipes anyway so that’s the best choice but cooking a few chicken breasts is allowed too. 😉 As I said you can use as many diced green chilies as you’d like or just buy a can where they are already finely cut into pieces.

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Cream Cheese Pinwheels

Once you have everything you just mix it all together and pile it on your tortilla. Depending on how thick you want the filling you can make a thin or thicker layer on top, then roll up and slice it. Arrange them on a pretty platter and you’re set. They look really pretty served as an appetizer and they are FULL of great flavors everyone loves. This is what you need;

  • Shredded Chicken Rotisserie chicken is great, already cooked or canned works too
  • Shredded Mexican Cheese
  • ½ a Packet pf Taco Seasoning
  • 4-5 Burrito Sized Tortillas
  • Green Onions * optional Chopped
  • Petite diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • Block of cream cheese softened
Can you use fat free cream cheese to make pinwheels?

I mean yes, but the flavor is different. Low fat is a better choice with less of a flavor difference but regular is the best. You would make them the same way no matter what Philadelphia cream cheese flavor or fat content you chose to use.

Can you freeze cream cheese pinwheels?

Technically, yes you can freeze them but they won’t be a good texture when defrosted. Frozen tortillas will become soggy when thawed so this isn’t suggested. These should be eaten freshly made for the best texture.

If you’re throwing a party for New Years or otherwise you’ve got to try this recipe! Paired with something like this baked brie with apples and/or our Ninja Foodi crab rangoon pieces everyone will just be in heaven.

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Cream Cheese Pinwheels Turkey

Now you could use other meats too. These are great leftover turkey recipes or with ham slices too. Use lunchmeat if you want to make these throughout the year. Just mix the other ingredients together, lay down your slices of meat in one layer on top of the spread and then roll up.

Can you prep pinwheels the night before?

Yes and no. You wouldn’t want to put anything on the tortillas ahead of time or they will get soggy. You could easily prep the filling though and cover tightly with saran wrap. Kept in the fridge it would be ready to spread right before serving which would save you quite a bit of time.

  • Add cream cheese, shredded chicken, shredded cheese, ½ packet taco seasoning, diced tomatoes with green chilies, and green onions into a mixing bowl. Mix well. 
  • Spread some mixture over the entire tortilla, then Roll-up tightly. Continue to do this until all mixture is gone. 

How do you get cream cheese pinwheels to stay together?

Individuality wrap them in Saran wrap and refrigerate for about an hour. This makes them easier to cut and stick everything so they don’t want to unravel when sliced. Remove from fridge and cut each roll-up into 10-12 slices. Now, they are ready to be served or stored in an airtight container.

How do you make flavored cream cheese spread?

You can actually buy it this way now, there are many to choose from but onion and chive is best to use for this recipe. If you wanted to make your own just leave your block out to soften. Then dice onions and chives. Fold together until smooth. I would add a sprinkle of garlic salt into there to to make it more savory.

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Cream Cheese Pinwheels

Cream cheese pinwheels are to die for!! Such an easy appetizer to serve at any occasion and packed full of flavor
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, cream cheese, pinwheels
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 78kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add cream cheese, shredded chicken, shredded cheese, ½ packet taco seasoning, diced tomatoes with green chilies, and green onions into a mixing bowl. Mix well. 
  • Spread some mixture over the entire tortilla, then Roll-up tightly. Continue to do this until all mixture is gone. 
  • Individuality wrap them in Saran wrap and refrigerate for about an hour. (This makes them easier to cut).Remove from fridge and cut each roll-up into 10-12 slices.
  •  Now, they are ready to be served or stored in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Cream Cheese Pinwheels
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 78 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 193mg8%
Potassium 81mg2%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 178IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 137mg14%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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