Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels

These Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels are the perfect appetizer for any occasion, from casual gatherings to game nights. Packed with a creamy, flavorful filling and rolled up in tortillas, these pinwheels are sure to be a hit with your guests.


  • 12 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded chicken (cooked and seasoned with 1.5 tbsp taco seasoning)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles, very well drained
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic, finely minced
  • 5 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3/4-1 cup cilantro, finely chopped (adjust to taste)
  • 8 burrito-sized flour tortillas
  • Fresh minced cilantro, for garnish (optional)


Prepare the Filling:

  1. Combine Cream Cheese and Sour Cream: In a large mixing bowl, blend softened cream cheese and sour cream until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add Chicken and Seasonings: Stir in shredded chicken seasoned with taco seasoning, shredded Mexican cheese blend, well-drained diced tomatoes with green chiles, minced garlic, sliced green onions, and chopped cilantro. Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Assemble the Pinwheels:

  1. Spread Filling on Tortillas: Lay a flour tortilla flat on a clean work surface. Spread approximately 1/4 cup of the filling evenly over the tortilla, leaving a small border around the edges.
  2. Roll Up the Tortillas: Starting from the bottom edge (closest to you), tightly roll up the tortilla into a cylinder shape, similar to rolling a cigar. Place the rolled tortilla seam side down on a cutting board or baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling.

Chill and Slice:

  1. Refrigerate the Rolls: Place the rolled tortillas in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to firm up. For best results, you can chill them for several hours or overnight to allow the flavors to meld.
  2. Slice into Pinwheels: Just before serving, use a sharp serrated knife to slice each roll into 1-inch thick pinwheels. Arrange the pinwheels on a serving platter.

Serve and Enjoy:

  1. Garnish and Serve: Garnish the pinwheels with fresh minced cilantro if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy these flavorful Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels as a delicious appetizer that will impress your guests.

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cooking Time: 0 minutes | Total Time: 15 minutes (plus chilling time) | Servings: 80 pieces

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

1. Presentation: Arrange the pinwheels on a decorative platter or serving tray for an appealing presentation. Consider garnishing with fresh cilantro or a sprinkle of shredded cheese on top.

2. Pairings: Serve alongside additional dips such as salsa, guacamole, or sour cream for dipping. These add-ons complement the flavors of the pinwheels and enhance the overall experience.

3. Appetizer Spread: Include these pinwheels as part of a larger appetizer spread with other Mexican-inspired dishes like nachos, quesadillas, or mini tacos for a festive gathering.

4. Individual Portions: For casual settings, serve each pinwheel on small appetizer plates or napkins for easy grabbing and minimal mess.

Storage Tips:

1. Refrigeration: Store any leftover pinwheels in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be stored for up to 3 days. Ensure they are tightly covered to prevent them from drying out.

2. Freezing: While it’s best to enjoy these pinwheels fresh, you can freeze them for longer storage. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet until frozen, then transfer to a freezer-safe container or zip-lock bag. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

3. Reheating: If desired, you can reheat the pinwheels in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-12 minutes, or until heated through. This will help restore their freshness and texture.

4. Serving from Refrigeration: If serving chilled from the refrigerator, allow the pinwheels to come to room temperature for about 10-15 minutes before serving. This will enhance their flavors and make them easier to bite into.

5. Transporting: When transporting the pinwheels, place them in a secure container with a lid to prevent them from shifting or getting crushed. Keep them chilled with ice packs if necessary, especially in warmer weather.

6. Freshness Check: Before serving leftover pinwheels, check for any signs of drying out or loss of freshness. If needed, lightly brush the edges with a damp paper towel to refresh them before serving.

These serving and storage tips ensure that your Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels remain delicious and fresh, whether you’re preparing them for a party, gathering, or simply enjoying them at home.


  1. Vegetarian Option:
    • Omit the shredded chicken and add extra vegetables like diced bell peppers, black beans, corn, and diced avocado. Season with taco seasoning or your favorite spices for a flavorful vegetarian filling.
  2. Spicy Jalapeño Popper Pinwheels:
    • Mix softened cream cheese with diced pickled jalapeños and shredded cheddar cheese. Spread onto tortillas and roll up with or without shredded chicken for a spicy twist.
  3. Breakfast Pinwheels:
    • Use scrambled eggs mixed with salsa, cooked breakfast sausage or bacon, and shredded cheese as the filling. Serve with salsa or sour cream for dipping.
  4. Greek-inspired Pinwheels:
    • Replace taco seasoning with Mediterranean spices like oregano, garlic, and lemon zest. Use feta cheese, diced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and spinach as fillings.
  5. Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels:
    • Mix shredded chicken with buffalo sauce and ranch dressing. Add blue cheese crumbles and diced celery. Roll up and serve with extra buffalo sauce for dipping.
  6. Caprese Pinwheels:
    • Spread a layer of basil pesto on the tortilla. Top with sliced fresh mozzarella, diced tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves. Roll up and slice into pinwheels.
  7. Southwest Pinwheels:
    • Use black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and a southwest ranch or chipotle sauce for the filling. Top with shredded cheese and roll up.
  8. Hawaiian BBQ Pinwheels:
    • Mix shredded chicken with BBQ sauce. Add diced pineapple, red onion, and shredded mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese. Roll up and serve with extra BBQ sauce.
  9. Seafood Pinwheels:
    • Mix cream cheese with canned crab or shrimp, diced green onions, and shredded cheese. Add a dash of Old Bay seasoning or lemon zest for extra flavor.
  10. Dessert Pinwheels:
    • Spread a layer of Nutella or cream cheese mixed with honey on the tortilla. Add sliced bananas or strawberries. Roll up and slice into sweet dessert pinwheels.


  1. Can I make Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can assemble the pinwheels ahead of time, cover tightly with plastic wrap or foil, and refrigerate until ready to slice and serve. This makes them a convenient option for parties and gatherings.
  2. How far in advance can I prepare Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels?
    • You can prepare Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels up to 24 hours in advance. Keep them refrigerated until ready to slice and serve to maintain freshness.
  3. Can I use different tortilla sizes for these pinwheels?
    • Yes, you can use smaller tortillas for bite-sized pinwheels or larger tortillas for bigger portions. Adjust the amount of filling accordingly to ensure even rolling and slicing.
  4. How do I prevent the tortillas from getting soggy?
    • To prevent soggy tortillas, make sure to drain the diced tomatoes with green chiles very well before adding them to the filling. Also, avoid overfilling the tortillas with too much filling, as this can lead to excess moisture.
  5. Can I use store-bought rotisserie chicken instead of cooking and shredding chicken?
    • Absolutely! Using store-bought rotisserie chicken saves time and adds flavor to the pinwheels. Simply shred the chicken and season it with taco seasoning before mixing with the other ingredients.
  6. What can I substitute for cilantro if I don’t like it?
    • If you’re not a fan of cilantro, you can substitute it with fresh parsley or omit it altogether. Adjust the amount of green onions or add other herbs to suit your taste.
  7. How should I store leftover Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels?
    • Store leftover pinwheels in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be kept for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the oven at a low temperature to maintain their texture.
  8. Can I freeze Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels?
    • It’s not recommended to freeze the assembled pinwheels as the texture of the tortillas may become soggy upon thawing. However, you can freeze the filling separately and assemble fresh pinwheels when ready to serve.
  9. How should I transport Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels to a party?
    • Transport the pinwheels in a sealed container or on a serving platter covered with plastic wrap. Keep them chilled with ice packs if the party location is not nearby.
  10. Can I serve Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels warm?
    • While these pinwheels are typically served chilled, you can warm them slightly in the oven if preferred. Heat at a low temperature to avoid drying out the tortillas, and monitor closely to prevent overheating.

These Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels are not only easy to make but also versatile. They can be prepared ahead of time, making them a convenient choice for entertaining. Whether you’re hosting a party or looking for a quick snack, these pinwheels will surely satisfy everyone’s taste buds with their zesty flavors and creamy texture.