Taco Pinwheels

Looking for a tantalizing appetizer to impress your guests at your next gathering? Look no further than these irresistible Taco Pinwheels! Bursting with classic taco flavors and encased in flaky puff pastry, these bite-sized delights are guaranteed to be a hit at any party or game day event. With just a handful of simple ingredients and minimal prep time, you can whip up a batch of these savory treats in no time. Let’s dive into the recipe and get ready to elevate your appetizer game!


  • ½ pound ground beef
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ⅓ cup diced onion
  • ½ 8 oz can of Rotel
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 cup Mexican blend cheese, shredded
  • Optional Garnishes: lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, green onions, cilantro


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet by spraying it with nonstick spray.
  2. In a skillet, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat until it’s nicely browned. Add diced onion and minced garlic, and continue cooking until the onion is softened and the meat is fully cooked.
  3. Drain any excess fat from the skillet.
  4. Stir in the chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin, onion powder, dried oregano, and paprika. Add the Rotel and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Then, remove from heat and set aside.
  5. On a flat surface, unroll the puff pastry sheet and roll or press it into a large rectangle, approximately 18 inches long.
  6. Evenly spread the cooked beef mixture over the puff pastry, then sprinkle the shredded cheese on top.
  7. Starting at the long edge closest to you, roll up the dough tightly, similar to a cinnamon bun. Seal the edge along the roll.
  8. Use a serrated knife to slice the roll into one-inch slices. Wipe the knife with a wet paper towel between cuts to prevent sticking.
  9. Place the pinwheel slices on the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between each.
  10. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the pinwheels are beautifully golden brown.
  11. Serve hot with your choice of optional garnishes and watch them disappear!

Prep Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 10-12 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes Servings: 12

Serving and Storage Tips:

  1. Serve Hot: Taco Pinwheels are best served hot, straight out of the oven. The gooey cheese and flaky pastry are at their peak deliciousness when enjoyed warm.
  2. Garnish Options: Offer a variety of optional garnishes such as shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, sliced green onions, and fresh cilantro. Let your guests customize their pinwheels to suit their taste preferences.
  3. Presentation: Arrange the pinwheels on a platter or serving tray for a visually appealing presentation. Consider adding some extra garnishes around the edges for an eye-catching display.
  4. Make-Ahead Option: While Taco Pinwheels are best served fresh, you can prepare them ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator before baking. Simply assemble the pinwheels according to the recipe instructions, cover them tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When ready to bake, simply slice and bake as directed, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time if needed.
  5. Freezing Instructions: If you want to make Taco Pinwheels ahead of time and freeze them for later, follow the recipe up to the point of slicing the roll into pinwheels. Instead of baking, place the sliced pinwheels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer the pinwheels to a freezer-safe bag or container and store them in the freezer for up to 1 month. When ready to bake, place the frozen pinwheels on a baking sheet and bake as directed, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.
  6. Reheating: If you have leftovers or want to reheat previously baked pinwheels, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place the pinwheels on a baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat individual pinwheels in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.
  7. Storage: Store any leftover cooked pinwheels in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. For longer storage, freeze the cooked pinwheels following the freezing instructions above.


  1. Chicken Taco Pinwheels: Swap out the ground beef for cooked and shredded chicken. Season the chicken with taco seasoning or your favorite spices for a flavorful twist on the classic recipe.
  2. Vegetarian Option: Skip the meat altogether and load up your pinwheels with sautéed vegetables such as bell peppers, onions, corn, and black beans. Add some extra cheese for a gooey, satisfying filling.
  3. Spicy Kick: For those who love heat, kick up the spice level by adding diced jalapeños or a dash of hot sauce to the filling mixture. You can also sprinkle some crushed red pepper flakes on top before baking for an extra fiery punch.
  4. Seafood Twist: Get creative by incorporating seafood into your pinwheels. Try using cooked shrimp or crab meat seasoned with taco spices for a deliciously unique flavor combination.
  5. Breakfast Version: Transform Taco Pinwheels into a savory breakfast option by adding scrambled eggs, crispy bacon or sausage, and shredded cheddar cheese to the filling. Serve with salsa and sour cream for dipping.
  6. Miniature Size: Make bite-sized taco pinwheels by cutting the puff pastry into smaller rectangles before rolling. These mini pinwheels are perfect for serving as appetizers at parties or gatherings.
  7. Greek-Inspired: Switch up the flavors by using Greek-inspired ingredients. Replace the taco seasoning with Greek seasoning blend, and fill the pinwheels with cooked gyro meat or grilled chicken, feta cheese, diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and tzatziki sauce.


  1. Can I use store-bought taco seasoning instead of the individual spices listed in the recipe?
    • Yes, you can substitute the individual spices with approximately 2-3 tablespoons of store-bought taco seasoning. Adjust the amount according to your taste preferences.
  2. Can I make Taco Pinwheels ahead of time and refrigerate them before baking?
    • Yes, you can assemble the pinwheels ahead of time and refrigerate them for up to 24 hours before baking. Simply cover them tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent them from drying out.
  3. Can I freeze unbaked Taco Pinwheels for later use?
    • Yes, you can freeze unbaked pinwheels for up to 1 month. After slicing the roll into pinwheels, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container.
  4. How do I prevent the puff pastry from becoming soggy?
    • To prevent the puff pastry from becoming soggy, make sure to fully cook the ground beef mixture and drain any excess fat before spreading it onto the pastry. Additionally, avoid overfilling the pinwheels, as excessive moisture can lead to sogginess.
  5. Can I use a different type of cheese in the recipe?
    • Yes, feel free to experiment with different types of cheese according to your preference. Cheddar, Monterey Jack, pepper jack, or even crumbled queso fresco would all work well in this recipe.

These Taco Pinwheels are not only incredibly delicious but also incredibly easy to make. With their irresistible combination of seasoned ground beef, gooey cheese, and flaky puff pastry, they’re sure to be a crowd favorite at any gathering. Whether you’re hosting a party, a game day get-together, or simply craving a tasty snack, these pinwheels are the perfect solution. So, gather your ingredients, follow the simple steps, and get ready to indulge in a mouthwatering appetizer that will have everyone coming back for more!