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Welcome to another delightful recipe adventure! Today, we’re diving into the world of Mexican cuisine with a fun and versatile appetizer that will undoubtedly become a staple at your gatherings: Mexican Chicken Pinwheels. This recipe is perfect for anyone who loves bold flavors, enjoys quick and easy preparations, and wants to impress guests with a visually appealing dish. Whether you’re hosting a party, looking for a tasty snack, or needing a simple yet satisfying lunch option, these pinwheels are the answer.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mexican Chicken Pinwheels are a crowd-pleaser for several reasons. They combine the rich, savory taste of Mexican spices with the creamy texture of cheese and the satisfying bite of chicken, all wrapped up in a convenient, easy-to-eat format. These pinwheels are great for both kids and adults, making them a versatile choice for family gatherings, picnics, or even lunchboxes. Plus, they’re quick to make and can be prepared ahead of time, giving you more time to enjoy the company of your guests.


  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 large flour tortillas


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded chicken, softened cream cheese, shredded Mexican cheese blend, salsa, chopped green onions, and chopped cilantro.
  2. Add the cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder to the mixture and stir until all ingredients are well combined.
  3. Lay out the flour tortillas on a flat surface. Spread a generous amount of the chicken mixture evenly over each tortilla.
  4. Carefully roll up each tortilla tightly to form a log. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld and the pinwheels to set.
  5. Once chilled, remove the tortillas from the refrigerator and unwrap them. Using a sharp knife, slice each tortilla roll into 1-inch pinwheels.
  6. Arrange the pinwheels on a serving platter and enjoy!

Kitchen Equipment Needed

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Plastic wrap
  • Serving platter

Tips and Shortcuts

  • Pre-cooked Chicken: Save time by using rotisserie chicken or leftover cooked chicken. Simply shred it and it’s ready to go.
  • Softening Cream Cheese: Forgot to take out the cream cheese? No problem! Microwave it for about 20 seconds to soften it quickly.
  • Spice Level: Adjust the heat to your preference by using mild, medium, or hot salsa. You can also add a dash of hot sauce for an extra kick.
  • Vegetarian Option: Substitute the chicken with black beans or a meat substitute for a vegetarian-friendly version.

Storing Leftovers

If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To prevent the pinwheels from drying out, place a damp paper towel over them before sealing the container. These pinwheels are best enjoyed cold or at room temperature, so there’s no need to reheat them.

Food and Drink Pairings

Mexican Chicken Pinwheels pair wonderfully with a variety of sides and beverages. Consider serving them with:

  • Sides: Fresh guacamole, pico de gallo, or a crisp green salad.
  • Drinks: A refreshing margarita, an ice-cold beer, or a zesty lemonade.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make these pinwheels ahead of time?

Absolutely! These pinwheels can be made a day in advance. Just be sure to wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until you’re ready to slice and serve.

Can I freeze the pinwheels?

While fresh pinwheels are best, you can freeze them if needed. Wrap the rolled tortillas tightly in plastic wrap and then in foil before freezing. Thaw in the refrigerator before slicing and serving.

What other fillings can I use?

Feel free to get creative with the fillings! You can add diced bell peppers, jalapeños, black olives, or corn for extra flavor and texture.

How can I make these pinwheels gluten-free?

Use gluten-free tortillas and ensure all other ingredients are certified gluten-free.

We hope you enjoy making and eating these delicious Mexican Chicken Pinwheels as much as we do! If you loved this recipe, please share it with your friends and family. Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog for more tasty recipes and cooking tips. Happy cooking!

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