Mexican Chicken Pinwheels

Written by Imad
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  • 1 pound chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • Optional: sliced jalapeños, diced tomatoes, or avocado for topping


  1. In a large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, taco seasoning, salsa, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and cilantro. Mix well to combine.
  2. Lay out a tortilla and spread a quarter of the chicken mixture evenly over the entire tortilla.
  3. Starting from one edge, tightly roll up the tortilla into a log shape.
  4. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and chicken mixture.
  5. Place the rolled tortillas in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow them to firm up.
  6. Once firm, use a sharp knife to slice each roll into 1-inch pinwheels.
  7. Serve with additional salsa, sour cream, and toppings of your choice.

Kitchen Equipment:

  • Large bowl
  • Sharp knife


Store any leftover pinwheels in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Food Pairings:

These Mexican Chicken Pinwheels pair well with a side of Spanish rice and a margarita for a complete meal.


Can I make these ahead of time?

Yes, these pinwheels can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Can I freeze these pinwheels?

Yes, these pinwheels can be frozen. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until firm. Once firm, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or bag. To thaw, place them in the refrigerator overnight.

Recipe Variations:

  • For a spicier version, add more salsa or include sliced jalapeños in the chicken mixture.
  • For a vegetarian option, replace the chicken with black beans or refried beans.

Who is this recipe for?

This recipe is perfect for anyone looking for a quick and easy appetizer or snack with a Mexican twist. It’s great for parties, potlucks, or even a simple weeknight dinner.

Why is it great?

These Mexican Chicken Pinwheels are great because they are simple to make, require minimal ingredients, and are packed with flavor. They can be easily customized to suit your taste preferences and are sure to be a hit with everyone who tries them.

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