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Spicy Pinwheel Recipe


These spicy petite pinwheels have their origins in other countriesí cuisines. Looking for some pinwheels with a little kick? Look no further! Combining cream cheese with spices, fruits, meat, and veggies, these original filling recipes will satisfy diverse tastes. Spread the filling on the tortilla, roll it up, wrap it up, refrigerate, and then slice the roll-ups into pinwheels. These little morsels of rolled up tortilla and filling, sliced into an attractive round, also make an attractive pinwheel platter presentation.

If you donít have a food processor, donít worry. Pinwheels can be made without a food processor. You can chop ingredients into tiny bits. If you have a blender, you can use that, too. These recipes use a Kitchen Aid food processor. Here are some ideas to get you started down the path to putting extra spice into your life.

Basic Method:

For the wrap: Use a good quality, flexible flour tortilla. I get mine at a local Mexican bakery. You can lower the carb count by using a low-carb tortilla, which makes these pinwheels useful in a low carb meal plan. I suggest using a low-carb product from La Tortilla Factory. These have 6 grams of net carb and 100 calories. Plus, they have 12 grams of fiber! There are several varieties. Have the tortillas at room temperature, so they will be pliable. You do not want them to crack when you roll them.

For the filling: I use a cream cheese based filling most of the time. It is important that the filling is moist, but is not soggy. Sometimes, I will use a mayonnaise based filling.

Making the pinwheels: Lay the tortilla on a flat surface or hold it in your hand. Spread the filling evenly about 1/8 inches thick. Spread it almost to the edge. Add any topping ingredients like meats, vegetables, or fruits that you haven't incorporated into the filling mixture. Roll the tortilla into a tight roll. As you roll it, the filling will spread to the edges. Wrap it in plastic wrap or foil. Refrigerate overnight or for at least four hours. This allows the tortilla and filling to bond well. Slice into slices 1/2 to 1 inch thick. The ends of the pinwheels aren't pretty, but they are tasty. Some folks say to discard them. I have trouble throwing good food away. They are my little treat.

Spicy Pinwheel Recipes

Mexican Pinwheels

4 finely chopped green onion-white and green parts
8 ounces of cream cheese
1- 4 ounce can of chopped green chilies
1-4.25 ounce can of chopped ripe olives
1 tablespoon of chopped pickled jalapeno peppers (Optional-for a real kick!)

Chop the onion in a food processor. Set aside half of the chopped onions into a medium bowl. Add the cream cheese, green chilies, ripe olives, and jalapenos, if desired to the food processor bowl. Process in short bursts until the ingredients are just combined. Spoon the cream cheese mixture into the medium bowl and stir to combine it with the chopped green onions. Covers 5 10-inch tortillas.

Sweet Heat Polynesian Pinwheels

1 finely chopped green onion-white and green parts
Ĺ cup pineapple chunks-drained and blotted-then finely chopped
1 jar chopped pimento-drained
1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeno pepper
ľ cup cooked genuine bacon bits
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
8 ounces of cream cheese

In the food processor, chop the onion and pour into a medium bowl. Chop the pineapple and blot excess liquid. Pour the pineapple into the bowl with the onion. Add the drained pimento, bacon bits, jalapeno pepper, and brown sugar. In the food processor, cream the cheese until it is soft. Add the cheese to the bowl and stir to combine all ingredients. (Warning: Donít process the pineapple with the cream cheese. It will be too runny to use.) Covers two 10-inch flour tortillas.

You will have some filling left. You may put the remainder in a bowl and serve it with corn chips. For a lower carb alternative, slice some sweet miniature peppers in half and use them as scoops. Or you may fill the peppers for an attractive addition to a snack platter.

Mango Chutney Pinwheels

1 finely chopped green onion-white and green parts
ľ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
8 ounces of cream cheese
ľ cup Pateks Mango Chutney (or your favorite chutney)
1 teaspoon of your favorite curry powder
ľ pound finely sliced deli chicken or turkey (I used DiLusso Tomato Basil Turkey)

In the food processor, chop the onion and cilantro. Pour it into a medium bowl. Add the cream cheese, mango chutney, and curry powder to the food processor bowl. Process until almost smooth. Add the cream cheese mixture to the onion and cilantro. Stir all ingredients together until thoroughly mixed. Spread the cream cheese mixture on the tortillas. Divide the meat into three portions. Cover each tortilla with 1/3 of the meat before rolling up. Covers three 10-inch flour tortillas.


I enjoy making platters that are decorated with veggies and olives. Combine these pinwheels with other savory pinwheels. Pile them onto a platter with your decorative veggies and call it a party!

When I mention products by brand name, these are the ones that I use. I have not received free products from the manufacturers, nor have I been paid to mention the products by name.

Our Kitchen Aid Food Processor was worth every penny that we paid for it. This kitchen tool has saved me hundreds of hours in chopping and mixing time. After ten years of hard use, it is still going strong!

KitchenAid KFP740CR 9-Cup Food Processor with 4-Cup Mini Bowl, Chrome


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