Tortilla Pinwheels

Tortilla Pinwheels - Mother Thyme

If you follow me on Pinterest you may see me frequently pinning appetizers on my Perfect Appetizer board.  I love appetizers, especially when they are easy.  When I am getting ready to host a gathering as we often do, having quick appetizers to whip up is important to me.  Not only am I trying to get ready, tidy up the house but also chasing after my twins.  Spending hours in the kitchen getting ready for a party is not something I have much time for yet I want to have delicious appetizers for our guests to enjoy.  When I found this recipe for Tortilla Pinwheels from Julie Eats and Treats for Secret Recipe Club I knew this would be the perfect addition to my every growing list of appetizers I enjoy.  

I was familiar Julie Eats and Treats so I was thrilled when it was assigned to me for Secret Recipe Club.  She has a great variety of delicious recipes from Banana Crumb Snack Cake to Slow Cooker Lasagna, which are two recipes I am eager to try.

Like Julie mentioned in her post about this recipe, she would get excited when she would go to someones house and these appetizers would be on the table;  so would I.  My mom used to always serve these for holidays or gatherings and I would definitely have my share of these. 

These Tortilla Pinwheels are fabulous!  I have made these several times since I discovered this recipe and they are simple and delicious.  They are the perfect lunch for the kids or even an after school snack.  Such a versatile recipe and is easy to adapt to make just one or half the recipe.  

Simple, easy and delicious!  The perfect recipe thanks to Julie East and Treats
Tortilla Pinwheels - Mother Thyme

Tortilla Pinwheels

Yield: 50 pinwheels

Tortilla Pinwheels


  • 8oz sour cream
  • 8oz light or regular cream cheese
  • 4oz can diced green chilies, drained
  • 4oz can chopped black olives, drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 5 10" flour tortillas


  1. In a large bowl stir together sour cream, cream cheese, green chilies, olives, cheese, garlic powder and salt. Divide mixture between tortillas and spread evenly. Roll tortillas.
  2. Place each tortilla in plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  3. When ready to serve slice, unwrap and slice.
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Tortilla Pinwheels - Mother Thyme





  1. Your pictures of this are fab! So glad you enjoyed it :) Now I’m craving these again!

  2. Somebody always brings this dish to holiday gatherings around here. I love them. Those pics of the black olives are amazing!

  3. What a quick and tasty dish for both lunch and an app! Just like you, I am more excited about the appetizers than the meal and tend to fill up on those wonderful bite-sized morsels. They’re just so much fun!

  4. I love easy appetizer recipes also! It is great to have a few in your arsenal for unexpected guests… great SRC pick!

  5. I absolutely love this, Jennifer! I’m a snack-lover and this is right up my alley!

  6. Oh, gosh, these look so easy and delicious!!! My mom used to make us olive and cream cheese sandwiches…and this appetizer trumps those :) So nice to be in Group C with you~

  7. I love appetizers! I’m going to have to check out your pinterest board. These look great!

  8. This is a great inspiration for an appetizer I have to make soon, so thank you for choosing this :-)

  9. What beautiful photos you have!! And the appetizer is ideal as well… well, all except for those pesky olives! ;) My neighbor makes a version of this appetizer and it’s always a hit. Nicely done!

  10. Jennifer….what a really lovely choice for SRC. They look simple and delicious! And your photography is just beautiful! : )

  11. I’ve made versions of these before, and I always forget how much everyone loves them. Thanks for reminding me! (And I love the sour cream/cream cheese combo…I’ve seen them with mayo, and I think I’ll prefer this version!)

  12. This is one of my favorite quick appetizers. I’m a small bites person myself. You’re photos make the ordinary little pinwheel look extraordinary!

  13. I’ve made these before as well and they are very good to be so easy!

  14. I have to admit. When I see apps like this, I loiter by the plate. I can’t stop myself. I must try these. Thanks! Great choice this month.

  15. what a very clever idea! Even without kids, no one wants to spend too much time in the kitchen when having a party :)

  16. This is such a creative new idea! I love it! Thank you for sharing this!

  17. I love this unique idea…Thanks for sharing.

  18. Great idea for an appetizer for parties. I usually put some ham and salad, but your version sounds great.

  19. I love pinwheels. Now I need some! These look perfect.

  20. I’m always looking for party recipes too. It’s so good to have a few quick ones up your sleeve.

  21. These look yummy, and there is the possibility of so many variations! There is nothing better than appetizers!!

  22. Pinwheels are always such a wonderful appetizer, so many great variations.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A’ SRC entry: Broiled Sushi.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  23. I’ve been making these for years, but never used black olives or cheese. My recipe uses green onions, pimentos and diced green chiles. I guess because I usually make them at Christmas! Sometimes add ham or bacon. Can’t wait to try the olives!

  24. Just wanted to let you know that I made these for my stepson’s confirmation in May, and they were a big success! Will definitely be making them again (especially since I have about 50 tortilla pancakes in the freezer) – have a nice weekend!

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