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


  • 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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  1. 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~

  2. 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!

  3. 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!)

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. Hi There:

    I was looking at your Pinwheel recipe, and was wondering if you have a “Kid Friendly” version. I volunteered to bring something for my son’s classroom party this upcoming Friday. I like the pinwheels because is more nutritious than bringing cookies. Can you help me out?

    Ana Malick
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