Grilled Cream Cheese Pinwheels

The classic cream cheese tortilla pinwheel appetizer has been taken up a notch to become grilled cream cheese pinwheels. The grilling melts the cream cheese and gives the tortilla bite a perfect crunch. Made in 10 minutes with four simple ingredients, this updated classic will bring the wow factor every time!

Pilled grilled cream cheese pinwheels stacked on a plate.

Why I Love This Recipe

  • It is delicious
  • Super easy to make
  • It brings the wow factor to any party or charcuterie board

Ingredients

Ingredients used to make the recipe (tortilla, salsa, cream cheese and butter).
  • Tortillas—White flour tortillas are available at most grocery stores. Tomato and spinach tortillas are also widely available.
  • Salsa – Use your preferred salsa—one tablespoon per tortilla. My favorite brand is 505 Southwestern pineapple, mango, and jalapeno salsa.
  • Cream Cheese – In this recipe, use regular or full-fat cream cheese. For the best spread, always use room-temperature cream cheese. If you have butter directly from the refrigerator, microwave on power level 5 in ten-second bursts.
  • Butter – Use the butter of your choice. For the best spread, always use room-temperature butter if you have butter directly from the refrigerator, microwave on power level 5 in ten-second bursts.

Watch How to Make This Recipe

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Filling Alternatives

Flavorful Filling—Any salsa can substitute for fruit salsa in this recipe. Instead of salsa, sprinkle 1 teaspoon of garlic powder over the cream cheese. Then add black olives, green chiles, or your other favorite pinwheel filling.

  • FILLINGS
  • Black Olives
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Feta Cheese
  • Green Chilies
  • Green Peppers
  • FILLINGS
  • Green Onions
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Red Onion
  • Tomatoes
  • SEASONINGS
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Ranch Dressing Mix
  • Taco Seasoning

Vegan Version

To make a vegan version, substitute with plant-based butter or olive oil. Also, substitute with vegan cream cheese or another cheese that melts well.

Storage and Reheating

Storage Instructions: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

Reheating Instructions: Tortilla bites taste perfectly warm or at room temperature. If you wish to reheat them, place them in a warm skillet with the lid on over medium-low heat. Another option is to reheat them in the oven at 200F/100C for five minutes.

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Pilled grilled cream cheese pinwheels stacked on a plate.

Grilled Cream Cheese Pinwheels

The classic cream cheese tortilla pinwheel appetizer has been taken up a notch to become grilled cream cheese pinwheels. The grilling melts the cream cheese and gives the tortilla bite a perfect crunch. Made in 10 minutes with four simple ingredients, this updated classic will brings the wow factor every time!
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 Skillet

Ingredients

  • 4-6 flour tortillas
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 -6 tablespoons favorite salsa
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  • Prep: Spead one tablespoon of cream cheese onto one side of the flour tortilla leaving one inch around the perimeter.  Spread one tablespoon of salsa on top of the cream cheese. Tightly roll up the tortilla and slice it into one-inch rounds.
    4-6 flour tortillas, 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature, 4 -6 tablespoons favorite salsa
  • Grill: Heat up a skillet using medium to high heat and add butter. After the butter has melted place the tortilla on the skillet and cook for 2 – 3 minutes on each side.
    3 tablespoons butter
  • Serve: Remove from the skillet and serve warm. If serving later, cook now and warm up in the oven at a low temperature (200F/100C).

Notes

Re-Heating Instructions: If you wish to reheat the pinwheels, place them in a warm skillet with the lid on over medium-low heat. Another option is to reheat them in the oven at 200F/100C for five minutes.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Cream Cheese Pinwheels
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
50
Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Cholesterol
 
1
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
130
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
8
g
3
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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