Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels


A creamy filling made with chicken taco flavors is spread over a soft flour tortilla and rolled up to make the most delicious Mexican pinwheels ever!

These Mexican pinwheels are perfect for ANY party or get together!  Made with mouthwatering chicken taco flavors, they’re a favorite with both kids and adults!

Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels | These pinwheels are filled with a creamy chicken taco filling, which is easily customizable, and rolled up to make a perfect appetizer or party food! | http://thechunkychef.com

It’s party time!!  Okay maybe not really party time, but one bite of these Mexican pinwheels and you’ll think there’s a party going on!  I actually had these at a get together with my in-laws, and my mother-in-law had made these.  Like me, she loves to cook, so naturally we were talking about the food, and she mentioned that she’d found this recipe on Old El Paso‘s site.  After looking it over, and making some tweaks of my own, I created pure deliciousness!

Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels | These pinwheels are filled with a creamy chicken taco filling, which is easily customizable, and rolled up to make a perfect appetizer or party food! | http://thechunkychef.com

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I like a LOT of cilantro flavor, so if you’re not a huge fan, feel free to adjust that amount to your liking.  As a bonus, these aren’t spicy at all (that we noticed), so even the kiddos can snack on these Mexican pinwheels!  You could also experiment with different flavored tortillas as the wraps… like maybe a spinach one?  I knew there was NO way I’d get a green tortilla by my kids, so I didn’t even attempt it lol.

Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels | These pinwheels are filled with a creamy chicken taco filling, which is easily customizable, and rolled up to make a perfect appetizer or party food! | http://thechunkychef.com

Speaking of kids, if you have them, are they out of school for the summer yet?  My oldest (the only one in school) has been out for over 2 weeks and we’ve already hit the “I’m soooo bored” stage.  Good grief.  After about the third time of hearing her say that, I escorted her out to the kitchen to help me roll the tortillas for these pinwheels… boredom solved!

Thankfully, both kids are enrolled in a fun summer camp through my son’s pre-school… so they’re totally immersed in that and all the various fun activities and field trips to go on, instead of lounging around the house staring at the tv or complaining lol.

Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels | These pinwheels are filled with a creamy chicken taco filling, which is easily customizable, and rolled up to make a perfect appetizer or party food! | http://thechunkychef.com

Okay, back to these pinwheels lol.  While these are PERFECT for a party, they’re also fun to have as an afternoon snack or a fun dinner (I like to pair them with a salad… this one is my fav!).  There’s something so ridiculously fun about getting to eat with your hands isn’t there?

I think these Mexican pinwheels are pretty amazing as is, but if you’re looking for some other add-ins or toppers, here are some great options:

  • finely minced jalapeños (fresh or canned)
  • roasted poblanos
  • minced sautéed onions
  • cooked small corn kernels 
  • drizzle sour cream over the top (or Mexican crema)
  • scoop some guacamole on top before eating (try this one!)
  • experiment with a different sour cream to cream cheese ratio (the more sour cream you use, the “wetter” the filling will be)

Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels | These pinwheels are filled with a creamy chicken taco filling, which is easily customizable, and rolled up to make a perfect appetizer or party food! | http://thechunkychef.com

Like with most pinwheels, once you roll up the tortilla, you’ll want to chill them in the refrigerator (the whole rolls) for a bit, so they firm up.  Otherwise, when you go to slice them, they’ll get mashed and sort of fall apart… definitely no bueno!  Oh, and a sharp serrated knife makes slicing the 1 inch sections a breeze!  I used my bread knife, which was probably overkill… but let’s be honest, it was the only clean serrated knife, because I. hate. doing. dishes.  I can’t be alone in that, right you guys? 😉

Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels | These pinwheels are filled with a creamy chicken taco filling, which is easily customizable, and rolled up to make a perfect appetizer or party food! | http://thechunkychef.com

I really hope you all give these a try… whether it’s for a party, cookout, snack or dinner… I really think you’ll love them as much as we sure do!


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5 from 6 votes
80 pinwheels (approximately 8 per person)
Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

A creamy filling made with chicken taco flavors is spread over a soft flour tortilla and rolled up to make the most delicious Mexican pinwheels ever!

Calories: 396 kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 12 oz cream cheese, softened to room temp (my packages are 8oz, so I used a package and a half)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded chicken **see recipe notes below
  • 1.5 Tbsp taco seasoning (choose your favorite)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
  • 10 oz can of diced tomatoes with green chiles, very well drained
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic, finely minced
  • 5 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 3/4 - 1 cup cilantro, chopped finely (adjust to your tastes)
  • 8 burrito sized flour tortillas
  • fresh minced cilantro, for garnish optional
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, stirring until well combined.

  2. Lay flour tortilla down on work surface and spread about 1/4 cup (amount will vary from person to person) evenly over the tortilla, leaving a 1/2 - 1 inch border all around.

  3. Start at the bottom of the tortilla (closest to you), and roll up tightly towards the top, like a cigar.  Place roll seam side down on prepared pan.

  4. Repeat with remaining tortillas and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to several hours to chill and firm up.

  5. Use a sharp, serrated knife to slice roll into 1 inch pinwheels and serve.

Recipe Notes
  1. Recipe preparation time does not count chilling time, as that will vary from person to person.
  2. If you have leftover filling, it can be frozen (in a sealed bag or airtight container) for up to 2 months
  3. SHREDDED CHICKEN RECOMMENDATIONS:
    • Tequila Lime Chicken - cook as directed, then shred (this gives the best flavor)
    • Leftover cooked chicken from another recipe
    • Rotisserie chicken 
    • Canned chicken (this is the easiest option, but not the best flavor)

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18 comments on “Chicken Taco Mexican Pinwheels”

  1. These pinwheels have my heart. So pretty.

  2. What beautiful creations my friend!!! I love ALL of the flavors in these bad boys, especially the cilantro- I’m so with you there. I am obsessed with that stuff! 😉 These are perfect to bring to summer get-together’s, I bet they disappear FAST!

  3. These are my kind of appetizer! I thought they were perfect until I read you tips for toppings. WOW! How will I ever choose?

  4. Those look sooo good – love the ingredient combo!

  5. I love these! Not only are they pretty (pretty party food!), but loving the taco take you’ve incorporated. I’ll be bits of poblanos would be fab, too!

  6. These are making me hungry! I happen to like the green tortillas, but my kids run from those, too!

  7. These look seriously perfect! I bet they’re the first things to go at a party!

  8. OMGoodness!! This was fabulous and soooooo tasty! I used wheat burrito tortillas and chopped up the spinach and added it to the chicken mix!

  9. These would be awesome to pack up for a summertime picnic! Love the flavors in here.

  10. I can think of so many times to make these~! Perfect for snacks, appetizers, lunch or even a light dinner!

  11. gonna take to potluck, it would sit out for 3 hrs. in shade. any suggestions, i dont want anybody getting sick. can make \at home, then transport to party.

  12. Mine is a question….What do you consider Mexican cheese?

  13. I had two poached chicken breast leftover so I adjusted the amount of ingredients accordingly. Instead of packaged taco mix I made my own combo of chili, oregano, cumin and garlic powder. I also substituted parsley for cilantro. I cut the chicken in chunks and chopped it up in the food processor then added all the other ingredients and pulsed until it was a smooth mixture. This was good right out of the processor but it was even better after it sat in the fridge a while. This made a lot so even after spreading it on tortillas I had some leftover. This will make a great sandwich spread. That is if it lasts. It’s so good that I keep sneaking spoonfuls of it. Will definitely make again. Thanks for this tasty and easy recipe.

  14. Made these for game day. They were fantabulous!! My husband and I ended up hiding some back for us because they were going so fast. Will definitely make again and again. Thanks for such tasty goodness!!!

  15. Has anyone added fresh jalapeños to this? If so did they also use the tomatoes with the green chili’s or maybe just a can of regular tomatoes? This recipe looks great!

    • I’ve never tried it (maybe another reader can chime in), but I think fresh minced jalapeños would be fabulous in these! Depending on your heat tolerance, you could use regular petite diced tomatoes to keep it semi-mild, or go for the tomatoes and green chiles to make it spicier 🙂