This recipe for taco pinwheels is super easy to make and it makes a great appetizer or snack recipe. You can make fiesta pinwheels for parties and lunches too!
I love making these taco pinwheel appetizers for an easy after school snack or lunch at my desk. They're delicious and fun but also super simple to make.
There's nothing difficult about making pinwheels. They always come out so cute and every bite is flavorful but the process is super simple. You can also try Festive Cream Cheese Pinwheels, Veggie Pinwheels and Salami Pickle Pinwheels for more.
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If you have never made pinwheels you might be wondering what they are! If you can't tell by the photos, pinwheels are basically just stuffed, rolled up, and sliced tortillas.
Making pinwheels is a great way to serve up something that might otherwise be kind of boring meals! This recipe for taco pinwheels makes bite-sized finger food that kids and adults alike will love.
Ingredients for the fiesta pinwheels:
To make these really easy fiesta pinwheels you will need lean ground beef, taco seasoning, cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, and flour tortillas.
You can find the full amounts and nutritional info in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. You might already have some of these five simple ingredients on hand.
When I stock up on ingredients that I know will last and be useful in a lot of recipes I grab things like ground beef, cream cheese, and shredded cheese. We almost always have flour tortillas on hand as well, which means whipping up these taco pinwheels is always an option.
Can I make my own taco seasoning?
If you have never made your own taco seasoning you should try it! Use this easy taco seasoning recipe to make your own!
You can use packaged taco seasoning for sure, but I love to have homemade on hand. Then I just grab a scoop and we are ready to go.
How much does this recipe make?
When you cut up your pinwheels you will want to keep them roughly the same size. The whole recipe will make about 20-25 pinwheels.
These taco pinwheel appetizers will make about 5 or so slices in each rolled up tortilla. If you cut them into more slices, they will be thinner and might not hold together as well. So keep that in mind when cutting up your tortillas. Just as with any party pinwheel recipe, you can change the tortillas to whatever kind you prefer: wheat, low carb, flavored/colorful, and even gluten-free.
When to serve this recipe for taco pinwheels:
If you need some ideas of when to serve fiesta pinwheels, I think they're great for all kinds of settings. We have these for lunches from time to time because they're easy to pack for school lunches and work meals. Don't they look pretty on a wooden cutting board?
Another great idea is to make these taco appetizers for snacks and for parties. I like to make these whenever we need a finger food type dish to take to backyard BBQ's and parties. Family gatherings are great for serving up simple finger foods like this!
How to make fiesta pinwheels:
This really easy pinwheels recipe will make everyone happy. You'll love that they're easy to make, and everyone else will love that they're so delicious.
Drain grease from pan before next step.
Add taco seasoning and just a little bit of water. Stir well.
Combine cooked taco meat, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. Stir well.
Spoon ¼ of the mixture onto a tortilla, then spread evenly in a thin layer to the edges.
Roll the tortilla up, and slice into 1-2 inch pieces.
Stand pinwheel up, and shape into a circle, if needed.
Looking for more delicious and simple finger food recipes?
Sometimes you just need simple lunch recipes and finger food choices. Here are some of our favorite easy recipes to enjoy at parties, family gatherings, and more:
- Baked Ground Turkey Meatballs
- Festive Cream Cheese Pinwheels
- Whole Wheat Pizza Pinwheels
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- Zesty Parmesan Tuna Sandwiches
- Instant Pot Appetizers for Game Day
- Easy Pinwheel Appetizers
Printable Recipe For Taco Pinwheels:
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- ¼ cup taco seasoning (or 1 packet)
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 large flour tortillas
- In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat, chopping it as finely as you can while it’s cooking.
- Drain grease.
- Add taco seasoning and just a little bit of water. Stir well.
- Combine cooked taco meat, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. Stir well.
- Spoon ¼ of the mixture onto a tortilla, then spread evenly in a thin layer to the edges.
- Roll the tortilla up, and slice into 1-2 inch pieces.
- Stand pinwheel up, and shape into a circle, if needed.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 304Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 525mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 19g