Queso Roll-Up Pinwheels

Easy and impressive tortilla roll-up pinwheel recipe made with cream cheese, taco seasoning, Rotel, and cheddar cheese.

A few years ago I had some of my best buds over so our kids could swim and have a play date. And of course that meant I had to make cocktails. Lots of cocktails.

I decided to make my favorite mojitos. And since someone was bringing chips and salsa I decided to keep rolling with the Mexican theme and experiment with what I ended up calling Queso Roll-Ups.

Why "Queso"? I'm not completely sure... maybe because if you melted all the ingredients together, I think you'd prolly have some wicked queso. And maybe because I decided on the name after a few mojitos.

Because lets face it, y'all, I know about as much as a polar bear would about Mexican cuisine.

But whatevs... they were amazing and have become part of my go-to appetizer list. Sometimes I add chopped green onions and black olives when I'm feeling extra.

All jokes aside, the filling does take on a queso-like texture once the pinwheels have set out a while. The shredded cheese softens up into the cream cheese and you end up with a soft cheese spread sort of consistency.

Rolling these in plastic wrap and letting them set really helps them stay tight and makes things way easier to cut. When I'm taking these with me to a friend's house, I leave them rolled up until after I get there then cut them there which makes these super easy to travel with.

To get a tight roll, lay a section of wrap on the counter, place your roll-up length-wise on it at the edge closest to you. Bring the side of the plastic up and over the roll-up and wrap it as tightly as you can. THEN (this is the important part) grab the loose wrap on each side like handles and roll the roll-up away from you. It will get wicked tight! Do it a few times if necessary.

If you enjoy appetizers with Mexican flair, try some of these recipes too!

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  • Chipotle Shrimp Tostada Bites – Mini tostadas with chipotle glazed shrimp and guacamole sprinkled with a confetti of red onion and cilantro! 
  • Restaurant-Style Salsa – My family's FAVORITE restaurant-style salsa recipe made in a blender with canned tomatoes and fresh ingredients.
  • Rotel Sausage Dip – Classic crock pot party dip recipe made with Rotel tomatoes, sausage and cream cheese served with tortilla chips perfect for tailgating and game day!

Queso Roll-Up Pinwheels

Yield: 36 Pieces
prep time: 15 Mcook time: total time: 15 M
Easy and impressive tortilla roll-up pinwheel recipe made with cream cheese, taco seasoning, Rotel, and cheddar cheese.


  • 2 8-oz. packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1-oz. package taco seasoning
  • 1 10-oz. can Rotel, drained well
  • 2-3 cups finely shredded cheese
  • 6 10-inch flour tortillas


How to cook Queso Roll-Up Pinwheels

  1. With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese on medium speed until fluffy. Add taco seasoning then mix well.
  2. Spread each tortilla with cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle tortillas with Rotel then top with shredded cheese.
  3. Roll each tortilla very tightly then roll in plastic wrap (see below). Refrigerate for 4-6 hours. When ready to serve, slice into pinwheels.


Rotel is diced tomatoes and green chilies.
I typically use a Mexican blend of cheese.
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Easy and impressive tortilla roll-ups or pinwheels made with cream cheese, taco seasoning, Rotel tomatoes and chilies and cheddar cheese.


  1. Coming over from Weekend Potluck to say HI and YUM! Printing this to try soon. Hugs, T

  2. Love this so much! I think I'll be making these for Super Bowl! Found you at Country Cook Weekend Potluck!

  3. These look yummy! I love roll ups!

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  4. Feelin' pretty stupid 'bout now.....8/16/13, 8:59 PM

    Love the idea! I use the same ingredients (and add a couple more) and use the 'spread' to roll up in chicken breasts. Don't know why I never thought to roll it up in a tortilla when I wanted some and didn't want to wait on chicken to bake! I usually just end up eating it as a dip with chips...

  5. is there an alternate to the Rotel (I don't do spicy/chillies very well). Could I do this with salsa, like from a jar?

  6. I love these and have been making a different version of them for years. First I spread on cream cheese, then a think layer of beans, followed by taco meat or even a finely chopped fajita chicken, then guacamole, sourcream, cheese, sometimes rotel, sometimes salsa...however you have to be careful they don't get too wet or you have a mess. They are always a hit. I love the idea of how to wrap them. I usually make them in advance and then let them sit a few hours in the fridge or even over night to let the flavors "marry". Thanks for reminding me of this recipe.

  7. I took these to a gathering at my church today and they were a big hit! Thank you : )

  8. replace mexican blend with pepperjack melt together with cream cheese...leave out the taco seasoning and rotel ..... stir in some cool ranch doritos (powdered in processor) add green onion and/or black olives..then rolled.


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