Mexican Pinwheels : Perfect for Quick Lunches, Fun Appetizers, and easy Lunchbox Additions!

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All of your favorite Mexican flavors all rolled up in a bite-sized, finger food meal perfect for kids!

Mexican Pinwheels :: Perfect for quick lunches, fun appetizers, & easy lunchbox additions! www.superheathykids.com

Ok so halfway through the school year and I don’t know about you, but I am ready for a lunchbox change up!

Mexican Pinwheels :: Perfect for quick lunches, fun appetizers, & easy lunchbox additions! www.superheathykids.com

My daughter has been really into wraps this year and I feel like we mix it up with the variety pretty good. She enjoys kid friendly tuna salad and egg salad pinwheels as well as just simple PB and J roll ups. What I love about doing roll ups or pinwheel style wraps is that they stay together well. They are great for little hands so everything doesn’t just fall out of the wrap!

Here is a fun twist on a lunchtime pinwheel that can be great for using up the last of some chicken from dinner and a few other ingredients you already probably have around! I have even made these using leftover re-fried beans from dinner instead of chicken so if you follow more of a vegetarian diet you can use beans.

Mexican Pinwheels :: Perfect for quick lunches, fun appetizers, & easy lunchbox additions! www.superheathykids.com

Since we are a gluten free home, there are a couple different gluten free wraps we like to use but pretty much anything will work! You can also play around with the taco seasoning to your family’s preferences – the recipe as is turns out very mild. One of my kids loves (loves!) spicy food so I tend to make it a little spicier than this.

This is also a great introduction to wraps for toddlers. My 2 year old doesn’t manage a typical wrap yet so this is a great food prep that she can handle independently so she can “do it myself!”

Mexican Pinwheels :: Perfect for quick lunches, fun appetizers, & easy lunchbox additions! www.superheathykids.com

I also think these would be a great appetizer at a party, or a fun finger food dinner on a Friday night when you are just *done* with cooking for the week!

Renee blogs at Raising Generation Nourished, and with 3 girls ages 6 and under, she is passionate about raising the next generation of kids with a better understanding where their food comes from and how food affects their bodies.

Mexican Pinwheels

Mexican Pinwheels

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 8 ounce cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup salsa
  • 2 ounce cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound rotisserie chicken
  • 3 stalk green onion
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 4 medium tortilla, whole wheat

Instructions

  • Put everything but the tortillas in a bowl and mix well.
  • Spread some of the mixture onto the entire surface of one of the tortillas, and roll it up tightly. Continue with the rest of the tortillas the same way. (I used the Food For Life Rice Wraps and made 4 tortillas – I think these are small compared to some tortilla brands so if they are larger you may have enough filling for 3.)
  • Cut the rolled up tortillas into 1 inch sections. They are a little easier to cut when they have chilled in the fridge about 20 minutes but I rarely have patience/time to do that!
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I’m pretty sure it’s not supposed to be 8 cups of cream cheese and I’m wondering if thats what’s making the nutrition information so astronomical?


these are very good!! this recipe made about 5-6 small size wraps. each kid only wanted two slices but i wrapped the rest as whole wraps to use for school lunches next day! score 🙂


I thought these were delicious, but my 5 and 3 year old did not. I think it was the amount of green onion, so maybe next time I’ll cut back to 1 or 2 stalks.


Delicious! We passed on the green onion. We struggled with the pinwheel part. They fell apart when we tried to cut them. Instead, we ate them as roll ups. We will definitely make these again. They are so easy. We used grilled chicken breasts that had a bit of a crust on them. That made them extra yummy.


If these are 139 calories a serving, what constitutes a serving? The servings size must be very small, like 2 slices? Is that correct?