There’s An App for That | Pasadena Pinwheels

Pasadena Pinwheels | Once Upon a Recipe













Aloha mes amigos!

‘Tis the holidays! At this time of year, every good host and hostess needs a few recipes in his or her entertaining arsenal – tried and true crowd pleasers that can be counted on time and time again. For me, Pasadena Pinwheels is one of those reliable appetizers that everyone seems to love. They are easy to prepare ahead of time, only need a quick nip in the oven before serving, and well, they’re kind of delicious.

Why not give ’em a try this holiday season? Whether you’re hosting a party or attending one and need something easy to take along (yes, we’re all going to be good guests this year), Pasadena Pinwheels are money.

I’ll even walk you through it. Let’s get started!

Pasadena Pinwheels | Once Upon a Recipe













The ingredient list is trés simple. Cream cheese, a lil’ mayo, green chiles, tomato, onion, garlic, chili powder, salt, and tortillas. And some salsa for dipping.

Pasadena Pinwheels | Once Upon a Recipe













Pasadena Pinwheels | Once Upon a Recipe

Pasadena Pinwheels | Once Upon a Recipe

Pasadena Pinwheels | Once Upon a Recipe





































Mix it all together. Spread it on the tortillas. Roll ’em up. Slice. Arrange them all pretty on a platter. Snack on the ends as you’re working. Refrigerate until you’re almost ready to serve. Pour yourself a glass of wine before your guests arrive. You deserve it.

Ten minutes before you want to serve your Pasadena Pinwheels, heat up your oven to broil, pop the whole shebang into the oven for a couple of minutes, just until things are getting toasty and golden. Boom. Dinner Appetizer is served. You can thank me later.

Pasadena Pinwheels | Once Upon a Recipe













Pasadena Pinwheels

8 ounces of cream cheese, softened

2 TBSP. mayonnaise

1 4-ounce can of diced green chiles

1 large tomato, finely chopped

1/4 cup onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. chili powder

1/4 tsp. salt

10 large flour tortillas

Mix everything together (an electric mixer works well). Refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight (to let those flavors mingle!). Spread evenly onto the tortillas, roll each tortilla up tightly, then slice into 1-inch rounds. Arrange on a platter or cookie sheet. Broil until golden brown before serving. Dip into salsa, if desired.

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What is your favorite go-to holiday appetizer recipe? 


  1. I like fruit and a yogurt dip. I’m always a fan of the veggie pizza with the crossant crust. This year I’m trying Hawaiian meatballs. We’ve had it for a meal, but I’ll see how they do for an appitizer.

  2. Ooh, yum! Usually when you get these at a party they’re very bland and just… Ick. But these sound like they’d be delicious!

  3. Lets have some for Xmas!!!!

  4. I always love hummus & chips. These look delicious!

  5. oh these look and sound ever so good – love those jalapenos with anything/ everything! My go to app is generally big dates, stuffed with cream cheese and maybe wrapped in bacon. Also a big fan of homemade kale chips… and I like EATING this amazing feta/ mayo / chilli dip with crudite – although Im not sure Ive ever actually made it as such… 😉 xx

  6. Looks wonderful, some really fantastic pictures too.

  7. My favorite appy is baked brie…. I throw it in my brie baker with brown sugar and some cranberries. Its a crowd please 🙂
    Merry Christmas!

  8. Hi Amanda! I just found your site, and I’m loving what I’m seeing so far. I hear that you’ve just opened up a new “chapter” of your blog, so congrats! I love the layout, and it seems like a fabulous way to start the New Year. These apps look amazing, and complicated, but the recipe appears super simple. I’m already planning a “the holidays are over, but we should still party” party sometime soon, and I might have to add these to the menu. Thanks!

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