Photo by Sonia Mendez Garcia

Cheese and Bean Tortilla Roll-Ups (Pinwheels)

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1-2 servings
Call them roll ups or pinwheels, kids of all ages love them! Great for snacking, easy lunch or for an easy appetizer idea at your next party.

Tortilla roll-ups remind me so much of the soft, flour tortilla tacos from my childhood. Back then, it was typically a homemade tortilla filled with refried beans and a slice of sandwich cheese. The tortillas would be warmed up, filled, and rolled tight. More often than not, wrapped in foil paper to keep them warm and soft. Although they never stayed warm, we enjoyed them at room temperature and loved it! Kids and adults of all ages enjoy tortilla roll-ups filled with a variety of cheeses and simply cooked shredded chicken. Add a layer of creamy beans and avocado for extra nutrition and flavor!


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  1. Place tortilla on flat surface. Spread an even layer of cream cheese over tortilla not quite to the edge. Then spread the beans over the cream cheese. Sprinkle on the shredded cheese, tomato, avocado, green onions, cilantro and jalapeño (if using). Gently press ingredients down onto tortilla. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  2. Starting at the end closest to you, roll tortilla, as tight as you can, into a big cigar shape. Place seam-side down onto a piece of foil paper and wrap tightly. Chill for a few hours.
  3. When ready, unwrap and slice the ends off. Slice roll-up into 1-inch slices. Serve with sour cream and your favorite salsa! To pack for lunches, slice chilled roll-up, then wrap back in foil paper.

Chef Notes

Besides the basic fresh fillings listed above, some of the favorites for a kid's friendly lunch are pepperoni, ham or crumbled bacon. And instead of refried beans, try your favorite hummus flavor over the cream cheese layer.

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