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Taco Meat Party Pinwheels

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Taco Meat Party Pinwheels are a yummy taco meat recipe that my family flips for, and they are the perfect party food for a crowd.

Taco Pinwheels with ground beef

Taco Pinwheel Recipe

It seems like we can never get enough Mexican food and if I made it for every meal, I don’t think my family would mind.

These Beef Taco Pinwheel RollUps are just what you’ve been looking for. It makes a great appetizer and you can make it fresh or use leftover taco meat.

This recipe is also perfect for making ahead and serving them when ready.

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Here are the ingredients you need to make ground beef tortilla roll ups

  • Ground beef
  • Tomato paste
  • Red enchilada sauce
  • Flour tortillas
  • Cream cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Your favorite taco seasoning blend (a packet or homemade)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
A big serving platter with party pinwheels.

How to make Taco Pinwheels with Ground Beef

In a large skillet, add the tomato paste and 1 1/2 Tbs. of the taco seasoning to the cooked ground beef.

Stir for 1-2 minutes, letting the tomato paste brown as it cooks.

Stir in the enchilada sauce, a little at a time, as needed to make a nice thick meat mixture. Remove from the heat to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese with the sour cream and the remaining 1 1/2 Tbs. of the taco seasoning.

Spread the prepared cream cheese mixture over the tortillas, working one at a time.

Next, top each tortilla with the prepared beef mixture, and spread it evenly over the cream cheese layer. Sprinkle with cheese, as desired.

Tightly roll up each tortilla. Trim each end of the prepared tortilla roll using a sharp knife.

Then slice each tortilla roll into pinwheels, placing them onto a serving platter.

Serve at once, or cover the pinwheels with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve later.

Can I use other types of ground meat in this taco meat recipe?

Absolutely. I often use venison (ground deer meat) and even ground turkey. Ground bison would also be good in this pinwheel recipe.

Can I make party pinwheels ahead of time?

Yep, and I do it all the time. Place the pinwheels onto a serving platter and cover tightly with plastic wrap – store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Can I freeze taco meat pinwheels?

You sure can. Once they are fully assembled and sliced, wrap them tightly in lots of plastic wrap, then place them into a freezer bag and seal them.

The pinwheels can stay in the freezer for up to three months.
Place the pinwheels in a single layer on a platter and place into the fridge to thaw; serve when ready.

Should meat and cheese pinwheels be served chilled?

We think the Mexican flavors of the pinwheels are more prominent when they aren’t ice cold.

However, be sure to practice good food safety since ground beef is involved – don’t let them sit out at room temperature for more than an hour or so to be safe.

More Favorite Mexican Food Recipes to Enjoy –

Two of our favorite weeknight meals include Chicken and Bacon Black Bean Enchiladas and Betty’s Enchilada Bake (made with ground beef), but I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about Beef and Cheese Mexican Sanchiladas, too.

Mexican pinwheels on a green platter.

Taco Meat Party Pinwheels

Taco Meat Party Pinwheels are a yummy taco meat recipe that my family flips for, and they are the perfect party food for a crowd.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 15 servings
Calories: 253kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. ground beef, cooked and crumbled, fats drained well
  • 3 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 10 oz. can red enchilada sauce, we prefer mild
  • 6 large flour tortillas, 12-inch, warm slightly
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened (may use low fat cream cheese, if desired)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2-3 Tbs. taco seasoning, packaged or homemade, divided use
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or Colby Jack cheese, as desired
  • salsa, for serving, as desired

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, add the tomato paste and 1 1/2 Tbs. of the taco seasoning to the cooked ground beef, stirring for 1-2 minutes, letting the tomato paste brown a bit as it cooks. Stir in the enchilada sauce, a little at a time, as needed to make a nice thick meat mixture; remove from the heat to cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese with the sour cream and the remaining 1 1/2 Tbs. of the taco seasoning.
  • Spread the prepared cream cheese mixture over the tortillas, working one at a time. Next, top each tortilla with the prepared beef mixture, spreading it out evenly over the cream cheese layer; sprinkle with cheese, as desired.
  • Tightly roll up each tortilla. Using a sharp knife, trim off each end of the prepared tortilla roll, then slice each tortilla roll into pinwheels, placing them onto a serving platter.
    Serve at once, or cover the pinwheels with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve at a later time.

Notes

**Be  sure to check the blog post for lots of my favorite tips and tricks, specific instructions, recommended tools and FAQ’s for making this recipe. 

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 443mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 532IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 2mg
Meat and cheese pinwheels on a blue platter.
Ground beef taco meat pinwheels ready to serve.

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