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Chili Cheddar Pinwheels

These baked Southwestern bites, made with crescent roll dough, will steal the show at your next get-together. "They'll disappear in no time," assures Mary Dorchester of Midland, Texas.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    64 appetizers


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
  • 2 tablespoons picante sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • Additional chili powder, optional


  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the cheddar cheese, chilies, picante sauce, chili powder, garlic salt and onion powder until blended.
  • Separate each tube of crescent roll dough into four rectangles; press perforations to seal. Spread about 1/4 cup cheese mixture over each rectangle. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least 1 hour.
  • Cut each roll into eight slices; place on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with additional chili powder if desired. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
3 each: 101 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 199mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.
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  • gardenerbowler
    Jul 21, 2020

    Cut the recipe in half. I had some and gave the rest to family They loved them. I can see them in our future gatherings. Was please how they turned out.

  • Brenda2772
    Jan 1, 2013

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  • brightbilldb
    Dec 30, 2011

    I make these every New Years eve. It is always expected by my friends. They are so yummy! Keep them chilled right before cutting so they don't get smashed.

  • peanutmom
    Nov 28, 2010

    I have made these for many occasions (school, church, friends, family) and have always been asked for the recipe! I must admit that at first, I thought the combination of ingredients was very strange but they come together amazingly! It is easy and tastes great!!! Another great thing about it is that you can assemble it ahead of time and then, when you need them, just cut and bake. I use dental floss to make the cutting easier. You will NOT be disappointed in this recipe.

  • deenie12
    Feb 20, 2010

    These are an absolute favorite. I've made these on three occasions and all three times people went nuts for them. I made them last night and people couldn't stop raving!

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    Jan 25, 2007

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    Feb 11, 2006

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    Nov 14, 2005

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