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Mexican Spirals

I wanted to post this before Christmas, but when I didn't get to it, I realized that it could be quite timely with New Year's Eve parties coming up and using up the leftover turkey. These are great little appetizers that can be made ahead, frozen and heated when you need them. We love them served with a little dollop of salsa! I got this recipe from my friend Herta, whom I talked to today, and she laughed when I told her I still make these every Christmas! I think she's probably found some wonderful new recipes I have yet to find out about. =) But when it comes to our family . . . well there are some traditions you just don't change!

  • 1 pkg (250 g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup finely chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro or parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh hot jalapeno pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 4 10-inch tortillas
  1. Combine all the filling ingredients. 
  2. Divide mixture between tortillas, spread evenly and roll up tightly. 
  3. Wrap and chill at least 2 hours. 
  4. Cut into 1/2 inch slices. Unbaked slices freeze well. (Layer with wax paper and place in sealed container.)
  5. Bake at 350 F for 12 - 20 minutes, until you can see the cheese bubble slightly on top. Serve with salsa.
You will find the ends kind of "loose", but I fix those slices by filling in with other ends ... they'll never know once they're baked. Enjoy!


  1. Baking them sounds like a lovely idea. I've had cold wraps before that didn't sit too well with me... that could have also been the early weeks of pregnancy :)

  2. I have all these things, and I think I'll add them to my new years eve good tray. . .they do look yummy.

  3. What a great idea for New Years! I love the fact that they are baked!

  4. I just need to pick up the tortillas...and we will try these on New Year's Eve. They look yummy!

  5. It's certainely eXcellent!
    Happy new year !

  6. This will become a favorite in our home I'm sure. I have everything for this so I will make these this week. Thanks

  7. These look so elegant to serve and delicious I am betting! You are right...just in time to serve for New Year's parties and family get togethers. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I think 'your friend Herta' is my aunt!

  9. This is a great recipe, I made it for our New Years eve gathering, everyone loved it.

  10. I made these tonight for game night at church and they were a great success. I think baking them definitely adds a nice touch. I served them with a jalepeno dip that was in the Houston Chronicle newspaper this week.

    Creamy Jalepeno Dip
    1.2 c pickled jalapenos
    juice from pickled jalalenos as needed
    1 packet buttermild rance dressing mix
    1/2 c buttermild
    1 c mayonnaise
    1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

    Place jalapenos in blender and puree until very fine using juice as needed. Mix the dressing mix, buttermild, mayonnaise and cilantro together, add to pureed jalapenoa. Mix in blender. The dip is best if refrigerated overnight. Serve with chips or fresh vegetables or use as a salad dressing. Makes 1 1/2 cups.


  11. I cannot believe I misspelled buttermilk twice in my above comment. Shame on me!!

  12. These are very yummy! What temperature do you bake them at? (Or does it really matter...)

  13. Thanks, Katie! I just added the temp.

  14. yesiree thems is good .no need for them to be new yrs almost easter now and 10 yrs later .only thing i changed was instead of red peppers i added diced pimentos


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