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Olive, Chorizo, and Red Pepper Pinwheels

Olive, Chorizo, and Red Pepper Pinwheels – Classic appetizer with a Spanish flare that unites the flavors of red peppers, chorizo, and green olives.

Olive, Chorizo, and Red Pepper Pinwheels ~ Classic appetizer made with a Spanish flare using garlic-herb creamy cheese spread thin on a flour tortilla and dotted with diced roasted red peppers, chorizo, and pimento stuffed Spanish Queen olives ~ The Complete Savorist

For as long as I can remember, Mom2 threw epic Christmas Eve parties. Everyone was invited; family, friends, neighbors, friends of friends of family of neighbors, and the random stray she met at the grocery store.

These weren’t low key affairs where people moseyed in wearing their pre-hipster Ugly Christmas Sweaters. These were planned out events. Caroling. A visit from Santa. Holiday games. And Food!

Christmas

Oh the food.

Everyone usually brought a dish to share, but Mom2 always prepared enough food on the off chance no one showed up with a dish in hand. All the standard party foods made an appearance: veggie platters, chips and dip, mini-smoked sausages in bbq with grape jelly, mini-meatballs in marinara, cookies and candies of every kind, flavor, and creed, stuffed mushrooms, and hot chocolate.

One of my favorite things she made were these pinwheels with cream cheese, olives, and other goodies on a soft flour tortilla. These things were so delicious.

Olive, Chorizo, and Red Pepper Pinwheels ~ Classic appetizer made with a Spanish flare using garlic-herb creamy cheese spread thin on a flour tortilla and dotted with diced roasted red peppers, chorizo, and pimento stuffed Spanish Queen olives ~ The Complete Savorist

Olive, Chorizo, and Red Pepper Pinwheels ~ Classic appetizer made with a Spanish flare using garlic-herb creamy cheese spread thin on a flour tortilla and dotted with diced roasted red peppers, chorizo, and pimento stuffed Spanish Queen olives ~ The Complete Savorist Olive, Chorizo, and Red Pepper Pinwheels ~ Classic appetizer made with a Spanish flare using garlic-herb creamy cheese spread thin on a flour tortilla and dotted with diced roasted red peppers, chorizo, and pimento stuffed Spanish Queen olives ~ The Complete Savorist Olive, Chorizo, and Red Pepper Pinwheels ~ Classic appetizer made with a Spanish flare using garlic-herb creamy cheese spread thin on a flour tortilla and dotted with diced roasted red peppers, chorizo, and pimento stuffed Spanish Queen olives ~ The Complete Savorist

Now that the holidays are upon us and I’m all grown up (chronologically, not maturity-wise) and hosting my own parties, I knew these pinwheels had to be on my buffet table. But being me, I had to jazz them up a bit and give them some kind of international flare.

Olive, Chorizo, and Red Pepper Pinwheels ~ Classic appetizer made with a Spanish flare using garlic-herb creamy cheese spread thin on a flour tortilla and dotted with diced roasted red peppers, chorizo, and pimento stuffed Spanish Queen olives ~ The Complete Savorist

Cooking With Spanish Flavors

Bring on the Spanish flavors. I love Mezzetta’s Spanish Queen Olives with pimentos, so those were my first swap out from Mom2’s black olives. I decide Spanish chorizo and roasted red peppers were also a great way to kick these up a notch.

The cream cheese exchange was where things got dicey for me. I love cream cheese. And by love, I mean I can open a package and pull off a chunk and eat it straight. So I was less inclined to part with it, but in the end, I opted to use those 30-calorie creamy cheese wedges in Garlic-Herb flavor.  They may not be exactly Spanish, but it worked perfectly.

These are super easy to assemble, the longest portion of prep is cooking the sausage, but that cooks up pretty quickly. These Olive, Chorizo, and Red Pepper Pinwheels are bound to be a hit at your holiday party.

Olive, Chorizo, and Red Pepper Pinwheels ~ Classic appetizer made with a Spanish flare using garlic-herb creamy cheese spread thin on a flour tortilla and dotted with diced roasted red peppers, chorizo, and pimento stuffed Spanish Queen olives ~ The Complete Savorist Olive, Chorizo, and Red Pepper Pinwheels ~ Classic appetizer made with a Spanish flare using garlic-herb creamy cheese spread thin on a flour tortilla and dotted with diced roasted red peppers, chorizo, and pimento stuffed Spanish Queen olives ~ The Complete Savorist Olive, Chorizo, and Red Pepper Pinwheels ~ Classic appetizer made with a Spanish flare using garlic-herb creamy cheese spread thin on a flour tortilla and dotted with diced roasted red peppers, chorizo, and pimento stuffed Spanish Queen olives ~ The Complete Savorist Olive, Chorizo, and Red Pepper Pinwheels ~ Classic appetizer made with a Spanish flare using garlic-herb creamy cheese spread thin on a flour tortilla and dotted with diced roasted red peppers, chorizo, and pimento stuffed Spanish Queen olives ~ The Complete Savorist Olive, Chorizo, and Red Pepper Pinwheels ~ Classic appetizer made with a Spanish flare using garlic-herb creamy cheese spread thin on a flour tortilla and dotted with diced roasted red peppers, chorizo, and pimento stuffed Spanish Queen olives ~ The Complete Savorist
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Olive, Chorizo, and Red Pepper Pinwheels ~ Classic appetizer made with a Spanish flare using garlic-herb creamy cheese spread thin on a flour tortilla and dotted with diced roasted red peppers, chorizo, and pimento stuffed Spanish Queen olives ~ The Complete Savorist

Classic appetizer with a Spanish flare that unites the flavors of red peppers, chorizo, and green olives. ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

Olive, Chorizo, and Red Pepper Pinwheels

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican/American
Keyword: Appetizer, chorizo, olive, Party Food
Servings: 28 -30
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

Classic appetizer with a Spanish flare that unites the flavors of red peppers, chorizo, and green olives.

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Ingredients

  • 3-5 links Spanish chorizo; casings removed
  • 4-0.75 ounce creamy garlic-herb cheese wedges
  • 4 flour tortillas; burrito size
  • 1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 cup diced Mezzetta Spanish Queen Olives with Pimentos

Instructions

  1. Remove the casings from the sausage, crumble as finely as possible, and add the meat to a pan over medium-high heat. Cook until done, about 5 or so minutes.
  2. Drain off any rendered grease.
  3. Spread one cheese wedge over one flour tortilla, making sure the cheese is evenly spread to the edge.
  4. Sprinkle 1-2 tbsp of both diced roasted red peppers and olives, spacing them out evenly.
  5. Sprinkle 2 tbsp cooked crumbled chorizo.
  6. Roll the tortilla as tightly and thinly as possible.
  7. Slice off both ends and discard.
  8. Slice about 1-inch slices; making approximately 7 pinwheels per tortilla.
  9. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Olive, Chorizo, and Red Pepper Pinwheels ~ Classic appetizer made with a Spanish flare using garlic-herb creamy cheese spread thin on a flour tortilla and dotted with diced roasted red peppers, chorizo, and pimento stuffed Spanish Queen olives ~ The Complete Savorist

 

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72 Comments

  • Reply
    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
    November 30, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Pinwheels are an amazing appetizer and I know my husband and brother would love these (chorizo is that special treat we pick up at the butchers!)

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    Nicole
    November 30, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Looks really amazing and really healthy!

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig
    November 30, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Love the Spanish inspiration going on here.

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    November 30, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    What fun holiday memories! Glad you’re making your own, and remaking the pinwheels. Honestly, there is nothing about this recipe that I don’t absolutely love! What a fab way to create a great app!

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    Healing Tomato
    November 30, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    These pinwheels look absolutely scrumptious. Make me vegetarian versions of them and send over a batch, would you?

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    Julie
    November 30, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    These are so pretty and look delicious! I love olives and use them in many of my dishes. Perfect for entertaining.

  • Reply
    Theresa S. (@Reese22)
    December 1, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Those look absolutely delicious! The perfect appetizer for my upcoming Christmas party. Thanks for sharing!

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    Jenny | Honey and Birch
    December 1, 2015 at 6:55 am

    These look yummy and perfect for holiday parties!!

  • Reply
    Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt
    December 1, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Wow these look like such a great appetizer, especially for holiday parties!

  • Reply
    Jillian @ Food, Folks and Fun
    December 1, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    These would make fabulous appetizers!

  • Reply
    Darla
    December 1, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    These are so flavorful and still so simple! So happy I got to partake of this post!!

  • Reply
    Kimberly Ann @ Bake Love Give
    December 1, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    What a delicious and easy appetizer! You can never go wrong with chorizo in my book.

  • Reply
    Cathy Trochelman
    December 2, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I LOVE these flavors! Pinwheels are always a hit….but I have the feeling these would go extra quickly 🙂

  • Reply
    Emily
    December 4, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    looks really yummy! we always did Christmas Eve at my Grandma’s with tons of fun snacky food!

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    December 5, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Oh these appetisers sound so lovely! I wouldn’t be able to just stop at one or two…! 🙂

  • Reply
    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    December 5, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Simple recipes like these are sometimes just the best thing ever.

  • Reply
    Janette@CulinaryGinger
    December 5, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    These are so full of flavor and so easy. Great recipe.

  • Reply
    christine
    December 6, 2015 at 7:04 am

    The flavors in these pinwheels sound awesome. This is a great appetizer, especially during this season of entertaining!

  • Reply
    Rebecca B.
    December 6, 2015 at 7:59 am

    I would love to add these festive pinwheels to my next holiday spread!! I am a big olive fan 🙂

  • Reply
    reesa
    December 6, 2015 at 10:15 am

    What a delicious appetizer!

  • Reply
    Debi @ Life Currents
    December 6, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    These look so yummy! What a great appetizer.

  • Reply
    Jessica (Savory Experiments)
    December 6, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Michelle, these looks so super tasty and festive! Perfect for any holiday get together.

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    Manila Spoon
    December 6, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Wow! These pinwheels are not only festive but with chorizos, olives and roasted peppers – they are packed with delicious flavors! I am sure I’ll try more than a few!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jennifer Johnson
    December 6, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Pinwheels are such a fun holiday appetizer.

  • Reply
    Heather
    December 6, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I love anything olives! Perfect

  • Reply
    kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor
    December 6, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I love a good pinwheel…they’re the perfect holiday appetizer!

  • Reply
    Melanie
    December 6, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    These would make an awesome appetizer for my family gathering. Thanks!

  • Reply
    Tara Noland
    December 6, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Great pinwheels, these are always a hit for the holidays!!

  • Reply
    Sandi (@fearless_dining)
    December 6, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    These pinwheels look so fun to make. I bet they taste delicious too!

  • Reply
    Linda (Meal Planning Maven)
    December 6, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    What a fun and festive holiday part nibble!

  • Reply
    Diane
    December 7, 2015 at 12:16 am

    These yummy little bites sound perfect for the holiday party trays! We love chorizo and peppers!

  • Reply
    justine @ Full Belly SIsters
    December 7, 2015 at 5:43 am

    Ooh, i love all the savory flavors in these!

  • Reply
    Divya @ Divya's Culinary Journey
    December 7, 2015 at 7:18 am

    These pinwheels looks so delicious and are perfect appetizers for holiday parties!

  • Reply
    kate @veggie desserts
    December 7, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I love the sound of big Christmas Eve parties. It’s nice to make an occassion of the night before. I love these Spanish appetizers, too!

  • Reply
    KC the Kitchen Chopper
    December 7, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I put green olives so many dishes. You certainly jazzed these up with their flavor. I love the simplicity of these tasty appetizers.

  • Reply
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    December 7, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I love making pinwheels, as there is so much you can do with them. I like the olives in this 🙂

  • Reply
    Megan
    December 7, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Yum, perfect for a party!

  • Reply
    Lori Who Needs A Cape?
    December 7, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    The addition of chorizo just sent me over the edge…I’m seriously craving these! YUM!

  • Reply
    Meagan
    December 7, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    This sure looks wonderful and tasty! I’m always looking for great dinner ideas to try at home. Love it!

  • Reply
    Katerina
    December 7, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    They are so perfect for the festive days that are coming!

  • Reply
    Celia at Chicago Jogger
    December 7, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    This looks like the best holiday recipe for a party!

  • Reply
    Matt @ Plating Pixels
    December 7, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Looks like a super fun appetizer. I love Mezzetta products!

  • Reply
    Debra
    December 8, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    These are so gorgeous! The perfect appetizer!

  • Reply
    rocky
    December 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

    looks yummy! thanks for sharing

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Sunshine and Hurricanes.com
    December 12, 2015 at 6:35 am

    These are a fun and easy appetizer for all the holiday events! They’d be perfect for an office potluck!

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    Cami @ The Crafting Nook
    December 12, 2015 at 6:39 am

    These look amazing. Olive and chorizo go great together! Great recipe!!!

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    Nicole
    December 14, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    I love making pinwheels, they are always been a favorite in our family but I can say that we have never tried a flavor combination like this! This sounds absolutely fantastic!!

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