These Bacon Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels are the ultimate party appetizer. Tender flour tortillas are bursting with ranch-seasoned cream cheese, lively bits of jalapeno, and hearty chunks of smoky bacon.
I spent the past week camping in Alaska, doing my best not to let the can of bear spray I purchased go to waste. Though I saw three grizzly bears at a distance, unfortunately, I purchased the bear spray for nothing. Too bad I didn't get attacked, I really hate wasting money. Oh well, after a week of eating freeze-dried camping food, I couldn't be more excited to be back to civilization eating my favorite foods again, like these Bacon Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels!
If you are throwing a party, you need to put these Bacon Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels on your appetizer menu. They are filled with the classic jalapeno popper flavor you already love, but unlike their deep-fried counterparts, they can be made in advance. Your guests will have them devoured in no time!
Though traditional jalapeno poppers don't typically contain ranch seasoning in the cream cheese, I think it is an important addition to these pinwheels. It really adds a lot of flavor and helps prevent the taste from being one-dimensional.
This is also the perfect appetizer to make in advance because it tastes best when made in advance. Letting these sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours, or longer, helps the flavors meld together and softens the tortillas. These can even be made the day prior if you wish.
Free tip: I did not include cheddar cheese in this recipe, but I strongly considered it. If you are dying to add cheese, 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese would be a great addition.
I like serving food like this on stylish cutting boards, but any appetizer platter works well at a party. Quite honestly, your guests won't remember the serving tray, they will just remember your Bacon Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels!
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Bacon Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels
- 4 flour tortillas
- 16 oz cream cheese
- 1 packet ranch seasoning
- ½ lb bacon
- 4 jalapenos
- Cook bacon in skillet until crispy, remove and crumble. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon grease in the pan.
- Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Finely chop the jalapenos and add to the skillet with bacon grease. Cook until softened.
- Add cream cheese, ranch seasoning, crumbled bacon, and jalapenos to a bowl and mix thoroughly to combine.
- Scoop out ½ cup of the mixture and spread evenly across one side of each tortilla.
- Starting at one end, tightly roll up each tortilla and place in a pan seam side down.
- Cover the rolled tortillas in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours or longer to soften and absorb the flavors.
- Cut into 1” pieces and serve.
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