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Cheesy Beef Pinwheel Appetizers

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Cheesy beef pinwheels are the perfect two bite appetizer or snack. They are creamy, cheesy, zesty, salty and can be made ahead of time so you can enjoy your guests.

Plate of cream cheese pinwheel appetizers with ranch, cheddar, and beef inside.

These tortilla pinwheels stuffed with cream cheese, dried beef, pickles and ranch seasoning are the perfect savory snack.  Whether you are hosting a party or watching the big game, easy make ahead finger food is always a great option. 

The beefy rollups are stuffed with the perfect blend of zippy and creamy filling.  Make these zesty beef rollups for your next gathering and you are sure to get requests for them again.

cream cheese and beef mixture spread out over large tortilla with some rolled tortillas in the back.

This recipe was shared with me by my cousin Cori during the early days of this site. That is how this whole thing started.

I wanted a way to preserve some of those old family recipes along with favorites from my childhood.

It was mostly just for myself, a searchable library of recipes.  I figured it would also be a great way to share those recipes with my siblings and cousins if they wanted to make them as well.

Of course things have blossomed and bloomed on this site over the years.  Now I am trying to go back and shine new light on some of those original recipes.

close up of bite sized tortilla roll-ups with cream cheese, dried beef, pickle and ranch filling.

They are tried and true, but were posted before most of you knew I existed. So this gives you chance to discover them and fall in love with them like we did.

These are always a hit, every time I make them. And surprisingly enough, my husband loves them despite the fact he hates pickles.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between dried beef and corned beef?

Dried beef, also known as chipped beef, is salt cured whereas corned beef is brined. Both are salty and delicious, but different.

What if I can’t find dried beef?

You can use beef lunchmeat in place of the chipped beef. Or you can use ham if that is easier.

hand holding a cream cheese tortilla pinwheel appetizer with bits of cheddar cheese, beef, and pickle inside.

More Make Ahead Appetizer Recipes to Try

Cheese balls are another great snack that can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until it’s time to serve. A pepperoni cheese ball has a pizza inspired flavor and is fun to serve.

Horseradish roast beef pinwheels are another tasty option. They are super simple to make and like these, are rolled in tortilla for a nice bit sized appetizer.

Plate of tortilla and cream cheese spiral appetizers, ready to eat.

You can also whip up a batch of fiesta dip for a great snack. It’s another recipe that is right at home at a tailgate, party or even for Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

If you like ranch flavored snacks, you might like ranch Chex mix. Or you can make ranch Ritz Bits for something even more easy to make.

Did you make this recipe? Please leave a review in the recipe card.

Plate of cream cheese pinwheel appetizers with ranch, cheddar, and beef inside.

Cheesy Beef Pinwheels

Servings: 48 Servings
Author: Carlee
These dried beef pinwheels are a perfect make ahead appetizer. They feature cheese, pickles, ranch seasoning and beef wrapped in a tortilla for a flavorful savory snack.
4.71 from 24 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 ounces chipped beef
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package dry ranch dressing mix
  • 2 dill pickles or a handful of pickle slices
  • 4 burrito sized soft tortillas or several smaller ones


  • Chop the pickles and chipped beef
    4 ounces chipped beef, 2 dill pickles or a handful of pickle slices
  • Mix together seasoning and cream cheese
    16 ounces cream cheese, 1 package dry ranch dressing mix
  • Stir beef, cheese and pickles into cream cheese
    2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Spread on tortillas and roll tightly
    4 burrito sized soft tortillas
  • Chill for at least an hour, then cut into 1/4-1/2 inch slices


Deli shaved ham is great in these as well. Just use it in place of the chipped beef.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 99kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 4gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 292mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Tuesday 12th of September 2023

Making these for tomorrow. Can I make them today or wait for tomorrow?


Tuesday 12th of September 2023

You can make them today, just keep them in an airtight container or wrap them with plastic wrap to keep them from drying out in the refrigerator.


Monday 21st of May 2018

Thank you!

Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck

Thursday 17th of May 2018

Crack on a wrap!!!


Monday 21st of May 2018

Oh yes!


Wednesday 16th of May 2018

Well, I love pickles and these rollups sound delicious. I can't wait to try them.


Monday 21st of May 2018

I hope you love them!


Thursday 10th of May 2018

Love roll-ups and perfect timing for summer get togethers, graduations, and Memorial Day coming up!


Monday 21st of May 2018

Yes, there are so many reasons to make appetizers in the next few weeks!