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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.

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

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.

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.

I made these for a small get together I had recently.  They were a hit with those who had them, but surprisingly enough they were a huge hit with my pickle hating husband.

I said I could take the extras to work and he said he could take them to the garage instead.

So he took them to the garage and a few buddies came over.  He said they were all but gone by the time the evening was over which disappointed him as he was looking forward to the rest the next day.

Of course that put a smile on my face.  I didn’t point out the pickles!

platter filled with bite sized beef, pickle and ranch pinwheels.

Sometimes we just need a little reminder of how much we like things.  Especially when they are super simple to make recipes that are perfect for making ahead.

These chipped beef pinwheels are definitely going to show up at our house again soon!

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.

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.

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 below!

Yield: 48 Servings

Cheesy Beef Pinwheels

beef ranch pinwheels stacked on plate

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.

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)


  1. Chop the pickles and chipped beef
  2. Mix together seasoning and cream cheese
  3. Stir beef, cheese and pickles into cream cheese
  4. Spread on tortillas and roll tightly
  5. Chill for at least an hour, then cut into 1/4-1/2 inch slices

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 292mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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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.

Thanks for sharing!


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!

Lazy Gastronome

Wednesday 9th of May 2018

A perfect luncheon party dish - Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner Party!


Monday 21st of May 2018

Thank you!

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