Tortilla Roll-Ups Appetizer

If you are looking for a great and easy appetizer, this might be one of them. I remember my mom making something similar to this appetizer, but this one has a couple of twists that make it really special.

Now, you have probably found the tortilla roll-up at a party. A typical roll-up loaded with cream cheese and green onions would be my guess, but I wanted to do something fun with the roll-up, surprise my wife and my daughter, and possibly have them be the taste testers for a potential appetizer for this upcoming Thanksgiving.

Tortilla Roll-Ups Appetizer

Once again, simple, and something you can make your own, but I think I have hit it on the nail with this great combination of the richness of the cream cheese, the nice vinegar flavor of the pickled carrots and jalapenos, and the texture of the turkey. Let’s get started.


  • 11 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2 pickled jalapeno rings, chopped
  • 2 tbsp pickled jalapeno liquid
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup of Mexican pickled carrots, pickled
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 lb shaved turkey breast, paper thin
  • 5 pieces of red leaf lettuce, cleaned and patted dry
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 5,  7″ flour tortillas
  • plastic wrap

Start by adding your ingredients, excluding the turkey, lettuce, and tortillas, into a mixing bowl, and do just what the bowl wants you to do; mix. Get all of the ingredients incorporated.

Next, get your tortillas ready, the turkey, and the clean lettuce.

Ok, let’s go.

Take a tortilla, spread a generous amount of the cream cheese mixture onto the tortilla. Place some thin slices of the turkey, a piece of red leaf lettuce, and roll up, sealing the tortilla. Take enough of the plastic wrap to completely cover the tortilla wrap, and seal tightly.

Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Place these in the refrigerator, allowing them to firm up. When you are ready to serve, remove the plastic wrap and cut them with a serrated knife, approximately one inch thick, just enough to be a great finger food.

The nice thing about these roll-ups is that they not only have a great richness to them, but they have a nice subtle crunch from the pickled carrots, and a slight heat from the jalapenos. Enjoy.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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