These Santa Fe Spirals are so fast to make and can be made ahead. I almost always have some in my freezer. That way, if guests arrive unexpectedly, I can pull them out and have something yummy to serve. I use them as a staple appetizer for gatherings as they always go over very well.
This recipe is from my sister-in-law’s family. I first tried it at a carolling party at her mom’s house about 16 years ago and immediately asked for the recipe. Over the years, I’ve adapted it slightly and then experimented to see if they could be made ahead and frozen. It’s gotten to the point where if I have people over and serve appetizers and don’t put out Santa Fe Spirals, I get complaints! I knew that if I could find a way to make them ahead, I would save myself a lot of trouble.
Santa Fe Spirals Recipe:
1 package of flour tortillas (you’ll need 6-8 tortillas)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup salsa
1/8 cup chopped green onions
1/2 – 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
Mix together the block of softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup of sour cream and the salsa. Finely chop a jalapeño. If you like things spicy, leave the seeds in and if not, take them out. Stir in the jalepenos and chopped green onions.
Spread the cream cheese mixture onto burrito sized flour tortillas and roll them up tightly. This makes 6-8 rolls depending on how much of the cream cheese mixture you spread on each one.
If you are going to be freezing them, wrap the rolls in plastic wrap and put them into a large resealable bag. Remove the air, seal and freeze.
If you are not freezing them, wrap the rolls in plastic wrap and put them in the fridge to make them easier to slice. You can keep them in the fridge for up to a few days before slicing, so they are a great make-ahead.
On the day that you are serving the Santa Fe Spirals, take out as many rolls as needed. Thaw them slightly (they are easier to cut when chilled) and slice the rolls into one inch thick spirals. Serve with salsa for dipping.
If you are looking for other delicious make ahead appetizer ideas, you may be interested in my Appetizer Freezer Meal plan which includes these Santa Fe Spirals as well as Buffalo Chicken Dip, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Cocktail Meatballs, and Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings.