These Southwestern cream cheese tortilla rollups are great for lunches — or as a party appetizer! Read tips on how to customize them with your favorite flavors.
I’m not going to lie to you, the idea of packing lunches for my kids every day when they are in school kind of scares me. Okay, it really scares me.
Between food allergies and my kids’ general pickiness, it gives me a headache just thinking about it. I hate feeding my kids the same thing day after day after day after day so thinking of new ideas is very important to me.
I always try to give my kids protein, vegetables, and fruit at every meal. Might sound relatively simple but sometimes it requires creativity to think past mac and cheese with peas and a bowl of applesauce.
The great thing about a lunch like these cream cheese tortilla rollups is that you can customize them to fit the tastes of your kids. I use cream cheese, homemade taco seasoning, shredded cheese, black beans, and cilantro. The kids like to dip them in mild salsa or sour cream.
How to make these your own:
Use whatever you might have in your pantry. Here’s some ideas:
- Use a flavored cream cheese! I used plain cream cheese but chive and onion would be great. If your kids like things spicy, try jalapeño cream cheese.
- Use pinto beans instead of black beans.
- Use chopped green onions instead of cilantro.
- Add some finely diced red bell pepper (1/4 to 1/2 cup).
- If you’re an onion loving family, add some finely diced red onions (1/4 cup or so is probably good).
- Leave the beans out and throw in some leftover taco meat from taco night!
- Try dipping these in guacamole.
The trick to making these is to make them in advance. This helps you with getting those lunches made, but it will also help with the flavor and texture of these tortilla rollups. If you’ve ever made the classic pickle roll ups, you know what I’m talking about. The same goes for these vegetable cream cheese roll ups.
It allows the tortilla to soften slightly and the cream cheese to firm up. You can easily make these the night before, roll them up in plastic wrap, and all you’ll have to do the next day is slice them and add them to your lunch boxes.
Looking for more lunch ideas? Try:
- one (8-ounce) container of plain spreadable cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
- 1 cup shredded Mexican style cheese (or sharp cheddar)
- 1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
- 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro, optional
- 3-4 whole wheat tortillas (fajita size)
- for dipping: salsa, guacamole, Greek yogurt and/or sour cream
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese and taco seasoning until well combined. Add shredded cheese and stir again until combined. Add black beans and cilantro, stirring again to combine. Try to avoid squishing too many of the black beans.
- Spread this mixture onto a tortilla all the way to the edges in an even layer (you’ll use about 1/2 cup for each tortilla). Tightly roll up tortilla with the filling on the inside. Wrap in plastic wrap. Repeat until all tortillas are filled and rolled.
- Place wrapped rolls in fridge and chill for at least 2 hours before slicing into pinwheels about 1/2-inch thick.
- Serve with Greek yogurt or sour cream and salsa for dipping. Guacamole would be excellent too.
- Serving size: 1/2 of a tortilla (about 3-4 roll-ups).
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