Quick, easy and extra cheesy, Taco Pinwheels are a real crowd pleaser! Made with lean ground beef, taco seasoning, a blend of Mexican cheeses and your favorite pizza dough, kids and adults love a plate of taco rollups as an after school snack or simple lunch.

Taco pinwheels on a square white platter with chopped cilantro.

It’s back to school season and whether your littles are heading off on the big yellow bus or hanging at home for a bit of virtual learning, you’re going to need to have a few easy recipes to keep their bellies full during and after their school day.

I like to keep several easy, peasy recipes at the ready that are kid friendly and grown up approved (meaning, I like to eat them, too!) These easy Cheesy Taco Pinwheels are our NUMBER ONE snack recipe because they’re quick, simple and so tasty. Plus, who doesn’t love tacos?!?

taco pinwheels on a square platter with a package of shredded cheese, a receipt from ACME and a package of ground beef.

Taco Pinwheels

A great option for the school year or tailgating season, Cheesy Taco Pinwheels are so easy to make with your favorite taco fillings.

Your taco seasoned ground beef is rolled up with cheese in a tender pizza crust before being sliced into pinwheels and baked into a fluffy, chewy taco treat!

How To Make Pinwheels

A party staple and after school must, pinwheels are easy to make with just about any filling you can think of. This Taco Pinwheel recipe is our all-time favorite to make for every occasion.

taco beef in a skillet with a bag of cheese, bottle of ranch dressing, a package of ground beef and a container of greek yogurt.

Brown the ground beef in a large skillet. Drain.

Stir in taco seasoning, we like to use our homemade taco seasoning but the Signature Line Taco Seasoning is great, too!

Add water and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Roll out the pizza dough.

Spread the ground beef over the pizza dough.

Sprinkle with cheese.

pizza dough with taco beef and cheese being rolled up.

Roll the dough up jelly roll style.

Cut into 1/2 inch rounds.

Arrange the pinwheels on a baking sheet.

Bake for 12-14 minutes until golden and puffy.

Serve immediately.

Taco pinwheels on a square white platter with a white bowl of dipping sauce and a sliced lime.

How To Serve

We love to serve them with a creamy Cilantro Lime Dipping Sauce that comes together in pinch.

The fresh, creamy, light flavor is the perfect compliment to the hearty, cheesy taco pinwheels.

Arrange on a platter with chopped romaine lettuce, fresh salsa, cilantro and lime wedges for an epic party plate.

Taco Pinwheel being dipped in sauce.

MORE SNACK IDEAS

If you love these easy Taco Pinwheels, you may also like these super easy Antipasto Squares or this Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus spears. For something sweet, we are loving this easy Fluffernutter Dip that’s ready in minutes.

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Get the Recipe: Cheesy Taco Pinwheels Recipe

Easy Taco Pinwheels are made with ground beef, cheese and pizza dough for a simple lunch, dinner or snack that's sure to please.
5 from 4 votes

Ingredients

For the Taco Pinwheels:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 pizza dough
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh cilantro

Equipment

  • baking sheet

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet. Drain.
  • Stir in taco seasoning.
  • Add water and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Roll out the pizza dough.
  • Spread the ground beef over the pizza dough.
  • Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Roll the dough up jelly roll style.
  • Cut into 1/2 inch rounds.
  • Arrange the pinwheels on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes until golden and puffy.

To make the sauce:

  • Add the yogurt, dressing, lime juice and cilantro to a bowl.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Serve immediately with the sauce for dipping, fresh salsa and chopped fresh cilantro.

Notes

Taco Pinwheels can be prepped ahead and wrapped tightly with plastic wrap before slicing. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Unwrap and slice before arranging on the baking sheet. Bake as directed.
Calories: 330kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 54mg, Sodium: 720mg, Potassium: 235mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 166IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 116mg, Iron: 3mg