These pinwheels may be small, but they are packed with flavor.
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Green chile appetizers ideas
Looking for green chile appetizer ideas? That’s my specialty here on The Goldilocks Kitchen! I’ve been working with The Hatch Chile store for several months now, creating delicious recipe ideas using Hatch green chile. Here’s a list of my top 5 most popular green chile appetizer recipes:
Most popular green chile appetizer recipes:
- Copycat Creamland Green Chile Dip
- Famous Fried Hatch Green Chiles with Cilantro-Lime Dipping Sauce
- The Best Green Chile Queso Dip
- Fun and Easy Green Chile Chicken Taquitos
- Bacon Green Chile Guacamole
Today I’m sharing my newest green chile appetizer recipe idea; Cheesy Green Chile Bacon Puffy Pinwheels (and YES that is a mouthful).
Roasted green chile has been surging onto the culinary scene in recent years, taking supermarkets around the US by storm. It’s delicious in just about everything, including appetizers!
Originating in the state of New Mexico, residents there have been enjoying the taste of roasted green chiles for ages; now the secret is out and hundreds, if not thousands of folks are discovering (and becoming addicted to) the delicious taste of this spicy fruit for themselves every day.
How to make Cheesy Green Chile Bacon Puffy Pinwheels
We have the 1960’s food revolution to thank for creating cream cheese tortilla roll-up or “pinwheel” appetizers. They are so tasty and easy to make that they have survived to this very day.
I wanted to create my own version that would bring out the wonderful roasted flavor of Hatch green chile. So I replaced the classic flour tortilla with crescent roll dough because I wanted a warm, flakey, buttery component to my Cheesy Green Chile Bacon Puffy Pinwheels.
First I set some chopped bacon to brown in a skillet. Meanwhile, I opened and spread out a can of store-bought crescent roll dough, keeping it all together in one big rectangle, and then mixed up my cream cheese and green chile filling.
I spread the filling all over the open dough, leaving about 1/2 inch border. Next I sprinkled on the cooked bacon and minced scallions. I rolled the dough up from one long side to the other long side and lightly pinched it closed.
Using unflavored floss is the best way to slice your pinwheels- they can keep their shape and not get “squished” when cut with a knife. They will bake up so much cuter!
After laying them out on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, I sprinkled a bit of shredded cheddar cheese over the tops for even more flavor!
A quick bake in the oven and you have your delicious Hatch green chile appetizer: Cheesy Green Chile Bacon Puffy Pinwheels!
Why are Hatch Chiles so special?
Hatch Chile is world renown for it’s delicious flavor, due to the unique climate, soil composition, and cultivars that exist only in the Hatch valley of New Mexico. These factors combine to grow exceptional chile peppers with the perfect blend of smoky, sweet and hot flavor notes. More people discover Hatch Chiles each year, and their popularity continues to grow.
Growing up in New Mexico where chile peppers are an integral part of the culture, I know that Hatch chiles have earned a reputation for being the best of the best. I personally only use authentic Hatch in all my cooking because it simply tastes amazing. You should be able to find canned Hatch chile in any supermarket these days, or you can order it directly like I do. Frozen chile is much, much better tasting than canned!
The Hatch Chile Store is the premiere website for ordering your Hatch chile– they are incredibly good at shipping fresh authentic chile right to your door, whatever variety and hotness lever you prefer. It’s where I get all my Hatch Chile, and I must say the flavor really does stand out above any other chile pepper variety.
Head on over now to The Hatch Chile Store to stock up on the most delicious Hatch chile you can buy anywhere- they’ve always got great deals on your favorite products!
Did you know I have a full-color cookbook with lots more easy and delicious New Mexican recipes? You can learn more about it here!
Looking for more fantastic green chile recipes? Check out the gallery below!Print