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Green Chile Puffy Pinwheels Appetizer

These pinwheels may be small, but they are packed with flavor.

This post has kindly been supported by The Hatch Chile Store. All thoughts and opinions are my own (and highly persuasive). This post may also contain Amazon affiliate sales links in which I receive a small commission for purchases made.

Several bacon green chile puffy pinwheels placed on a blue and white polkadot kitchen towel. A bowl of chopped green chile and a whole Hatch green chile can be seen in the background.

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:

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.

A closeup picture of chopped bacon browning in a nonstick skillet.
Looking down on a granite counter where a rectangle of dough has been spread with cream cheese, green chile, cooked bacon bits and chopped scallions.

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!

Sliced Cheesy Green Chile Bacon Puffy Pinwheels sprinkled with shredded cheddar on a rimmed baking sheet.

A quick bake in the oven and you have your delicious Hatch green chile appetizer: Cheesy Green Chile Bacon Puffy Pinwheels!

Rows of golden brown Cheesy Green Chile Bacon Puffy Pinwheels fresh from the oven on a rimmed baking sheet.

What are Hatch Chile Peppers?

Hatch Chile peppers are world famous for their delicious flavors, produced by the unique climate and soil composition that exists only in the Hatch Valley of Southern New Mexico. These factors combine to grow exceptional-tasting chile peppers with 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.

Wooden baskets at a farmer's market are filled with fresh New Mexico chiles; most of them are green, but a few are turning red.

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!

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!

You know what else is fantastic? Simply giving this recipe a star rating and a comment below! Your comments and ratings are greatly appreciated by me AND the Google algorithm. Thank you!

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!

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Bacon Green Chile Puffy Pinwheels

5 from 1 review

  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1620 1x


Store-bought crescent roll dough is spread with a mixture of bacon, green chile, cream cheese, shredded cheddar, and scallions. Sliced thin and puffing up beautifully in the oven, these pinwheels are a real treat everyone will love!


Units Scale
  • 3 ounces of room-temperature cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped, roasted Hatch green chile, or about 1 (4-oz) can of chile
  • 1 tube store-bought refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 3 bacon slices, chopped and cooked crispy
  • 2 tablespoons minced scallions
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Set your oven to heat to 375 degrees F. In a medium size mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese and Hatch green chile.
  2. Open the crescent rolls and, keeping the dough together as a single unit, roll it out into one large rectangle. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the top of the dough, leaving approximately 1/4 inch of bare dough around the edges.
  3. Sprinkle the cooked bacon and minced scallions over the top of the cream cheese mixture, then roll the dough from the long edge to the other long edge and pinch to seal.
  4. Using a string or floss (flavorless), slice the dough into sections approximately 1/2 to 1 inch thick by placing the string under the dough, then pulling the ends into an “x” shape over the top of the dough. Continue to pull ends until sliced through.
  5. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the tops with shredded cheddar cheese. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: New Mexican


  • Serving Size: 2 pinwheels
  • Calories: 162
  • Sugar: 3.1
  • Sodium: 351
  • Fat: 10.7
  • Saturated Fat: 5.1
  • Carbohydrates: 11.4
  • Fiber: 0.3
  • Protein: 5.6
  • Cholesterol: 20

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