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Monday, May 7, 2018

Zesty Beef Rollups

Zesty beef roll-ups are the perfect two bite appetizers. They are creamy, cheesy, zesty, salty and oh so snackable!

close up of bite sized tortilla roll-ups with zingy creamy filling

    These are the perfect savory snack.  Whether you are hosting a party or watching the big game, easy make ahead finger food is always a great option.  These tortilla pinwheels are stuffed with the perfect blend of zippy and creamy filling.  Make these zesty beef rollups for your next gathering and you are sure to get requests for them again.

      This recipe actually originates from the very early days of my blog.  It was not was of the original recipes my family submitted when I sent out the call for recipes to try.

    Instead, it was part of a virtual big game party we had.  My cousin Cori made these rollups and sent the recipe and the pictures.

      She also made tortellini casserole and stuffed mushrooms that we loooooove.  So I had to make both and share the recipes here.

     I love having tried and true recipes from my family.  We always eat well, so I can trust them to be fabulous.

cream cheese and beef mixture spread out over large tortilla with some rolled tortillas in the back

     Besides that is the origin of this whole thing anyway.  I wanted a way to preserve some of those old family recipes along with favorites from my childhood.

   It was mostly just for myself, a searchable library of recipes.  I figured it would also be a great way to share those recipes with my siblings and cousins if they wanted to make them as well.

    Of course things have blossomed and bloomed and three years later here we are.  Now I am trying to go back and update those early posts when I had no idea what I was doing.

    Not that I do necessarily now, but at least a few more of you can see them if I spiffy them up.

      I made these for a small get together I had recently.  They were a hit with those who had them, but surprisingly enough they were a huge hit with my pickle hating husband.

     I said I could take the extras to work and he said he could take them to the garage instead.

       So he took them to the garage and a few buddies came over.  He said they were all but gone by the time the evening was over and he was looking forward to the rest the next day.

    Of course that put a smile on my face.  I didn't point out the pickles!

platter filled with bite sized pinwheels

        Sometimes we just need a little reminder of how much we like things.  Especially when they are super simple to make recipes that are perfect for making ahead! These are definitely going to show up at our house again soon!

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Yield: 48 Servings
Zesty Beef Rollups

Zesty Beef Rollups

Zesty beef roll-ups are the perfect two bite appetizers. They are creamy, cheesy, zesty, salty and oh so snackable!
Prep time: 1 H & 10 MCook time: Total time: 1 H & 10 M


  • 2 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 2 ounce packages chipped beef
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package dry ranch dressing mix
  • 2 dill pickles or a handful of pickle slices
  • 1 package tortilla shells, the bigger the better - I used 4 of the big burrito shells


  1. Chop the pickles and chipped beef
  2. Mix together seasoning and cream cheese
  3. Stir beef, cheese and pickles into cream cheese
  4. Spread on tortillas and roll tightly
  5. Chill for at least an hour, then cut into 1/4-1/2 inch slices
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Zesty beef roll-ups are the perfect two bite appetizers. They are creamy, cheesy, zesty, salty and oh so snackable!


  1. Guess why this is perfect? I needed yummy lunch ideas for the boys lunched not that they are back from college and today was the first day of work. These are perfect and sound so yummy!

    1. These will be perfect because they are definitely going to need something to snack on!

  2. Hi Carlee, I've been meaning to go back and 'improve' some of my first posts too, but I'm torn between updating them or leaving them be as a remnder of how my posts have changed (my way of copping out)... I love it when we can fool our loved ones into enjoying something they swear they don't like!... I can see why your roll ups were a hit.


    1. I still have some old ones that are horrible, but I have been having fun redoing some. Plus it gives me an excuse to remake some recipes I haven't made in a while!

  3. I'm bookmarking these for football season because I know I'll make them over and over! I love it when something easy is also tasty :)

    1. These are perfect for tailgating and homegating!

  4. A perfect luncheon party dish - Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner Party!

  5. Love roll-ups and perfect timing for summer get togethers, graduations, and Memorial Day coming up!

    1. Yes, there are so many reasons to make appetizers in the next few weeks!

  6. Your Beef Roll-Ups will be a great appetizer! So glad you could join us on Full Plate Thursday and thanks so much for sharing with us. Hope you have a great week and a very Happy Mothers Day!
    Miz Helen

  7. Well, I love pickles and these rollups sound delicious. I can't wait to try them.


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