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Tortilla Appetizer

Makes 6 to 8 servingsCowboy Cooking Recipes from

Prep Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 10 min
Chilling Time: 30 min


  • 1   container (6-ounce) soft cream cheese

  • 1   fresh jalapeno chile, minced

  • 4   flour tortillas (10-inch)


  1. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and chile.  In a large ungreased skillet over low heat, heat tortillas, one at a time, until soft to prevent cracking while rolling.

  2. With a small spatula, spread the chile-cheese mixture evenly over one side of each tortilla.  Roll up each tortilla with the chile-cream cheese mixture on the inside.

  3. Wrap tortillas in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes before slicing.  Cut into 1-inch pieces to serve.

Cowboy Did You Know?
As English-speaking traders and settlers expanded westward, English and Spanish traditions, language and culture merged to some degree.  Before the Mexican-American War in 1848, New England merchants who traveled by ship to California encountered both hacendados and vaqueros, trading manufactured goods for the hides and tallow produced from vast cattle ranches.  American traders along what later became known as the Santa Fe Trail had similar contacts with vaquero life.  Starting with these early encounters, the lifestyle and language of the vaquero began a transformation which merged with English cultural traditions and produced what became known in American culture as the "cowboy".

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