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Ham and Cheese Roll Ups

Looking for a new and improved lunch idea or great appetizer? I’ve got you covered! My ham and cheese roll-ups are just as easy to prepare as they are tasty to eat.

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Ham and cheese roll-ups displayed on cutting board

When I’m tasked to bring something to an upcoming get-together, my mind immediately starts whirling with ideas. Not only is it a chance to try out new recipes, but it’s also an opportunity to share a meal with friends and family. And that’s what cooking is all about, right? Sharing what you make with the people you love.

There are so many different ways you can go with appetizers. I’ve already brought these ham and cheese roll-ups to a party and trust me — they were snatched almost as quickly as it takes to make them! It’s such an easy recipe that’s sure to please. As a bonus, you can also use my ham and cheese pinwheels in a yummy packed lunch! 

Whether you want to prepare these ham cream cheese roll-ups as fun party food, or if you plan on using them as a packed lunch, you’ll be amazed at how simple they are to whip up! 

ham and cheese roll-ups on cutting board

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:

  • Instructions on how to prepare my ham cream cheese roll-ups yourself
  • All of the ingredients you’ll need to make this easy appetizer at home
  • Answers to some frequently asked questions about how to prepare ham and cheese pinwheels. 

Enjoy these ham and cheese roll-ups as a snack, appetizer, cold lunch, or party food! With just 5 ingredients, you’ll want to make these weekly. 

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How to Make Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups 

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Place the softened cream cheese and ranch seasoning into a bowl and stir until well-combined. Then, add your cheddar cheese and stir. 

mix together the cream cheese filling in small bowl

STEP TWO: Lay out the tortillas and add equal amounts of the mixture to each. Spread until it reaches the edges of the tortilla. Cut the ham into small pieces and divide it evenly onto each tortilla.

spread cream cheese mixture and place ham pieces on tortillas

STEP THREE: Create the roll-ups. Begin at one end and roll each tortilla until you get to the other end. Refrigerate for about 1 hour, or until you’re ready to eat. Cut the ends off the tortillas, then cut the rolls into 1-inch pieces. Arrange on a serving tray to enjoy!

roll up tortilla and cut into individual roll-ups

Can I Make Pinwheels the Night Before? 

Absolutely! This is one lunch or party food you can definitely make in advance — they hold better the longer you let them rest in the fridge! You can also feel free to double this recipe for larger parties. As is, my ham and cheese pinwheels will get you between 24 to 30 pinwheels. Use a few more tortillas if you expect a large crowd.

You can even make different variations of my ham cream cheese roll-ups. Use other deli meats like turkey or roast beef. You can also make veggie versions if you sub in the ham for lettuce, tomato, or any other vegetables you like!

close up of ham and cheese roll-up

How Do I Keep Pinwheels From Getting Soggy?

If you find yourself with soggy ham and cheese pinwheels, you’ll need to adjust the recipe slightly. 

The layer of cream cheese should do the trick, but if you do notice some moisture build-up, you need to add another “dry” layer between the tortilla and the rest of the filling. A bit of spinach or lettuce can go a long way.

How Do I Keep Roll-Ups Together?

In addition to being downright tasty, the cream cheese is the secret to keeping your ham and cheese pinwheels together! I like to include cheddar and ranch seasoning to add a little bit more flavor to the roll-up. 

Feel free to get creative with your added seasoning. The mixture acts as the glue that will hold your appetizer/snack/cold lunch together. It works like a charm!

cutting board with ham and cheese roll-ups spaced out

How to Store Leftover Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups 

Place the leftover ham cream cheese roll-ups in an air-tight container and place them in the fridge. They will keep for 3 to 4 days.

You can also freeze leftovers. Grab a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. Place the roll-ups on top and freeze for about 2 hours. Then, put the frozen pinwheels in an airtight container, making sure to put parchment paper between each layer. They will keep for about 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy, simply defrost them in the fridge overnight!

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Ham and cheese roll-ups displayed on cutting board

Ham and Cheese Roll Ups

Samantha Erb
Looking for a new and improved appetizer idea? My ham and cheese roll-ups are just as easy to prepare as they are tasty to eat.
4.62 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 24 -30 pinwheels
Calories 308 kcal


  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 teaspoon dry ranch seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 6 slices deli-style ham


  • Add the cream cheese and ranch seasoning to a bowl, and stir until combined.
  • Add the cheddar cheese and stir together.
  • Lay out the tortillas, and add ¼ of the mixture to each, then gently spread it to the edges.
  • Cut the ham into small pieces, and layer ¼ of it on each tortilla.
  • Starting at one end, roll each tortilla until you get to the other end.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour or when ready for use.
  • Cut the ends off of each tortilla roll, then cut into 1-inch pieces. Arrange flat on a plate or tray for serving.


Serving: 1gCalories: 308kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 18gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 830mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2g
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About Samantha

I’ve always had a love of cooking and creating new recipes, so it only made sense to create a food blog so I could share those recipes with you. This site is designed to provide easy and flavorful recipes with as little ingredients as possible. That means you still get great flavor combinations without all that extra time and effort. Read more...

3 thoughts on “Ham and Cheese Roll Ups”

  1. Delish as is.
    Then, substituted turkey breast for ham and cranberry sauce for ranch powder! Mixed cranberry and cream cheese, carefully.


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