Poor Man’s Burrito {Hatch Chile Roll-Up}

by Dorothy Reinhold on August 10, 2020

Print This Post Print This Post POOR MAN'S BURRITO: A Hatch chile wrapped up with garlicky cream cheese in a flour tortilla becomes a Poor Man’s Burrito, perfect for tailgating, any party, lunch or a snack!

A roasted Hatch chile with garlicky cream cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla becomes a Poor Man’s Burrito or Hatch Chile Roll-up, for tailgating or lunch.

I’m not much of a sportsball fan. In fact, while I attended USC, I made a profit selling my season tickets to fans who didn’t have student access to buy them. Oops…was that legal? Never mind. Statute of limitations is definitely up on that one.

But even though I don’t watch it much, I don’t mind going to football parties. I’ll just bring the food!

I like a pinwheel sandwich for tailgating or football parties. You can roll it up and eat it as a log, or cut it into pieces for the spiral effect. This vegetarian version has only four ingredients, and is charmingly named Poor Man’s Burrito, or I’ve heard if you cut them into slices they’re called Tailgate Teasers. Or just call it literally what it is, a Hatch Chile Roll-Up.

How to make a Poor Man’s Burrito or Hatch Chile Roll-up

Spreading cream cheese on a tortilla for Poor Man's Burritos or Hatch Chile Roll-Up1. Spread a thin later of whipped cream cheese (or cream cheese from a block, whatever you have), on a tortilla. An small offset spatula is helpful for this, although any spreader will do.

Lay Hatch chiles on cream cheese on tortilla for Poor Man's Burritos or Hatch Chile Roll-Up2. Lay on the roasted Hatch strips.  This recipe takes advantage of green Hatch chiles, whose season begins in early August and lasts 4-6 weeks, depending on the weather in New Mexico. If you don’t have Hatch, use an Anaheim chile or any other roasted fresh green chile you favor.

Rolling up Poor Man's Burrito Hatch Chile Roll-Up on ShockinglyDelicious.com3. Roll up, using your hands. The cream cheese makes it naturally stick together.

Poor Man's Burrito or Hatch Chile Roll-Up on a turquoise plate4. Cut in half and place it on a plate. I like it with cherry tomatoes from the garden, but suit yourself!Tailgate Teasers cut into spirals on a sea blue plate on ShockinglyDelicious.com

5. If you decide to cut it into slices or pinwheels, you can call it a Tailgate Teaser! Cut the burrito crosswise in small pieces and turn them on their side to show the spiral effect.

Poor Man's Burrito cut into 2 pieces on a turquoise plate

Poor Man’s Burrito {with Hatch Chiles}

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 roll-up

A roasted Hatch chile with garlicky cream cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla becomes a Poor Man’s Burrito or Hatch Chile Roll-up, for tailgating or lunch.



  1. Lay the tortilla flat. Spread lightly with cream cheese. (An offset spatula is a handy tool with which to do this.) Sprinkle lightly with garlic powder. Lay chile strips on top.
  2. Roll up tightly. Cut in half and place on plate.
  3. Enjoy!


Source: This was a verbal recipe shared by Robert Schueller from Melissa’s Produce, as we were discussing the many charms of Hatch chiles one day. Don’t you think recipes passed “over the back fence” are the best? I’m not sure why it’s called a Poor Man’s Burrito, but it’s a memorable name.

The original verbal recipe called for garlic salt, but I found that too salty (the cream cheese has some salt in it), so garlic powder is my preferred sprinkle.


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Photo collage of making a Poor Man's Burrito spiral cut snack on Shockingly DeliciousThis post was originally published 9-9-2012, and has been refreshed and republished today.

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