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

Poor Man’s Burrito {with Hatch Chiles}

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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This post was originally published 9-9-2012, and has been refreshed and republished today.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

twitter_BobbisKozyKtchn September 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I love a good tailgating recipe that tastes good but doesn’t take all day to make. Great job!!


Melanie September 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I can totally see our family making these into pinwheels. Thanks for the reminder/idea!


twitter_CookUnderwriter September 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm

These look quick and easy and fun!


Nancy @ gottagetbaked September 9, 2012 at 11:56 am

These are simple but delicious! And forget about the legalities of selling your season tickets – you’re just a brilliant entrepreneur!


Susan 30A EATS September 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

Sometimes simple is best and most delicious! The flavor of the hatch chili’s will shine! Thanks for sharing! See you tonight at @fromagechick on twitter for #SundaySupper!


Jen @ Real Best Recipe September 9, 2012 at 10:57 am

These look awesome!!! I have been looking for a good roll up type recipe for our football parties! This one I will have to try! Thank you for sharing!


Laura Hunter September 9, 2012 at 10:12 am

Ha, I love that you sold your season ticket spots. 🙂 And these look like a easy treat for lunch boxes


Bea September 9, 2012 at 9:51 am

These look very good!


Jen @JuanitasCocina September 9, 2012 at 9:37 am

This ain’t no poor man’s burrito! These’ll make you feel rich! 😀


Family Foodie September 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

You can make me a Poor Man’s Burrito anytime!


Sandi McKenna September 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

Love this … quick and easy!!!


Katie September 9, 2012 at 7:49 am

Chiles and cream cheese are such a great combo – hot and cool! Yum!


Lane @ Supper for a Steal September 9, 2012 at 7:03 am

These look easy and delicious! Perfect quick appetizer.


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen September 9, 2012 at 6:28 am

I like the simplicity of this wrap. I usually make pasta with just olive oil and garlic, and here it´s called poor man´s pasta. Happy sunday!


Cindy's Recipes September 9, 2012 at 5:47 am

great quick snack idea, Dorothy!


Renee September 9, 2012 at 4:45 am

Pinwheels are so festive for a party. These look so good. It makes me want to get the hatch chiles before they are gone from the store.


Faye Leong September 9, 2012 at 2:37 am

This is really a easy, simple and tasty recipe! Thanks for sharing!


Pam @ The Meltaways September 9, 2012 at 1:34 am

these sound great! I love simple and easy – sometimes they are the most delicious!


Dorothy September 9, 2012 at 8:53 am

Oh yeah, they are SUPER easy! Take about 1 minute to put together.


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