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Fiesta Cheese Ball

Whenever I bring this zippy cheese ball to church functions, showers and parties, folks always ask for the recipe. A deliciously different appetizer, it makes even a plain plate of crackers seem festive.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    1 cheese ball

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese. Add the cheese, cilantro, onion, chili powder. garlic. garlic salt. oregano, red pepper flakes, cumin and hot pepper sauce. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Shape into a ball. Roll in parsley. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Serve with crackers.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 79 calories, 7g fat (5g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 153mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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