Tex Mex Cheese Ball

This spicy cheese ball recipe is a great party or game day appetizer. This tex mex cheese ball is an easy appetizer recipe that is great served with your favorite crackers, pretzels, or fresh veggies for dipping.

A spicy cheese ball sits on a wooden serving board surrounded by crackers. The cheeseball is next to a red and white checkered napkin, and is surrounded by more crackers, cilantro, and red bell peppers.

Cheese balls are a classic party appetizer that are classically made with mellow cheeses and rolled in nuts. This tex mex cheese ball is a zingy twist on this classic appetizer for those who like it a little spicy. This easy cheese ball recipe without nuts is the perfect party appetizer, great for a game day watch party, and a fun option for a movie or game night too!

TELL ME ABOUT THIS SPICY CHEESE BALL RECIPE

Level of difficulty: Easy.

Flavor: Spicy and creamy, with pops of fresh pepper and cilantro

Time: It will take you approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes to make your tex mex cheese ball. This includes prep time and two hours of chill time.

Ingredients to make this tex mex cheeseball. This includes cheddar and pepperjack cheese (grated), cream cheese, taco seasoning, red bell pepper (diced), cilantro, and hot sauce.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

Cream cheese – regular or low fat will both work

Cheddar cheese

Pepper jack cheese

Red bell pepper

Fresh cilantro

Hot sauce

Taco seasoning

OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE A CHEESE BALL

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until well blended
  2. Pour blended ingredients onto a piece of plastic wrap, wrap tightly, and roll into a ball
  3. Refrigerate the cheese ball for at least two hours to firm up and hold it’s shape
  4. Serve with crackers, pretzels, fresh veggies, or anything else you’d like to use for dipping and enjoy!
9 picture collage showing how to make a cheese ball. This recipe for a cheese ball suggests using a food processor to blend the ingredients which is shown in this collage, but this can also be done by hand.

MODIFICATIONS FOR DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: GF

This spicy cheese ball recipe is vegetarian and gluten free as written.

  • If you are serving this tex mex cheese ball to someone with a gluten intolerance, there are a few things you will want to confirm:
  • Verify the hot sauce selected is certified as gluten free (most are naturally, but not all are certified to be gluten free)
  • Ensure there are gluten free crackers or gluten free pretzels available for them to dip into this appetizer. Fresh veggies are another great option that could be enjoyed by someone with a gluten intolerance
  • Due to the high quantity of dairy in this recipe, I do not recommend trying to modify this specific recipe into a vegan or dairy-free appetizer.
A freshly made southwest cheese ball wrapped in saran wrap and ready to chill in the fridge.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

Serve your spicy cheese ball with a variety of things to dip in it! Great options include:

  • Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Fresh Veggies (bell peppers and carrots are my go-to)
  • Pita Bread
  • Pita Chips
  • Naan Crisps

I also recommend setting out a small butter knife to help spread the cheese ball onto the crackers if desired. Because depending on the cracker, diving right in sometimes results in a broken cracker.

MAKE AHEAD INSTRUCTIONS

You can make your spicy cheese ball ahead of time, making your party planning easier!

In the fridge: you can store this tex mex cheese ball in the fridge for up to one week. If kept in the fridge longer than one night, place in an airtight container to maintain freshness.

In the freezer: you can also store a formed cheese ball without nuts in the freezer for up to one month. To do this, wrap it in plastic wrap and then place it in a freezer save zip top bag. Place the cheese ball in the refrigerator overnight to thaw prior to serving.

A spicy cheese ball that has recently been dipped into sits on a wooden serving board surrounded by crackers. A nearby cracker is covered with the spicy cheese dip. The cheeseball surrounded by cilantro, a serving knife, and a red and white checkered napkin.

EXPERT TIPS

Use block cheese and shred it (do NOT use packaged shredded cheese). This may seem like a strange tip, but packaged shredded cheeses often have additives to prevent it from clumping, which can translate to a cheese ball that does not stick together very well. Shredding your own cheese avoids this potential issue.

If you do not have a food processor, you can mix your ingredients by hand. Instead of placing all ingredients into a food processor, beat cream cheese in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Then mix in the remaining ingredients until well distributed throughout. Then follow the same instructions to form and chill your tex mex cheese ball.

Let the cheese ball sit out at room temperature prior to serving. Letting your tex mex cheese ball sit out for about 10 minutes before serving allows the cheese ball to soften up just enough for easier dipping!

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Measuring Spoons

Measuring Cups

Box Grater

A Food Processor

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Tex Mex Cheese Ball

This tex mex cheese ball is a spicy twist on this classic appetizer. This easy cheese ball recipe without nuts is the perfect party appetizer, great for a game day watch party, and a fun option for a movie or game night!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Inactive Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 141 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese shredded
  • 4 oz pepper jack cheese shredded
  • 1/4 C finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp taco seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until well blended
  • Pour blended ingredients onto a piece of plastic wrap, wrap tightly, and roll into a ball
  • Refrigerate the cheese ball for 2-hours (up to overnight) to firm up and hold it’s shape
  • Serve with crackers, pretzels, fresh veggies, or anything else you'd like to use for dipping and enjoy!

Notes

*Use block cheese and shred it (do NOT use packaged shredded cheese). This may seem like a strange tip, but packaged shredded cheeses often have additives to prevent it from clumping, which can translate to a cheese ball that does not stick together very well. Shredding your own cheese avoids this potential issue.
 
*If you do not have a food processor, you can mix your ingredients by hand. Instead of placing all ingredients into a food processor, beat cream cheese in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Then mix in the remaining ingredients until well distributed throughout. Then follow the same instructions to form and chill your tex mex cheese ball.
 
*Let the cheese ball sit out at room temperature prior to serving. Letting your tex mex cheese ball sit out for about 10 minutes before serving allows the cheese ball to soften up just enough for easier dipping!

Nutrition

Calories: 141kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 6gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 183mgPotassium: 47mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 524IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 156mgIron: 1mg
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