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Cranberry-Chili Cheese Spread Recipe

Cranberry-Chili Cheese Spread Recipe

Appetizers just can't get much easier than this ritzy-looking cheese spread with its refreshing hint of lime. I turn to this recipe whenever unexpected guests drop in. —Laurie LaClair, North Richland Hills, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min. YIELD:14 servings


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Assorted crackers


  • 1. Place cream cheese on a serving plate. In a small bowl, combine the cranberry sauce, green chilies, onion, lime juice and spices. Spoon over cream cheese. Serve with crackers. Yield: 14 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup (calculated without crackers) equals 157 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 200 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Reviews for Cranberry-Chili Cheese Spread

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Reviewed Jan. 18, 2016

"The perfect blend of sweet and spicy and it looked beautiful on the serving platter. I made the topping the day before to give the flavors more time to blend. Delicious."

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2015

"I have made this several times, and it is a big hit. It is best to make the cranberry mixture ahead of time...more flavor. Wait until ready to serve, then spoon over an 8 ounce block of cream cheese, on a fancy plate. Very festive. I would not recommend blending the cream cheese in with the cranberry would look disgusting."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014

"This sounds perfect for thanksgiving. If you keep the cream cheese and cranberry mixture separate as the recipe states does the cranberry mixture make the cream cheese runny? Any help is appreciated as I am making this Thursday."

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"thanks to chocoloco I did beat softened cream cheese and then incorporate other ingredients.

garnished with chopped roasted and salted pistachios. everyone at sunday football loved it."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"Have made this twice now since November and everyone loves it.

First served this to my fellow teachers at a team planning and they all asked for the recipe.
Second time, at my Christmas Day buffet where out of town family members, non-cranberry lovers, asked for the recipe.
It's a keeper!"

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"I tried mixing the cream cheese into the sauce and it was not pretty: ( If you want to mix it, make sure the cream cheese is soft and you use an electric mixer to beat the cheese before mixing the sauce into it. I used some reserved sauce for a garnish."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"I've made this for Thanksgiving the last two years. It's easy to mix up at home and then pour over cream cheese when we arrive at our destination."

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"Made this for a Thanksgiving and it was amazing! It has a great kick that is evened out by the cream cheese! Even my sisters boyfriend, who hates cream cheese, loved it!"

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"Made as recipe--VERY, VERY good!!!!! For Christmas lunch at work, think I will make as a cheese ball."

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"Used lite cream cheese and still had great flavor."

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

"This is delicious, I added 1/2 tsp dried orange peel and it brightened up the flavor. Used low fat cream cheese and it fits into our eating plan with some whole grain crackers... Yummy!"

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"Great recipe"

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2012

"Excellent. Trying it out for Thanksgiving!!! This tatste delicous!!!!! Very festive looking also!!!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"Very good for an adult crowd."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"I made this for our tailgating people and everyone loved it. Nice change from the shrimp and chilli one."

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"It's in my recipe box! I'm going to make it with my homemade cranberry sauce and 'doctor' it up!"

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"We were not fans of this recipe. It is very easy to make ahead, but I just didn't care for the flavor blend in the cranberries. Might have liked it better if we had blended it all together with the cream cheese."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"This was awesome. We creamed it all together as a dip and served it at Thanksgiving. It was amazing. We all decided we have to have it at Christmas too."

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"I made this with mild chilis and everyone loved it. I might use medium hot chilis next time. Made plenty of sauce to cover the cream cheese. Would definitely made again as it was very easy!"

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