Lone Star Cheese Ball Recipe
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Lone Star Cheese Ball Recipe

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This strikingly orange appetizer has the perfect amount of spice and crunch. Sprinkle cilantro on top for a nice accent. —Laurel Leslie, Sonora, California
Featured In: Top 10 Cheese Balls
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 cup baked nacho-flavored tortilla chips, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • Tortilla chips

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 94 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 169mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a food processor, combine the first five ingredients; cover and process until blended. Stir in chilies. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Shape into a ball. Combine crushed tortilla chips and cilantro; roll cheese ball in chip mixture. Serve with tortilla chips. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2 cups.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter.
Originally published as Lone Star Cheese Ball in Taste of Home June/July 2008, p34

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 226161
Reviewed May. 10, 2015

"Delicious! I used regular butter and cream cheese. Also, I don't have a food processor, so I softened the cream cheese and butter and used my hand mixer to beat before adding spices, cheddar and green chilies. I served this with blue tortilla chips for our appetizer for Mother's Day dinner."

pythonesk User ID: 8150202 214664
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

"What is reduced-fat butter? It can't be real butter.... and I wouldn't consume made-in-a-lab-margarine. Don't poison your family."

dogfishlouie User ID: 5823419 141254
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2011

"This is my nephews favorite and I'm required to make it at any gathering (sometimes i get a phone call from him because he just has a craving). I alter it a little, 1/4t onion powder, 3/4t garlic granuals and 6ozs green chilies. This recipe is definately a "10" in our family!"

auntbuffy User ID: 4182639 172220
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2009

"Hi made this and loved it but i am not a fan of the chips so i rolled it in very crispy bacon

both ways are great

rotts4me User ID: 1988355 100852
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2009

"I made this for a picnic and now I am asked to bring to every event I go to."

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