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Lone Star Cheese Ball

 Lone Star Cheese Ball
This strikingly orange appetizer has the perfect amount of spice and crunch. Sprinkle cilantro on top for a nice accent. —Laurel Leslie, Sonora, California
16 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • In a food processor, combine the first five ingredients; cover and
  • process until blended. Stir in chilies. Cover and refrigerate for 1
  • hour.
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 2 tablespoons (calculated without chips) equals 94 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 169 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 5 g protein.
Wine: Sweet Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.