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Chili Cheese Ball Spread Recipe

Chili Cheese Ball Spread Recipe

“Easy to make and easy to spread, this spicy cheese ball was my favorite appetizer that Mom made while I was growing up. Now, I enjoy serving it at my own parties and at potlucks.” Jerrie Denson - Hobbs, New Mexico
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 pound process cheese (Velveeta), shredded
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Chili powder
  • Assorted crackers


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the cheeses, pecans and garlic salt. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Shape into a ball. Coat completely with chili powder. Serve with crackers. Yield: 1 cheese ball (3 cups).

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 96 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 291mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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tammyreid User ID: 4048262 67707
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

"We have made this for 30 years and its always a hit. We use 8 ounces cream cheese plus minced garlic, bell pepper and pecans!"

mjkozak User ID: 5545704 76766
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2010

"it's not Christmas in our house without this. my mother (portales, new mexico) made this for years with slight variation. she always used a block of american cheese (no longer available ?) instead of velveeta. we made it into logs about the size of a stick of butter and coated each in chili powder. perfect size to include on a snack plate or as a gift."

cscm User ID: 4041456 76707
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2009

"I made this recipe to take to Easter dinner at my brothers, it was excellent and everyone loved it. Instead of using pecans I used sliced almonds, definately be making this again for more parties & cookouts. Carolyn PA"

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