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Cilantro-Jalapeno Cheese Spread Recipe

Cilantro-Jalapeno Cheese Spread Recipe

Splashed with lime, this zippy favorite from Susan Riley in Allen, Texas makes a standout appetizer. It’s yummy spread on crackers. Or as an easy veggie dip, a fun alternative to junk food!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 teaspoon chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Dash salt
  • Assorted crackers or fresh vegetables


  • 1. In a small food processor, combine the first seven ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl. Serve with crackers or vegetables. Yield: 1/2 cup.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 60 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 275mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat.

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