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Cranberry-Chili Cheese Spread

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


14 servings

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
Cranberry-Chili Cheese Spread Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles, 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 chiles, onion, lime juice and spices. Spoon over cream cheese. Serve with crackers.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 157 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • camcraftymom
    Nov 16, 2018

    Very good! Just the right amount of heat.

  • slmacbeth
    Nov 25, 2017

    I love this recipe because it's super easy to throw together last minute, and the flavor is fantastic. I thought it sounded pretty weird, but I ended up just loving it. It's become a go-to for times when I have a last minute invite and need to bring something interesting.

  • Lauraanddiva
    Jun 19, 2017

    We both liked it but felt it needed a bit of sweetness so I added a pinch of white sugar. This make a huge amount but it looks like it would freeze okay.

  • tamarapearson
    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.

  • KarenGeddings
    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.

  • mindysmama
    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.

  • rufgator
    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.

  • cooktocook
    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!

  • chocoloco
    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.

  • voltzd
    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.