Cranberry-Chili Cheese Spread Recipe
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Cranberry-Chili Cheese Spread Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, 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

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup (calculated without crackers): 157 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Place cream cheese on a serving plate. In a small bowl, combine the cranberry sauce, green chilies, onion, lime juice and spices. Spoon over cream cheese. Serve with crackers. Yield: 14 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry-Chili Cheese Spread in Simple & Delicious October/November 2011 , p53

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Lauraanddiva User ID: 6498235 268125
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3272516 241995
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8672769 240005
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6929696 121647
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7219111 115034
Reviewed 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 User ID: 895356 193989
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1876593 121641
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6860402 198242
Reviewed 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."

KieraKaitou User ID: 6907556 115032
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"Made this for a Thanksgiving and it was amazing! It has a great kick that is evened out by the cream cheese! Even my sisters boyfriend, who hates cream cheese, loved it!"

MEMOMCH User ID: 3403535 197118
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"Made as recipe--VERY, VERY good!!!!! For Christmas lunch at work, think I will make as a cheese ball."

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