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Cranberry-Chili Cheese Spread Recipe

Cranberry-Chili Cheese Spread Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

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.

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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."

Holmescsh User ID: 2528368 213018
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"Used lite cream cheese and still had great flavor."

diamond137 User ID: 1700131 197103
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

"This is delicious, I added 1/2 tsp dried orange peel and it brightened up the flavor. Used low fat cream cheese and it fits into our eating plan with some whole grain crackers... Yummy!"

amk4985 User ID: 5118881 119958
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"Great recipe"

swinny User ID: 1858482 197102
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2012

"Excellent. Trying it out for Thanksgiving!!! This tatste delicous!!!!! Very festive looking also!!!!!"

kjmatz User ID: 3235385 187164
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"Very good for an adult crowd."

salsberg User ID: 3178961 119957
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"I made this for our tailgating people and everyone loved it. Nice change from the shrimp and chilli one."

kitzer User ID: 4188178 115031
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"It's in my recipe box! I'm going to make it with my homemade cranberry sauce and 'doctor' it up!"

Bcooks User ID: 5204614 187163
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"We were not fans of this recipe. It is very easy to make ahead, but I just didn't care for the flavor blend in the cranberries. Might have liked it better if we had blended it all together with the cream cheese."

Amberbakes User ID: 2062110 197099
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"This was awesome. We creamed it all together as a dip and served it at Thanksgiving. It was amazing. We all decided we have to have it at Christmas too."

tigerlily55 User ID: 5271802 198241
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"I made this with mild chilis and everyone loved it. I might use medium hot chilis next time. Made plenty of sauce to cover the cream cheese. Would definitely made again as it was very easy!"

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