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Chili Cheese Ball Spread

“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
  • Makes
    1 cheese ball (3 cups)


  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition 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
    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
    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
    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