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Pumpkin Shaped Tex Mex Cheese Ball

This pumpkin themed cheese ball is a savory appetizer perfect for Fall gatherings. It's cheese-based, but infused with Tex Mex flavors. Perfectly spreadable, it was made for sharing & a fantastic appetizer.
Prep Time15 mins
Chill Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 390.68kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 tbsp red enchilada sauce
  • 1 1/4 tsp taco seasoning
  • 2 cups original chees it crackers finely crushed
  • the stem of a green pepper

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, add the softened cream cheese & the shredded cheddar. Mix them together until the mixture's smooth & evenly combined.
  • Add the enchilada sauce and taco seasoning to the cheese mixture, again stirring until evenly incorporated into the mixture.
  • Lay a sheet of cling wrap out flat over a clean counter top. Scoop the cheese mixture out and onto the center of the piece of plastic wrap in a giant dollop.
  • Fold the plastic wrap over the cheese mixture, wrapping it to seal. Using your hands, gently shape the mixture into a ball. It doesn't have to be perfect, pumpkins rarely are.
  • Transfer the mixture to the refrigerate for an hour and a half. Transfer the chilled cheese ball to the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • When ready to serve, pour the crushed crackers onto a flat plate. Remove the cheese ball from the freezer, carefully pulling away the plastic wrap.
  • Roll the cheese ball in the cracker crumbs to completely cover the outsides. Use your hands to gently press in the crumbs in any spots where necessary.
  • Press the bell pepper stem gently into the top center of the cheese ball.
  • Transfer the cheese ball to a serving platter. Place crackers, and any other dipping items, including a spreader on the serving tray fanned out around the cheese ball.
  • Serve immediately, and enjoy!

Notes

recipe adapted from Big Bear's Wife

Nutrition

Calories: 390.68kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.38g | Protein: 10.93g | Fat: 25.75g | Saturated Fat: 12.58g | Cholesterol: 74.5mg | Sodium: 599.77mg | Potassium: 70.62mg | Fiber: 1.38g | Sugar: 1.56g | Vitamin A: 721.01IU | Vitamin C: 0.07mg | Calcium: 225.39mg | Iron: 0.29mg