3 Ingredient Santa Fe Cheese Ball Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Dec 05, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Mar 30, 2017 | By: Julie Blanner

This easy Santa Fe Cheese Ball recipe is a deliciously addicting last-minute appetizer recipe that’s always a crowd pleaser.

This easy Santa Fe Cheese Ball recipe is a deliciously addicting last-minute appetizer recipe that's always a crowd pleaser

3-Ingredient Santa Fe Cheese Ball Recipe

Years ago, I picked up a cheese ball mix to whip up an easy appetizer on the road when we were en route to a tailgate party. Ever since, I’ve been addicted. How could I love a mix so much? Everyone would ask for the recipe and I would quietly whisper “it’s a mix.”

Guess what? Anything that is a mix, starts from scratch and just like my better than the box brownies, aren’t any more difficult to make. So today we’re skipping the mix and making my favorite Santa Fe Cheese Ball recipe with just 3 ingredients. Spoiler alert, it’s like crack.

the best cheese ball recipe - easy 3 ingredient santa fe cheese ball

What’s in a Cheese Ball Recipe?

I purchased a few seasoning mixes to find the right fit for that Santa Fe taste I was hoping for and Mrs. Dash nailed it with the Southwest Chipotle seasoning. I blend some of the seasonings in the cheeseball to marinate and then roll it in them for a delicious sticky free cheese ball finish.

There are a lot of great cheese balls out there, but there’s one ingredient that makes this Santa Fe Cheese Ball recipe stand apart from the rest – butter! Yes, in my opinion, butter makes everything better.

The addition of butter to this cheeseball recipe gives it a smooth texture that spreads beautifully on crackers and baguette. It also gives it that melt-in-your-mouth taste.

the best cheese ball recipe - easy 3 ingredient santa fe cheese ball

How to Make a Cheese Ball:

I purchased a few seasoning mixes to find the right fit for that Santa Fe taste I was hoping for and Mrs. Dash nailed it with the Southwest Chipotle seasoning.

I blend some of the seasonings in the cheeseball to marinate and then roll it in them for a delicious sticky free cheese ball finish.

how to make a cheese ball, the easy way

But, before we get to the seasonings, you’ll need to drop the chilled mixture on a piece of parchment/wax paper.

how to make a cheese ball, the easy way

Use the parchment/wax paper to help mold into a ball and remove.

how to make a cheese ball, the easy way

Sprinkle spices onto a fresh sheet and roll! Then chill, serve and enjoy!

how to make a cheese ball, the easy way

Need More Cheese?

Get your fix of all things cheese with some other cheese appetizers and dishes! I know you’ll love them as much as I do!

Homemade Pimento Cheese

Grilled Cheese Rollups

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

The Perfect Cheese Plate

santa fe cheese ball - easy as a mix, without one

More Cheese Ball Recipes

Do you have a favorite cheese ball recipe? If so, please share!

easy 3 ingredient cheese ball recipe, great for last minute get togethers

Santa Fe Cheese Ball

This easy Santa Fe Cheese Ball recipe is a deliciously addicting last-minute appetizer recipe that's always a crowd pleaser.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 8

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 4 Tbsp butter softened
  • 1 Tbsp Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning + 1 tsp
  • Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning for rolling cheese ball

Instructions

  • Mix room-temperature cream cheese in a food processor until smooth. 
  • Add in butter and continue to process until combined
  • Mix in seasoning until desired texture is reached 
  • Using an ice cream scoop, Using an ice cream scoop transfer the mixture into a mound in the center of a large piece of plastic wrap. Cover the mixture with the plastic wrap and use your hands to shape it into a ball. 
  • Wrap the plastic wrapped ball in foil and chill for at least 8 hours. 
  • Roll in crunchy stuff and serve
  • When ready to serve, remove the ball from the refrigerator and roll it in the leftover seasoning. Place the seasoning on a rimmed baking sheet before rolling. 
  • Serve and Enjoy!

Notes

This cheese ball recipe can be easily adapted by using your favorite seasoning.
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