3 Ingredient Santa Fe Cheese Ball Recipe

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

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

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

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. 

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 seasoning 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

To form a cheese ball, drop 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 and remove.

how to make a cheese ball, the easy way

Sprinkle spices onto a fresh sheet and…

how to make a cheese ball, the easy way

Roll! Chill, serve and enjoy!

For those of you feeling festive, I have adapted this Santa Fe cheese ball for Easter! Do you have a favorite cheese ball recipe? If so, please share!

Santa Fe Cheese Ball

Preparation 0:05 2017-06-24T00:05:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:00 2017-06-24T00:00:00+00:00 Total Time 0:05 2017-06-24T00:05:00+00:00
Serves 8     adjust servings


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



Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/8 of cheese ball
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories Calories from fat
% Daily Value

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000 2500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less than 25g 80g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

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


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