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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

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time Total Time 5 mins
Yields 8


  • 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


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


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9 comments on “3 Ingredient Santa Fe Cheese Ball Recipe”

  1. My mouth is watering already! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. It’s looks great, but I’m a spice wimp – how “hot” is it?

  3. I wanted to smash my face into this without even reading what it was. Now that I’ve read what it is and how to make it, I want it even MORE.

  4. Gosh do I love me a good cheeseball. And the flavors you’ve got packed in here? AHmazing. Cannot wait to try!

  5. This looks absolutely amazing and delicious!!! only 3 ingredients to heaven lol. I’m a cheese lover. Any who thanks for the recipe 🙂

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