3 Ingredient Santa Fe Cheese Ball Recipe

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  • 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

    An Easy Cheese Ball Recipe!

    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!

    easy 3 ingredient cheese ball recipe, great for last minute get togethers
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    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.
    Course Appetizer
    Cuisine American
    Keyword appetizer, cheese, easy appetizer
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 5 minutes
    Servings 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

    1. Mix room-temperature cream cheese in a food processor until smooth. 
    2. Add in butter and continue to process until combined
    3. Mix in seasoning until desired texture is reached 
    4. 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. 
    5. Wrap the plastic wrapped ball in foil and chill for at least 8 hours. 
    6. Roll in crunchy stuff and serve
    7. 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. 
    8. Serve and Enjoy!

    Recipe Notes

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


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