Pepper Jack Cheese Ball

Spice up the appetizer table with this south-of-the-border take on a cheese ball. Pepper Jack cheese turns up the heat, cilantro and lime add fresh zest and a crushed tortilla-chip coating adds crunch.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 15 min
  • Servings 18

Ingredients

1 1/2
cups shredded pepper Jack cheese (6 oz)
1
cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
2
packages (3 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1
tablespoon lime juice
1/2
teaspoon onion powder
1/4
cup sliced ripe olives
1/4
cup chopped fresh cilantro
3/4
cup nacho-flavored tortilla chips, crushed
Assorted crackers or tortilla chips
  • 1 In food processor, place cheeses, lime juice and onion powder. Cover; process until well mixed. Spoon into medium bowl. Stir in olives and cilantro.
  • 2 Place crushed tortilla chips on waxed paper. Spoon cheese mixture onto chips. Roll to coat cheese ball with chips. Serve with crackers.

Expert Tips

Make the cheese ball ahead of time and refrigerate. For easy spreading, let it stand at room temperature about 15 minutes before serving.

Use chopped olives instead of sliced if you prefer.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
190
(
Calories from Fat
120),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
13%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
1 1/2%
),
Cholesterol
25mg
25%;
Sodium
310mg
310%;
Total Carbohydrate
12g
12%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
6g
6%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.