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Southwest Cheese Ball covered in cilantro and covered by crackers.

Southwest Cheese Ball

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Refrigeration Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex


This Southwest Cheese Ball is filled with all of your favorite Tex-Mex flavors – green chiles, cheese, and cilantro. Great for parties or game nights.



  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Assorted crackers, for serving


  1. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Stir in the cheese, butter, onion, garlic powder, and green chiles.
  2. Place two pieces of plastic wrap perpendicular to each other. Place the cheese ball mixture in the middle, then wrap tightly into a ball. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight.
  3. Place the chopped cilantro on a plate. Turn the chilled cheese ball out onto the cilantro, then carefully roll the ball to coat in the cilantro. Transfer to a serving plate with crackers to serve.

Recipe Notes:

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should be used as a general guide. Nutrition information does not include crackers for serving.


  • Serving Size: 1/16 of recipe
  • Calories: 121
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 146 mg
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 33 mg

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