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Crackers in a circle around a chili cheese ball

Chili Cheese Ball

Are you looking for an easy make ahead appetizer or snack? This Chili Cheese Ball is so easy and delicious! This has been a family favorite recipe for decades!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Chili Cheese Ball
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 15 people
Calories 126kcal
Author Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika


  • Combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, lemon juice, chili powder and garlic powder with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Stir in nuts.
  • Use plastic wrap to shape into a ball or a log.  Place on a serving dish and remove plastic wrap.   Sprinkle paprika on top.  Serve with crackers.


Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 1mg