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 126 kcal
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


  1. Combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, lemon juice, chili powder and garlic powder with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Stir in nuts.

  2. 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.