Jalapeño Cheese Ball

Serve this spiced jalapeño cheese ball with tortilla chips or use it as a spread for your next burrito.

Jalapeño Cheese Ball
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins


  • 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

  • 1 ¼ cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

  • ¼ cup chopped pickled jalapeños, patted dry

  • 1 clove garlic, grated

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

  • 2 teaspoons lime juice

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Mix cream cheese, Cheddar, jalapeños, garlic, chili powder, lime zest, lime juice and salt in a medium bowl.

  2. Coat a large piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray. Scoop the cheese mixture onto it. Use the plastic wrap to help you form the mixture into a ball, then completely wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.

  3. Just before serving, place cilantro in a shallow dish. Roll the cheese ball in the cilantro, pressing to adhere.


To make ahead: Prepare through Step 2 and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

48 Calories
4g Fat
1g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 48
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Vitamin A 188IU 4%
Sodium 121mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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