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Mexican Cheese Ball (with Spicy Tortilla Chips)

This Mexican Cheese Ball with Spicy Tortilla Chips is the perfect appetizer! The kick of hot and spicy taco seasoning and the crunch of cumin and chili powder-dusted tortilla chips makes this a tasty combination!

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Mexican Cheese Ball

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Everyone loves cheese, so a Mexican cheese ball is a perfect appetizer to serve! The bonus is that you can make it ahead of time and just unwrap and serve at the “Big Game!”

This easy cheese ball with taco spices is perfect for Taco Tuesday too!

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To get my recipe started, I grabbed some chopped green chilies, some taco seasoning – hot and spicy, of course!

I even added an avocado to add to the cheese ball which makes the texture even creamier!

Ingredients for Taco Cheese Ball

Cream Cheese – make sure the cream cheese is softened so it blends smoother.

Shredded Cheese – I like sharp cheddar but you can also use pepper jack, or a Mexican cheese blend.

Avocado – This adds to the creaminess of the cheese ball and also add some healthy fats to the recipe.

Taco Seasoning – Feel free to use the Old El Paso Taco Seasoning but you can also use homemade taco seasoning too!

Chopped Green Chilies – If you want to drain the green chilies before you add to the cheese ball, it will make it thicker. If you drain the the chilies, I like to reserve the juice in case you need to add it in later.

Shredded Cheese – I like cheddar the best but pepper jack is nice too!

Tortillas – Use your fave!

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How to make a Mexican Cheese Ball

  1. In a medium bowl, add the cream cheese, avocado, chopped green chilies, taco seasoning, and shredded cheese. Mix to combine evenly.
  2. Either scoop out and form the mixture into a ball or leave in a bowl. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes or until ready to serve.
  3. Make the spicy tortilla chips by cutting into wedges. Brush with olive oil and dust with cumin and chili powder. Bake at 350F for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and serve with cheese ball.

For full recipe and detailed directions please scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

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Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • be sure the cream cheese is softened but not quite room temperature. it will help the cream cheese blend more completely.
  • drain the chopped green chilies if you want the cheese ball to be thicker.
  • if you prefer to serve it as a dip, don’t drain the green chilies.
  • preheat the oven so it’s ready when you want to make the chips.
  • you can use taco seasoning to spice up the tortilla chips if you don’t want to use just the cumin and chili powder.
  • the cheese ball flavor is stronger the longer it sits.

Can I make it ahead of time?

This cheese ball can be made up to 3 days in advance. Just keep tightly wrapped in the fridge until ready to serve.

Can I freeze it?

You can freeze the cheese ball for up to 3 months. Just wrap tightly in plastic wrap (2 layers) and freeze. Thaw in the refrigerator before ready to serve. Serve with tortilla chips or these homemade chips!

How long does it last?

Once the cheese ball is made, it will last for 3 days in the refrigerator. After that it will start to get loose and won’t hold together as well.

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More Easy Appetizers

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Mexican Cheese Ball with Spicy Tortilla Chips

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Looking for a spicy twist on a classic cheese ball? Try this Mexican cheese ball with taco seasoning, green chilies and cumin dusted tortilla chips.


Mexican Cheese Ball

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese (softened)
  • 4 ounces of jalapeno cheese
  • 4 ounces of Mexican style cheese
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 small can of chopped green chilies (drained)
  • 2 teaspoons hot and spicy taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 squeeze of lime


  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


Make the Mexican Cheese Ball

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the cheese ball in a stand mixer, or if you are strong, by hand.
  2. Wrap in plastic until ready to serve.
  3. When ready to serve, dust with taco seasoning and chili powder.

Make the Tortilla Chips

  1. Cut the tortillas into wedges.
  2. Brush or toss with olive oil.
  3. Dust with cumin and chili powder.
  4. Bake at 350 for 5 minutes or until toasty brown and fragrant.
  5. Serve with the cheese ball!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 331Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 650mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 11g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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{Originally published 1/21/16 – note and photos updated 03/03/21}

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Saturday 30th of January 2016

That's one spicy treat! Your pics look so nice. :)

Monday 1st of February 2016

Thank you Barbara! It will be great with some gluten-free chips!

Susan | LunaCafe

Friday 29th of January 2016

Looks so tasty! Great for easy entertaining too.

Monday 1st of February 2016

Thank you Susan!

Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

Friday 29th of January 2016

I'm only into the game for the FOOD! :) I'm making a bunch of desserts, wings, maybe some tatchos... :) This recipe looks great!

Monday 1st of February 2016

I want to try my hand at making tachos too! They are so fun!


Thursday 28th of January 2016

I can never leave cheese balls alone if they are on the table. It doesn't matter what flavor combination they contain. I think your Mexican variety sounds perfect.

Amy @ Accidental Happy Baker

Thursday 28th of January 2016

Cheese ball is the one thing that I've never had a Mexican version of. I don't know why not though, because this looks wonderful. I love how easy cheese balls are to make ahead of time when you are having friends over. Such a time saver.

Monday 1st of February 2016

I love having them in my fridge because my kids eat them for after school snack and they hold up for a few days so you can always have on on hand!

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