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This creamy, cheesy, and spicy taco cheese ball is perfect for your next sports party!

This creamy, cheesy, and spicy taco cheese ball is perfect for your next sports party!

I have been on a terrible taco kick lately. The worst part? I have yet to actually make myself some tacos. Which isn’t really helping those pesky taco cravings. Luckily we did our own thing for friend Christmas and laid out a taco bar. So many tacos. Seriously. And was I upset about it? Absolutely not. I mean how could I be when I’ve made this taco cheese ball twice in the last week. No shame.

Initially I threw this together because we had some friends coming over for a Pure Romance party and when people come over to our house I like to feed them. Usually they get what I’m craving so taco something and cheese it is. They’re just lucky it lasted until the party because I honestly could have eaten this entire thing by myself. Easy. 

This creamy, cheesy, and spicy taco cheese ball is perfect for your next sports party!

I adored it with the shredded chicken but I’m considering trying ground beef the next time I make it. I’m not sure if it’s an experiment that will go well since chicken generally tastes much better cold than beef. But I’m a brave taco lover and I’ll try almost anything once. Besides, what’s the worst that could happen? I pop it into the oven to make it nice and bubbly and have a hot dip instead? Sounds like a win win situation to me!

As I gear up for my 2nd favorite season: all the sporting events {fall and football will always be my first love} I’m arming myself with an arsenal of delicious appetizer recipes and this one fits the bill! If you’re feeling fancy shape it like a football for your Super Bowl party or make it easy on yourself and leave it round. Whatever you decide you’ll need to make two. One for everyone else and one for yourself 😉

This creamy, cheesy, and spicy taco cheese ball is perfect for your next sports party!

Had any persistent food cravings lately? Tell me about ’em!

Meaghan

This creamy, cheesy, and spicy taco cheese ball is perfect for your next sports party!

Spicy Taco Cheese Ball

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Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This creamy, cheesy, and spicy taco cheese ball is perfect for your next sports party!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 6 oz shredded chicken
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, divided
  • 1 Tbs taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup taco sauce

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment blend together cream cheese and sour cream until smooth.
  2. Add taco seasoning and taco sauce and blend until combined then add shredded chicken and half the cheese and mix until completely incorporated.
  3. Line a small glass bowl with plastic wrap and spoon mixture into it, pressing it down with a spatula or spoon to remove any air bubbles or gaps.
  4. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
  5. Once chilled, turn cheese ball out of bowl and unwrap, placing on a plate or serving board. Top with remaining cheese, pressing gently to make it stick.
  6. Serve with butter crackers or tortilla chips.

 

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Scott

Thursday 9th of February 2017

I make the same thing, but have never coated it in cheese. What a brilliant idea and it makes it look so much more appetzing. Huge crowd pleaser!!

Meaghan

Monday 13th of February 2017

I coat almost everything in cheese lol. Cheese makes everything better!

~Meaghan

Dan from Platter Talk

Saturday 4th of February 2017

I'm in love with this concept! Tacos and cheese balls are two timeless classics but never before have I seen the two combined. Truly, genius! Thanks for this great idea.

Meaghan

Sunday 5th of February 2017

Thank you! This one is one of my absolute favorites! I especially love it on game day with a big bowl of tortilla chips!

~Meaghan

April @ Girl Gone Gourmet

Tuesday 31st of January 2017

I've been known to commandeer a cheese ball at get-togethers and I have a particular soft spot for the ones coated in nuts, circa 1980 :) Reading your post I realized I've never made my own, so now I have another item on my must make list. Love your taco twist and I agree, if you try one with beef a hot, bubbly dip from the oven might work great :)

Meaghan

Tuesday 31st of January 2017

I only discovered my love for cheese balls last year which is crazy because I LOVE cheese! So naturally a taco and cheese ball twist was necessary :)

~Meaghan

Mary

Saturday 28th of January 2017

Haha, I've totally done that where I'm craving something and make everything related but that thing. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. But I love this simple idea for when you want taco "something" without necessarily having tacos.

Meaghan

Tuesday 31st of January 2017

This happens to me all the time! I'm so glad to know I'm not alone

~Meaghan

Nicole @Little Blog on the Homestead

Monday 4th of January 2016

It helps that we also have shredded chicken on hand pretty regularly vs beef that is a lot less common in our house :-P

Meaghan

Monday 4th of January 2016

That's true! Although I wouldn't mind making this with beef just to see what it might taste like.

~Meaghan