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Hot Pepper Cheese Ball Recipe

Hot Pepper Cheese Ball

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"This recipe became a favorite of mine about 2 years ago. I make it for every party I have and every party I go to. Serve with your favorite crackers."

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Original recipe makes 8 to 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    1 hr 5 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, Cheddar, sharp Cheddar and Pepper Jack cheeses, onion powder, garlic powder, mayonnaise, and Worcestershire sauce. Cover and refrigerate mixture 1 hour.
  2. Shape mixture into a ball. Roll ball in chopped pecans.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 12, 2003

I've made this recipe quite a few times, and I've started adding about 3/4 of a can of chopped green chilis to the recipe. It adds a little bit of color and texture, and a little more 'kick' to the cheeseball!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 13, 2005

I, as did several other "taste testers" did not think this was hot at all. I even used a cheese called Fiery Fiesta (has habenero peppers in it!) and all we could taste was worcestershire sauce and I even backed off on it! I only used 1/2 t. of the worcestershire sauce. If I tried it again I think I'd eliminate the worcestershire sauce, use hot sauce instead and use 3c pepper jack cheese instead of cheddar and ex-sharp cheddar.

Jun 21, 2003

An excellent cheese ball. And I don't normally get excited over cheese balls. Don't let the name scare you. It won't set you on fire. Just great flavor. I always get requests for the recipe. I toast almonds, and chop them fine for the outer layer. Another alternative is toasted sesame seeds on the outside. I always do for a Thanksgiving app. Travels well and can do the day b4.

Nov 02, 2008

The best cheese ball ever! We love spicy so I add chopped jalepenos! Thanks so much for this recipe!!!

Dec 17, 2003

This cheese ball rocks! I made it for my husband's Christmas party and it was the first thing to go. I cut the Worchestshire sauce in half and added 1 tsp. horseradish. Excellent!

Jan 05, 2004

Made this for my parents Christmas party and it was the first thing gone!! I used a pepper jack that used habanero pepper so after sitting the cheeseball does have a little more kick. It was great.

Feb 02, 2009

The title is very misleading, as this is not a "Hot" cheese ball. I highly recommend using a mixer to mix everything and then add items to your taste. Per the other reviews, I reduced the Worcestershire to 1/2 Tbsp. I was out of garlic powder, so I added 1 tsp minced garlic. After many testings I ended up adding 1 tsp horseradish, 1/2 tsp Gator Hammock hot sauce, and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper. For easier shaping, I shaped the cheese ball in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge so when it came out it was ready to go. It turned out great!

Apr 22, 2008

Very fast and easy to put together. Has a nice flavor but I wouldn't call it a hot pepper cheese ball as it has a very mellow flavor and I followed the recipe exactly. That being said I would make it again. Also be sure you take it out of the fridge about an hour before serving so it spreads easily and for better flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 351 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 71 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 32.7 g
  • 50%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 12.4 g
  • 25%
  • Sodium
  • 356 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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