Taco Cheese Ball is a fun Mexican inspired twist on a traditional hors d’oeuvre. It’s the perfect appetizer for your next gathering!
Taco Cheese Ball is one of my favorite appetizer recipes! I am a grazer and trust me, it’s perfect for grazing! Aside from Party Style Bean Dip, it’s one of my favorite Mexican style appetizers ever! This easy cheese ball is a very simple recipe that can be adapted to your dietary needs.
The ingredients are simple and easy to find at your local grocery store. The star of this recipe is Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese. After all, it is a cheese ball right? It only makes sense that cheese would be the star!
What is a cheese ball made of?
Only six ingredients are needed to make this cream cheese snack:
- Cream cheese
- Green onions
- Shredded cheese
- Taco seasoning
- Black olives
I chose Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese Mexican Blend. I love that it’s a combination of four different cheeses, which gives this flavorful cheese ball lots of dimension.
You could also use shredded sharp cheddar, colby jack, or pepper jack cheeses.
Nut Free Cheese Ball Recipe
Are you looking for a nut-free cheese ball recipe? Almost every single recipe for a cheese ball appetizer on the web includes chopped nuts on the outside. Not this one! We don’t eat nuts in our home, so I don’t create recipes with them.
This nut free cheese ball is a great option if you or your guests are nut-free. Nut allergies are very common these days and you never know when you’ll be going to an event where another guest is nut-free.
This Taco Cheese Ball recipe is a great option for a situation like that!
Is Taco Seasoning Gluten Free?
The short answer is: sometimes.
Often times gluten is hidden in spice mixes. As always, make sure that you read the label.
Avoid taco seasoning blends that have wheat, barley, rye, or oats listed, and feel free to contact the manufacturer if you’re unsure. There are also some seasoning mixes specifically labeled as gluten free.
Many people also choose to make their own taco seasoning. This is a great, cost effective idea. You can control the ingredients and the spice level, and you can make a big batch and always have it on hand!
How to Make a Cheese Ball
This recipe is super easy!
- When it is time to make your Taco Cheese Ball simply place all your ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer.
- Then turn the mixer on a low speed. Let the mixer do all the work. I love recipes that let me just dump everything in one bowl. This is barely cooking!
- Once blended together, use your hands to form the cheese mixture into a ball shape. Put the Taco Cheese Ball into the fridge for at least an hour. This allows it to set up, and allows the flavors to meld together.
- Top with some fresh herbs or more of the chopped green onion, and serve with your favorite chips or crackers. I always have gluten free tortilla chips on hand for just such an occasion.
No stand mixer? You can definitely make this with a hand mixer, or try using a food processor.
This taco cheese ball will be the star among the finger foods and dips at your next party.
How many days in advance can you make a cheese ball?
One thing I really like about this appetizer is that it can be made ahead of time. The cheese ball will stay fresh in the fridge for 2-3 days after you make it.
Throw this together on the weekend to take to a weeknight get together, or just keep one in the fridge for unexpected guests. They will be so impressed with you!
If you do plan on making it ahead, I’d suggest wrapping the ball with plastic wrap to keep any fridge odors out of your cheese ball. This will also keep it fresh longer.
What is a vegan substitute for cream cheese?
Kite Hill and Daiya brands both have vegan cream cheese products that you can find at your local grocery store.
I have a vegan cheese ball recipe with olives that is super delicious, but you can easily turn this Taco Cheese Ball into a vegan appetizer using any vegan cream cheese that you can find!
Let’s talk! Leave me a comment below telling me your favorite cheese ball recipe! What do you like to add into your cheese balls?
Taco Cheese Ball - the perfect appetizer for your next gathering
- Place all ingredients into a mixer, blend until combined.
- Form cheese mixture into a ball, place in fridge for 1 hour.
- Serve with chips. ENJOY!
All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.
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