Taco Cheese Ball

Looking for an easy appetizer idea? This Taco Cheese Ball is packed with flavor, and easy to make too!

Easy Taco Cheese ball recipe is perfect for game day or potlucks!

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I have a serious snacking problem. I can turn my head to the sweets…but if there is a bowl of Doritos on the table, game over.

I look forward to potlucks and family gatherings because I know there will be an assortment of SNACKS.

I wander the snack aisle in the grocery store for longer than I should, waiting to see WHICH bag of salty goodness is calling my name this week.

And then there is dip. Holy cow do I love to swipe a cracker or chip into a creamy, zesty dip. Today’s taco dip recipe fits that description. Creamy. Zesty. Swipable (is that a description??).

How to make Taco Cheese Ball

Easy Taco Cheese ball recipe is perfect for game day or potlucks! Roll the zesty cheese ball in crushed tortilla chips for an extra crunch!

I whipped up this dip awhile back, and am planning on making it again this weekend, it’s so good!

First you need to create your cheese ball. I combined all my ingredients in a mixing bowl. I then line a 4 cup bowl with plastic wrap. Drop all the dip into the lined bowl and wrap the plastic wrap over the top.

Refrigerate this mixture for at least an hour (more is even better, allowing the flavors to mingle).

Right before serving, unwrap the plastic wrap and fill a bowl with crushed tortilla chips (or Doritos!).

Drop the cheese ball into the crushed chips and press them gently onto the ball. Place the cheese ball on a bed of chopped lettuce. Add tomatoes to the platter and serve with crackers or chips!

This is a great recipe for your next summer bbq or potluck.

You can keep it cool in your cooler and then serve it when needed.

You can skip the crushed chips too, and just serve it with chips instead. You can also just serve it out of a bowl and skip making it into a ball shape! Options people. That’s what I’m here for.

Now excuse me while I go whip one of these up for my lunch. #sorry #notsorry #notkidding

Easy Taco Cheese ball recipe is perfect for game day or potlucks! Roll the zesty cheese ball in crushed tortilla chips for an extra crunch!

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Yield: serves 8-10

Taco Cheese Ball

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Taco cheese ball rolled in tortilla chips!


  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup taco seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp diced jalapenos (seeded)
  • 1 can (4 oz) diced black olives, drained
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips (or Doritos)
  • 2 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup cherry tomato halves
  • chips and crackers, for serving


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with taco seasoning until well blended. Add in jalapenos and black olives.
  2. Line a 4 cup bowl with plastic wrap. Drop cheese ball into bowl and wrap the plastic around the cheese ball. Refrigerate for at least one hour (more is even better to allow the flavors to mingle).
  3. When ready to serve, place shredded lettuce and tomatoes on a serving platter. Fill a bowl with the crushed chips. Unwrap cheese ball and drop into bowl, pressing the chips gently onto the ball. Place cheese ball on platter and serve with extra chips and crackers ENJOY.


**Optional: serve cheese ball in a bowl, omitting the crushed chips.**

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 288mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Easy Taco Cheese ball recipe is perfect for game day or potlucks! Roll the zesty cheese ball in crushed tortilla chips for an extra crunch!

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Posted on April 15, 2015

Comments & Reviews

  1. Cheese balls are my go to recipe for parties and this is no exception! Looking forward to serving this on New Year’s Eve!

  2. Cheese is my JAM. And this taco take on the classic cheese ball will definitely disappear at my house! 

  3. I couldn’t help myself from snacking if I had such a yummy cheese ball hanging around 🙂 What a great thing to bring to a summer BBQ!

  4. This sounds great!! I am a huge snacker! I could snack all day and be happy with that. This cheese ball is calling my name. Pinned! 😉 

  5. I am so suprised you are a snack girl, considering your blog is called shugary sweets and has a cupcake as the logo! This cheese ball looks so good! Cheese balls are the best because they look amazing but aren’t that hard to make 🙂

  6. Swipeable is most definitely a description!  This looks like a great snack to bring to friends house for the evening!

  7. I love Cinco de Mayo since I love Mexican Food. This cheeseball would disappear in no time flat at our house. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I have a total love for cheeseballs. They are always so delicious and always a big hit at parties. Love this taco version….so good!

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