Spicy Jack-O Cheese Ball



This recipe is so versatile I use a lot for a football party shaped into a football, so naturally, A jack-o-lantern Men are a fan of this recipe, you can make it your own HOT MEDIUM or MILED it’s up to you

  • Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar

  • 3 tablespoons minced onions

  • 2 tablespoons prepared salsa (your favorite kind will do)

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno (without seeds, unless you want it spicy, then include the seeds)

  • 12 Doritos, original flavor, crushed

  • 1 nice-looking stem of a bell pepper (reserve the pepper for another use)

  • Black bean chips, crackers or crudites, for serving


Put the cream cheese, Cheddar, onions, salsa, cumin, and jalapeno into the bowl of a mixer, and blend thoroughly. Form into a pumpkin-like shape, and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

Before serving, roll the cheese ball in the crushed Doritos. Arrange the cheese ball on a plate, and press the bell pepper stem into the top – it should like a mini pumpkin stem.

You can serve the pumpkin as-is, or break off pieces of black bean chips to form a Jack-o’-lantern face. The chip pieces should adhere to the pumpkin cheese ball if you gently press them onto it, but you can also stick them on using a very small dab of the cheese ball mixture on the back of the black bean chip features; this will act like glue. Serve the cheese ball with black bean chips, crackers or crudites.