Delicious Cheddar Chili Cheesecake Recipe: A Must-Try!

Are you ready for a cheesecake recipe that will surprise everybody? Look no further than this cheddar chili cheesecake recipe. I stumbled upon this recipe years ago at a watch party for a football game and I immediately fell in love with it. The combination of sharp cheddar cheese, chili powder, cumin, jalapeno peppers, and crushed tortilla chips make for the perfect balance of savory and spicy. And the best part? This recipe can be served as an appetizer or as a snack – it’s truly versatile.

If you’re hesitant on trying something different like a savory cheesecake, don’t tempt yourself with cravings by denying your taste buds. My friends and family were skeptical too, but once they tried a bite of this cheddar chili cheesecake, they couldn’t stop raving about how delicious it was. Trust me when I say that this recipe is not only unique, but also incredibly satisfying.

So let’s get ready to surprise everybody at your next gathering with the right chili recipe to excite everyone’s taste buds.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cheddar Chili Cheesecake
Cheddar Chili Cheesecake

Are you bored of making the same old appetizers for your game day snacks or watch parties? Look no further than cheddar chili cheesecake! This savory cheesecake is guaranteed to surprise everybody at your event and have them asking for the recipe.

But why will you love this recipe? Let me give you a few reasons. Firstly, it’s incredibly versatile. You can serve it as a dip with crushed tortilla chips or as a spread on crackers. Heck, you can even slice it up like a regular cheesecake if you’re feeling fancy.

Secondly, it’s absolutely delicious. The combination of sharp cheddar cheese, cooked ham, green onions, and of course, chili powder, makes for a flavor explosion in every bite. Plus, the creaminess of the sour cream and cream cheese gives it a luxurious texture that will keep you coming back for more.

Lastly, this recipe is surprisingly easy to make. It may sound intimidating at first – after all, it’s a cheesecake – but fear not! As long as you have the right chili powder and follow the recipe closely, you’ll end up with a show-stopping appetizer that will surprise and delight your guests.

So there you have it – three reasons why you’ll love this cheddar chili cheesecake recipe. Whether you’re looking for a party perfect snack or simply want to try something new in the kitchen, this recipe is sure to please.

Ingredient List

 Ooey, gooey, savory and spicy - say hello to Cheddar Chili Cheesecake!
Ooey, gooey, savory and spicy – say hello to Cheddar Chili Cheesecake!

Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients needed to make this unique Cheddar Chili Cheesecake! As with all cheesecake recipes, there are a few key ingredients that are essential, such as cream cheese and eggs. However, this recipe also calls for a few unexpected items, like garlic, green onions, and of course, chili powder. Don’t worry though, everything can be found at your local grocery store. Here’s what you’ll need:

Main Ingredients

  • 1 block of cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 green onions, white and green parts thinly sliced
  • 6 oz cooked ham, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup crushed tortilla chips

Chili Seasoning

  • 1 4 oz can of diced green chilis
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin

Crust Ingredients

  • 4 cups fine breadcrumbs, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature

Cheese Topping

  • 1 cup shredded cheese, for topping (a mix of cheddar and mild cheddar work best)

With these ingredients on hand, you’re ready to take on the challenge of this savory cheesecake recipe!

The Recipe How-To

 Who says cheesecake can't be a savory appetizer? This one will blow your mind.
Who says cheesecake can’t be a savory appetizer? This one will blow your mind.

Now that you’ve acquired all the necessary ingredients, let’s dive right into the recipe. Whether you’re preparing for a game day or hosting a casual get-together, this cheddar chili cheesecake recipe is sure to impress your guests.

Step One: Preheat & Prepare

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C), and lightly coat a 9-inch springform pan with butter to prevent sticking. In a large bowl, blend 16 ounces (455g) of cream cheese and three eggs together until smooth using an electric mixer.

Step Two: Add Spices & Mix

Add one tablespoon of chili powder and one teaspoon of cumin to the mixer, then beat on medium speed until well combined. Gradually add in one can of green chilis and one jalapeno pepper seeded and finely chopped, mixing well between each addition.

Step Three: Mix in Cheeses & Ham

Add 1 1/2 cups (150g) of shredded sharp cheddar cheese and half cup (60 ml) each of sour cream and milk to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Lastly, add six ounces (165g) of thinly sliced cooked ham.

Step Four: Add Breadcrumbs & Bake

Sprinkle a quarter cup (25g) of fine breadcrumbs over the bottom of the prepared pan before pouring your mixture on top. Smooth out the surface with a spatula, then bake for around 40-45 minutes or until light golden brown on top.

Step Five: Garnish & Enjoy!

Once cooked through, let it cool slightly before gently removing it from the pan by loosening it around the edges with a knife. Let it cool completely before garnishing with thinly sliced green onions, more shredded cheese or crushed tortilla chips if desired. Serve at room temperature with crackers or crusty bread as an appetizer or side dish.

Now that you’re well-equipped with these detailed instructions, go ahead and give this savory cheesecake recipe a try!

Substitutions and Variations

 Perfect for game day or any day, this Cheddar Chili Cheesecake is a real crowd-pleaser.
Perfect for game day or any day, this Cheddar Chili Cheesecake is a real crowd-pleaser.

This cheddar chili cheesecake recipe is a versatile one that can be adapted to suit your taste preferences. Here are some substitutions and variations that you can try:

– Cheese: You can use different types of cheese in this recipe, such as Monterey jack, pepper jack, or gouda. Experiment with flavors and textures to find the perfect combination.

– Meat: Instead of ham, you can use cooked bacon, ground beef, or shredded chicken. You can also omit the meat altogether for a vegetarian version.

– Spiciness: If you prefer a milder flavor, reduce the amount of chili powder and jalapeño peppers. For a spicier version, add more chili powder and fresh chili peppers.

– Toppings: Top this cheesecake with crushed tortilla chips, diced tomatoes, sliced avocado, or chopped cilantro for added crunch and flavor.

– Sweet and savory: For a sweet and savory twist, replace the jalapeño peppers with finely chopped apple or pear. You can also drizzle the cheesecake with sweet chili sauce for a burst of sweetness.

– Gluten-free: To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free breadcrumbs instead of regular ones.

With these substitutions and variations, you can create your own unique version of this cheddar chili cheesecake recipe that is tailored to your preferences. Don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with different flavors and ingredients. Who knows? You might just come up with a new favorite dish!

Serving and Pairing

 Can't decide between chili or cheesecake? No problem - this recipe gives you both!
Can’t decide between chili or cheesecake? No problem – this recipe gives you both!

Once you’ve made this spicy cheddar chili cheesecake, the fun of serving and pairing it begins. You’re in for a treat because this recipe is perfect for any occasion – whether it’s a watch party, game day or a family gathering.

To maintain the integrity of its taste, serve the cheddar chili cheesecake after it is allowed to cool down for at least 30 minutes. It’s also important to cut the cheesecake into bite-sized pieces before serving with your preferred topping, such as crushed tortilla chips or green onions.

The best way to pair this savory cheesecake is with something that has a little sweetness. A bowl of honey-roasted peanuts or even cocktails with a sugar rim will complement the spiciness of the cheddar and jalapenos in the cheesecake perfectly.

If you’re looking to host an event at home and add something extra special to your menu, this cheddar chili cheesecake surprise everybody among your guests. In fact, don’t be surprised if guests come up to you and ask for the recipe.

So get ready to enjoy your party and give a new twist to your snack recipes with this cheesy and spicy delight!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The combination of savory cheese, spicy chili and buttery crust is out of this world.
The combination of savory cheese, spicy chili and buttery crust is out of this world.

One of the things I love about this cheddar chili cheesecake recipe is that you can easily make it ahead of time and store it for later. In fact, it’s even better if you do! The flavors have a chance to meld together, making it all the more delicious.

To make this recipe ahead of time, simply follow the recipe instructions as usual and let it cool to room temperature. Once it has cooled down, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or foil and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to serve, all you have to do is reheat it.

To reheat the cheddar chili cheesecake, simply place it on a baking sheet and pop it in a preheated oven at 350°F for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat individual slices in the microwave for a quick snack.

If you happen to have any leftovers (which is doubtful), they can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. However, keep in mind that reheated leftovers may not be as creamy and fluffy as when fresh out of the oven.

Another great tip is to slice the cheddar chili cheesecake into individual portions before wrapping and storing them separately. This way, you can easily grab a slice whenever you crave something savory or need a quick snack on-the-go.

Overall, this cheddar chili cheesecake recipe is a great make-ahead and store option for busy weeknights or get-togethers. It’s easy, versatile and oh-so delicious!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Want to impress your guests with something different? This Cheddar Chili Cheesecake is the way to go.
Want to impress your guests with something different? This Cheddar Chili Cheesecake is the way to go.

Creating a cheddar chili cheesecake that is mouth-wateringly divine does require a few insiders’ tips, especially when it comes to the baking process. With my years of experience, I can offer you some guidance to ensure that every time you make this recipe, it comes out looking and tasting amazing.

First things first, where do you place your cheesecake in the oven? It’s important to put the cake in the center of the oven. Otherwise, you will run the risk of it getting overcooked on one side while being undercooked on the other.

To avoid cracks in your masterpiece, you need to make sure to set the temperature correctly. Preheat your oven according to the recipe specifications, but reduce the temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit if using a dark non-stick pan.

Another tip for ensuring a smooth topping is managing heat control. After coming straight out of the oven, place your cake on a wire rack and let it cool inside the pan for ten minutes before you remove it. If you don’t give it enough time to set up at its own pace before moving it around too much or too quickly, then it will crack or tear.

It’s ideal if you use room temperature ingredients because this will allow for a more uniform blend when mixing. Start by beating your cream cheese until soft; that way it’ll blend well with all other ingredients. Avoid overmixing or processing since this could cause your cheesecake to dry out in texture and taste.

Lastly, do not fear leftovers! The baked cheddar chili cheesecake can last three days refrigerated – which means loads of scrumptious meals ahead of you featuring leftovers that will be better than ever after just a quick reheat in the microwave!

Bottom Line

So there you have it, folks – the amazing Cheddar Chili Cheesecake Recipe that will absolutely blow your mind! This recipe is one-of-a-kind, with its perfect balance of spice and creaminess, it’s sure to surprise everybody with its unique twist on the classic cheesecake. Whether you’re looking for a game day snack recipe or a party perfect dish, this is the recipe for you.

Don’t just take my word for it though; try it out for yourself and watch how this savory cheesecake becomes an instant crowd favorite. With its delicious blend of cheeses and the right chili powder to give it that extra kick, this recipe is guaranteed to be a hit at any gathering.

And If you’re someone who’s concerned about nutrition, don’t worry – this recipe only contains around 390 calories per serving. You can even substitute some of the ingredients to make it healthier if you need to.

In conclusion, if you want to surprise your taste buds with something new and exciting, then give this Cheddar Chili Cheesecake Recipe a try. From its flavorful ingredients to its creamy texture, it’s sure to be a recipe that you’ll keep coming back to time and time again. So go ahead and treat yourself today – your taste buds will thank you!

Cheddar Chili Cheesecake

Cheddar Chili Cheesecake Recipe

Presented By: Debbie Pickett
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Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 4486.4 kcal


  • 1/4 cup fine dry breadcrumb
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 12 sliced cooked ham, diced and divided
  • 1 (10 ounce) package sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 small jalapeno peppers, minced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • Stir together breadcrumbs and 1/4 cup of shredded cheese, sprinkle on the bottom of a buttered 9" springform pan.
  • Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer about 4 minutes; add half of ham, the 10 oz.
  • of sharp cheddar cheese and next six ingredients.
  • Beat at low speed till well blended.
  • Pour half of the cream cheese mixture in pan and top with remaining ham.
  • Pour remaining cheese mixture over ham.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour or until center is set.
  • Let stand for 30 minutes.
  • Gently run a knife around the edge of the cheesecake and release sides of pan.
  • Serve at room temperature with crackers.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 1537gCalories: 4486.4kcalCarbohydrates: 64.1gProtein: 160.2gFat: 404.1gSaturated Fat: 249.3gCholesterol: 1804.2mgSodium: 4604.7mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8.8g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Cheese, Ham, Lunch, Meat, Onions, Oven, Pork, Savory, Vegetable, Winter
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