Spicy & Creamy: Green Chili Cheese Ball Recipe

This Green Chili Cheese Ball Recipe will surely be a hit and a must-try dish at your next gathering. Its savory and spicy flavors will make your taste buds come alive like a burst of fireworks on the Fourth of July. I guarantee that this recipe will blow your mind with its rich blend of ingredients that would satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

The Green Chili Cheese Ball Recipe is an irresistible appetizer that can easily steal the show at any party or gathering. With its creamy texture, cheesy goodness, and mouth-watering green chilies, it creates a unique flavor that everyone will love. This recipe is not only delicious, but it is also easy to make and requires only a few simple ingredients.

With this cheese ball recipe, you will definitely impress your family, friends, or guests with your culinary skills. So let’s get started! Gather all the necessary ingredients and let me guide you through the process of making this creamy and spicy appetizer that everyone will love.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Green Chili Cheese Ball
Green Chili Cheese Ball

Green Chili Cheese Ball Recipe is a cheesy, salty, and savory appetizer that will be a huge hit in your next party or gathering. You’ll love this recipe because of its delicious blend of flavors – the combination of cream cheese, Colby cheese, and pepper jack cheese provides an incredible depth of taste to the dish. Furthermore, green chilies add a zesty kick that takes this appetizer to the next level.

This recipe is incredibly versatile and can be prepared with a wide range of substitutions and variations. You can even try making it with vegan cheese for your plant-based friends! And if you love spicy food, you can add more chili peppers or use hatch green chiles instead.

The Green Chili Cheese Ball is not your typical boring appetizer. Instead, it’s packed with bold flavors that will keep guests coming back for more. It’s perfect for any type of gathering – from game nights to potlucks to holiday parties.

So what are you waiting for? Impress your guests with this mouth-watering Green Chili Cheese Ball at your next event and see how quickly it disappears!

Ingredient List

This is what you’ll need:
Main Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded colby cheese
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 4 oz can chopped green chilies, drained
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Optional Ingredients:

You can add these optional ingredients to the mixture:

  • Substitute vegan cheese for dairy-based cheese;
  • Add Southwest cheese blend;
  • Add 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped;
  • Add 1/2 cup crumbled bacon;
  • Use Hatch Green Chile Bacon for extra flavor.

Keep in mind that these options may alter the texture and taste of the final product, so experiment according to your personal preferences.

The Recipe How-To


Now that we have gathered all the necessary ingredients, it is time to start making our Green Chili Cheese Ball Recipe.


First things first, we need to prepare all the ingredients for the preparation of the recipe. Start by chopping and dicing the onion, green chilies, and garlic into fine pieces but not too much that it becomes mushy. After this, shred the Colby cheese, pepper jack cheese, and cheddar cheese.

Combine ingredients

In a mixing bowl, combine both the packages of softened cream cheese until you get a smooth mixture. Once you have the mixture ready, add in 1 cup of shredded colby cheese, 2 cups of shredded pepper jack cheese, 1/4 cup of chopped green chilies, finely chopped onions (about 1/4 cup), and mix well with a spatula.


Then add your desired amount of seasoning to the mixture. I would recommend adding about 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, a 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder or freshly chopped hot pepper (optional), and a dash or two of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon).

Add Green Chiles

Drain any excess liquid from 1 can (4-ounce) of diced green chiles very well so they don’t release water into the cheese ball while chilling it. Then stir them into the cheese mixture.

Shape and Chill

Afterwards, get a piece of cling wrap and place all the contents onto it. Wrap everything together tightly allowing you to shape it into a ball or log form. Divide it into two portions if you wish to make smaller size balls.

Then transfer this onto another piece of cling wrap and adjust its shape accordingly before wrapping tightly again like its former covering. Let it chill in the fridge for at least an hour.

Once firm, remove it from the cling wrap doing your best not to handle too much. You may now put on your selected toppings before serving on top or alongside crackers.

With those sets of detailed instructions, you should be able to make some delectable Green Chili Cheese Balls like a pro!

Substitutions and Variations

When it comes to this Green Chili Cheese Ball recipe, there are several swaps and additions that can be made to elevate the flavors to your liking. One substitution that can be made is using vegan cheese instead of regular cheese, for those who are trying to reduce their dairy intake or following a plant-based diet. Another option is swapping out the Colby cheese for cheddar, pepper jack, or even southwest-style cheese.

For those who prefer a little kick in their cheese ball, adding some chili powder or hot sauce can give it some extra heat, and using chopped Hatch green chili peppers instead of regular green chilies can add a smoky flavor. To make the recipe more savory, adding some diced sun-dried tomatoes or chopped bacon can lend an irresistible salty taste.

If you want to add some dimension to your platter and offer guests more variety than just one type of cheese ball, consider making additional balls with various cheeses such as Brie, blue or feta cheese. In addition, using different mix-ins like dried cranberries, nuts and herbs gives you the opportunity to experiment with different textures and flavors.

Ultimately, the substitutions and variations are endless when it comes to this recipe. Get creative and let your taste preferences guide you as you explore new ways of preparing your own unique version of this Green Chili Cheese Ball recipe.

Serving and Pairing

Once you have made your green chili cheese ball, it’s time to think about how to serve and pair it with other foods.

There are plenty of ways to serve a green chili cheese ball, and I like to keep it simple. I often pair it with some water crackers or toasted baguette slices that really bring out the flavor of the cheese ball. The salty crackers are the perfect complement to the creamy, spicy cheese, and they also add a nice crunch.

If you’re feeling fancy, you can also serve your green chili cheese ball on a platter with fresh veggies like sliced cucumbers, carrots, and bell peppers. This not only adds color to your dish but also balances the heat with some refreshing flavors. The coolness of the crunchy veggies contrasts nicely with the spiciness of the cheese.

If you want to take things up a notch, try serving your green chili cheese ball in a bread bowl. Cut off the top of a round loaf of bread and scoop out the center, leaving enough bread around the edges to create a sturdy bowl. Then add the cheese ball mixture to the bread bowl and surround it with cubed bread for dipping.

Another fun pairing is to serve your green chili cheese ball alongside some grilled meats like chicken or beef. The spicy kick from the cheese is perfect for cutting through rich cuts of meat.

No matter how you choose to serve your green chili cheese ball, one thing is for sure: it’s going to be a crowd-pleaser!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

The Green Chili Cheese Ball Recipe is an ideal appetizer to make ahead of time for any occasion. You can save your precious time by blending all ingredients together and rolling them into a ball shape, then refrigerate it until ready to serve. Once you have made the cheese ball, it can be stored in the fridge for up to 2-3 days among other favorite food items.

If you need more storage time, you can put the cheese ball into a freezer bag or sealed container, label and date the bag before freezing it for up to one month. This way, you’ll always have a go-to party snack on hand! When you are ready to serve again, follow a few easy steps to thawing and reheating your green chili cheese ball.

To reheat your cheese ball, remove it from the fridge or freezer and let it rest at room temperature for around 20 minutes to defrost while still covered. After this time, quickly run some cold water over the bag or container that holds the cheese ball. It’s important not to leave any water on there, dry thoroughly when taking cheese out pf packaging. Finally, preheat your oven to 350°F and bake for 5-7 minutes in a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or by placing it in an oven-friendly dish.

When the cheese ball is warm through take out of Oven safe dish and moisturize lightly by tapping top with olive or vegetable oil applied with a brush, then roll around in dried seasonings (like garlic, onion powder) or chopped nuts (such as pecans). You’re now set to enjoy your melted cheesy goodness once more without compromising flavour or texture.

These easy tips will ensure that whenever you make this green chili cheese ball recipe at home or your event planning essentials, it’s a crowd puller!

Tips for Perfect Results

To ensure your green chili cheese ball turns out perfectly, follow these helpful tips and tricks.

One essential tip is to make sure all your cheeses are softened before combining them together. Use room temperature cream cheese, shredded colby cheese, and shredded pepper jack cheese for smooth and easy mixing. It will be hard to get a smooth texture if the cheese is too cold.

Another tip is to finely chop the ingredients. Ensure the chopped onions, green chilies, and garlic are finely cut for a smoother and evenly textured cheese mixture.

It’s also important to taste the mixture as you go along. Check the spiciness level and adjust it with more or less hot pepper or chili powder according to your preference.

To step up the heat, you can add additional diced jalapenos or a dash of hot sauce if you want more bite. Just don’t overdo it! You don’t want to ruin the flavor.

When rolling your cheese ball, make sure it’s symmetrical so that it looks more appealing when served on a platter. This can easily be achieved by using a damp cloth to shape it while rolling.

Finally, after removing your cheese ball from the refrigerator before serving, let it sit at room temperature for 15 minutes to soften up slightly. The center of the cheese ball will be softer this way, making it easier to spread on crackers or bread.

Follow these tips to ensure that your green chili cheese ball is a success and enjoy sampling this savory appetizer with family and friends!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, with the Green Chili Cheese Ball Recipe, you will have an exquisitely delicious appetizer that you’ll be proud to share with your guests. It’s perfect for parties or gatherings and can be paired with an array of crackers, chips or vegetables. This recipe is effortless to prepare and is a perfect blend of flavors that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, this recipe is versatile enough to accommodate all dietary needs. With the availability of vegan cheese or substitutes that can be used in place of dairy-based cheeses, you can still indulge in this mouth-watering snack without compromising your health.

In addition to being delicious, this dish is quite easy to store and reheats perfectly. You can make it ahead of time and keep it refrigerated until serving time. This versatility makes it an ideal option for meal plans, quick pick-me-ups or snack time.

Overall, Green Chili Cheese Ball Recipe is sure to become your go-to appetizer for any occasion. Its unique spices, cheesy goodness, and crunchiness will have you hooked from the first bite. So why not give it a try and see how quickly it becomes a family favorite? I guarantee that this recipe will become a staple in your repertoire of cooking skills!

Green Chili Cheese Ball

Green Chili Cheese Ball Recipe

This needs to be refrigerated before serving but is a very quick appetizer to throw together.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 54.2 kcal


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded colby cheese
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • salt


  • In bowl, combine all ingredients.
  • Blend well.
  • Place mixture on wax paper or plastic wrap.
  • Wrap and form into ball.
  • Chill for several hours.
  • Serve spread with crackers.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 19gCalories: 54.2kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1.9gFat: 4.8gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14.9mgSodium: 62mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.4g
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