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Spicy Velveeta And Cream Cheese Ball For The Holidays

This cheese ball made with cream cheese, Velveeta, and chili powder is a family favorite. I make it every year for the Christmas holidays and sometimes again for New Year’s Eve. 


cheese ball ingredients

Velveeta Cream Cheese Ball Recipe

1 lb. Velveeta Cheese
8 ounces Cream Cheese
1 cup chopped Pecans
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
dash of Worcestershire Sauce (if desired)
Chili Powder

Soften Velveeta and cream cheese in the microwave and stir together. Add chopped pecans, garlic powder, and Worcestershire Sauce (if desired)  to the cheese mixture and mix well. Place the mixture in the refrigerator or freezer until firm. Shape into two balls or logs and roll in chili powder. Place on cheese plate or small dessert plates. Refrigerate. Serve on your favorite crackers. I prefer Sociables or Wheat Thins. The chili powder pecan cheese ball is better after it sits for a few hours and the flavors blend!

Print here….Chili Powder Pecan Cheese Ball Recipe


Prepare the Cheese Ball

1. Soften the Velveeta and the cream cheese in the microwave using the low power or soften setting. My microwave doesn’t have a soften setting. Mix the cheeses using a spoon until they are well blended. The original recipe says to soften and mix with your hands but I don’t like to do that.

electric chopper for chopping pecans

2. Chop the pecans. I use a small electric chopper I’ve had for years. It’s handy for small jobs.

mixing up a pecan chili powder cheese ball

3. Mix the chopped pecans and remaining ingredients into the cheese mixture. Cover the bowl with aluminum foil and place it in the freezer or refrigerator until the mixture firms up enough to make into balls or logs.

rolling the cheese ball in chili powder

4. Pour the chili powder on aluminum foil or parchment paper, creating a thin layer large enough in size to roll a cheese ball. Form the cheese mixture into balls or logs and roll in the chili powder until completely coated.


cheese ball covered in chili powder 2

I make two cheese balls ( or fat patties) and place them on small dessert plates. You can also make one large cheese ball and place it in a covered cheese dish. I don’t have a special cheese tray.


cream cheese and Vevetta Cheese Ball

Making smaller logs or balls works better because when sliced to serve on crackers, you get the chili powder in every slice!

chili powder cream cheese and velveeta cheese ball

5. Serve on your favorite crackers. I like Sociables and also Wheat Thins. Keep refrigerated.

Spicy Cheese Ball


You guys might want to make the cheese ball for the upcoming holiday weekend. It’s yummy! I shared my wonton appetizers a couple of years ago and they are still a favorite.

Sausage Wontons Appetizers with Ranch Dressing and Black Olives
Sausage Wontons Appetizers with Ranch Dressing and Black Olives

I made this recipe last week too. You can find that recipe here….Wonton Appetizers.

The JTS and I put together a cool crate bench today. It turned out much better than either of us expected. Wait until you see it. Sharing next week. Have a Happy New Year,  Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. I remember loving this as a child! Curious, if you split into two balls, could you freeze one to use at a later date!?