Recipe By NicoleMcmom
Published Dec 7th
Prep 15m Cook - Additional 4h Ready In 4h 15m
Servings 12 servings Calories 146.2

With a surprising taco-flavor, this rich and creamy cheese ball is shaped and decorated like a wreath so it’s perfect for your holiday table. Serve with crackers, corn chips, or Fritos® Scoops®.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • ½ (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, stems removed
  • 4 stalks green onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chile peppers
  • 1 medium Roma tomato, cored and diced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped white onion
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Line a 16-ounce bowl with plastic wrap, allowing excess to hang over the sides.
  2. 2 Combine cream cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and taco seasoning in a food processor; process until well combined. Add green onions, ½ of the cilantro leaves, and green chiles and pulse until well combined with flecks of green; do not fully process.
  3. 3 Transfer cheese mixture to the lined bowl and press to smooth. Cover and refrigerator for at least 4 hours or up to 8 hours or overnight.
  4. 4 Invert cheese onto a serving platter and remove plastic. Use a small shot glass or spoon to create a hole in the center of the cheese to form a wreath shape.
  5. 5 Finely chop remaining cilantro leaves and lightly cover the top of the cheese. Combine tomato, onion, and jalapeno in a small bowl and place over the cilantro in a 1-inch ring around the wreath.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 146.2
  • Carbohydrate 2.9 g
  • Cholesterol 37.4 mg
  • Fat 12.3 g
  • Fiber 0.5 g
  • Protein 6.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 7.7 g
  • Sodium 355.4 mg

Chef's Notes

White Cheddar works great in place of Monterey Jack. I like using block cheese instead of pre-shredded, as it holds together well and is less expensive.
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