Halloween Pumpkin Cheese Ball

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This Halloween Pumpkin Cheese Ball is the perfect appetizer for your Halloween party or any fall party. It’s creamy and delicious with tons of great flavor, easy to make, and with it’s pretty orange color, looks just like an actual pumpkin! Grab some crackers and dig into this delicious and savory cheesy treat.

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Halloween cheese ball with red and white napkin

Is there a more perfect appetizer than a cheese ball? Everyone loves cheese, so it’s practically guaranteed to be a big hit.

The bright and vibrant orange color of this Halloween pumpkin cheese ball recipe comes from a crispy outer coating made of crushed Nacho Cheese Doritos. Inside is a rich and creamy blend of cream cheese, sour cream, taco blend cheese, and spices for a zesty and flavorful combination that everyone will love. Toss in some green onion for color and you have the perfect easy party appetizer.

Add this pretty cheese ball to your list of Halloween recipes this year – it’ll taste great and look so festive on your Halloween party table!

Pumpkin cheeseball with fritos on the side

Why We Love This Recipe

It’s a Party Favorite – Everyone loves a homemade cheese ball, and this is our favorite cheese ball recipe for Halloween parties. It’s a simple appetizer that you can serve with crackers, pita chips, pretzels, veggies and more. sticks, and veggies.

Make Ahead – You can make this recipe a day ahead so it’s ready to go whenever your party starts!

It’s Easy – Next time you need a quick and delicious party treat, just mix everything together, roll it into a ball and put it in the fridge. The hardest part is waiting for it to chill!

Ingredients

Ingredients for Halloween cheeseball
  • Cream cheese, softened – the base ingredient for your cheese ball
  • Sour cream – adds tangy flavor and makes the cheese ball extra creamy
  • Shredded taco blend cheese – adds extra cheesy flavor and texture to the cheese ball
  • Taco seasoning – adds some zesty spice flavor to the cheese
  • Green onion, finely chopped – adds color and texture
  • Nacho cheese Doritos, crushed – adds a crunchy coating and bright orange color
  • Additional green onion (optional) – a garnish for your cheese ball

How to Make a Halloween Cheeseball

Step 1: In a large bowl, Stir together the cream cheese and sour cream until well combined.

Cream cheese and sour cream in bowl

Step 2: Add the shredded cheese mixture, green onion, and taco seasoning to the cream cheese mixture. Mix well.

Tip: If you can’t find taco blend cheese, you can substitute sharp cheddar cheese instead.

Cheese, taco seasoning, and green onion added to cream cheese mixture

Step 3: Form the cheese mixture into a ball. Wrap the cheese ball tightly in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour.

Cheese ball wrapped in plastic wrap

Step 4: Just before serving, place the Doritos in a large bag and use a rolling pin to crush the chips.

Crushed Doritos in plastic bag

Step 5: Place the cheese ball in the bag. Roll it around until the entire ball is covered in crushed Doritos.

Dipping cheese ball into bag of crushed Doritos

Step 6: Transfer the ball to a serving platter. Garnish with green onion and serve.

Cheese ball topped with green onions

Tips & Tricks

  • You can substitute other flavors of Doritos or just about any kind of any kind of tortilla chips to make the crunchy coating for the cheese ball. Chopped nuts work well too.
  • If you can’t find taco blend cheese, regular shredded cheddar cheese works too.
  • When forming the cheese mixture into a pumpkin-shaped ball, spray your hands with a little bit of non-stick cooking spray to ensure that the mixture shapes easily and doesn’t stick.
  • Be sure to start with room temperature ingredients. Cold ingredients won’t blend as well and are more likely to result in a lumpy cheese ball.
  • Give your cheese ball even more of an adorable pumpkin look! Press a bell pepper stem into the top of the cheese ball to form your pumpkin stem. You can also place some kitchen twine or a few rubber bands around the cheese ball to shape it as it chills (be sure it’s tightly wrapped in plastic wrap first). This will create indentations in the ball to create the perfect pumpkin shaped cheese ball.
Halloween cheese ball shaped like pumpkin

How Do I Store This?

You can refrigerate your leftovers for 2-3 days. For best results, wrap the cheese ball in plastic wrap, then place it in a Ziplock bag or airtight container.

How Long Can My Pumpkin Cheese Ball Sit Out?

For best results, you’ll want to keep the cheese ball out no more than about two hours. Since most parties will be longer than that, you may want to make a couple of smaller mini pumpkins and keep the second one in the fridge until it’s needed.

Inside of Halloween cheese ball

More Fun Fall Appetizer Ideas

Halloween Cheeseball recipe card
4.34 from 6 votes

Pumpkin Cheese Ball


Course Appetizer, Appetizer / Party Recipe, Appetizers/Party Foods
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chilling time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
This delicious Pumpkin Cheese Ball is the perfect easy appetizer for all your fall festivities and is always a huge hit!

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup taco blend cheese shredded
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup green onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup crushed Nacho Cheese Doritos
  • additional green onion for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, Stir together the cream cheese and sour cream until well combined.
    16 ounces cream cheese, 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Add the shredded cheese mixture, green onion, and taco seasoning to the cream cheese mixture. Stir well to combine.
    1 cup taco blend cheese, 1 tbsp taco seasoning, 1/4 cup green onion
  • Form the cheese mixture into a ball. Wrap the cheese ball tightly in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour.
  • Just before serving, place the Doritos in a large bag and use a rolling pin to crush the chips.
    1 cup crushed Nacho Cheese Doritos
  • Place the cream cheese ball in the bag, rolling it around to cover the entire ball in crushed Doritos.
  • Transfer the ball to a serving platter. Garnish with green onion and serve.
    additional green onion for garnish

Notes

  • When forming the cheese mixture into a ball, spray your hands with a little non-stick cooking spray so that the mixture shapes easily and doesn’t stick.
  • Serve this recipe with pretzel sticks, crackers, veggies or anything else that sounds good. We love spreading it over a buttery Ritz cracker!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 332mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 669IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 0.4mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this…❣️ My school kids & I will be making a bunch of these Cheese Balls❣️

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