Fiesta Cheese Ball
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
- 1 (1 ounce) envelope taco seasoning, divided
- 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon green Tabasco sauce
- 1 tablespoon seeded and diced jalapeno pepper
- 1 tablespoon diced red onion
- 1 cup seeded and diced red bell pepper
- 8 ounces shredded Colby-jack cheese
- Heat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Place pecans on a small baking sheet and toast in oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and toss with 2 tablespoons taco seasoning; set aside.
- In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, remaining taco
seasoning and Tabasco sauce until smooth, about 2 minutes.
- Add jalapeno, onion, bell pepper and Colby-Jack cheese. Stir to combine.
- Using a rubber spatula, shape cheese into a large ball.
- Place a large sheet of plastic wrap on counter top, sprinkle reserved seasoned
nuts over plastic.
- Roll cheese ball in nuts, coating entire outside of ball.
- Bring sides of plastic wrap up around ball to seal.
- Wrap in additional layer of plastic wrap to seal.
- Place cheese ball on a plate and refrigerate several hours until firm.
- Serve with crackers.
Nutrition facts per serving: 187 calories, 17 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 35
mg cholesterol, 4 g carbohydrates, 5 g protein, 282 mg sodium, 1 g fiber