Dried Beef Cheese Ball


This dried beef cheese ball recipe is a festive favorite in our house. Grandma usually doubles the recipe — otherwise, it won't last long! It can be rolled in ground nuts, bacon bits, or left plain.

a close up view of a dried beef cheese ball with a swipe removed revealing the creamy interior.
Prep Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 8 ounces cream cheese

  • 3 ounces dried beef

  • 2 green onions, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons monosodium glutamate (MSG)

  • ¼ teaspoon onion salt


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    a top down view of ingredients for dried beef cheese ball gathered on a marble countertop.

    Allrecipes/Victoria Jempty

  2. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, dried beef, and chopped onions.

    an overhead view of cream cheese, dried beef, and green onion being stirred together in a glass mixing bowl.

    Allrecipes/Victoria Jempty

  3. Mix well, then season with onion salt, monosodium glutamate, and Worcestershire sauce.

    an overhead view of onion salt, monosodium glutamate, and Worcestershire sauce being added to cream cheese and dried beef mixture.

    Allrecipes/Victoria Jempty

  4. Form into a ball and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

    an overhead view of hands forming a cheese ball.

    Allrecipes/Victoria Jempty

  5. Roll in bacon bits and top with chopped onions before serving. (optional)

    a mid angle view looking at a dried beef cheese ball that has been rolled in bacon bits and topped with green onion.

    Allrecipes/Victoria Jempty

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

96 Calories
8g Fat
1g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 96
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 429mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 69mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

You’ll Also Love