Your pigskin party isn't complete without this cute and tasty cheese ball! Serve with your favorite crackers.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix together the cream cheese, shredded Cheddar, green onion, Worcestershire sauce, and taco seasoning mix in a large bowl. Press the cheese mixture into a ball, turn it out onto a sheet of plastic wrap.

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  • Use the plastic wrap to press the cheese ball into the shape of a football by flattening the ball and rounding each end. Place the cheese football on a plate, arrange the strips of American cheese like laces on the top of the cheese football. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

  • Remove the cheese ball from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

120.4 calories; 3.6 g protein; 1.9 g carbohydrates; 34.7 mg cholesterol; 215 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2010
I was torn between a four or a five for this recipe. I opted to give it a four because I felt that several important factors were missing from the recipe as written. The taco seasoning should be held until the end to add the nice football color. If you look at the photo that I submitted you will see the pasty color under the sprinkled taco areas on my "ball." I was afraid to sprinkle too much on top of it because of other reviewers who complained of the taco seasoning's over-powering taste. This would have been much more presentable had I used the taco seasoning to color the ball instead of mixing it in with the cheese. Also the taste was SO much better the following day after spending some quality time in the fridge. I will make this again but I will make it at least a day ahead of time and I will sprinkle the taco seasoning on at the end to give it a nice "football" color. The color of it as written is terrible but my hopes are high for a better next time. Thanks. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/18/2009
I love the idea but it was a little too heavy on the taco seasoning for my tastes and not enough shredded cheese. I think this would be good for a Mexican themed tailgate though! Read More
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40 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2010
I was torn between a four or a five for this recipe. I opted to give it a four because I felt that several important factors were missing from the recipe as written. The taco seasoning should be held until the end to add the nice football color. If you look at the photo that I submitted you will see the pasty color under the sprinkled taco areas on my "ball." I was afraid to sprinkle too much on top of it because of other reviewers who complained of the taco seasoning's over-powering taste. This would have been much more presentable had I used the taco seasoning to color the ball instead of mixing it in with the cheese. Also the taste was SO much better the following day after spending some quality time in the fridge. I will make this again but I will make it at least a day ahead of time and I will sprinkle the taco seasoning on at the end to give it a nice "football" color. The color of it as written is terrible but my hopes are high for a better next time. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2010
I was torn between a four or a five for this recipe. I opted to give it a four because I felt that several important factors were missing from the recipe as written. The taco seasoning should be held until the end to add the nice football color. If you look at the photo that I submitted you will see the pasty color under the sprinkled taco areas on my "ball." I was afraid to sprinkle too much on top of it because of other reviewers who complained of the taco seasoning's over-powering taste. This would have been much more presentable had I used the taco seasoning to color the ball instead of mixing it in with the cheese. Also the taste was SO much better the following day after spending some quality time in the fridge. I will make this again but I will make it at least a day ahead of time and I will sprinkle the taco seasoning on at the end to give it a nice "football" color. The color of it as written is terrible but my hopes are high for a better next time. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2009
This was delicious!! I ended up having to make 2 over the weekend. The only thing I did different was added more green onions since my friends and I are all lovers of them. I had to give this recipe out 3 different times. It was simple because I had all ingredients on hand. I will be making this cheese ball over and over again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/13/2009
I followed the recipe exactly and agree that the taco seasoning was overpowering. The second time I cut the seasoning from 6 tsp to 4 tsp and used a heaping cup of cheddar. I also added more Worcestershire sauce because my first football was albino! It was much better the second time and I got compliments for presentation at a work potluck. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/08/2010
The football shape was ideal for super bowl. I didn't use the taco seasning but maybe next time I will try it. Instead of using nuts to cover the ball I crumbled bacon so it would be a "pigskin cheese ball." Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2011
Good taste and good idea. I am not the best at making a ball of cheese look like a football I have found. I attempte the crumbles bacon for the outer layer but that was going to take a TON of bacon and I didn't have much on hand. I tried leaving the taco seasoning on the outside but if you plan to wrap the ball up and tote it anywhere the seasoning either sinks into the cheese or gets stuck on the plastic wrap and you have a really strange colored football. My advice: bring the taco seasoning with you and sprinkle it on once you get to yur destination. The cheese slices for laces turned out well. Despite the appearance of MY football half of it was gone by the end of the game so that earns it 4 stars. Had all of it been eaten like most appetizers I bring it would have recieved 5. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/27/2009
This was a fun addition to our tailgate the other day. Next time though I will not use so much taco seasoning and will add more cheddar cheese. It was very good though and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/08/2010
Very simple to make and the shape of a football was a terrific idea. My husband and I both love spicey foods so the amount of taco seasoning was fine for us. I added my own touches however. I prefer Colby/Monterey Jack cheese to cheddar. Then I rolled the ball in bacon bits for a bit more flavor. Finally I placed it on a bed of parsley to give it a football field look. Turned out great! I will definitely use this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/30/2010
this was totally my error. The taco spice is to color the football only. Sorry for any lackluster cheese balls because of my flaky directions! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2010
this tastes sooo good! i'm about to bring it to a superbowl party and i'm very excited. however i wouldn't mix in too much taco seasoning but save it for last: just shape your mix into the football and then put taco seasoning all over it for color. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/18/2009
I love the idea but it was a little too heavy on the taco seasoning for my tastes and not enough shredded cheese. I think this would be good for a Mexican themed tailgate though! Read More
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