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Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball, Halloween recipes, Halloween party ideas, Halloween cheese ball, spicy cheese ball, Doritos cheese ball

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball

  • Author: Amber
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x


Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball is a fun Halloween appetizer made with cream cheese, bell pepper, shallot,  jalapeño and garlic powder rolled in crunched up Nacho Cheese Doritos and shaped into a pumpkin. 


  • 1 cup Doritos Nacho Cheese, (crumbled)
  • 12 ounces cheddar cheese, (shredded)
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 shallot, (finely diced)
  • 1 jalapeño, (finely diced**)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, (chopped (save stem))
  • tortilla chips


  1. In a mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Add shredded cheese and garlic powder. Beat again.
  3. Finely dice the shallot, bell pepper and jalapeño. Stir into cream cheese. Remember to save the stem from bell pepper for later.
  4. Place mixture onto some plastic wrap and form a ball. When a nice circular ball is formed, close up the plastic wrap around the ball.
  5. Place 3 rubber bands around the ball to make indention that looks like a real pumpkin.
  6. Place in fridge and chill for about 3 hours.
  7. Remove the rubber bands ad plastic wrap. Crunch up Doritos and lightly pat it around the cheese ball.
  8. Place the bell pepper stem on top of cheese ball and serve with tortilla chips.


** can remove seeds from jalapeño or leave seeds in for a spicier cheese ball. For extra flavor use 2 jalapeños. One without seeds and one with. 

  • Category: Appetizer, snacks