I was sitting next to my husband on the couch while I was working on these photos yesterday and kept asking him “If I call this a pumpkin cheese ball, will they assume there’s pumpkin in it? That I rolled a ball of pumpkin in Doritos crumbs? WILL THEY CLICK THAT X UP THERE AS SOON AS THEY SEE THE TITLE?!” He has assured me that you won’t think that. So here’s hoping he’s right.

It definitely doesn’t have any pumpkin in it but it is rolled in those Doritos crumbs I mentioned and then topped with a bell pepper stem so it looks like a pumpkin. It’s actually kind of taco-y. My husband’s mom makes a taco salad dip that starts with a layer of cream cheese mixed with taco seasoning and this reminded me so much of that. If you’ve had that kind of dip, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

It was so delicious and addictive. I found myself making unnecessary trips to the kitchen just so I could grab another chip covered in cheesiness. My husband was on 24-hour staff duty the day I made it and I swear I got 6 texts during that time reminding me not to eat all of it.

And look how cute it is!

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

adapted from Family Fresh Meals


16 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons finely diced onion
1/2 cup chunky salsa
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups Doritos, crumbled
top of 1 green bell pepper for stem garnish


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, onion, salsa, and cumin. Beat until well mixed and creamy.
  2. Scoop the mixture into plastic wrap and shape into a ball. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. When ready to serve, roll ball in Doritos until covered. Place bell pepper stem on top. Serve with tortilla chips, crackers, or fresh veggies.

Pumpkin Cheese Ball - delicious cheddar cheese ball with crushed Doritos on the outside to look like a pumpkin!

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