One reason I’m not 100% convinced my children are actually mine is that they don’t like tacos.

A few weeks ago – you know, when we were 2 hours early for a fair that’s an hour away and were in a town that literally only has a general store so we had to drive 20 minutes to find the nearest restaurant – we went out for Mexican and while I had delicious Tacos Al Pastor, all 3 of them ordered…

Corndogs.

Yeah, this is my life.

So making anything that even slightly resembles a taco is always risky.

We made these Walking Tacos last week mainly because I required a margarita (coming tomorrow!) for Big Brother and I can’t really have margarita without a taco. My kids LOVED them. They literally walked circles in the living while eating them. Because why sit with your Walking Taco when you can walk circles?

We ran out of Fritos after the first night so the next day, they put the rest of the taco meat on Cool Ranch Doritos.

These are super simple and are perfect for feeding a crowd. If you serve them with plastic utensils, you’ll have no clean-up to do!

Click for the full recipe

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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
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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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