Mexican Style Party Cheese Ball


1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese , softened
1 cup KRAFT Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA
1 cup KRAFT Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 Tbsp. finely chopped red peppers
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 tsp. hot pepper sauce
1 tsp. lime zest
1/4 tsp. chili powder
12 RITZ Crackers , finely crushed (about 1/2 cup)


BEAT cream cheese and shredded cheeses in medium bowl with mixer until well blended. ADD all remaining ingredients except cracker crumbs; mix well. Shape into ball. Refrigerate 1 hour.
ROLL in crumbs. Serve with additional RITZ Crackers.

Helpful Hints:

Give your cheese ball a kick of flavor. Fresh cilantro and lime plus pepper Jack
cheese and chili powder spice things up.
prep: 20 min
total: 1 hr 20 min
servings total: 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. each
Prepare using PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese and RITZ Reduced Fat Crackers.
Recipe can easily be doubled or halved depending on the size of your group.
Substitute 1/2 cup finely crushed plain tortilla chips for the cracker crumbs.

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