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dried cheese ball on platter with crackers

Dried Beef Cheese Ball

A classic Dried Beef Cheese Ball is a popular appetizer at a holiday party, but is great any time. Make ahead for game day or a potluck.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword chipped beef cheese ball, dried beef cheese ball
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 212kcal
Author Darlene Kratz


  • 2 8 oz blocks of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 TBSP sour cream
  • 1 4.5 oz jar of dried beef, finely chopped and reserve 2/3 cup for the cheese ball coating
  • 5 TBSP green onions, chopped and reserve 3 TBSP for the cheese ball coating
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp hot sauce


  • With a mixer on medium speed, add cream cheese to bowl and mix until creamy.
  • Add in sour cream and combine.
  • Add remaining ingredients to bowl and mix until well incorporated.
  • Place mixture on plastic wrap and cover. Shape into a ball.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes prior to serving.


Soak dried beef in warm water for 10 minutes to remove some of the salt. Remove from water and pat dry before chopping. 


Calories: 212kcal