Southwest Appetizer Cheesecake

Southwest Appetizer Cheesecake

Stephanie Fenley Garcia 0

"This is a beautiful appetizer, and always a crowd pleaser. Spread this cake on crackers or serve with corn chips."


5 h 50 m servings 274 cals
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Original recipe yields 20 servings



  • Calories:
  • 274 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 23.3 g
  • 36%
  • Carbs:
  • 7.8g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 8.9 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 94 mg
  • 31%
  • Sodium:
  • 384 mg
  • 15%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Combine crushed tortilla chips and melted butter in a small mixing bowl. Press mixture into a 9-inch springform pan to form the crust.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, Colby-Jack cheese, cottage cheese, eggs and green chile peppers. Spread this mixture evenly into the crust.
  4. Bake for 1 hour. When finished baking, remove cake from oven and let cool 5 minutes.
  5. Combine the jalapeno dip and 8 ounces sour cream in a small mixing bowl. Spread this mixture over the cheesecake to cover any cracks. Return to cake the oven and bake 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool for at least 4 hours. When cooled, dollop remaining sour cream on top of the cake (in the center). Arrange the tomatoes, black olives, and green onions around the sour cream in concentric circles.
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  1. 22 Ratings


I made this but with some changes based on another recipe for a similar appetizer because of the reviews saying it is too bland. I mixed 1/2 a package of taco seasoning mix into the cream cheese...

This was ok, nothing I would rave about. It has a lot of ingredients for the final effect. If I made it again I would leave out the tortilla chips, by the next day they were soggy!

To avoid the soggy crust problems, I simply greased the springform pan, then dusted it with dry breadcrumbs. I then served it with crackers and tortilla chips, rendering a crust unnecessary. I...

Very bland! This recipe will need to be tweaked ALOT! My guests agreed. It is a beautiful presentation, so if you can KICK IT UP A NOTCH with your own personal preference it would be worth it...

Excellent & very pretty!

I really liked the "back door" warmth of this recipe but I recommend adding one 4 oz. can of diced jalapenos. There is plenty of fat in the cheeses to tone it down and we had adults and kids en...

I just brought this cheesecake to a party and it was a huge hit! The only revisions I made was to add salt, pepper, chopped jalapenos and a cayenne/chili spice to the "cheese" mix. I made it w...

This cheesecake is delicious! It's great with Fritos Corn Chips.

I wanted to try this recipe for a Mexican party. It looked really yummy! I found the cheese cake part to be bland, even though I added some hot cheese and extra green chiles. It was also hard to...