Sunday, December 4, 2011

Recipe: Taco Cheesecake

Usually I'm busy procrastinating, but these days I'm busy working, shopping, decorating for Christmas, cooking/baking and celebrating with family.  It seems like the only thing I've been able to DIY lately is food, so I thought I'd share one of my favorite recipes.

The Mr. found this recipe on a couple years ago, and since then it's been our go-to appetizer.  Friends and family ooh and aah, first over its looks, and then over the taste.  Seriously, you must try it.

Cheesecake Ingredients
  • 3 teaspoons cornmeal
  • 3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup (4 oz) shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 4 oz can chopped green chilies, drained

Topping Ingredients
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup diced tomatoes (optional)
  • Sliced jalapenos (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives (optional)

Sprinkle bottom of greased 9-inch springform pan with cornmeal; set aside.  In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.  Add the taco seasoning, sour cream and salsa.  Stir in the eggs, pepper jack cheese and chilies.  Pour over cornmeal.

Place pan on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until center is almost set.  Cool on wire rack for about 10 minutes.  Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool for 1 hour.  (Note:  Top of cheesecake may crack.)  Refrigerate overnight.

Remove sides of pan.  Spread sour cream over top and sides of cheesecake.  Based on your preference or what you have on hand, arrange some combination of tomatoes, jalapenos, green onions and black olives on top.

Serve with tortilla chips (preferably scoops).

Cut with a pie server, and serve it up!


I'm salivating just thinking about the taste of this in my mouth!  Mmmm.  I highly recommend it for your upcoming holiday gatherings!



  1. Haven't seen you around darlin so I just wanted to say I hope you are having a non-stressful Holiday season (probably wishful thinking there, everyone is stressed out right?? It's not just me is it??)!!

    Anyway, just wanted to say hello and hope all is going well :) xxx

  2. You're missing the eggs in your list of ingredients.

  3. Anonymous - You had me worried there for a second, but they're in there!


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