QuesO’ Lantern

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Ingredients

1⁄2 cup
Tostitos® Fiery Habanero Salsa
2 (8 oz.)
packages cream cheese, softened
1⁄3 cup
finely chopped fresh cilantro
1
minced small fresh habanero or jalapeño pepper (Optional)
2 (8 oz.)
blocks extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1
bell pepper
4
extra large black olives
1
Bag Tostitos® Bite Size Tortilla Chips
4
Rubber Bands

Steps

  1. Beat cream cheese with electric mixer until creamy and smooth. Add in Tostitos® Fiery Habanero Salsa, cilantro and habanero (or jalapeño) pepper and mix until blended. Add 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese and mix until combined.
  2. Pour cheese mixture onto parchment paper, wet hands and shape into a ball.
  3. Press remaining 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese around ball and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Stretch rubber bands evenly around ball, forming pumpkin shape. Chill for at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.
  4. When ready to serve, remove entire stem of a bell pepper and cut olives to create two eyes, a nose and a mouth.
  5. Carefully remove rubber bands and plastic wrap. Transfer to a serving plate and press down lightly to flatten. Press a chopstick or wooden skewer into indentation to accentuate the pumpkin shape, if desired.
  6. Add olives to one side to create a face, and top with the bell pepper stem before serving with Tostitos® Bite Size Tortilla Chips.
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