5 from 4 votes
Rudolph cheese ball with bacon antlers on a white platter with bowls of star shaped and Christmas tree shaped crackers and a snowflake cheese knife all on a blue snowflake background.
Reindeer Cheese Ball
Prep Time
30 mins
1 hr
Total Time
30 mins

A bacon coated cheese ball made with a blend of cheeses, taco seasoning, and RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes and Chilies is decorated to look like a reindeer for your Christmas party. 

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas cheese ball, reindeer cheese ball
Servings: 64
Calories: 150 kcal
Author: Beth
  • 32 ounces (4 blocks) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons taco seasoning, to taste
  • 20 ounces (2 cans) RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies, drained and patted dry
  • 1 1/2 pounds bacon, finely chopped
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 slice white cheese
  • black food coloring
  • 1 small tomato
  1. Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy.

  2. Stir in sharp cheddar cheese and taco seasoning.

  3. Add RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies and stir just until combined. 

  4. Spoon onto plastic wrap and shape into an oval, reserving about 1 tablespoon of the cheese for later. 

  5. Chill for about one hour until firm. 

  6. Unwrap cheese ball and cover in chopped bacon.

  7. Set on a serving platter.

  8. Arrange two whole bacon slices coming out of the top of the cheese ball to begin forming the reindeer's antlers. 

  9. Cut the remaining bacon slices into smaller pieces and arrange around the whole bacon slices creating smaller parts of the antlers. 

  10. Cut two 1 1/2 inch circles out of a slice of white cheese. 

  11. Draw on pupils using black food coloring and a food-use-only paint brush. 

  12. Press an indentation at the bottom tip of the cheese ball and spread in a small amount of the reserved cheese ball mixture then attach the tomato nose.

  13. Use more of that cheese to attach the two eyes above the nose. 

  14. Refrigerate until ready to serve.