Taco Cheesecake

Deb Crane Recipe

By Deb Crane songchef

This is an excellent appetizer to bring to a gathering. It does need to chill over night, and requires a spring form pan, so keep that in mind. Then you can decorate it any way you choose. It is an awesome tasting taco spread that can be served with crackers,tortilla chips or anything else a taco spread would go good on. I got this recipe years ago from taste of home, Judy Eckert.
I have made it for many gatherings and it is well received by all who have tried it. My Step Daughter did the decorating of this one. She really got into it. :)
Very tasty and impressive and gone in no time!


Recipe Rating:
 1 Rating
Serves:
18-20
Cooking Method:
Bake

Ingredients

FOR THE CHEESECAKE:
2 Tbsp
yellow cornmeal
3 pkg
8 ounce each, cream cheese, softened
1
envelope taco seasoning
1/2 c
sour cream
1/2 c
salsa
2
eggs,lightly beaten
2 c
shredded cheddar cheese (or pepper jack cheese)
4 oz
green chilies, shredded (can of shredded) optional ( i dont use this)
1/2 c
chopped ripe black olives
FOR THE TOPPING
1 c
sour cream (8 ounces)
1/4 c
sliced black olives
1/4 c
sliced green onions
1/4 c
sliced cherry tomatoes
1
jalapeno pepper,sliced (optional i do not use)
any other way you like to decorate the top. sky is the limit!

Directions Step-By-Step

1
The day before serving:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9 inch spring form pan. Sprinkle with cornmeal to cover the bottom.
Set aside.
2
In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add the taco seasoning,sour cream and salsa. Blend well. Add the eggs,cheese and chilies(if using)
Fold in the olives. Pour over cornmeal bottomed pan.
3
Bake @ 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes.
Carefully run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen. Cool in the pan for another hour. (if top of cheese cake cracks, that is ok.
4
After the hour of cooling, refrigerate it in the pan, over night or at least 8 hours.
5
Remove sides of spring form pan.
Spread sour cream all over like frosting a cake.
6
Decorate with olives,onions,tomatoes,jalapeno (if using) or any other ingredient you see fit for a beautiful presentation. This time we used Kale chips for the edges, and I really like how that looked.
7
Serve with crackers,tortilla chips, or any other ingredient that a taco spread would go good with.

Serves at least 18 to 20 people.
8
NOTE:
This travels well! And you make it ahead of time so no last minute fuss.

Also, for decorating, I de-seed my tomatoes. This way they do not get runny and ruin the beautiful presentation and decoration.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #Party, #creamcheese, #taco
  • Comments

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    Carol Perricone coolbaker1 - Jul 8, 2013
    Hi Deb,

    This Taco Cheesecake looks amazing!!! I have never seen anything like it!! I have pinched it, and can't wait to make it. Your step-daughter did a wonderful decorating job. I plan on decorating mine the exact same way.

    Thanks for posting this recipe!

    Carol :)
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    Deb Crane songchef - Jul 8, 2013
    Thanks Carol! It is really good. When you bring it to a party, people ask, what is this? Taco cheese cake. Oh..... (blank look) Spread it on a cracker and try it. Oh, I dont want to ruin the decorations! So I usually bring a spreading knife and dig in so the inside shows..... then they get it.... lol
    I didnt get pictures this time of the inside, but imagine a taco spread, except it keeps it shape but is still spreadable.
    I plan on making it again for the 20th so I will take pictures of the inside as well. The last gathering, it was so well received that I left it for them to partake. :) They finally got it.... lol
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    Carol Perricone coolbaker1 - Jul 8, 2013
    That is funny that you mentioned people's reactions! When I first saw the picture, I thought that I wouldn't want to "mess" it up. Hahaha. I really believe it is a conversation starter when you bring it somewhere new! I LOVE IT!!! I love to see the guests reactions. Great Recipe! I look forward to the "inside" pictures. :)
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    Deb Crane songchef - Jul 8, 2013
    The other good thing about this recipe, is unlike a taco dip, it is easy for people to "slice" a piece and add crackers to their plate. No need to scrape up taco dip and make a mess. It serves very easily. Less mess and they have a portion of spread to enjoy on the plate.
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    Carol Perricone coolbaker1 - Jul 8, 2013
    That is so awesome! No "double dipping" into a bowl of food with a chip or cracker. LOL... Perfect!!! It just keeps getting better and better. When I make mine, I'll post pictures for you; IF it turns out ok. :)