Taco Cheesecake

"This appetizer proves that cheesecake is not just for dessert. Very good and the presentation of this is impressive. Enjoy! HELPFUL HINT: When cutting or seeding hot peppers, use rubber or plastic gloves to protect your hands and avoid touching your face. Prep time includes overnight refrigeration."
 
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Ready In:
24hrs 35mins
Ingredients:
14
Serves:
18-20
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ingredients

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directions

  • 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.
  • Fold in olives.
  • Pour over cornmeal.
  • Place pan on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until center is almost set.
  • Cool on a 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.
  • Arrange olives, onions, tomatoes and jalapeno slices on top in a circular motion.
  • I do tomatoes on the outer edge, then green onion, jalapeno, then scatter black olives randomly, within the circle.
  • Serve with assorted crackers.

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Reviews

  1. KATHLEEN Woller
    This is a great party pleaser. I did mix it up a little with another recipe I had by crushing 1 cup nacho flavored tortilla chips and 1/4 C. melted butter, mixed together pressed in springform pan and baked at 350 for 10 min. VERY good either way. Someone at work made and all were asking for this recipe.....
     
  2. cookinpossum
    This recipe was a big hit at every party I took it to. I have given out the recipe to several people. I did make a few changes though. I made a crust out of crushed tortilla chips and melted butter instead of the cornmeal and I also used a can of Rotel instead of salsa and peppers. I put it in a 9 inch square casserole dish, too. Oh, I almost forgot, in order to make it fit the name Taco Cheesecake, I seasoned some browned ground beef with taco seasoning and added that as another layer. Yummy!
     
  3. Jonathan Melendez
    This is such a creative recipe! I absolutely loved it! I now it sounds weird at first, but honestly, it's so delicious. You have to try it!
     
  4. Anonymous
    By far the best taco dip anc so easy to make.
     
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  5. CunSwim
    I made this and took it to a Childs birthday party for all of the Moms that attended, It was great I pretty much kept to the ingredients but used chives and cilantro as garnish in addition to the olives and tomatoes.<br/>And It does go a long way!
     
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Tweaks

  1. dnw59
    I used taco flavor Doris instead of cornmeal. I also browned ground beef with a little bit of the taco seasoning and made that the next layer then put the cheesecake layer on top. I also only coversed the top with sour cream.
     
  2. Chef Don_R_M
    After reading alot of the reviews I decided to give it a try dispite the name. All I can say is AWESOME, we used the chips instead of crackers and EVERYONE loved and requested the recipe...I told them to come here and join. :-)
     
  3. cookinpossum
    This recipe was a big hit at every party I took it to. I have given out the recipe to several people. I did make a few changes though. I made a crust out of crushed tortilla chips and melted butter instead of the cornmeal and I also used a can of Rotel instead of salsa and peppers. I put it in a 9 inch square casserole dish, too. Oh, I almost forgot, in order to make it fit the name Taco Cheesecake, I seasoned some browned ground beef with taco seasoning and added that as another layer. Yummy!
     
  4. ChefTop
    This was awesome! I'd found it a while ago but never had the chance to make it until today. I had quite a few friends over so it worked out perfectly. Just a few minor changes I made; skipped the monterey jack cheese (I figured cream cheese was rich enough), used 2 chipotle peppers instead of the chili peppers & spread sour cream just on top of it when decorating since I liked the red color as a contrast. It was very easy, turned out wondeful & tasted even better. Thanks for a wondeful recipe!
     

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I love to cook, but don't have a lot of time to do it, since I work full time. I like to try a new recipe every Saturday, if time allows. <br> <br>I have one grown son and three grandaughters ages 16,10 and 3. The ten year old has won many medals in gymnastics meets over the past few years.
 
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