Dried Beef Cheese Ball

This Dried Beef Cheese Ball combines savory dried beef, rich cream cheese, and onions to create a simple cheese ball variation that will have everyone coming back for more. They’re easy, rich, and make great appetizers for any occasion.

dried beef cheese ball in a paper cupcake liner

Cheese balls are a classic party food, but everyone and their brother has made them, and they’re most often all the same. We love to switch things up by making this recipe that can be served as a traditional cheese ball or portioned out for single serving fun.

dried beef cheese ball in a paper cupcake liner

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It only uses a handful of simple ingredients.
  • It’s quick and easy and only takes about 10 minutes to make.
  • It’s a great appetizer for any occasion.
  • These single-serve cheese balls are just plain fun!


bowls of cream cheese, dried beef, and onions.

You’ll only need four – FOUR – ingredients to make this recipe, and you can find them all in just a couple of minutes at your local grocery store.

The ingredients are listed here, but be sure to check the recipe card at the end of the post for their exact quantities.

  • Cream cheese – room temperature
  • Yellow onion – diced
  • Dried beef – roughly chopped
  • Chopped green onion – optional

🔪 How to Make This Dried Beef Cheese Ball

Making this delicious recipe couldn’t be easier. It only takes a little mixing and chilling. You’ll be all done in no time!

cream cheese, onions, and dried beef being mixed in a glass mixing bowl.

Step 1: Mix

Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and use a spatula or spoon to fold them together until fully combined.

Step 2: Chill

Shape the mixture into a ball, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and chill for an hour.

dried beef cheese ball in a paper cupcake liner

Step 3: Serve

Serve the cheese ball as-is or portion it into 3 to 4-tablespoon portions in cupcake liners for a fun variation. Garnish with chopped green onions, and enjoy!


  • Use chopped bacon for a smoky variation.
  • Add shredded cheddar cheese for a beefy version of a classic cheese ball.
  • Serve the cheese ball in the classic fashion, but coat the outside with even more dried beef.
  • Add diced jalapeno for a spicy kick.

If you love tasty twists on the classic cheese ball, then you’ll enjoy our cheddar bacon ranch cheese ball.

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring cup
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Mixing bowl
  • Plastic wrap
dried beef cheese ball in a paper cupcake liner

🥫 Storage

Store this cheese ball in the refrigerator, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, for up to 5 days.

Serve With

Serve this cheese ball with crackers, pita chips, vegetable sticks, and your other favorite dippable items.

💭 Tips

  • Be sure your cream cheese is fully softened so all the ingredients are fully mixed.
  • Chill for at least an hour before serving – overnight is better.
  • A spatula is the easiest way to mix this cheese ball.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What is dried beef?

Dried beef, also called chipped beef, is a form of processed, salted, and dried beef that’s been sliced into this pieces. Some varieties are smoked to add more flavor.

What does chipped beef taste like?

Chipped beef has a salty, smoky, beefy flavor.

What does a dried beef cheese ball taste like?

This dried beef cheese ball is rich and creamy with the flavors of cream cheese, salty beef, and onions.

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🧾Recipe Card

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dried beef cheese ball in a paper cupcake liner

Dried Beef Cheese Ball

This dried beef cheese ball delivers all the flavor of classic cheese balls in a fun, convenient, hand-held package. It's easy and delicious.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 209kcal


  • measuring cup
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Mixing Bowl
  • plastic wrap


  • 16 ounces Cream cheese room tempature
  • ½ Yellow onion diced
  • ½ cup Dried beef roughly chopped
  • Chopped green onion sliced – optional


  • In a mixing bowl, add in all the ingredients.
  • Using a spatula or spoon, fold the ingredients together until fully incorporated.
  • Shape into a ball and chill for at least one hour.
  • Serve as is or if you would like single servings, use an ice cream scoop.
  • Scoop out around 3-4 Tbsp. for each serving.
  • Serve in cupcake liners or dishes of your choice.
  • Sprinkle with green onion for garnish.
  • Serve with Ritz crackers or the cracker of your choice and enjoy!


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 609IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg

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