Soy Chorizo Cheddar Balls

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A delicious alternative to a meatball appetizer. Soy Chorizo Cheddar Balls are a hearty appetizer and packed with flavor! Dip them in a chipotle sauce for an extra spicy bite!

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I have a flavorful appetizer that everyone will want to taste, especially your vegetarian guests because there will be something besides a fruit and veggie platter to munch on! Not that those are bad choices to serve for appetizers, but sometimes that’s the only option a vegetarian eater will have. I have no problem providing different kinds of snacks to serve the carnivores!

Soy chorizo really has filled that tasty gap that I’ve found will some meatless dishes. I first added soy chorizo in this beer dip and then a breakfast casserole. With a family of hearty meat-eaters (except Ashley) no one knew that those dishes were vegetarian friendly. I’m finding that I prefer the soy chorizo! It doesn’t have any grease in it, it’s low in calories, and I’m super pleased with the mouthwatering flavor of all the spices!

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As you start to plan your holiday gatherings keep this recipe in mind! These chorizo balls can be made at a moments notice, but you can also make this ahead of time. Roll up the balls and put them in the freezer!  You’ll have a scrumptious appetizer to bring to the open house or can pop them in the oven for those folks that drop by for some holiday cheer!

Oh, and don’t skip making he chipotle sauce! It is spicy and flavorful! Adjust to your preference by adding a teaspoon at a time!

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Soy Chorizo Cheddar Balls
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 25
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 12 - 16 ounce soy chorizo
  • 3 tablespoons butter, unsalted, melted and cooled
  • Chipotle Dipping Sauce
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 2-3 teaspoons (to taste) sauce from can of chipotle chiles
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and baking powder. Add cheese and coat with flour mixture.
  3. In a medium bowl add chorizo removing casing. Break apart with a spoon. Add to flour mixture with melted butter and mix until well combined. Roll into 1½ - 2 inch balls. Place balls on prepared baking sheet and bake until golden. 10-12 minutes. Serve warm.
  4. Chipotle Dipping Sauce
  5. In a small bowl mix together yogurt, chipotle sauce and cilantro.

Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Sausage Cheddar Balls

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18 Comments on Soy Chorizo Cheddar Balls

  1. avatar
    November 5, 2014

    What beautifully presented chorizo balls. I can just imagine that these would be so popular during the party season. I’d love to serve these at my next party and I love the sound of the chipotle dipping sauce xx

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    November 5, 2014

    These would be a huge hit at any party, love the flavors!

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    November 5, 2014

    I have not tried soy chorizo, but I know ppl that just love it like you! I guess now that I see this recipe, I have no reason NOT to try it. I love that this is a savory appetizer that everyone can enjoy!

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    Rachael says:
    November 5, 2014

    That chipolte dipping sauce sounds good! Looks like a great app!

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    November 5, 2014

    That golden colour is so delicious and inviting, love the recipe! What an awesome party idea!

    Choc Chip Uru

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    Shelby says:
    November 6, 2014

    These sound so yummy and definitely right up my alley! I’ll be sharing with my mom also!

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    Choclette says:
    November 6, 2014

    Gosh soya chorizo, that sounds interesting. Thankfully I find being a vegetarian isn’t really a problem these days – it used to be terrible. Now everyone’s into trying to cut down their meat consumption, most people are used to it.

    This looks delicious and I’d be very happy to tuck in 🙂

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    November 6, 2014

    These would be wonderful to take to a holiday party. Thanks so much for the recipe! I’ve pinned! 🙂

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    GiGi Eats says:
    November 6, 2014

    I love that even if you’re vegetarian, you can still savor the chorizo flavor 🙂

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    Liz says:
    November 7, 2014

    So spicy and flavorful! Perfectly paired with your chipotle sauce 🙂

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    November 8, 2014

    Chorizo is a favorite with the boys, I’m going to try this and see if they notice the difference. I too like to make alternative recipes and this is going to be a good start. It’s easy, fast and the flavors will definitely be the star – no one will know.

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      November 9, 2014

      Good taste testers to have! Let me know what the verdict is!

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    November 9, 2014

    These look like some real fun and tasty bites for the upcoming holidays. I also tried some soy chorizio sausage for a recipe just the other day and I do like as it really is less greasy and very delicious. Take Care, BAM

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    Jen says:
    November 9, 2014

    These are packed with so many delicious flavors, including the chipotle sauce! I LOVE the idea of using soy chorizo because regular chorizo can be so greasy. yummmmmmmm!

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