Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball Recipe

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   This Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball recipe is easy to make and a hit at every party.  A creamy base is loaded with crispy smokey bacon, spicy jalapenos and sharp cheddar for a perfect party snack.

 This Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball recipe is easy to make and a hit at every party. A creamy base is loaded with crispy smokey bacon, spicy jalapenos and sharp cheddar for a perfect party snack.

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Cheese balls have been a classic appetizer at parties for as long as I can remember!  I always tend to move towards the savory snacks at a party and cheese is at the top of my list.

If I see a cheese ball, you can pretty much guarantee I’m somewhere nearby with a glass of wine sneaking way more bites of cheese than I would care to admit.  There’s just something so irresistible about that rich creamy cheese and with this recipe adding in crispy bacon and a little heat makes it totally irresistible!

Believe it or not, for years I bought cheese balls to serve at parties. I actually had no idea that they were so easy to make!

 This Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball recipe is easy to make and a hit at every party. A creamy base is loaded with crispy smokey bacon, spicy jalapenos and sharp cheddar for a perfect party snack.

Jalapeno Popper Dip is one of the most popular recipes on my site (there’s a good reason it’s been pinned over a million times) so I decided to take those same delicious flavors and use them in this cheese ball recipe… and add some bacon.  You’re welcome!

This recipe has a rich creamy base with sharp cheddar to add that delicious cheesy flavor we all love.  The canned jalapenos add a pop of spice while the bacon adds a smokey salty flavor.

 This Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball recipe is easy to make and a hit at every party. A creamy base is loaded with crispy smokey bacon, spicy jalapenos and sharp cheddar for a perfect party snack.

I mix the cream cheese and seasonings with a hand mixer until fluffy as I find this makes the best consistency for dipping.  Once you stir your other ingredients in, you’re going to wrap your cheese ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour.

At this point, you can actually leave this cheese ball in the fridge for up to 4 days making it the perfect choice for your weekday potluck!  You’ll want to roll the cheese ball in the topping on the day of serving.

We serve this with crackers, crostini or fresh veggies as dippers!

Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball Recipe

This Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball recipe is easy to make and a hit at every party.  A creamy base is loaded with crispy smokey bacon, spicy jalapenos and sharp cheddar for a perfect party snack.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese , softened
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise or dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons green onion , finely sliced
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped bacon
  • 1/3 cup canned jalapenos , diced

Topping

  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons chopped bacon
  • 1 jalapeno pepper , seeded and finely diced

Directions:

  1. Mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, paprika and Worcestershire sauce with a mixer until fluffy.
  2. Stir in cheese, bacon, green onion and jalapenos. Place mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap and roll into a ball. Refrigerate at least one hour.

Topping

  1. Combine Panko bread crumbs and butter in a small pan. Heat over medium heat, stirring until lightly browned. Cool completely.
  2. Combine all topping ingredients. Roll chilled cheese ball in topping pressing to stick.
  3. Serve with crackers, tortilla chips or vegetables for dipping.

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Adapted from Instructables.

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 This Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball recipe is easy to make and a hit at every party. A creamy base is loaded with crispy smokey bacon, spicy jalapenos and sharp cheddar for a perfect party snack.
 This Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball recipe is easy to make and a hit at every party. A creamy base is loaded with crispy smokey bacon, spicy jalapenos and sharp cheddar for a perfect party snack.

Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

29 comments on “Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball Recipe”

  1. I’m pretty strict low carb so I made this with everything but the panko. So good. Thanks!!!

  2. Hello.

    On top of the Panko bread crumb topping did you use parsley or cilantro.
    What is the green stuff?

    Thanks…can’t wait to try it.

  3. Made this for Christmas appetizer. My we ate the entire thing in one sitting. So yummy!!!

  4. Thank you! Happy New Year! :)

  5. Made for Christmas Eve appetizer it was hit this cheese ball is different from the traditional oh hum cheese ball.  Highly recommend for all occations. 

  6. If I wanted to make cheeseball bites (with pretzel stick) should I leave the outside topping the same or modify it any way? Thanks!!

  7. Can I use the jarred jalapeño slices chopped? They are pickled though 

  8. At the store I saw canned “chilies “ in water) and canned “jalapeños” in a vinegar brine.  Which would be best to use?  I did not see canned “jalapeños” in water.  Thanks!

  9. I want to try this but can you use fresh jalapenos instead of canned jalapenos for inside the cheese ball?

    • You can certainly use fresh jalapenos. They have a little bit more crunch. If you don’t want them to be too spicy you may want to remove the seeds/membranes.

  10. Made this for a baby shower – followed the recipe precisely and it was AMAZING. It’s truly addictive. Was concerned it might be too spicy but it’s not. Utterly delicious – was a huge hit. I will definitely make it again.

  11. It’s delicious! Absolutely worth making!

  12. I have commented on Facebook but have not received a response, so I’ll try here. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of butter for the topping to this cheeseball. In your video, you do not mix it in with all the other topping ingredients. Butter for the topping seems a little out of place to me. Is this a mistake, or is the butter included in the topping?

  13. I would love to make this recipe I need to know what goes in

  14. Going to try this tonight

  15. Just made this going to have it tonight for a late night snack with our movie. I have never had a cheese ball before

  16. Words are not needed here…. im just drooling at the very sight of it. Definitely going to try this for my next family reunion. ty.! <3

  17. I think the Bacon Jalepeno Cheeseball looks great and just may try it for Christmas eve! I love Cheesebals and dips and all that fun stuff. THanks a bunch!

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