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Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Ball

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The flavors we love in jalapeno poppers come together to make this bacon jalapeno cheese ball an irresistible appetizer. It is perfect for parties, BBQs, game day, and more.

Cheese ball coated in bits of jalapeno pepper and bacon with a little bit missing showing cheesy inside on plate with crackers, ready to eat.

If you are looking for a fun new way to get the flavor of jalapeno poppers without the work, this recipe is for you. It is creamy, flavorful, and perfect with crackers.

Cheese Balls, the Perfect Appetizer

There is just something about a good cheese ball that makes it easy to love. This version has the perfect mix of spicy jalapenos and savory bacon.

From about mid summer until the end of fall, our family has stuffed jalapenos for an appetizer almost every weekend. We change up the fillings frequently, but jalapenos are a staple.

Hand holding cracker with bacon jalapeno cheese ball spread over the top.

My dad grills cheesy bacon stuffed jalapenos. We also like shrimp jalapeno poppers and sausage stuffed jalapenos.

So it is a surprise that it took me this long to turn the idea into a cheese ball. Now, we have a new favorite to work into the rotation.

Making a Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball

If your cream cheese is good and soft, you don’t need anything more than a mixing bowl and a spatula to make the cheese ball. You can use an electric mixer or food processor if you don’t feel like flexing your muscles.

Ingredients including cream cheese, fresh jalapenos, crispy bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, garlic salt, and onion powder ready to be made into jalapeno popper cheese ball.

Stir in the seasonings, shredded cheddar cheese, and half of the crumbled bacon and diced jalapenos. You want to save the rest of the bacon and peppers to coat the cheese ball later.

Speaking of the peppers, I like to remove the ribs and seeds. Then I dice them relatively finely to help spread out the heat.

These jalapenos were on the mild side. If yours are really spicy, you may want to reduce the amount a bit.

Once the cheese ball mixture is well mixed, spoon it onto a sheet of plastic wrap. Use the plastic wrap to bring it together and shape it into a ball.

You can do this step up to a few days in advance. Then, just chill the wrapped cheese ball until you are about ready to serve it.

About 20 minutes before serving, roll the ball in the remaining bacon and diced peppers. Allow it to warm up for a little bit so it is soft enough to spread.

Serve it with crackers or toasted baguette slices. It would also be good on pretzels, celery, or any other sturdy dipper.

More Cheese Ball Recipes

For a more classic cheese ball recipe, try making a cheddar bacon ranch cheese ball. It is always a hit, no matter the occasion.

Or try making a pepperoni cheese ball. It is perfect for pizza lovers and has plenty of pepperoni with basil and cheese.

Jalapeno popper cheese ball with bacon and cheddar cheese served on plate with ritz crackers.

For a nice creamy option with sweet peppers instead of spicy ones, try making a havarti cheese ball.

If your sweet tooth is getting you, try making a cookies and cream cheese ball. The chocolate cookies and cream cheese make for an out of this world dessert option.

Cheese ball coated in bits of jalapeno pepper and bacon with a little bit missing showing cheesy inside on plate with crackers, ready to eat.

Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Ball

Servings: 16 Servings
Author: Carlee
Jalapenos, bacon, cheddar cheese, and cream cheese make this jalapeno popper cheese ball an irresistible appetizer. It is perfect for parties, bbqs, game day, and more.
4.93 from 13 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes


  • 16 ounces bacon
  • 4 jalapenos
  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder


  • Cook the bacon until it is crisp. Drain the grease and crumble or chop into small pieces.
    16 ounces bacon
  • Remove the ribs and seeds from the jalapenos. Dice finely.
    4 jalapenos
  • Put half of the bacon and diced jalapenos in a small container in the refrigerator for later.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the cream cheese, cheddar, and seasonings. Stir in the remaining half of the bacon and jalapenos until it is uniform.
    16 ounces cream cheese, 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese, 1 teaspoon garlic salt, ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • Spoon cheese mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap. Use the plastic wrap to form the cheese mixture into a ball.
  • Wrap with the plastic wrap and chill for at least two hours, but up to 3 days.
  • About 20 minutes prior to serving, coat cheese ball in reserved bacon and jalapeno pieces.
  • Serve with crackers, or sliced baguette.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 15gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 758mgSugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook

Thursday 13th of July 2023

This looks so good!


Thursday 13th of July 2023

Thank you!