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Bacon, ranch flavor, green onions, cheddar cheese, and crunchy pecans come together in this amazing cheese ball! It is my absolute favorite and most popular cheeseball on the site and will be a hit wherever it goes!
Bacon ranch cheeseball on a plate with crackers wrapped around and a cracker dipped in the cheeseball.
I made this cheeseball the first year that I was blogging. It quickly became the most popular cheeseball on my site and is my absolute favorite. Needless to say, the picture was in need of a makeover. 🙂
December is full of holiday parties and get togethers. And in my opinion, cheeseballs are a must at any gathering! They are delicious and so simple to make. This cheeseball has so many amazing flavors combined. Ranch flavor, green onions, cheddar cheese, and crunchy pecans. And don’t forget the bacon. Bacon makes everything better and adds such great flavor!
Overhead photo of a cheeseball with crackers wrapped around the plate.
The year that I made this, I was looking for a fun new neighbor gift idea. I decided to divide the cheeseball up and give them to my neighbors with some crackers. It was a huge hit. My dad loved it so much that he made me come and make some for his neighbors. Man, the perks of having your daughter be The Recipe Critic! ?
Bacon ranch cheeseball on a white plate wrapped with crackers and a chunk taken out of the side. I know that you will enjoy this recipe just as much as our families and neighbors did! You can’t ever go wring with such a delicious flavor combination! People will be asking you for the recipe and it is sure to be a huge hit!
This is definitely a five star cheeseball in my book!
Bacon ranch cheeseball on a white plate with crackers being spread with a cheeseball knife.
 Bacon ranch cheeseball on a white plate with crackers wrapped around the plate and cheeseball.

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Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

By: Alyssa Rivers
Bacon, ranch flavor, green onions, cheddar cheese, and crunchy pecans come together in this amazing cheese ball! It is my absolute favorite and most popular cheeseball on the site and will be a hit wherever it goes!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings


  • 2 packages cream cheese 8 oz.
  • 1 packet dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix 1 oz.
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup green onion thinly sliced
  • 6 pieces bacon fried and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup chopped black olives optional
  • 1 cup pecans or almonds finely chopped for coating


  • Mix together the cream cheese and dry ranch packet. I put mine in the mixer and used the paddle attatchment. That made it so easy. Otherwise, mix in a bowl until smooth.
  • Add the cheese, onions, olive if using and bacon. If you are short on time, buy the real bacon bits and add about a 1/2 cup.
  • Shape into a ball. Roll it in the nuts to coat the outside. You can make one big ball or two smaller ones.
  • Keep it stored in the refrigerator.


The first time that I made this recipe I used almonds. But since I only had pecans on hand I used them. Feel free to use whichever you would like! I also forgot the sliced olives (again!) but that would be a yummy addition as well!


Calories: 385kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 10gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 663mgPotassium: 221mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 877IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 146mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. Hi Alyssa! This is an awesome recipe! I make a cheese ball similar to this. I also add diced deli ham in mine then I roll it in the crisp bacon bits. You can buy the Real Bacon Pieces/Bits and microwave then until they are crisp. I have a granddaughter that has nut allergies and she absolutely loves this!

  2. Amazing appetizer! I’ve made this 3 times now (and counting) for family functions and it gets huge compliments every time. I put in Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Dip Seasoning to give it a bit of spice…awesome!!

    1. These crackers are a fave of mine. They are the Back to Nature Organic Wheat Crackers, Stoneground. Hope that you love them as much as I do! XOXO

  3. Very delicious, thank you for sharing. Also, when you gifted them out to neighbors,…what did you wrap the cheeseball with ?

    1. I bought a plate for each one and then wrapped it in cellophane Christmas wrap. Hope that helps! It was a huge hit and loved by all! XOXO

  4. What cracker did you use in the video? That’s the cracker I want because they look like they would hold up well.

  5. For those who can’t eat nuts, what would be a good alternative to the pecans? The only thing I can think of is to crush some pretzels….

  6. I made this today for tomorrow’s New Years munchies. Had a taste and it is so yummy. Sans olives as very few people in my family like them we put those yucky things in a bowl for those who do like them lol ?Happy New Year and thanks for sharing your recipe ??

  7. I wanted some clarification on the Ranch packet mix……the “buttermilk” only comes in 0.4 oz. dry packets where as the REGULAR ranch dry mix comes in 1 oz. packets. IS THERE A DIFFERENCE? Thanks!

  8. Thanks a lot for sharing this with all of us you really know what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Please also visit my website =). We could have a link exchange arrangement between us!
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  9. Thanks so much for sharing! I made this like three times, and it’s always a huge hit. I love this recipe so much that I’m linking your page to my blog. Take care!

  10. Made it last week for a shower trial run and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing a great recipe. Easy, quick and tasty!