Jalapeño Bacon Cheese Ball

Jalapeño Bacon Cheeseball is loaded with cheese, bacon, and jalapeños.  This is always the biggest hit at any party!

bacon_jalapeno_cheeseballjalapeno_bacon_cheeseballWe continue to have amazing weather here in Utah.  I was born and raised in Utah and I never have remembered a December with such amazing weather.  Like close to the 60’s!  It has been so nice not to bundle up every time we go out but I kind of miss the snow.  I never thought that I would say that.  But I do!  I love the way a freshly fallen snow looks on our streets with the big sycamore trees.  And it feels like Christmas with the snow.  I know that I need to enjoy this weather but I secretly can’t wait for it to snow!


I have had this secret obsession lately with jalapeño and cream cheese since I made this Jalapeño Popper Dip.  I have always been a wuss when it comes to things that are spicy, so I have been afraid to always give anything with jalapeños a try.  Boy have I been missing out!  The cream cheese helps to cool down the jalapeños and gives it just enough of a kick to give it amazing flavor.


This Jalapeño Bacon Cheese Ball was hands down one of the best cheese balls I have ever had!!  All of the the things that I loved about that dip were packed inside and out of this cheeseball.   Cream cheese, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, all came together to make this yummy cheese ball that you won’t be able to get enough of.   Oh but lets not forget the bacon!  Everything is better with bacon and this cheese ball not only had them inside, but it is rolled in bacon!  This is the ultimate cheese ball and I know it will be a hit wherever you take it!

Watch a video on how to make Jalapeño Bacon Cheeseball here:


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Jalapeño Bacon Cheeseball
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A delicious cheeseball packed with bacon and jalapeños. The cream cheese cools down the jalapeño combining it all into one amazing cheese ball!
Serves: 12
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped, divided
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped, divided
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  1. In a medium sized bowl, stir together cream cheese, half of the jalapeños, shredded cheddar cheese, half of the bacon, green onions, seasoning salt, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and cumin until fully incorporated.
  2. On a large plate combine other half of the bacon, jalapeños, and pecans. Shape the cream cheese mixture into a ball and roll it onto the plate to coat well.
  3. Cover with seran wrap and chill for an hour before serving. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. This looks great. I had a coworker from the Philippines ask me if we ate cheese balls in America, and I almost laughed because I realized it seemed like something my gramma would have made for her own Christmas spread. So old-fashioned! But this sounds pretty awesome: I am staunchly pro-bacon, pro-jalapeno, and pro-cream cheese. I bet this could even be made into a dip a la the Buffalo chicken wing dip that everyone loves so much, or even reworked as a fondue. It would be great for Superbowl parties. I’ll let you know if I try it out. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. What an excellent cheese ball! Made this and put it out Christmas Day this year and it was soooo good! Exactly what I was looking for! This will become a tradition in our family. Thank you for the recipe!

  3. Made this for New Years Eve party, & it was a big hit! Was gone w/in 15 minutes. Everyb I d u asked for the recipe. It you like it spicy, leave the seeds on the chopped jalapeños! Already been requested to make it again for Superbowl Party tomorrow! Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

  4. I just made this for some ladies and everyone loved it, including myself! SO incredibly ADDICTING!!!!! thanks for sharing!

  5. I first found this on The Homesick Texan blog and I have made this every Thanksgiving and Christmas since. I double it and add about 6 good shakes of Tabasco sauce to it since winter jalapenos are pretty mild and I got a lot of feedback that it needed more heat. I’m not a huge fan of HOT stuff, but the cream cheese really does tame it down. I also omit the pecans ever since I forgot to add them once and never missed them in the finished ball. To those who have never tried it, Make it, you won’t regret it!

  6. I made the cheese ball and it’s delicious instead of rolling it into one big ball I made 2 balls instead. Everyone loved it!

  7. Have you ever put together a cookbook with your recipes? You should!! If you do have one out….let me know!!! Love your site & recipes!!

    1. I am not sure why it won’t let you print. I have been printing a few recipes today and had great luck. If needed you can copy and paste the recipe into a word document and print from there if that works better. Thanks for following along with me! XOXO

  8. This will certainly be loved by my friends and family.. Anything with bacon, peppers, and cheese is always a hit. Thank you so much for sharing.

  9. BEST cheeseball I have ever made and tasted! Outstanding recipe, easy to make and looks as good as it tastes. Thank you for sharing and posting your recipe. I am anxious to share with co-workers for our Christmas luncheon. This cheeseball will also be on our family Christmas eve appetizer menu.

    1. I like to use the local brand of season salt but you are welcome to use any other brand or type of season salt that you prefer. You can find it in the seasoning isle. Hope that helps! XOXO

  10. Made this recipe and it’s as good as it sounds. I added cayenne but it still could have used more heat for us. We didn’t notice the heat at all. Will make this again. Can it be frozen?

    1. It can be frozen but it may be more crumbly when you thaw it out. I would recommend eating it fresh or left in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days if needing time. Enjoy your cheese ball! XOXO

  11. Just prepared this for a “Day of the Dead” celebration, and THIS was a HUGE hit! I’m emailing your recipe from your blog to all that asked for it. I’m certain you will have many more followers once they find you! Thank you for all the inspiration you give!

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