This Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Ball Recipe is the Perfect Football or Holiday Appetizer!

Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball

yield: 8 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 5 MINUTES

total time: 20 MINUTES

Ingredients

Directions

1

Mix together the cream cheese, green onion, cheddar cheese, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, cumin, half of the diced jalapenos, and half of the crumbled cooked bacon. Place the remaining diced jalapenos and bacon to the side on a plate or cutting board.

2

Stir together so that it's well mixed.

3

With your hands, roll the cheese mixture into a ball. It helps to get your hands a little wet to avoid sticking.

4

Now roll the cheese ball in the leftover jalapeños and bacon until the outside is covered.

5

Chill covered for at least one hour before serving. Serve with crackers or desired dipper and enjoy!

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Level up your ordinary cheeseball and make this bacon jalapeno cheese ball recipe bursting with Southwestern flavor!

woman holding a tray with bacon jalapeno cheeseball

What could be better than bacon, jalapeno, and cheese? 🤤

How about a homemade cheese ball recipe with all of the above?! As we come into the holidays followed by football playoffs, this is my personal favorite appetizer to whip up that doesn’t take a ton of effort and is so tasty!

I love traditional cheese ball recipes with nuts and cheese, but this one is so unique and elevated in my opinion. There is a ton of flavor going on and will disappear in a flash so you may want to make a couple. 😋

cheeseball on a small cutting board

Serve this easy cheese ball with a hearty cracker such as a water cracker, and serve it on a tray or plate with a cheese spreader.

Eating keto? This could also be a delicious low-carb or keto appetizer if you provide other dippers such as celery or pork rinds as a couple of ideas!

ingredients for cheese ball

Helpful tips on making this bacon jalapeno cheese ball recipe:

  • The beauty of cheese ball appetizers is that they are so easy to adapt to taste. If sharp cheese doesn’t sound good to you, choose another favorite shredded cheese.
  • Jalapenos without the seeds are far less spicy and taste great in this combo. However, if you want to nix the spice altogether, substitute with chopped bell peppers instead. I enjoy using my push-down hand chopper to chop jalapenos easily.
  • This cheese ball will need some time to set up in the fridge and let the flavors meld. It’s a great make-ahead option and can be made the day before. Then just set it out on the counter for a bit to soften before serving.
  • If you happen to have leftovers, you can scoop them into a covered container and they will last for a couple of days.

chopping jalapeno

adding Worcestershire sauce to cheese ball

cheese ball ingredients in a bowl

mixing bacon cheese ball

acon cheese ball in a bowl

rolling a cheeseball in bacon and jalapeno

storing a cheese ball in the fridge

adding crackers to cheese board

bacon jalapeños cheeseball with crackers

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Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball

yield: 8 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 5 MINUTES

total time: 20 MINUTES

Creamy cheeseball featuring the perfect combo of flavors with bacon, chopped jalapeno, sharp cheddar, and onion.

Ingredients

Directions

1

Mix together the cream cheese, green onion, cheddar cheese, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, cumin, half of the diced jalapenos, and half of the crumbled cooked bacon. Place the remaining diced jalapenos and bacon to the side on a plate or cutting board.

2

Stir together so that it's well mixed.

3

With your hands, roll the cheese mixture into a ball. It helps to get your hands a little wet to avoid sticking.

4

Now roll the cheese ball in the leftover jalapeños and bacon until the outside is covered.

5

Chill covered for at least one hour before serving. Serve with crackers or desired dipper and enjoy!

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middle of the bacon cheese ball

This cheese ball recipe is such a keeper and something I’ve been making for years. The creaminess of the cream cheese is a great base for smokey bacon and chives!

bacon jalapeno cheese ball and crackers

Here’s what my teammate Chelsey thought of this bacon jalapeno cheese ball recipe:

“This recipe was SO easy to make! I’ve never made a cheese ball before but I’ll definitely be making them from now on. It doesn’t take very long to make and I love that you can toss it in the fridge until it’s ready to be eaten, perfect for family gatherings or football games. My husband’s three favorite foods are jalapenos, bacon, and cheese so this was a huge hit at our house!

Plus, I recently grabbed this Nordic Ware Microwave Bacon Cooker, and it makes it super easy to make bacon. Just pop your bacon in the microwave and it’s ready to go, no need to watch it or keep track of it while you’re prepping your other ingredients.”

cheese ball on a snack board

Create an entire snack board around your cheese ball!

For a recent dinner party appetizer, I created a fun charcuterie board and included my bacon jalapeno cheese ball on it along with nuts, crackers, and a selection of other delicious meats and cheeses. This was so easy to do and was well received.


These crispy roasted potato bites are also a big hit!


About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 15

  1. Lolie

    Sounds delicious! Will have to make for the football party.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes it’s perfect for football 🙌❤️ Enjoy!

  2. kadysiga

    This looks delicious! I wanted to share a tip that I use when I cook a lot of bacon. Its called bacon method. You line a cookie sheet with whatever you normally use – silpat or foil, lay out the bacon on it side by side, but not overlapping, and put it in your cold oven. Set the temp to 400 degrees and bake for 20 minutes, give or take depending on oven. You don’t need to cover, it won’t make a mess. Don’t put the bacon on a rack while baking, it needs to cook in the grease. I tend to cook a couple of sheets at a time, and then store what we don’t immediately use in the fridge.
    Thanks for all your hard work! Love Hip2Save!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks so much for sharing! I agree that’s a great method 💕🙌

  3. markiesluv

    Sounds so yummy!! Always appreciate the LINA recipes!! Thank you.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay! Thanks so much that made my morning ❤️

  4. Patricia Goff

    Can’t wait to try this minus the jalapenos. Sounds delicious. None of us can eat spicy foods.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh okay! Ya maybe just some chopped bell pepper or green onion 🙂 Enjoy!

    • Liz

      This is not spicy because you cut out the seeds. They posted this recipe years ago and I have been using it a lot🙃 and it is fantastic and my kids love it and it is not one bit hot!!

      • Liz

        Thanks Hip2Save. I have been using my own recipe because I couldn’t ever find the original and now that I have it again I will have to try it this way again!! I love this recipe so much!! It’s easy and a crowd pleaser!!

        • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

          Oh that’a great to hear Liz! Glad it’s a fav ❤️

  5. Liz

    Thanks Hip2Save! It is the best recipe that I lost and I have been making it off of memory!! It is so delicious and not hot at all!! I have also used the bacon that is real cooked bacon but in pieces at Costco and you refrigerate it after opening. It is really easy with that! I don’t think it has quite the bacon taste but it is still so yummy when you are in a pinch!! Thanks again!! You guys are the best!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great idea to use the precooked bacon! Thanks Liz!

  6. Heather O

    This looks amazing!! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Heather! Enjoy!

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