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Jalapeno Cheese Ball Recipe

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A Jalapeno Cheese Ball is a great appetizer to serve to your guests this Thanksgiving and all throughout the year. It’s got the perfect about of spice and the great flavor of smoked bacon.

I love using jalapenos in things like dips and dinner recipes. They give such good flavor and just enough spice to give it a little kick. I’m a huge fan of Jalapeno and Bacon Cheese Balls, AArtichoke Jalapeno Dip and Bacon Jalapeno Dip. You’re going to want to try all of them!

Jalapeno Cheese Ball Recipe

Jalapeno Cheese Ball Recipe

We usually get this ready the day before since it does need to sit overnight. This will last in the fridge for about 3-5 days so feel free to prep ahead of time.

You can serve it with crackers (my favorite), pita chips, tortilla chips, veggies or really anything you’d like!


  • Cream Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Pepper
  • Jalapenos
  • Green Onion

How To Make Jalapeno Cheese Balls

The first thing you want to do is let your cream cheese get to room temperature. To make this go quicker, I suggest cutting the cream cheese blocks into smaller pieces and letting them sit in a bowl for about half an hour.

With a mixer, beat the cream cheese, sour cream and spices until it’s smooth. Then gently stir in (don’t use the mixer for this part!) shredded cheese, half of the bacon, half of the jalapenos and half of the green onions.

Jalapeno Cheese Ball Recipe

To form this into the ball shape, lay out a piece of Clingwrap or plastic and scoop your mixture onto it. Wrap it up, form the ball and let it sit in the refrigerator over night.

Servings: 16

Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball Recipe

Prep Time:
10 mins
Resting Time:
8 hrs


  • 2 8oz. boxes cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. sour cream
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded (save 1/2 cup for later)
  • 10 slices applewood smoked bacon cooked and chopped (save half for later)
  • 2 jalapenos minced (save half for later)
  • 1/2 cup green onions chopped (save half for later)


  1. Beat cream cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, onion powder, and ground black pepper with a hand mixer until smooth.
  2. Add in 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese, half of the cooked bacon, half of the minced jalapeno, and half the green onions and fold gently until incorporated.
  3. With the leftover cheddar cheese, bacon, jalapenos, and green onions, shake in a small Ziploc bag until combined and refrigerate.
  4. Lay a large piece of plastic cling wrap on a flat surface, spoon in cheese ball mixture, and fold cling wrap over the cheese ball.
  5. Shape into a ball and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Take the cheese ball out of the fridge 20 minutes before serving.
  7. Spread the bagged mixture on a flat surface, unwrap the cheese ball. Roll cheese ball around in the leftover toppings and coat it entirely.
Nutrition Facts
Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball Recipe
Amount Per Serving (16 g)
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 181mg8%
Potassium 59mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 208IU4%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 107mg11%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


A Jalapeno Cheese Ball is a great appetizer to serve to your guests this Thanksgiving and all throughout the year. It's got the perfect about of spice and the great flavor of smoked bacon.

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  1. Thank you Jill! I’m going to try this cheeseball for Thanksgiving this year! I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  2. This looks amazing I am going to try it thanks again for your help

  3. Just saw the recipe and I’m definitely going to try it out tomorrow thank you for sharing