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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.
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Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Resting Time8 hrs
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 16
Calories: 121kcal
Author: Jill


  • 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)


  • Beat cream cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, onion powder, and ground black pepper with a hand mixer until smooth.
  • 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.
  • With the leftover cheddar cheese, bacon, jalapenos, and green onions, shake in a small Ziploc bag until combined and refrigerate.
  • 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.
  • Shape into a ball and refrigerate overnight.
  • Take the cheese ball out of the fridge 20 minutes before serving.
  • Spread the bagged mixture on a flat surface, unwrap the cheese ball. Roll cheese ball around in the leftover toppings and coat it entirely.


Serving: 16g | Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 208IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 1mg