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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

A Jalapeno Cheese Ball is a great appetizer to serve your guests this Thanksgiving. It has the perfect amount of heat and smoky bacon flavor!
Prep Time10 mins
Resting Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream cheese dip, easy party appetizers
Servings: 16
Calories: 178kcal
Author: Jill


  • 16 oz cream cheese 2 boxes
  • 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: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 1mg