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Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Ball Recipe

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This Bacon Jalapeno Cheeseball recipe is the perfect combination of spice, salt, and cool flavor, which is truly a taste sensation. Tasty, versatile, and easy to make, what’s not to like? Here are more Appetizers for your next party to check out as well.

Ideally served with crackers or vegetable dippers, you can’t go wrong with this creamy, cheesy goodness and all the flavors packed into it.

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Jalapenos give off that warm heat when you eat them and when you combine them with the creaminess of the cheese, the saltiness of the bacon, and the other spices and flavors that have been added to it, not to mention the crunchy texture of the pecans, this cheeseball really does have it all.

Ok, not all – it doesn’t have a touch of sweet. Though, if you want that sweet-tart, try this Pineapple Cheese Ball with Jalapenos!

Bacon Jalapeno Cheeseball

The Jalapeno Bacon Cheese ball is loaded with cream cheese, bacon, jalapenos, and pecans. Some extra flavors run through it from the addition of the Worcestershire sauce, which in my opinion, is a game changer, as well as the onion powder, garlic powder, and cumin.

It is such an easy dish to make for a party or even when the family just fancies something to snack on. Perfectly served with crackers or vegetable dippers, it does have the wow factor.

I have always been hesitant to consider recipes that have jalapenos with my boys because of the heat, but they have loved this.

The cream cheese cools things down in your mouth and allows you to appreciate the heat and the other flavors that run through it. You simply just combine it all together, use plastic wrap to create a ball shape, and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. It is as easy as that!

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How should I store the Bacon Jalapeno Cheeseball?

This is a great dish to make ahead of time should you need it, as it refrigerates for up to a week in an airtight container. It is a great make-ahead appetizer as you can make the cheeseball and refrigerate it. It really is that simple!

Would you believe that you can also freeze the Bacon Jalapeno Cheeseball? This is ideal for helping you prepare for the holidays if you plan to serve this appetizer. Follow the recipe until you wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Instead, add a few extra layers of plastic wrap and add it to the freezer.

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Make it a Meal:

I’ve been a fan of meal planning for years, and now is the time to join me! If you’re on the fence, I promise you that it’s easy to do! Below is just a quick sample of how you can structure your meal planning for the day or week.

Main Dish: Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Vegetable Side: Asparagus on the Grill

Starch Side: Leftover Baked Potatoes

Refreshing Drink: Toxic Waste Mocktail Recipe

Don’t forget Dessert: Birthday Cake Puppy Chow

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Best Appetizer Recipes:

Once you try this Bacon Jalapeno Cheeseball recipe, you may be inclined to try a few other appetizers you can enjoy. I have found some amazing appetizer recipes that you should try.

First of all, I have the Sweet Pineapple Cheeseball Recipe, which is a little different from this one. No heat, but it still packs a punch with flavor.

You can’t go wrong with these Creamy Buffalo Wings making the perfect additional appetizer. A little messy but definitely worth it. Who can resist a buffalo wing on Games Day?

Or what about this 5-minute Bean Dip? Ideal for crackers and vegetable dippers you may already be serving with this dish.

This Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip is a great find, and the crockpot does the work for you.

Or check out this post filled with 25 Cold Appetizers where you are bound to find some inspiration.

If you love cheese, then these Cheese Stuffed Meatballs will really hit the spot.

Or take a look at these 27 Yummy Super Bowl Appetizer Recipes for yet more ideas.

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What should I serve with the Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Ball?

You might want to serve many things with the Bacon Jalapeno Cheeseball. Vegetable dippers are not only healthy and versatile but are a great combination with the cream cheese flavor. You could serve cucumber, bell pepper, and carrot sticks.

Crackers, breadsticks, and pittas will also work well with this recipe. You could even dip in pretzels. Get creative and see what works. There is no right or wrong answer here!

More Jalapeno and Cream Cheese Recipes:

Bacon Jalapeno Cheeseball

Bacon Jalapeno Cheeseball

Yield: 24 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Packed full of flavor with the coolness of cream cheese, the heat from the jalapenos, bacon, and the pecan crunch, there is a lot to like about this appetizer.


  • 2 x 8oz packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 3-4 Jalapenos, Seeded and finely chopped.
  • 1/2 a cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 a cup of chopped cooked bacon
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire Sauce


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, half of the chopped jalapenos, half of the pecans, cheddar cheese, half of the bacon, seasonings, and Worcestershire sauce until thoroughly blended.
  2. Mix the remaining jalapenos, pecans, and bacon. Set aside.
  3. Using plastic wrap, shape the cheese mixture into a ball. Transfer to a serving plate. Press the remaining jalapeno mixture into the sides.
  4. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.
  5. Serve with crackers or vegetable dippers.


Make sure your cream cheese has softened before starting this recipe. It may take about an hour for this to happen.

Don't use pre-shredded cheese as it won't combine well with the other ingredients to make the cheese ball. Make sure you shred the cheese yourself.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 148mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 11/20/2022

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