Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball

Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball on a black plate with crackers

A jalapeno popper cheese ball could be one of the best cheese balls I have ever had. The cheese ball itself could stand on its own but when you add that bacon, cheddar, jalapeno, and green onion … well, suffice it to say that it takes a cheese ball to the next level.

When I was younger I thought the only place you could get cheese balls were at the mall during holiday seasons from a Hickory Farms kiosk. When we started this food and recipe journey I found that this was absolutely false. I also discovered how easy and fresher tasting it was when prepared at home. This one is no different.

Jalapeno popper cheese ball with crackers

It’s perfect for any gathering you might be having. Game day, company over … it doesn’t matter. It spreads easily across your choice of cracker and delivers huge flavor in every bite. If you want to keep it keto you can serve with various vegetables instead of crackers.

Either way, it’s going to be good. What’s really surprising is how easy it is to throw together.

How To Make a Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball

For best results, it’s best to make the cheese ball a day ahead and give it time to set up in the refrigerator overnight. The next day you can make the topping and apply it to the cheese ball to keep all the ingredients fresh.

Ingredients Needed

  • 2 boxes of 8 ounce cream cheese
  • 10 slices of bacon
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Jalapenos
  • Green onions
  • Chives
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper

In a skillet cook 10 pieces of bacon then chop them into small pieces.

A glass bowl with cream cheese and some spices inside.

With a stand or hand mixer beat the cream cheese, sour cream, onion and garlic powder, and black pepper on medium until smooth.

Making a cheese ball with ingredients waiting to be added

Add 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese and chopped green onion. Add half of the bacon and jalapenos and mix on low until combined with the cream cheese mixture. Place unused ingredients in the refrigerator to reserve for the topping.

making a cheese ball

Lay out 1 to 2 large sheets of plastic wrap and spoon the cheese into a ball shape on top of it. Pull the sheet of plastic wrap around the ball and shape the cheese into a tight ball. Place in refrigerator overnight.

The next day remove the cheese ball and the reserved ingredients. Combine the reserved bacon, shredded cheese, jalapenos, and chives in a bowl and place spread it out on a large plate or serving dish.

cheese ball with toppings about to be added

Unwrap the cheese ball and place it into the topping mix. Roll the ball around so the topping adheres well to the cheese ball. Gather remaining bits and pieces and add them as well.

Cheese ball with bacon and jalapeno

Add your preferred crackers and/or vegetables and serve! They’re gonna love it!

Conclusion

Not gonna lie, I ate on this until it was gone. Each bit you grab has got flavor in it. We removed the seeds and ribs out of the jalapenos when preparing ours but if you want the HEAT leave the ribs and some seeds.

The saltiness from the bacon and the sweet heat of the jalapeno just went perfect with the cool cream cheese. The onions added a nice touch to an already full-flavored bite. The sharp cheddar cheese brought it home with its own richness and earthiness.

Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball Recipe

Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball on a black plate with crackers
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Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball

This Jalapeno Popper Cheese ball is a great way to put some punch into the standard cheese ball. You like jalapeno poppers, you'll love this!
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, gameday, jalapeno, party food
Servings: 12
Calories: 288kcal
Author: DSTR

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Cream cheese
  • 10 slices Bacon cooked and chopped
  • 2 cup Sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 tbsp Sour cream
  • 2 Jalapenos diced fine
  • 1/4 cup Green onions diced, green part only
  • 1/4 cup Chives diced fine
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper freshly ground

Instructions

  • In a skillet cook 10 pieces of bacon then chop into small pieces.
  • With a stand or hand mixer beat the cream cheese, sour cream, onion and garlic powder, and black pepper on medium until smooth.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese and chopped green onion.
  • Add half of the the bacon and jalapenos and mix on low until combined with the cream cheese mixture.
  • Place unused ingredients in the refrigerator to reserve for the topping.
  • Lay out 1 to 2 large sheets of plastic wrap and spoon the cheese into a ball shape on top of it. Pull the sheet of plastic wrap around the ball and shape the cheese into a tight ball.
  • Place in refrigerator overnight.
  • The next day remove the cheese ball and the reserved ingredients.
  • Combine the reserved bacon, shredded cheese, jalapenos, and chives in a bowl and place spread out in a large plate or serving dish.
  • Unwrap the cheese ball in the plastic wrap and place it into the topping mix. Roll the ball around so the topping adheres well the the cheese ball. Gather remaining bits and pieces and add them as well.
  • Add your preferred crackers and/or vegetables and serve!

Nutrition

Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 362mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 798IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 1mg

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