Bacon-Jalapeño Cheese Ball

Bacon-Jalapno Cheese Ball

It’s Super Bowl week, which means it’s time to talk party food! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Dessert is my favorite meal of the day, with appetizers coming in a close second. Dips, chips, spreads, little bites… I love it all. Which naturally makes this one of my favorite weeks of the year. To get you ready for the big game, I’ll be sharing some new favorite appetizers this week, starting with this amazing cheese ball. You may remember that I broke my cheese ball dry spell last year with a recipe I got from my grandma, the world’s best pimento cheese ball. Later on in the year, I came across this bacon and jalapeño-loaded cheese ball and have been dying to try it ever since. I finally got around to it and realized that I had waited much, much too long to make it. In order to make up for lost time, I proceeded to eat almost the entire thing in one sitting. True story.

Bacon-Jalapeno Cheese Ball

Even though I’ve been seeing more recipes for cheese balls recently, I still feel like they give off a little bit of a retro vibe. They remind me of my parents having company over in the 80′s. I am all for making the cheese ball the coolest thing since sliced bread once again. Seriously, what’s not to love? You mix together a ton of cream cheese, shredded cheese, then an assortment of other add-ins and seasonings. Chill, then slather on cracker after cracker, after cracker. You might call it an appetizer. I might call it lunch. Tomato, tomahto.

Bacon-Jalapeno Cheese Ball

This particular cheese ball is what I’d refer to as the ultimate cheese ball. In addition to the cream cheese and cheddar cheese, it’s also packed with bacon, chopped jalapeños and seasonings and spices like cumin, cayenne and Worcestershire sauce that make it the crème de la crème of cheese balls… if there were such a thing. It is most definitely a cheese ball that is perfectly fitting for your Super Bowl get together!

Bacon-Jalapeno Cheese Ball

One year ago: White Russian Winter Milkshake
Two years ago: Cream Cheese-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeños
Three years ago: Mushroom-Herb Macaroni and Cheese
Five years ago: Lemon Meringue Pie

Bacon-Jalapeño Cheese Ball

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

A good old-fashioned cheese ball gets the works with bacon, jalapeños and lots of flavor!

Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded (about ½ cup)
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and chopped, divided
2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped, divided
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon lime juice
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
Pinch cayenne pepper
¼ cup chopped pecans, toasted

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, half of the bacon, half of the jalapeños, the garlic, parsley, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, ground cumin and cayenne pepper until well combined.

2. On a large plate, stir together the remaining bacon, the remaining jalapeños and the toasted pecans until evenly combined. Shape the cream cheese mixture into a ball. Roll the ball in the pecan mixture until coated on all sides.

3. Wrap the ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Serve with your favorite crackers. Leftovers should be wrapped tightly and can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

(Recipe adapted from The Homesick Texan; originally seen on Tracey's Culinary Adventures)

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43 Responses to “Bacon-Jalapeño Cheese Ball”

  1. Cookin' Canuck on January 29, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Okay, I’m pretty sure that’s the ultimate football food!

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  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks on January 29, 2013 at 2:57 am

    I don’t even eat bacon and will say, this is a gorgeous cheese ball! You made a gourmet cheeseball & love the vibrancy of the colors!

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  3. Ali | Gimme Some Oven on January 29, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Holy YUM. I love a good cheeseball. All the better with a little spice and BACON!!

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  4. katie on January 29, 2013 at 7:04 am

    This looks awesome and sure to please any crowd!

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  5. megan @ whatmegansmaking on January 29, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Now this is a cheesball I can get behind :) Looks great!!

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  6. Heather @ SugarDish(Me) on January 29, 2013 at 7:20 am

    I was totally seduced by Tracey’s recipe, too! Tried it out at a family get-together before Christmas; IT IS SOOOOOOOO GOOD. Your photos are gorgeous!!

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  7. Beth @ ItsAlwaysSomeonesBirthday on January 29, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Oooh, I just saved this and I think I’ll make it for the Superbowl party I’m attending. Looks great!

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  8. Kim on January 29, 2013 at 7:29 am

    I made this at Christmas and my family loved it so much I had to make a second one!
    Will be making another for a Superbowl party this week!

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  9. Lori on January 29, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Wow! This recipe is a keeper. I am making and taking it along to the party this weekend. Thanks for being a lifesaver. I didn’t know what I could bring besides dessert.

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  10. Kasha the FarmGirl on January 29, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Oh yeah… definitely lunch. And maybe dinner. :)

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  11. Kelly on January 29, 2013 at 8:59 am

    This looks amazing! Is there any way around using cream cheese? My husband loathes cream cheese (terrible) but this would be perfect for our party this weekend.

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    • Michelle on January 29th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      Hi Kelly, I don’t know of a way around cream cheese in something like a cheese ball, where it’s the main ingredient. Maybe if it’s covered in bacon you’re husband won’t notice? ;-)

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      • Chelsea on January 29th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

        I bet it would be delicious if you used greek yogurt instead and made it into a dip.

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        • Kelly on January 31st, 2013 at 10:09 am

          That’s a good suggestion. I think I’ll try that. Thanks!

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      • Shannon F on February 3rd, 2013 at 11:47 am

        You might be able to substitute part of the cream cheese with goat cheese. That way the flavor of cream cheese would not be as apparent but it still would have an overall cheesy goodness.

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  12. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel on January 29, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Bacon, cheese and spice = perfection!

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  13. Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen on January 29, 2013 at 9:37 am

    For some reason I find cheese balls hilarious but also totally delicious. What’s better than literally a giant ball of cheese? The bacon on this is reeaalll nice touch.

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  14. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on January 29, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Oh man, this is one good looking cheeseball!! I need this in my life!!!

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  15. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction on January 29, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Perfect party food! Love the the flavor combination!

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  16. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet on January 29, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Bacon and jalapenos = my Hubby’s favorites!

    Reply

  17. marie @ little kitchie on January 29, 2013 at 11:29 am

    WOW! This looks incredible. Perfect game day food!!!

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  18. Marcie @ flavor the moments on January 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I think Chelsea is right, using Greek yogurt or even sour cream would be great substitutions for cream cheese. It would be more of a dip, but with all of those great ingredients, who really cares?! The cheese ball looks absolutely fabulous!

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  19. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts on January 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    What a fun dip – anything with bacon and jalapenos has got to be good!

    Reply

  20. Tracey on January 29, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I’m glad it’s not just me eating dips and other appetizers as meals lately… I always thought of cheese balls as retro too, but when something is this good, I don’t much care :) Glad you enjoyed it!

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  21. leslie on January 29, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Jalapeño AND Bacon? Yes please.

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  22. Terry on January 29, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Hi: sounds fabulous but I can’t eat nuts. Do you think it would be tasty w/o the pecans?

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  23. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on January 29, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    I can never resist a cheese ball!
    Also…your pictures are beautiful!

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  24. Carie on January 30, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I am wondering if tidbits of pineapple would be tasty?? Sweet, salty and spicy?

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    • Michelle on January 31st, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Hi Carie, Probably a matter of personal preference, but by all means try it if you’d like it, and let us know how it turns out!

      Reply

  25. Kevin (Closet Cooking) on January 30, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    That s one really tasty looking cheese ball!

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  26. Alyssa on January 31, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    What about chilies instead of jalapenos for less heat?

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    • Michelle on February 1st, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Hi Alyssa, You could certainly substitute for the jalapenos, however I will say that this really isn’t all that spicy. Keep in mind, as well, that some chiles can be even hotter than jalapenos, so shop carefully!

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  27. Nikki @Pennies on a Platter on February 5, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Oh my word, Michelle! I can’t believe how good this is looking to me even at 10PM!

    Reply

  28. Soft Cut Saws on February 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Bacon, jalapeño, and cheese… heaven!

    Reply

  29. freckles on February 14, 2013 at 12:32 am

    This is a FABULOUS recipe. Absolutely loved it and will most def make it again. The flavors are wonderful and it tastes just as great as it looks. I’ve shared it widely…and just fyi, I don’t do crackers. I spread this on summer sausage, celery, etc. i don’t do wheat. Anywho….just a great recipe. The heat will depend on the jalapenos. The ones I used were not hot enough. HA! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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  30. Tracy on February 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Bacon makes everything better, including cheese balls! Yum!

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  31. Sargento Cheese on March 28, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    This cheese ball looks amazing! The unqiue blend of flavors sounds like the perfect Superbowl treat! We’re sure it’s a crowd-pleaser! We recommend trying Sargento Medium Cheddar Cheese for the perfect Superbowl recipe kick! For a spicier flavor, try Sharp Cheddar – or Pepper Jack! – to enhance the jalapeno flavor!

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  32. Deborah Archer on August 24, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Made this for daughter’s graduation party. Everyone raved about it and wanted the recipe. It was the hit of the buffet. Be sure to use fresh jalapenos. Made cheese ball a day ahead, wrapped in plastic and it worked just fine. Serve with a basic water or wheat cracker–nothing seasoned. You don’t want to take away from all of the delicious flavors in this fantastic cheese ball.

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  33. Kathleen on December 11, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Fabulous! Suggest chilling the cheeseball a bit before rolling in the coating. Doubled the recipe with no problem. Devoured deliciously!! And sharing…

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  34. Jim on December 28, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I’ve made this three times this month alone for tailgating & it is a HUGE hit. I’ve tweaked the recipe a little to increase the heat because, we’ll, I’m a guy and we do stuff like that, and it’s better every time. What a great recipe. My friends thank you.

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  35. Rose on January 2, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Just finished making this, was easy to put together. Looks too pretty to eat. I’m sure our guest will love it.

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  36. Natasha on February 1, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Just made this for the Superbowl tomorrow and it is incredible!!!!!!! Doubled the recipe. And so glad I did because it’s amazing. Omaha! Eat! Go Broncos!!!!!!!!

    Reply

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