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Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball made with cream cheese, jalapenos, cheddar cheese, ranch seasoning, bacon and chives is an easy to make crowd please appetizer!

Jalapeño Popper Cheese Ball

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12


  • 2 8 oz packages cream cheese - softened
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese - shredded
  • 1/2 cup Pepper Jack cheese - shredded
  • 2 tablespoons cooked bacon or bacon bits
  • 1 medium jalapeño - seeded and minced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon ranch seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives - finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cheese Ball Coating

  • 2 tablespoons cooked bacon or bacon bits
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives - finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley - finely chopped


  • To the bowl of a food processor, stand mixer or mixing bowl, add cream cheese. Blend/stir until smooth. Add cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese, bacon bits, jalapeños, ranch seasoning and chives. Blend together until well mixed, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally. Lay out a sheet of plastic wrap and spoon cheese ball mixture into the middle. Bring up sides of wrap and form cheese mixture into a ball. Place in a bowl and chill in refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • Place bacon bits, fresh chives and parsley on a small baking sheet or rimmed pan. Take cheese ball out of plastic wrap and roll in coating. Place on serving plate with crackers and serve immediately.
    **Can be rewrapped and stored in fridge until time to serve.