How To Make A Jalapeño Bacon Cheese Ball Appetizer For Parties

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Party appetizer ideas don’t get much better than this! Add this Jalapeño Bacon Cheese Ball to your party menu this holiday season and wow your guests with flavor! Ready in just 30 minutes and using an array of herbs and spices this dish will be the talk of the town!

This post is part of Create the Holidays (formerly Create Christmas) – a series of festive recipes, crafts, printables, and more on The Purple Pumpkin Blog!

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Jalapeño Bacon Cheese Ball

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Throwing a party and looking for appetizers to serve? Well, consider making this Jalapeño Bacon Cheese Ball appetizer. It’s easy to make and delicious!

Tex-Mex flavors including chipotle, paprika, oregano, and jalapeño go into this recipe, giving it a yummy smoky and spicy kick.

You can customize it based on your tastes or suit the preferences of your guests. This appetizer recipe will be sure to have you coming back for seconds!

The Create the Holidays (formerly Create Christmas) series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Christmas and the Winter Holidays! You can check out Create the Holidays from 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016201520142013 and 2012  for tons of awesome Holiday ideas and inspiration!

Jalapeno-Bacon Cheese Ball Appetizer

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

It may not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

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Recipe for Jalapeno-Bacon Cheese Ball Appetizer

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How Do I Make Jalapeño Bacon Cheese Ball ?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

How To Make a Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Ball

Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Ball Appetizer

Michelle Ordever
Add this Jalapeño Bacon Cheese Ball to your party menu and wow your guests with flavor!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizers & Starters
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 286 kcal


  • 8 thick-cut slices of bacon
  • ½ large jalapeño pepper finely minced, divided
  • 8 oz 225g cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup Mexican-blend cheese finely shredded
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp Mexican oregano
  • ½ tsp chipotle powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Crackers and/or vegetables to serve


  • Line a large plate with paper towels and place 4 slices of bacon on top. Cover with additional paper towels. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes, or until bacon is crispy. Remove from microwave and discard paper towels. Repeat process with additional paper towels and remaining slices of bacon.
  • Place the crispy bacon in a food processor and pulse briefly until roughly chopped. Transfer bacon crumbs to a large bowl, along with half the jalapeño pepper, and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • Combine the remaining jalapeño pepper, cream cheese, Mexican cheese, smoked paprika, Mexican oregano, chipotle powder, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir vigorously to combine.
  • Transfer the cheese mixture to a sheet of plastic wrap and use the wrap to form the cheese mixture into a ball. (Refrigerate for 5-10, or if you want to make ahead, 4 hours to or overnight.)

    Forming Cheese into Ball in Plastic Wrap
  • Remove the cheese ball from the refrigerator and gently roll in the bacon jalapeño mixture until thoroughly coated. Return to a serving dish and serve immediately with crackers and/or sliced vegetables.

    How To Make a Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Ball


Serving: 1 | Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 373mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g

Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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