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Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Ball

This Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball is the ultimate appetizer for any occasion and any time of year. 
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 291kcal


  • 8 slices of thick bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (divided)
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup Mexican-blend cheese, finely shredded
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste


  • Cook the bacon according to the package directions. (I like to cook bacon in the oven). Drain on paper towel. Chop or crumble. Transfer bacon 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.
  • Shape the cheese mixture into a ball with your hands and transfer to a serving plate. Place in the refrigerator to firm up a bit, approximately 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove cheese ball from refrigerator and gently roll in the bacon jalapeño mixture until thoroughly coated. Return to serving dish and serve immediately with sliced vegetables and/or crackers.


Serve with fresh veggies, chips, pretzels, and/or crackers. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 124mg | Sugar: 1g