Jalapeño Popper Cheese Ball

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Jalapeño Popper Cheese Ball is the quintessential appetizer for parties, whether it be small or large gatherings. An easy-to-make cheese ball with simple ingredients, this one will have your guests coming back for more!

Side view of a jalapeño popper cheese ball with crackers, on a shallow bowl.

Sharing my first ever cheese ball with you today. And this one is a whopper! SO MUCH flavor packed in, with the choice of omitting the jalapeño seeds or not. Make this as spicy as you like, and regardless, you’re gonna love it.

Cheese balls have been around forever. While I think they’ve gotten a bad rap in the past, it really depends on the combination and quality of ingredients. As ya’ll know, I’m Tex-Mex obsessed which means you’ll find a lot of bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers and beef and bean nachos at my gatherings.

Now let’s get to making the best cheeseball EVER! 😀

Overhead view of a jalapeño popper cheese ball with crackers.

Ingredients needed for Jalapeño Popper Cheese Ball:

  • Cream Cheese – You can use a light version or a full-fat version.
  • Yogurt – Use plain Greek yogurt, at least 2% fat.
  • Seasonings – A pinch of garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Bacon – Get it nice and crisp.
  • Cheese – I went with sharp cheddar cheese, but others work too.
  • Jalapeños – You can omit the seeds and rind for less heat, or keep some for a bit of heat.
  • Onions – Green onions add so much flavor to this appetizer.
A gray tray with all the ingredients for the cheese ball.

How to make a Jalapeño Popper Cheese Ball:

  1. Prep ingredients. Cook the bacon and crumble. Chop the jalapeños and green onion.
  2. Reserve ingredients. Reserve about 1/4 cup of each of the following – the bacon, cheese, green onion, and jalapeños.
A square bowl of the reserved ingredients for the outside of the cheese ball.

3. Combine ingredients for cheese ball. In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Make sure you let the cream cheese sit out to soften. Then use a hand mixer to combine everything together.

A glass bowl with all the jalapeño popper cheese ball ingredients, separated by ingredient.

3. Form cheese ball. Use your hands to form the cheese ball. Wrap up tightly with Saran Wrap, and place in the refrigerator for several hours to cool.

4. Add reserved ingredients to cheese ball. After the cheese ball has been chilled for several hours, press the reserved ingredients all over the outside of the cheese ball. Place back in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

5. Serve. Serve the cheese ball with crackers, chips, or veggies of your choice.

Side view of a cheese ball with all the reserved ingredients on the outside.

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT JALAPEÑOS:

  • Some jalapeños are hotter than others. Boy, do I know this fact. I’ve used jalapeños SO much in my cooking since moving to Texas, and while I sincerely love them, they can betray even a spice lover like me. I love this explanation by Elise Bauer“The older the pepper, and the more stress the plant has been under, the more white lines you’ll see, and the hotter the pepper will be. The smoother the pepper, the younger, less stressed, and milder it is.
  • Always use gloves when handling the insides of jalapeños. Guys, I know this, because I’ve literally used my bare hands to deseed them. BIG mistake!
  • Never touch your eyes after handling jalapeños. Lesson learned after burning my eyes while putting my contacts in. OUCH!
Side shot of a cheese ball with some of it removed showing the inside.

NEED OTHER SNACK IDEAS?

My hand holding a cracker with a smear of jalapeño popper cheese ball.

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xoxo ~Sue

Side view of a jalapeño popper cheese ball with crackers, on a shallow bowl.

Jalapeño Popper Cheese Ball

Jalapeño Popper Cheese Ball is the quintessential appetizer for parties, whether it be small or large gatherings. An easy-to-make cheese ball with simple ingredients, this one will have your guests coming back for more!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holiday cheese ball, jalapeno popper cheese ball, party appetizer
Prep Time: 20 minutes
chilling time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 183kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. cream cheese light – softened
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt – or sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste
  • 8 slices crispy bacon – crumbled
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese – freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup jalapeños – diced
  • 1/2 cup green onion – diced
  • crackers or veggies – to serve

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients (reserving 1/4 cup of the bacon, cheese, jalapenos, and green onions). In a mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer to combine. Then use your hands to form a nice round ball and wrap in saran. Place in refrigerator for several hours.
  • Use reserved ingredients to press into the cheese ball. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Serve cheese ball with crackers, chips, and/or veggies.

Notes

Some things to consider when using jalapeños:
  • Some jalapeños are hotter than others. Boy, do I know this fact. I’ve used jalapeños SO much in my cooking since moving to Texas, and while I sincerely love them, they can betray even a spice lover like me. I love this explanation by Elise Bauer“The older the pepper, and the more stress the plant has been under, the more white lines you’ll see, and the hotter the pepper will be. The smoother the pepper, the younger, less stressed, and milder it is.
  • Always use gloves when handling the insides of jalapeños. Guys, I know this, because I’ve literally used my bare hands to deseed them. BIG mistake!
  • Never touch your eyes after handling jalapeños. Lesson learned after burning my eyes while putting my contacts in. OUCH!

Nutrition

Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 389mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 480IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 200mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 Comments

  1. A fantastic party snack with the right amount of spice!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      So easy to make too!

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