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Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball

A Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball is the perfect party appetizer! It's creamy with a little kick and crunch, and it's majorly delicious and super easy to make!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword jalapeno popper cheese ball
Prep Time 15 minutes
refridgerate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients

For cream cheese mixture:

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened (2 packs)
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 TBS cooked bacon or bacon bits, chopped
  • 2 small jalapenos, seeded and diced finely
  • 2 stalks green onions or chives, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

For the coating:

  • 1/3 cup chopped toasted nuts, cashews/almonds/walnuts/pine nuts will all work
  • 1/3 cup Italian Style Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • 2 TBS bacon bits or chopped cooked bacon
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded and diced finely
  • 2 TBS shredded pepper jack cheese, roughly chopped

Instructions

For the cream cheese filling:

  1. In a medium to large mixing bowl, add cream cheese, pepper jack cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon, jalapeno, green onions, and seasonings. 

  2. Using a fork, potato masher, or pastry blender, mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl and push everything to the center of the bowl.

  4. Place a clean sheet of plastic wrap on the counter, then use the spatula to remove the cream cheese filling, and place into the center of the plastic wrap. Loosely wrap the cream cheese mixture, and form into a ball (just do the best you can, it doesn't have to be perfect). Wrap up tightly, then place in fridge for at least 2 hours.

  5. TIP: I place the wrapped cheese ball into a bowl, then put in the fridge. It prevents the bottom of the cheese ball from getting too flat.

For the coating:

  1. Using a baking sheet, add nuts, Italian Style Seasoned Bread Crumbs, bacon bits (or chopped bacon), pepper jack cheese, and jalapeƱos. Toss everything to combine.

  2. Once the cream cheese mixture has been refrigerated for at least 2 hours, remove from fridge and form into a better ball. 

  3. Place the cheese ball at the end of the baking sheet and roll into the crumbs, pressing it down slightly to get the crumb mixture to stick into the ball. Repeat until the ball is completely coated.
  4. Serve immediately with crackers and other dippers!

Recipe Notes

Make ahead instructions:

How to freeze a cheese ball:

Published on Dec. 2018, Updated January 2020.