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Christmas Cheese Ball Recipe

Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Ball Recipe

A wonderful South of the Border version of the classic cheese ball. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Amerian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 103kcal


  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 4 ounces
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 jalapeños stems and seeds removed, diced, divided
  • 6 pieces cooked bacon about 6 ounces, crumbled, divided
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans roasted
  • Crackers for serving


  • Mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, cilantro, garlic, cumin, cayenne, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, half of the diced jalapeños and half of the crumbled cooked bacon. Taste and adjust seasonings and add salt.
  • Place the roasted pecans and remaining diced jalapeños and bacon on a plate. Stir together so well mixed. With your hands, roll the cheese mixture into a ball, then place on the plate and roll in the jalapeños, bacon and pecans until covered.
  • Chill covered for at least an hour before serving. Serve with crackers.


Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 331IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg