Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Ball Appetizer for Game Day | @bestrecipebox

Jalapeño Bacon Cheese Ball

Course: Appetizer, Dips, Snack
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 221 kcal

This rank mild in our kitchen's spicy scale. To amp it, feel free to add chopped fresh jalapeños and/or your favorite chili sauce to the cheese mixture. 

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese , softened (1 package)
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons pickled Jalapeños , (or to taste) drained and minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chile Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • fresh cracked Black Pepper
  • 2 Green Onions , sliced thin (divided in half)
  • 2 slices cooked, crispy Bacon , cut into very small pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons roasted Pepitas or Nuts (pecans, almond, walnuts etc…)
  • Fresh slices of Jalapeño or cilantro sprigs , optional garnishing
  • Serve with chips , pretzels, veggies or crackers.

Directions

  1. In bowl, combine cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Microwave cheeses for about 30 seconds (depending on microwave) or just until the they are soft and cheddar is slightly melted. Stir to combine.
  2. Add the pickled jalapeños, garlic salt, onion salt, chile powder, cumin, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper and 1/2 of the green onions. Stir the mixture until everything is combined. Chill in fridge for 5 minutes if necessary so you can form into a ball.
  3. Lay plastic wrap on surface and transfer cheese mixture on top. Wrap the plastic wrap around cheese mixture and shape the mixture into a ball. Chill until the cheese ball is firm.
  4. Combine the bacon bits, pepitas or nuts and remaining green onions in a plate. Roll the chilled cheese ball in the bacon/nuts mixture. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve. The cheese ball tastes better the next day after all the flavors are combined.
  5. Garnish with jalapeño or cilantro. Serve with chips, pretzels, veggies or crackers.