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Bacon Jalapeno Cheeseball

Get ready to spice up your gatherings with a crowd-pleaser: the bacon jalapeno cheeseball. If you’re on the lookout for a zesty, creamy delight that’s as versatile as it is addictive, look no further than this flavorful cheeseball.

Imagine this: a blend of creamy cheeses and spicy jalapenos rolled in crunchy coatings, creating a perfect balance of heat and creaminess in every bite.

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Whether you’re hosting a casual get-together or a big bash, this jalapeno cheeseball is the ultimate appetizer that’ll have everyone coming back for more.

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What kind of cheese works best for a jalapeno cheeseball?

Cream cheese forms the base of most jalapeno cheeseball recipes. Additionally, shredded cheddar or a mix of cheeses like Monterey Jack and sharp cheddar work well.

Can I make a jalapeno cheeseball ahead of time?

Yes! Jalapeno cheeseballs can be made ahead. Prepare the mixture, shape it into a ball, and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

What ingredients to I need to make this Bacon Jalapeno Cheeseball?

Ingredients:

  • slices of bacon
  • jalapeño pepper, finely minced, divided
  • cream cheese, room temperature
  • Mexican-blend cheese, finely shredded
  • smoked paprika
  • seasonings

Helpful tools to make this recipe

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How long should I refrigerate the jalapeno cheeseball before serving?

It’s best to refrigerate the cheeseball for at least 1-2 hours or until it’s firm enough to hold its shape when rolled in toppings.

What’s the best way to soften cream cheese for mixing?

Leave the cream cheese at room temperature for about 30 minutes to an hour before mixing. This allows it to soften, making it easier to blend with other ingredients.

What other recipes should I try?

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Bacon Jalapeno Cheeseball

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 thick-cut slices of bacon
  • ½ large jalapeño pepper, finely minced, divided
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ c. Mexican-blend cheese, finely shredded
  • ½ t. smoked paprika
  • ½ t. Mexican oregano
  • ½ t. chipotle powder
  • ½ t. garlic powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Line a large plate with paper towels and place 4 slices of bacon on top. Cover with additional paper towels. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes, or until bacon is crispy. Remove from microwave and discard paper towels. Repeat process with additional paper towels and remaining slices of bacon.
  2. Place crispy bacon in a food processor and pulse briefly until roughly chopped. Transfer bacon crumbs to a large bowl, along with half the jalapeño pepper, and stir to combine. Set aside. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 gluten-free crackers. Enjoy!
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