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Jalapeno Cheese Ball

Our savory jalapeno cheese ball is loaded with fresh jalapenos, cheddar, Monterey Jack and cream cheeses, and chopped pecans!

We’ve been making cheese ball recipes for years. From holiday gatherings to football parties, we’ve got a cheese ball for every occasion.

For today, we’re sharing a jalapeno cheese ball. If you’ve never had one before, they taste like a jalapeno popper.

Especially, if you add cooked bacon. However, we decided to leave out the bacon and use pecans instead.

There’s nothing complicated about the appetizer. Just remember to pull out the cream cheese a few hours before getting started.

The cheese ball showing the inside of the snack.

How to make a jalapeno cheese ball without bacon?

First, start by softening the cream cheese. Once that’s done grab a large mixing bowl.

In the large bowl, add the following ingredients:

  • cream cheese
  • 1/4-cup of the chopped jalapenos
  • cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses
  • green onions
  • 1/4-cup of chopped pecans
  • seasoning salt
  • garlic powder
  • Worcestershire sauce.
Cream cheese, peppers, and other ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Now, you have 2 options here. You can use a wooden spoon or a hand mixer to combine the ingredients into a creamy dip.

Next, form the dip into a round ball. Also, go ahead and grab some plastic wrap. You’ll need it in a few minutes.

The ingredients have been combined in the bowl.

Then, use you’re hands to coat the cheese ball in the remaining chopped pecans and jalapenos.

Afterward, cover the ball in plastic wrap and place it into your fridge to chill for about 3 hours.

The ball has been coated in more peppers and pecans.

The cream cheese base needs to firm up a little before serving. When it’s done, remove it from your fridge.

Last, transfer it to a serving platter and surround it with chips, crackers, pretzel sticks, or any other dippers you desire.

That’s it, your jalapeno cheese ball is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy it and wish you all the best 🙂

A cracker coated with a scoop of the snack.

Jalapeno Cheese Ball Tips and Variations:

  • For a spicy cheese ball, you can leave the jalapeno seeds and membranes in tact and mix them into the dish.
  • If you want the jalapeno popper experience in a dip, then consider adding cooked, chopped bacon.

How long does a homemade cheese ball last?

When properly stored in your fridge, it should last about 3 days.

Is it OK to freeze a cheese ball?

Sure, just properly store it in your freezer. It should last about 2 months. Also, you’ll need to thaw it in your fridge before serving.

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Don’t forget to check out our Jalapeño Cheese Ball web story!

Yield: 12 Servings

Jalapeno Cheese Ball

The finished jalapeno cheese ball served with crackers.

Our savory jalapeno cheese ball is loaded with fresh jalapenos, cheddar, Monterey Jack and cream cheeses, and chopped pecans!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 16 Ounces Cream Cheese, (2 packs, softened)
  • 1/2 Cup Jalapenos, (seeded, membranes removed, chopped, and divided)
  • 8 Ounces Cheddar Cheese, (1 block, shredded)
  • 4 Ounces Monterey Jack cheese, (1/2 block, shredded)
  • 1/4 Cup Green Onions, (chopped)
  • 3/4 Cup Pecans (chopped, divided into 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup portions)
  • 1 Teaspoon Seasoning Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce


In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, 1/4 cup jalapenos, the cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, green onions, 1/4 cup pecans, seasoning salt, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce.

Once the ingredients are combined, form them into a ball. Coat the outside of the cheese ball with remaining jalapenos, and pecans.

Wrap the cheese ball in plastic wrap and place it into the fridge to chill for 3 hours. Remove and serve with crackers, pretzels, or any dippers you like.

Leftovers can be covered and stored in your fridge for up to 3 days.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of about 2 tablespoons of the jalapeno cheese ball. The calorie count does not include the crackers in the photos. Actual calories will vary. For more information and tips, please refer to the post.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 Tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 431mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 10g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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