Easy Jalapeño and Red Pepper Cheese Ball

This is Superbowl food all the way.

Or game day food, easy party food, or cheese-spread-as-your-dinner food.

Easy Jalapeño and Red Pepper Cheese Ball - Just spicy enough that the more you have, the more you want!! A fast, easy, and foolproof hit!!

If you can make meals out of appetizers and dips like I can, especially of the cheesy variety, you’re going to love this one.

Simply combine cheddar cheese, cream cheese, garlic, red bell pepper, jalapeño pepper, and stir. In less than five minutes, you’re done. The best kind of recipe and it’s naturally gluten-free.

Easy Jalapeño and Red Pepper Cheese Ball - Just spicy enough that the more you have, the more you want!! A fast, easy, and foolproof hit!!

I de-seeded the jalapeño because not everyone likes things quite as spicy and hurts-so-good as I do, but if your friends and family can handle the heat, keep some or all of the seeds in.

I used light cream cheese in an effort to reduce some of the decadence.

Easy Jalapeño and Red Pepper Cheese Ball - Just spicy enough that the more you have, the more you want!! A fast, easy, and foolproof hit!!

And then proceeded to roll the cheese ball in a cup of nuts. But of course.

I used one half cup each of Fisher Chopped Walnuts and Fisher Natural Sliced Almonds. There’s no added salt, sugar, preservatives, or anything you don’t want in Fisher Nuts which is why they’re such a great choice for cooking.

Easy Jalapeño and Red Pepper Cheese Ball - Just spicy enough that the more you have, the more you want!! A fast, easy, and foolproof hit!!

I especially loved the buttery crunch of the walnuts contrasted against the smooth, creamy cheese. So good.

The tiny bits of peppers add nice color, great texture and big, bold flavor to the cheese ball. You can optionally incorporate chives, green or red onion, corn, or bacon bits if you wanted to really go all out.

Easy Jalapeño and Red Pepper Cheese Ball - Just spicy enough that the more you have, the more you want!! A fast, easy, and foolproof hit!!

Print Recipe

Easy Jalapeño and Red Pepper Cheese Ball

This is game day food, easy party food, or cheese-spread-as-your-dinner food. It's a fast, easy, naturally gluten-free, stir-together recipe and in less than five minutes, you're done. I de-seeded the jalapeño because not everyone likes things quite as spicy as I do, but if your friends and family can handle the heat, keep some or all of the seeds in. I used light cream cheese in an effort to reduce some of the decadence. I especially loved the buttery crunch of the walnuts contrasted against the smooth, creamy cheese. The tiny bits of peppers add nice color, great texture and big, bold flavor to the cheese ball. You can optionally incorporate chives, green or red onion, corn, or bacon bits.

Yield: one 6-inch diameter cheese ball, serves 6 to 16

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 3+ hours, for chilling

Ingredients:

two 8-ounce packages brick-style cream cheese, very well softened (lite is okay)
8-ounces grated sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup finely diced red bell pepper with seeds and stem removed (about 1/2 of a medium/large pepper)
1/3 cup finely diced jalapeño pepper with seeds and stem removed (about 1 medium/large pepper; if you want spread extra-spicy keep some or all of the seeds)
2 finely minced cloves of peeled garlic
optional 1/3 cup of chives, green or red onion, corn, or bacon bits
1/2 cup Fisher Chopped Walnuts, or as necessary to fully cover cheese ball
1/2 cup Fisher Natural Sliced Almonds, or as necessary to fully cover cheese ball

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, add all ingredients except nuts, and stir to combine or use a handheld electric mixer and beat on low speed to combine. Make sure cream cheese is very well softened before beginning or it will be unnecessarily difficult to combine the ingredients.
  2. Using a spatula (or your hands), pat mixture into a ball inside bowl; it's okay if it's not perfectly round.
  3. Turn ball out onto a large piece of plasticwrap and wrap it up. Gently pat it into a nice smooth ball, and place ball inside a ziptop bag to prevent fridge smells. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or overnight, to chill and firm up.
  4. Prior to serving, combine the walnuts and almonds in a medium bowl and gently roll the ball in nuts until it's completely covered. Cheese ball will keep for at least 1 week airtight in the fridge and can be made many days in advance; however, don't roll in nuts until day of serving.

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39 comments

  1. Just gorgeous! Great minds think alike. We should seriously do a cheese ball swap :)

  2. I’ve never made a cheese ball but this recipe may just change that…I love the combination of nuts. We are getting ready for 30 inches of snow (yes 30) so this would be a perfect snack as we hunker in for a few days of movie watching.

    • I had never made one either! Not sure why but they are so easy and took me 5 mins! This would be perfect snowed-in weather! Sitting around eating cheese (and drinking something too hopefully) while being snowed in actually sounds nice :)

  3. Easy and delicious–perfect for any party and so well timed. We’ll probably head over to one of our neighbors for the super bowl and it’s always nice to have a quick recipe. I have made various dips but not an actual cheese ball.

  4. It looks yummy! I’ll definitely try to make it. Thanks for sharing.

  5. You’re totally going to judge my food blogger prowess here, but…I have NEVER made a cheese ball!
    I know.
    But now you’ve done all the hard work and developing for me. SO…this! Love that spicy addition.
    Pinned!

  6. I need more cheese spread as my dinner type of days! Looks Delicious!

  7. I can totally make a meal out of appetizers, and those are sometimes the best meals! This cheese ball looks delicious, Averie! I love the jalapeno and red pepper combo. Pinned!

  8. Okay, so even funnier than our cheeseball talk the other day, is I almost made a savory cheeeball with jalapenos for my Fisher Nut post too :) Great minds I tell ya! The only reason I didn’t was because I had already made that sweet cheese ball!! This looks absolutely delicious!

    • And our other friend made a cheese ball and told me she was posting it tonight but is maybe moving it back a few days. Guess all the Fisher bloggers had cheese balls on the brain :) That is tooooo funny! And I would have loved your sweet cheese ball :)

  9. Cheese balls are the best! I’ve always made all kinds of herb cheese balls, but never thought about making a spicier one with jalapeno. Great idea. :)

  10. Let the dippage begin! This is so going to happen for Super Bowl 2015!

  11. I love me a good cheese ball. This one is fantastic, and I love the nuts you put on the outside!

  12. Fabulous flavors! My family would go crazy for this!

  13. I love cheese balls, and this one looks SO delicious with all the little extra additions! I can’t wait to try this one out at my next get-together!

  14. I’m SO an appetizers-for-dinner type of girl, and I’d have no problem polishing off half of this gorgeous cheese ball in one sitting. I’d only be able to make in for the Super Bowl when everyone else was distracted by the game and didn’t notice how much of it I hogged! ;)

  15. Yum! I love cheese balls and yours looks phenomenal! I love the mixture of cream cheese and cheddar cheese and adding red peppers sounds so delicious. Can’t wait to try!

  16. Yum! I love cheeseballs, and my husband and I have a movie and app night at least once a month. We will lay out a spread of goodies on the coffee table and snack all evening while catching up on Netflix or Hulu. I may try to make this for the SuperBowl! It looks gorgeous and delicious.

  17. All of this wonderful CHEESE!!!! I crave now :)

  18. I’m all about appetizers as meals too! I love jalapenos but only coming around to liking red bell peppers lately. Encased in soft cheese though, I won’t be able to resist!

  19. This look AMAZING! Ah i have to make it for super bowl!

  20. I’ve never had a cheese ball before, but if there is cream cheese and jalapenos involved, I’m in!

  21. This looks so good–pinned and adding to my menu list for Sunday. Thanks for sharing!

  22. This dip looks great! I may even add a little more cheddar to mine just because.

  23. Do I need to use fresh peppers or can I used thawed, frozen? Or out of a jar?

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