Spicy Jalapeño Cheese Ball

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Spicy Jalapeño Cheese Ball — Just spicy enough that the more you have, the more you want!! A fast, easy, and foolproof hit!!

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

Spicy Cheese Ball Recipe

This is Super Bowl food all the way. Or game day food, easy party food, or cheese-spread-as-your-dinner food. If you can make meals out of appetizers and dips like I can, especially of the cheesy variety, you’re going to love this cream cheese ball recipe.

Simply combine cheddar cheese, cream cheese, garlic, red bell pepper, jalapeño pepper, and stir. In less than 5 minutes, you’re done. The best kind of recipe and it’s naturally gluten-free.

The tiny bits of peppers add nice color, great texture and big, bold flavor to the cheese ball.

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

Jalapeño Cheese Ball Ingredients

To make this easy cheese ball with jalapeño, all you’ll need is: 

  • Cream cheese 
  • Sharp cheddar cheese 
  • Red bell pepper
  • Jalapeño pepper
  • Garlic
  • Fisher Chopped Walnuts 
  • Fisher Natural Sliced Almonds 

Note: Scroll down to the recipe card section of the post for the ingredients with amounts included and for more complete directions.

Tip

I used 1/2 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. I especially loved the buttery crunch of the walnuts contrasted against the smooth, creamy cheese. So good.

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

How to Make a Jalapeño Cheese Ball

Cream cheese balls are one of the easiest appetizers you can make! Here’s an overview of how this hot cheese ball is prepared:

  1. Mix together all of the ingredients except the nuts. 
  2. Pat the mixture into a ball. Carefully transfer the cheese ball to a piece of plastic wrap and wrap it up.
  3. Chill the cheese ball in the fridge for at least 3 hours before serving it.
  4. When ready to serve, roll it in the nut mixture.  
Easy Jalapeño Cheese Ball — Just spicy enough that the more you have, the more you want!! A fast, easy, and foolproof hit!!

Tips for Making the Best Cheese Ball

Make sure the cream cheese is very well softened before beginning this recipe, or it will be unnecessarily difficult to combine the ingredients.

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.

You can optionally incorporate chives, green or red onion, corn, or bacon bits in the outer coating if you wanted to really go all out.

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

Recipe FAQs

Can You Prep This Cheese Ball in Advance? 

Yes! This jalapeño cheese ball will last up to 1 week in the fridge and can be made two or three days before you plan on serving it. Wait to roll it in nuts until you’re ready to serve. 

Can You Freeze a Cheese Ball? 

Yes, you can freeze the cheese ball before coating it in nuts. Wrap it in a few layers of plastic wrap and a layer or two of foil, then freeze for up to three months. To thaw, place in the fridge overnight. 

Can I use jarred jalapeños in this recipe instead of fresh?

Of course! If you have jarred jalapeño slices on hand, use those instead of a fresh pepper. I recommend patting the jalapeño slices with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture before adding to the cheese ball mixture.

Can I add bacon to the cheese ball?

Definitely! To make more of a jalapeño popper cheese ball, add up to 1/3 cup of cooked and crumbled bacon to the cream cheese mixture.

What’s the best type of cream cheese for making cheese balls?

Use cream cheese that’s sold in a brick, NOT whipped cream cheese. I used lite cream cheese in an effort to reduce some of the decadence. 

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

What to Serve with a Jalapeño Cheese Ball

Cream cheese balls pair well with anything carb-y. Some of my favorite things to dip into a cheese ball are: 

  • Pita chips 
  • Crackers
  • Tortilla chips 
  • Baguette slices 
  • Veggie sticks 
  • Pretzels 

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4.78 from 18 votes

Spicy Jalapeño Cheese Ball

By Averie Sunshine
This Jalapeño Cheese Ball is just spicy enough that the more you have, the more you want!! A fast, easy, and foolproof hit!!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 10
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Ingredients  

  • two 8-ounce packages brick-style cream cheese, very well softened (lite is okay)
  • 8- ounces grated sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup finely diced red bell pepper with seeds and stem removed, about 1/2 of a medium/large pepper
  • 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
  • ½ cup Fisher Chopped Walnuts, or as necessary to fully cover cheese ball
  • ½ cup Fisher Natural Sliced Almonds, or as necessary to fully cover cheese ball

Instructions 

  • 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.
  • Using a spatula (or your hands), pat mixture into a ball inside bowl; it’s okay if it’s not perfectly round.
  • 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.
  • Prior to serving, combine the walnuts and almonds in a medium bowl and gently roll the ball in nuts until it’s completely covered.

Notes

Storage: 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 713kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 64g, Saturated Fat: 31g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 26g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 152mg, Sodium: 740mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is the MOST requested cheeseball I make. Have been making for four years and its requested by everyone for a family get-together. My 14 year old grand-daughter is now making them for her family get-togethers. Perfect, easy to make, easy to adjust the ingredients and never any left-overs.

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and I am glad this is the most requested cheeseball you make! And that you’ve been making it for 4 years and it’s a family favorite!

  2. 5 stars
    This is the MOST requested cheeseball I make. Have been making for four years and its requested by everyone for a family get-together. My 14 year old grand-daughter is now making them for her family get-togethers. Perfect, easy to make, easy to adjust the ingredients and never any left-overs.

  3. 5 stars
    I realize I’m late to the party but just had to add that this is a great basic recipe to play around with! I sometimes make it with crumbled bacon added (Jalapeno Popper!), or diced bacon, pimiento and dry ranch dip mix added (Bacon Ranch). Also really good with other veggies added to change things up. People, cheese balls are the bomb and soooo easy and yummy! (We also make as a spreadable dip by using 1/3 less fat or spreadable cream cheese and omitting nut coating.) Yummy recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    I realize I’m late to the party but just had to add that this is a great basic recipe to play around with! I sometimes make it with crumbled bacon added (Jalapeno Popper!), or diced bacon, pimiento and dry ranch dip mix added (Bacon Ranch). Also really good with other veggies added to change things up. People, cheese balls are the bomb and soooo easy and yummy! (We also make as a spreadable dip by using 1/3 less fat or spreadable cream cheese and omitting nut coating.) Yummy recipe!

  5. Ooooh yum!! These sound amazing! I love the flavor of those smokehouse Jalapeño… and… you really can’t go wrong with cheese ! 😛

    1. I’ve only made it with fresh and fear that jarred or thawed out peppers would be a bit too mushy for my personal preference.

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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.