Chipotle Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball

Chipotle bacon cheddar cheese ball is a party appetizer that’s perfect for game day snacking! Three kinds of cheese are combined and then rolled into crispy bacon pieces. SO yummi!

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With the Superbowl just around the corner (and my beloved Green Bay Packers in a great position of contention this year), I’m sharing my chipotle bacon cheddar cheese ball recipe with you. Your party guests will go crazy for this appetizer recipe!

With just a few simple ingredients and only about 10 minutes to make, this cheese ball should be at the top of your party food list. Because I live in Wisconsin, also know as The Dairyland State, cheese is a must and a necessity for me to use in recipes. Bacon is a necessity because… well, it’s bacon!

If salty, crispy bits of pork fat are wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Bacon Chipotle Cheddar Cheese Ball recipe - This is party food, game day, or appetizer at its best!

If you’re a vegetarian or you’d like to keep things a little bit healthier, feel free to swap out ingredients.

Use chives, nuts, or sunflower seeds on the outside instead of bacon, add some finely chopped baby spinach in with the cheese, or you can use all low fat cheeses if you want. The idea is to make this appetizer one that’ll disappear from the party platter faster than you can say touchdown!

Bacon Chipotle Cheddar Cheese Ball recipe - This is party food, game day, or appetizer at its best!

If you’re looking for some game day food that’s a bit healthier than this cheddar cheese ball recipe, you should check out my recipes for Spicy Parmesan Kale Chips or Ranch Roasted Nuts Snack Mix.  They’re both also quite yummi!

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Ranch Roasted Nuts Snack Mix - a nutritious mix of cashews, peanuts, puffed oats, and dried cranberries. Perfect for holiday parties!

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What do you say we dig in to this chipotle bacon cheddar cheese ball now?


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Chipotle Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball

Prep Time 10 min Serves 10

3 kinds of cheese are blended with a chipotle pepper and spices, then wrapped in a blanket of crisp bacon pieces. This is a game day or party appetizer that the crowd will go crazy for!


  • 8 ounces plain cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Colby or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobe sauce, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chili powder
  • 1 cup cooked and crumbled bacon pieces (about 6 slices of bacon)


  1. Place cheeses in the bowl of a food processor. (If you don't have a food processor, use a high speed blender.) Process until cheeses are combined.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients except for bacon pieces and pulse to combine. Transfer mixture to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Remove plastic wrap and use clean hands to form cheese into a ball. Place bacon pieces on a plate and roll cheese ball in them before transferring to a serving platter.
  4. Serve with crackers, chips, or raw veggies.
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23 Replies to "Chipotle Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball"

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    Theresa January 22, 2015 (11:00 pm)

    Oh, this looks and sounds so delicious! Thanks for sharing at the party! Hope to see you at this week’s party. Pinned

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    Helen January 18, 2015 (5:11 pm)

    Being in UK I’ve never seen this before but think I will give it a try! Thanks for linking up #frugalfamilylinky

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    Beth McIntire January 18, 2015 (2:54 pm)

    This looks so tasty! I’m saving this recipe for the next potluck lunch at work.

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    Evelyne January 16, 2015 (8:44 pm)

    I love a good (NEW!) cheese ball recipe! Thanks for linking up at the Frugal Family Linky! Evelyne

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    Chris January 14, 2015 (2:09 pm)

    Ooooo bacon again?! I feel like I’ve won the lottery with the last 2 recipes I’ve seen on your site! Pinning this bad boy. Looks amazing!!!

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    Chelsey January 14, 2015 (7:35 am)

    I love cheeseballs and this one sounds fantastic! Pinning and stumbling!

    Found you on The Life of Jennifer Dawn. Thanks for sharing!

  • Hot Spinach Dip with Bacon Recipe {Lower Fat, Low Carb} January 12, 2015 (4:46 am)

    […] I do remember that I posted a recipe last week that has cheese and bacon in it. But HELLO, it’s cheese… and bacon! Is it wrong that I love it so […]

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    Joy January 11, 2015 (10:16 am)

    Wow, looks and sound delicious! Love the idea of rolling a cheese ball in bacon, yum. Visiting from Foodie Friday’s 🙂

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    David January 8, 2015 (6:57 am)

    Do I see some bacon on that ball? You nailed it, Becca! This cheese balls sounds delicious. Great post…but sorry to say that I’ll be pulling for the Cowboys on Sunday. (Don’t worry…my team didn’t even make the playoffs this year. I think eating this cheese ball will help me forgot the woes of this past season.)

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    Linda (Meal Planning Maven) January 7, 2015 (7:53 pm)

    Great Super Bowl party food!

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      Chef Becca January 8, 2015 (8:32 am)

      I think so too, Linda! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Barbara January 7, 2015 (5:39 pm)

    You can’t go wrong with cheese and bacon on a cracker!

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      Chef Becca January 8, 2015 (8:32 am)

      You are SO right about that, Barbara!

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    Amanda January 7, 2015 (4:05 pm)

    Oh my word, this looks SO good! LOVE!

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      Chef Becca January 8, 2015 (8:32 am)

      Come over and let’s eat cheese and be happy together, Amanda! 🙂

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    Melanie | Melanie Makes January 7, 2015 (12:13 pm)

    Bacon + chipotle + cheese? WIN! I’d make this as a single serving appetizer for myself!

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      Chef Becca January 8, 2015 (8:33 am)

      You and I are like twins, Melanie! 😀

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    Arlene January 7, 2015 (11:02 am)

    My husband would love this cheese ball recipe!

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      Chef Becca January 7, 2015 (12:03 pm)

      It’s definitely a “guy” kind of dip, Arlene. Brian ate half of this one by himself! LOL

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    Janette January 7, 2015 (10:35 am)

    I’ll bet this is a popular game day snack. Wow, looks amazing.

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      Chef Becca January 7, 2015 (11:59 am)

      Thanks, Janette! It’s a big ball of cheese and bacon. What’s not to love, right? 🙂

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