Jalapeno Cheese Ball Bites

20 cheese balls
20 min

These cute little Jalapeno bites are going to be a hit at your holiday party. They are so easy to make and they are delicious!

Cream cheese combined with ingredients like bacon, pecans, and pretzel sticks makes for a delicious finger food that people won't be able to keep their hands off!

With a 20 minute prep, then a 1 hour chill time in the fridge, they are easy and fun to make!

Plus, you can easily make them a day or two ahead of your party and just keep them in the fridge in an airtight container until an hour before serving!

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It's best to add the pretzel stick handle just before serving these tasty treats.


In a large bowl combine cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, all seasonings, jalapeno, and pimentos.

Gently mix these together well. Chill for one hour.

Meanwhile, In a shallow dish combine bacon and pecans and mix well. Roll chilled cheese mixture into ball and roll in bacon pecan mixture until well coated.

At this point, you can store them in the fridge. Or, to serve right away, poke a pretzel stick in the center of each cheese ball to serve as a handle!

Enjoy! And...if you love peach cocktails, see our favorite way to make shooters - these Crown Peach Shooters are perfect for happy hour.

Jalapeno Cheese Ball Bites
Recipe details
  • 20  cheese balls
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, fresh grated
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room tempurature
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1-2 jalapenos, seeded & minced
  • 4 oz pimentos, diced and drained
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked & chopped small
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped small
  • Pretzel sticks

In a large bowl mix cheese, cream cheese, mayo, all seasonings, jalapeno, and pimentos until well combined.
Cover and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour .
In a shallow dish combine bacon and pecans and mix well.
Roll cheese mixture into ball and roll in bacon pecan mixture until well coated.
Insert a pretzel stick in the center just before serving.
  • You can also use this recipe to make a singular large cheese ball. Instead of separating the filling into small portions, roll all of it into a large ball, then carefully coat with the other ingredients. Serve with crackers, pita chips, or veggies.
  • Sour cream can be substituted for mayonnaise if desired.
  • Use hot sauce in the cream cheese filling for some extra heat.
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