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Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe is a simple recipe but a real crowd pleaser. Everyone loves bacon and this cheeseball is perfect for any occasion.

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I already told you about one of our favorite cheese ball recipes  -the Garlic onion Cheese ball recipe. But there is another one that is near and dear to my heart and it is the Bacon Ranch cheese ball recipe. It is so DELICIOUS.

This bacon cheese ball recipe is a must try and sure to be a hit. If you love bacon, you are going to devour this easy bacon cheese ball recipe.

Making a cheese ball is one of my favorite appetizer recipes. They are perfect for game day, New Years Eve appetizer or for an afternoon snack. This Christmas Cheese Ball and Football Cheese Ball is sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

Why We Love this Recipe:

We are going to show you how to make the easiest cheese ball ever. With only a few simple ingredients, you can make a really simple cheese ball.

Skip the store-bought cheese balls and make this at home instead. The combination of the flavors makes this bacon ranch cheeseball a family favorite.

Ingredients:

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Ingredients - cream cheese, bacon, ranch seasoning mix, cheese, green onions, chopped pecans
  • Cream Cheese
  • Bacon
  • Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Green Onions
  • Chopped Pecans for the Topping

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Variations Ideas:

  • Cheese – Feel free to change the shredded cheese to what you prefer. We have added in Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Monterey Jack Cheese and Pepper Jack cheese for added flavor.
  • Nuts – Chopped pecans are a great addition but you can also use slice almond or chopped walnuts.
  • Traditional Cheese Ball – You can also cover this easy cheese ball recipe in about ¼ cup of pecans. This is more of a traditional cheese ball look.
  • Sour Cream – Try adding in some sour cream. I love the way it makes the cheese ball extra creamy.
  • Garlic – We love the taste of garlic. I will sprinkle a little garlic powder in the cheese ball mixture.

Step by Step Instructions:

Mixing the cream cheese and seasoning together

Step 1 – Mix together the cream cheese and ranch seasoning mix until well combined.

Adding the green onion, cheese, chopped bacon to the cream cheese and seasoning

Step 2 – Mix in ¾ of the bacon, 2 diced green onion stalks and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese until combined.

Cream cheese mixture in a bowl with a white spoon

Step 3 – Place in the fridge and let cool until the cream cheese gets hard.

Combining the pecan topping mixture in a small bowl

Step 4 – In a small mixing bowl, stir together the pecans, remaining bacon, diced green onions and cheddar cheese.

Placing the cheese ball on the pecan topping mixture

Step 5 – Pour this mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap. Place the harden cheese on top.

Rolling the cream cheese ball into the chopped pecan toppings

Step 6 – Roll the cream cheese mixture into a ball and roll it so the topping ingredients covers the entire ball.

  • Step 7 – Serve immediately or place in the fridge until ready to serve. Serve with your favorite crackers.

Expert Tips:

  • Cream Cheese Softened – To make sure your cream cheese to mix, be sure it at room temperature.
  • Make Ahead – We love making this for a party, because I can make it about 24 hours prior to the party.
  • Change Shape – If you are having a football party, shape you cheese ball in the shape of a football. We like trying different shapes.
  • Bacon – If you do not have bacon already cook, you can use bacon bits.
  • Green Onions – Do you like green onions? You can add some in to the mixture.
  • Mini Cheese Ball Bites – You can also make mini cheese balls for a fun appetizer. Insert a toothpick in each one and they become a crowd pleaser.
Close up image of Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball on a platter with crackers

Serving Suggestions:

In my opinion you can’t have a party without having a cheese ball. It just brings everyone together around your table so they can dip their favorite food into the cheese ball. These are some of favorite:

  • Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Pita Chips
  • Mini Bagels
  • Carrots
  • Celery Sticks
  • Broccoli
  • Crostini

How Long do Cheese Balls Last?

Typically a cheese ball will last up to 2 weeks if stored in the refrigerator and the ingredients used were not close to expiring.

If the cream cheese that you used was close to expiring, that would impact how long the cheese ball would last.

Dipping a Ritz Cracker in the cheese ball

How to Store Leftovers:

Store you leftovers in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap. Enjoy the cheese ball for up to 2 weeks.

Can you Freeze Cheese Balls?

Yes, you can and this is perfect for the holidays. Just make sure to freeze it before you roll the cheese ball in the topping. Wrap the cheese balls in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag or container.

This will last about 1 month. Once you are ready to enjoy, thaw overnight and then roll it into the topping.

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Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

5 from 100 votes
Need an easy appetizer recipe? Try this bacon ranch cheese ball recipe! You are going to love this easy bacon cheese ball recipe. It is the best!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer
Calories 246

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Container of Cream Cheese Softened
  • 12 Slices Bacon Cooked and Crumbled, divided
  • 1 Tbsp Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese Shredded, divided
  • 3 stalks Green Onions diced, divided
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Pecans
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Instructions

  • Make sure your cream cheese is softened so you can stir it. If needed, soften it in the microwave.
  • Mix in ¾ of the bacon, ranch mix, 2 diced green onion stalks and 1 cup of cheddar cheese until combined.
  • Place in the fridge and let cool until the cream cheese gets hard.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the pecans with the remaining bacon, diced green onions and shredded cheese.
  • Pour this mixture on a piece of saran wrap. Place the harden cheese on top.
  • Roll the cream cheese into the shape of a ball and roll is over the topping ingredients so the pecans, bacon and cheese cover the entire the ball.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you love bacon you are going to devour this easy bacon cheese ball recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 246kcal, Carbohydrates 4g, Protein 11g, Fat 20g, Saturated Fat 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 8g, Trans Fat 0.03g, Cholesterol 37mg, Sodium 558mg, Potassium 161mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 231IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 207mg, Iron 0.4mg

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  1. Betty says:

    5 stars
    Going to try this recipe for bacon ranch cheese ball for family Thanksgiving this week. It’s, by far, the simplest recipe I’ve found and sounds delicious. Thanks for posting it and Have a Blessed Holiday Season!

  2. Yuvone Berry says:

    I will try this recipe. I like to serve cheese balls on Thanksgiving. People seam to enjoy appetizers while there waiting on the turkey to cook.

  3. MICHELLE L BAKER says:

    5 stars
    this is so easy and yummy on crackers ot celery.

  4. Carrie says:

    Great to hear – Thank you!

  5. Connie Terry says:

    5 stars
    So yummy. Love how easy it was and how tasty it was. I used the powder ranch dressing mix.

  6. Carrie says:

    Thank you! I hope you get to feeling better soon!

  7. Lori. Larson says:

    Carrie Thank you so much. I’ve been sick and been missing you. Love your recipes cheese Ball. Crockpot pepper Steak my family love it too

  8. Carrie says:

    Thanks for sharing! I love extra garlic too!

  9. Aleahia h says:

    5 stars
    I doubled the cream cheese and prob used 4x the garlic salt. Winner! Everyone wanted the recipe!

  10. Carrie says:

    Kim – Tt’s bottle ranch dressing. Thank you!

  11. Kim Jones says:

    Dry ranch dressing mix, or bottle ranch dressing?

  12. Jacqui says:

    The bacon ranch cheese ball is DELISH! I didn’t have any ranch dressing so I just added about a teaspoon of the powder stuff. I also threw in 3 diff cheese that I had. My family LOVED IT! Thanks for sharing.