Bacon Ranch Cheddar Cheese Ball

This cheese ball has a perfect blend of flavors including ranch, crispy bacon bits, 2 kinds of cheese, and chives. A perfectly easy and delicious appetizer!Bacon Ranch Cheddar Cheeseball

There are few things I love more in this world than a gigantic cheese ball. (I’m a classy and complex person.) But this isn’t just any ball o’ cheese. It’s got BACON. (I think I’ve made my point.)

….and  aside from just bacon, this cheese ball is loaded with Ranch seasoning, 2 kinds of cheese, and ch-ch-chives. It’s sinfully delicious, good lord. If you need to think of an appetizer in a bind, this will save your life. You literally dump everything into a bowl, mix it, and yer done.

Does this Cheese Ball need to chill?

  • Cheese balls are best if refrigerated for a minimum of one hour in order to allow the flavors to blend.

Overhead shot of cheese ball ingredients including cream cheese, cheddar, bacon, and chives in a glass bowl on a white table.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes. This cheese ball can be made up to two days ahead of time.

Two hands molding a cheese ball into a circle on a white table.

Can I serve this as a warm dip?

Yes! I’ve actually create a separate recipe post about making the warm version. And trust me, it’s amazing. 

Want more? Check out all of my appetizer ideas.

What Other Variations Can I Try?

This Pineapple Pecan Cheese Ball is so festive and great for the holidays!

A knife cutting into a bacon ranch cheddar cheese ball on a plate with crackers

What to serve with a Cheese Ball:

I love serving this with water crackers because they’re sturdy and aren’t overpowering, we’ve got enough flavors going on here. You can also serve them with pita chips or vegetables. What could look better than this cheese ball in the middle of a vegetable platter?!

A hand holding a cracker with cheese spread on top of it.

Serving Options:

You can get as creative as you want with this recipe, some people like to roll it in some crushed pecans or sliced almonds. You could also use a small cookie scoop and roll 1/2 Tablespoon-sized balls and let people grab mini cheese balls with toothpicks.

Bacon Ranch Cheddar Cheeseball

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5 from 17 votes
Servings: 8
Bacon Ranch Cheddar Cheese Ball
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
 
Author: Stephanie
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheese Ball Recipe

This cheese ball has a perfect blend of flavors including ranch, crispy bacon bits, 2 kinds of cheese, and chives. 

Ingredients
  • 16 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 oz. packet Ranch seasoning mix (Equal to 2 Tablespoons)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup green onions, diced (can sub 1/3 cup diced chives)
  • 6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together with a silicone spatula until well combined. Form into a ball shape, these disposable kitchen gloves are handy for this. Wrap it in saran wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of one hour if possible to allow the flavors to blend together. Serve with crackers, pita chips, or vegetables.

Recipe Video
Recipe Notes

This cheese ball can be made up to two days ahead of time. 

Nutrition Information
Calories: 330, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 88mg, Sodium: 645mg, Potassium: 133mg, Carbohydrates: 4g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 9g, Vitamin A: 935%, Vitamin C: 0.6%, Calcium: 160%, Iron: 0.4%

Recipe Adapted from: PlainChicken.com

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