Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

This classic bacon ranch cheese ball recipe is made with crispy bacon, ranch seasoning, cream cheese, and cheddar. Serve it as one big ball or smaller ball bites. This make-ahead appetizer is a great way to feed a crowd!

A cheese ball with bacon, ranch seasoning, and cheddar cheese with crackers in the background.

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

There are few things I love more in this world than a gigantic cheese ball. (I’m a classy and complex person.)

This is the ultimate appetizer idea for a crowd, people love it. See below on serving options, you can serve it as one big ball, smaller cheese ball bites, or even baked in the oven.


  • Cream Cheese
  • Ranch Seasoning Mix- I like to buy it in bulk
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Bacon- Regular or Smokey
  • Green Onions

How to Make it

  • Mix all ingredients with a silicone spatula until evenly distributed.
  • Roll into a large ball or use a small cookie scoop and roll 1/2 Tablespoon-sized balls.
  • Cover with saran wrap.
  • Refrigerate for a minimum of one hour in order to allow the flavors to blend.
  • Serve with crackers, vegetables, Pita Chips, or crusty breads.

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

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

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

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

PRO Tips For This Recipe

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Bacon Ranch Cheddar Cheese Ball

5 from 22 votes
This cheese ball has a perfect blend of flavors including ranch, crispy bacon bits, 2 kinds of cheese, and chives. 


  • 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 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


  • 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.



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


Calories: 330kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 88mg, Sodium: 645mg, Potassium: 133mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 935IU, Vitamin C: 0.6mg, Calcium: 160mg, Iron: 0.4mg
This cheese-ball as a perfect blend of flavors including ranch, crispy bacon bits, 2 kinds of cheese, and chives. A perfectly easy and delicious appetizer! | The Cozy Cook | #cheese #fingerfood #appetizer #bacon #cheddar #cheeseball