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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 bacon ranch cheese ball on surrounded by crackers.

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

There are few things I love more in this world than a gigantic Bacon Ranch 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.

As of December 2021 I added 3 additional ingredients that are simple, but make a huge difference in taste and texture. (See below!)

Ingredients

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

NEW as of 12/21:

  • Sour Cream– makes it creamier and much easier to dip!
  • White Cheddar or Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Garlic Powder

How to Make it

  • Mix all ingredients until evenly combined
  • Transfer to saran wrap and use it to help you mold it into a ball.
  • Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes in order to allow the flavors to blend.
  • Serve with crackers, vegetables, Pita chips, or crusty breads.

Making a bacon ranch cheddar cheese ball.

PRO Tips For This Recipe

  • For best taste, shred the cheese from a block instead of using bagged shredded cheese.
  • This cheese ball can be made up to 2 days ahead of time and store in the refrigerator.
  • I like to fry the bacon the night before making this as it’s a lot quicker and gives it time to cool before mixing with the cheese.
  • Let the cream cheese soften at room temperature for 1 hour before you prepare, (if possible). This makes it easier to combine evenly with the other ingredients.
  • Optional: Roll the cheese ball in chopped pecans for an added crunch.
  • Some people roll these into bite-sized balls and serve them with toothpicks.
  • Serve it warm: Check out my Warm Bacon Ranch Cheese Dip recipe.
  • You can also try this Pineapple Pecan Cheese Ball

Storage

  • This Cheese Ball can be stored for up to 4-5 days in the refrigerator, assuming all ingredients are fresh, including the onions and bacon.

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A bacon ranch cheese ball with crackers around it.

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

5 from 24 ratings
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, softened
  • 3 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 oz. packet Ranch seasoning mix, (Equal to about 3 Tablespoons)
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1.5 cups cheddar cheese, see notes*
  • ¼ cup green onions, diced (can sub 1/3 cup diced chives)
  • 6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

Instructions

  • Use a silicone spatula to mix all ingredients until well combined. Transfer to saran wrap and use it to help you mold it into a ball.
  • Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes in order to allow the flavors to blend. Remove saran wrap and transfer to a serving platter. Serve with crackers, vegetables, Pita chips, or crusty breads.
  • As of 12/2020: Sour Cream, Garlic Powder, and White Cheddar/Monterey Jack cheese were added to the recipe for improved taste and texture. They are optional, but recommended. The recipe video does not include these ingredients.

Notes

*I like to use a combination of sharp yellow and white cheddar. Cracker Barrel is my brand of choice. For best results, shred it from a block instead of using bagged shredded cheese. Monterey Jack is a good option to add to the mix as well.

PRO Tips For This Recipe

  • This cheese ball can be made up to 2 days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.
  • I like to fry the bacon the night before making this as it's a lot quicker and gives it time to cool before mixing with the cheese.
  • Let the cream cheese soften at room temperature for 1 hour before you prepare, (if possible). This makes it easier to combine evenly with the other ingredients.
  • Optional: Roll the cheese ball in chopped pecans for an added crunch.
  • Some people roll these into bite-sized balls and serve them with toothpicks.
  • Serve it warm: Check out my Warm Bacon Ranch Cheese Dip recipe.
  • You can also try this Pineapple Pecan Cheese Ball

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 78mg, Sodium: 554mg, Potassium: 117mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 826IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 172mg, Iron: 1mg
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

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83 comments on “Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball”

  1. I make this cheeseball for my family every year. I bake my bacon, and we leave out the green onions. When it’s all mixed and rolled into a ball, I roll the outside with chopped pecans. It’s definitely a family favorite ❤️.

  2. How many people can this cheeseball feed n what would be the price of it 

    • Hi Vanessa! The number of servings are in the upper left corner of the recipe card, this makes 8 servings. Unfortunately I don’t calculate a price for my recipes at this time, it can vary depending on where you live, brand selection, etc. -Stephanie

  3. Love this recipe..easy to find ingredients.
    I added diced black olives to recipe.
    Made it night before high tea event.
    Thank you.

    • So happy you liked the cheese ball! Yay!! Thank you for commenting and rating!

      • Hey stephanie I made this cheeseball recipe for Thanksgiving and I added 1 jalapeno in place of the green onions and I tasted it with the jalapeno and it was AMAZING. THANK YOU

      • Hey Lisa! Oh I’m SOO glad you liked it! What a GENIUS idea with the jalapeno! Gosh darnit I just made this over the weekend, I didn’t have a green onion but I did have a jalapeno! I wasn’t creative enough to think of using it in this! (Next time!) Thank you for letting me know! -Stephanie

  4. How big is a serving size I track my food  just curious ty

  5. This is a fabulous cheeseball. The following day, I still had some of this cheeseball left so I used it as filling for stuffed jalapenos that I put on the grill and again, it was awesome. Now when I make stuffed jalapenos, this is the recipe I use for the filling.

  6. can cheese balls be sent in the mail?

    • Hi Becky! You definitely could, but the box would have to be sufficiently chilled and protected, they make insulated boxes meant for sending food. I’ve never done it myself but I know it can be done! 🙂

  7. I was looking for something  to snack on for a holiday quick snack..! Thank you!! This will help loads..👍🍴👍

  8. I night ranch dip packet instead of dressing packet. Oops! Will it work? I’m taking it to thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. Thanks!

    • Hey Kathy! Fear not, it’s totally fine, it’s the same thing! If you were going to use that mix to make a dressing vs. a dip, then there’d be a difference in that process but the actual mix itself is the same! 🙂 Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!!

  9. This Cheeseball is amazing, what man doesn’t like bacon….I am woman and loved it!!!
    Thank you for sharing!!!
    P.S. I cooked about 4 more slices of bacon and used more chives to roll the cheeseball in. Wow!

  10. I make the Ranch Dressing Cheese Ball every year!
    I do tweak it a little bit. I use 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese. It makes 2 balls or one gigantic ball!!
    This is a family holiday favorite!

    • I’m so happy that you enjoy this ever year! And hey, I won’t ever argue with more cheese… ever! 🙂 Enjoy your Thanksgiving!!!

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