Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe

This Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball puts a delicious kick on the classic cheese ball recipe we all know and love. Cream cheese, ranch, bacon, and more are combined in this tasty bacon cheese ball recipe for lots of flavor. It’s perfect as a Christmas party appetizer, New Year’s Eve appetizer, or for game day!

bacon ranch cheese ball with crackers

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

This Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball is all kinds of yum! It’s creamy, cheesy, and filled with bacon–what’s not to love?! I can’t wait to serve this bacon cheese ball as an appetizer for Christmas!

Everyone’s had a cheese ball before. It seems to be the go-to Christmas and New Year’s Eve appetizer, and for good reason. Who doesn’t want to dig into a ball of cheese? I’ve shared my Classic Cheese Ball Recipe with you guys in the past, and now I want to share a fun twist on this tasty party food.

This Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball has everything you love about the classic version, but with BACON. Bacon is always a crowd pleaser at parties, so I love adding it into game day and Christmas party appetizers whenever I can. This Bacon Cheese Ball recipe is a super easy appetizer to prepare for any holiday or party. No baking, just mix it all together and set it in the fridge.

I absolutely love this cheese ball recipe with bacon, and party guests always seem to love it too. Like I said, you can’t go wrong with bacon filled appetizers no matter the occasion!

This Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball will be the hit of the party! Make this cheese ball recipe with bacon for game day, New Year’s Eve, or Christmas.

bacon cheese ball recipe on a plate with crackers

cheese ball recipe with bacon and parsley

Easy Bacon Cheese Ball Recipe

Nothing is easier than an appetizer that let’s the refrigerator do all the heavy lifting. This Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball is FILLED with flavor (what’s better than cheese and bacon?), and it’s really easy to make. This cheese ball recipe with bacon is perfect for any party, holiday, or occasion that requires you to feed guests, and it’s always a hit. Just add some crackers and let people dip away!

What ingredients are in a bacon cheese ball?

  • Cream Cheese
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Bacon
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Ranch Seasoning Mix
  • Parsley

The great thing about cheese balls is that you can really add in anything you want. I love the  savory, tangy mix that the bacon and ranch adds in. Plus the yogurt gives it a bit of extra creaminess. SO yummy!

cheese ball appetizer with bacon

close up on a bacon ranch cheese ball

How to Make a Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

This bacon ranch cheese ball is so simple! Basically, you just mix your ingredients, shape the cheese into a ball, and refrigerate. This is a great appetizer to make a day or so before eating, since it needs plenty of time to set in the refrigerator before serving. Besides, that extra time in the fridge really lets the flavors meld together perfectly!

How to make a bacon cheese ball:

  1. Cook and crumble up the bacon (you can do this well before starting the cheese ball, and refrigerate the bacon until ready to use). 
  2. Use an electric mixer to combine all the cheeses, yogurt, ranch mix, and about 1/4 of the bacon crumbles. 
  3. Mold the cheese mixture into a ball shape, wrap it in plastic wrap, place it in a small bowl, and then refrigerate it for at least 8 hours (or overnight).
  4. After it sets, combine bacon crumbles and parsley in a mixing bowl, and then roll the cheese ball in the bacon/parsley.
  5. Put the bacon cheese ball back in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

It’s so cheesy and delicious! Serve it with you favorite crackers for a simple holiday or Christmas party appetizer.

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Can you freeze a cheese ball?

Whether you have leftovers or you just want to make your bacon ranch cheese ball well ahead of time, you can freeze it. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then place it in a freezer safe resealable bag. If you are just trying to prepare these ahead of time, I recommend freezing it before rolling it in the bacon crumbles. But it will still work just fine if they’re already on there. Leftovers will be fine in the fridge for up to a couple of days.

bacon ranch cheese ball on a blue plate with crackers

Christmas Party Appetizers

Appetizers might just be my favorite food group. I love trying a bit of everything at parties, and they’re my favorite thing to make too. Whether it’s appetizers for Christmas, game day, or New Year’s Eve, they are always an important part of a good party! This bacon ranch cheese ball doesn’t disappoint.

Here are some other favorite Christmas party appetizers:

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bacon and ranch cheese ball appetizer

Any holiday or party will be so much better with this Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball on the table. It’s easy to make, it’s delicious, and it’s cheeeeesy. Anything cheesy is a crowd pleaser, so your guests will love this bacon cheese ball. Dig in!

See the recipe card below for details on how to make a Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball. Enjoy!

 

If you like this bacon ranch cheese ball recipe, try these other easy appetizers for Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or Game Day:

4.88 from 8 votes
This Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball puts a delicious kick on the classic cheese ball recipe we all know and love. Cream cheese, ranch, bacon, and more are combined in this tasty bacon cheese ball recipe for lots of flavor. It's perfect as a Christmas party appetizer, New Year's Eve appetizer, or for game day!
Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
chill
8 hrs
Total Time
10 mins
 
This Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball puts a delicious kick on the classic cheese ball recipe we all know and love. Cream cheese, ranch, bacon, and more are combined in this tasty bacon cheese ball recipe for lots of flavor. It's perfect as a Christmas party appetizer, New Year's Eve appetizer, or for game day!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon ranch cheese ball, cheese ball recipe, christmas appetizer
Servings: 8
Calories: 330 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
Ingredients
  • ½ cup 2 ounces Sharp Cheddar
  • ¼ cup 1 ounce Swiss Cheese
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ of a 1 ounce package Hidden Valley Original Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 pound bacon cooked crisp & crumbled, divided
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Combine cheddar, Swiss, yogurt, Ranch seasoning mix, cream cheese and ¼th of the crumbled bacon in a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix ingredients together with an electric mixer until well blended. Shape the cheese mixture into a ball, cover it with plastic wrap and place it in a bowl just larger than the ball.
  3. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  4. After the cheese ball has firmed in the fridge, combine the remaining bacon crumbles and chopped parsley in a small mixing bowl.
  5. Roll the cheese ball in the bacon crumbles/parsley mixture, pressing slightly so the bacon will adhere to the cheese.
  6. Return the cheese ball to the fridge until ready to serve.
  7. Serve with favorite crackers and/or fresh vegetables.
  8. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball is best made one day ahead giving time for the flavors to meld.

Nutrition Facts
Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 330 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 478mg 20%
Potassium 147mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 6.2%
Calcium 10.1%
Iron 1.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Comments

Allyson Zea
I would love to try this out! These flavors are perfect together!
Tara
I'd be ALL over this at a party -- yum!!!
Jamielyn
Cheese balls are my go-to appetizer! This recipe looks SO flavorful and delicious!
Sabrina
It's like you read my mind to find out all of my favorite things and put them all into this appetizer! So delicious!!
Kristyn
I love this recipe!! It's great for any get-together & always a hit!
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