Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe

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This Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball puts a delicious kick on the classic 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.

It 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 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!

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 recipe 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!


  • 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!

To Make:

  1. Cook and crumble up the bacon (you can do this well before starting, 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 it 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. Watch the video to see the step-by-step process!

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 cheese ball doesn’t disappoint.

Here are some other favorite Christmas party appetizers:

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!

Watch the video and See the recipe card for details on how to make this favorite appetizer. Enjoy!

Be sure to try these other easy appetizers for Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or Game Day:


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