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Since arriving in the United States nearly 7 years ago I have tried many new types of food that I had not tried while living in Mexico. If you take a quick look at the recipes that I share here on my blog, you will see that I share recipes from all over – not just from Mexico. That said, I do try to incorporate as many Mexican flavors into my recipes as possible.
One such food that I had never tried before coming to the United States was the famous cheese ball. To be completely honest the idea of a cheese ball didn’t sound too appealing to me at first. That all changed the first time that I tried it! One of my brothers-in-law makes his version of a cheese ball every year around Christmas. Last year I decided to try it, and I loved it! I am so glad that I decided to give it a try, because I was missing out!
I don’t have his recipe, but I did decide to come up with my own and I want to share it with you today. As you probably know, Mexican food is known for being spicy, so I definitely wanted to incorporate that characteristic into this recipe. That is why I decided to include shredded pepper jack cheese, and chopped jalapeños in this cheese ball recipe.
Another thing that I have learned here in the United States is that bacon makes everything better. With that in mind, I also decided to add some delicious bacon bits to the cheese ball to give it that extra crunch and smokiness. Finally, to give it a bit of sweetness, I also included some freshly chopped pineapple.
This recipe is really easy to make, and I promise that it will be a big hit!
Of course in order to enjoy a cheese ball you have to have something delicious to eat it with. My cracker of choice to go along with this cheese ball are RITZ Original Fresh Stacks. I have always loved RITZ Original crackers, and now they are even more convenient because RITZ Original and all varieties, including RITZ Ultimate Butter (which is available for a limited time only) come in Fresh Stacks so they are easy to take on the go – or to enjoy with this delicious cheese ball.
You can find RITZ Original Fresh Stacks and other varieties at Walmart in the crackers section.
I made this yesterday while my husband was at work, and I have to say, once he got home and we started eating it, this cheese ball did not last very much longer!
I hope that you enjoy it, and let me know how it turns out in the comments below!
Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball Recipe
- 16 Oz of Cream Cheese
- 1 Cup of Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
- 1 Cup of Fresh Pineapple chopped into small pieces
- 1/2 cup of bacon bits
- 1/2 cup of chopped jalapenos
- 1/2 Cup of Chives
- 1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon of Paprika
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 Cup of Chopped Almonds
- RITZ Original Fresh Stacks - 5 Cracker Serving Size
- Remove the cream cheese from the refrigerator so that it is at about room temperature.
- Combine the room temperature cream cheese, and all of the rest of the ingredients except for the almonds in a large bowl.
- Mix well with a mixer or by hand.
- Remove and form a ball and then wrap in plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Remove from refrigerator and coat in chopped almonds.
- Serve with crackers and vegetables.