The BEST Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe is packed with so much flavor! Cream cheese combined with bacon, shredded cheese, and Ranch, SO GOOD!

This cheese ball makes for a great Appetizer to add to your Charcuterie Board spread.

Cheese ball in a plate with different types of crackers topped with fresh chopped greens.


Have this flavor-packed cheese ball ready in under 15 minutes! Cream cheese combined with cooked bacon, green onion, chopped nuts, poppy seeds, shredded cheese, and Ranch powder. We love making this bacon ranch cheese ball recipe for game nights, family gatherings, or just to snack on all for the kids.

Cheeseball on a gray plate topped with fresh chopped greens.

Ingredients for Cheese Ball-

With just a few ingredients you can have this Easy Cheese Ball Recipe ready in no time!

  • Cream Cheese– You want to use regular or low fat cream cheese that is at room temp.
  • Sour Cream– Sour cream for creamier dip.
  • Shredded Cheese– We use shredded Mexican cheese and cheddar cheese, you can use your favorite cheese(s).
  • Bacon– Cooked and chopped bacon is needed, we used our air fryer bacon for the best cooked bacon.
  • Green Onion– Freshly chopped green onion adds a hint or vegetable.
  • Walnut– Finely chopped walnuts.
  • Poppy seeds– We like adding poppy seeds for the appeal, but you can totally leave the seeds out!
  • Seasoning– For the seasoning you want to use garlic powder, Ranch powder and black pepper. The garlic and Ranch powder is what brings this cheeseball together!
Step by step collage of how to make the BEST cream cheese ball recipe.

How to Make Cheeseball Recipe-

Have this SIMPLE cheese ball ready to go in just under 15 minutes!

  1. Combine– In a mixing bowl, combine all of the cheese ingredients until well incorporated: cream cheese and sour cream, bacon bits, shredded cheese, green onion, walnuts, poppy seeds, and seasonings. Note– Don’t forget to set aside the needed ingredients for the coating.
  2. Form– Shape cheese ball and coat generously with the topping mixture and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Chef’s Tip– You can shape cheese balls into any shape you like! Go outside the box and make it sports-shaped, a heart, or a candy cake – be creative!

Serve Suggestions-

The classic way to serve this easy cheese ball is with crackers of choice, but there are also several other ways to enjoy this recipe. Serve with:

  • Pita Chips
  • Bagel Crisps
  • Crostini
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Veggies
  • Other crackers of choice
A cracker loaded with cream cheese cheese ball.


Can I substitute the walnuts?

Yes, you can use chopped pecans or a mixture of walnuts and pecans.

Can I freeze this cheese ball?

We do NOT recommend freezing this cheese ball.

How to store cheese ball?

Store in an airtight container or wrapped to avoid the cheese ball from drying out in the fridge.

How long will my cream cheese ball last?

If stored correctly, this cream cheese ball can last up to 5 days in the fridge.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes! Make this cheese ball and store in the fridge for up to 3 days in advance and just allow to sit at room temp before serving to soften for easier spreading.

Cream cheese ball on a plate with crackers topped with fresh chopped greens.

Other Appetizers to Try-

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe

Author: Valentina
5 from 3 votes
An easy recipe for Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe. Cream cheese combined with bacon, green onion, shredded cheese and Ranch. The perfect appetizer for the Holidays.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 16 servings


Cheese Ball-

  • 6 oz bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 16 oz cream cheese room temp
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 Tbsps green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp Ranch seasoning
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds

Cheese Ball Coating-

  • 2 oz bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbsp green onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp poppy seeds


  • In a bowl, combine the bacon, sour cream, cream cheese, shredded cheese, green onions, walnuts, Ranch, garlic, pepper, and poppyseeds.
  • With a wooden spatula, mix all ingredients until well combined and shape into a ball.
  • Combine all the ingredients for the cheese ball coating; bacon, shredded cheese, green onion, walnuts, and poppy seeds. Spread this mixture onto a cutting board or in a flat plate.
  • Fully coat and shape into an even ball as it's coated. Serve right away or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


245kcal Calories4g Carbs7g Protein22g Fat10g Saturated Fat3g Polyunsaturated Fat7g Monounsaturated Fat1g Trans Fat55mg Cholesterol478mg Sodium107mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar536IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C127mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 245 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 478mg21%
Potassium 107mg3%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 536IU11%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 127mg13%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

NOTE: Recipe developed by Valentina’s Corner and first published on Natasha’s Kitchen.