Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

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This bacon ranch cheese ball is super yummy and always a hit every time I make it! Who doesn’t love bacon and ranch and cheese?! This great recipe is perfect to make ahead of time and the first thing gone at every party!

This bacon ranch cheese ball is super yummy and always a hit every time I make it! Who doesn't love bacon and ranch and cheese?! This great recipe is perfect to make ahead of time and the first thing gone at every party!


Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

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I love cream cheese in pretty much any recipe from Alfredo Sauce to Cherry Desserts and of course cheese balls.  This one definitely tops my list!

I have a confession, appetizers are my favorite dishes to make and to enjoy with friends and family!  An evening of nibbles makes the perfect meal and of course is a staple at every party at my house!

The only thing better than an appetizer is an appetizer with cheese and bacon; am I right? This delicious snack contains both making it the perfect appetizer any time of year!

One great thing about bringing a cheese ball to a party is that it’s supposed to be made ahead of time.  I make this in the morning and then go on about my day, at the time of the event, I pull it out of the fridge for about 30-40  minutes before serving and voila!  We serve this with tortilla chips or crackers but it’s also great with veggies sticks (such as carrots or celery).

This recipe is best made with homemade crumbled bacon but you can also use packaged real bacon bits as well.  I don’t’ recommend using imitation bacon bits as they get soggy while sitting in this recipe.  Feel free to change up the seasonings, Italian dressing powder is also delicious in this recipe and I sometimes add a couple of dashes of hot sauce.

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball
  • 2 8 oz packages of cream cheese room temp
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 cup bacon crumbles divided
  • 1/4 cup diced green onion
  • 1 packet ranch mix
  1. Place cream cheese in a medium sized mixing bowl and mix with a mixer until fluffy.

  2. Add in ranch dip mix and green onion. Stir in shredded cheddar and 1/2 cup of the bacon crumbles.

  3. Once mixed, using your hands, form into a ball. Roll the ball into the remaining 1/2 cup of bacon crumbles.

  4. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.
  5. Serve with pita chips, crackers, or vegetables.

Every holiday I am assigned to bring this Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball with me and it always gets so many compliments! I never have any left over (and EVERYONE wants the recipe)!

If you like this recipe you’ll love these appetizer recipes:

Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Ball *  Rotel Dip  *  Bacon Cream Cheese Bombs


This bacon ranch cheese ball is super yummy and always a hit every time I make it!
This bacon ranch cheese ball is super yummy and always a hit every time I make it!


71 comments on “Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball”

  1. Definately going to make this for a PACKER PARTY sometime….maybe even the Super Bowl.

  2. SO going to try this for my next party!!!

  3. Do you think the packaged ranch mix could be substituted with bottled ranch dressing?? I’ve never seen the packaged mix but then again I’ve never actually looked for it either =D

  4. I think using bottle dressing will make the mixture too thin to form into a ball. The dry mix is not hard to find and is not expensive. I use the store brand.

  5. This sounds so good, can’t wait to make it and share it…..thanks for posting this….I have been looking for a good cheese ball…..

  6. I want the recipe with the picture included.

  7. I’ve been making this for years except with the fiesta ranch mix. It’s ah-mazing!

  8. Do you use bacon? Or do you use bacon bits?

  9. I make a version with dried beef and onion soup mix,there’s never any leftovers!

  10. Has anyone tried this recipe with some diced jalapeños mixed in?

  11. This looks fabulous! I will be making this for upcoming holiday gatherings! What a great idea!

  12. I make this every Christmas. I make it 4company & even made it 4 my daughters baby shower. Everyone loves it.

  13. And to jazz it up, horseradish to taste can’t hurt:-D

  14. Sounds awesome but I would add finely diced onion, chopped parsley and some chopped olives.

  15. Even better than the regular ranch packet, try the fiesta ranch packet for an extra kick!

  16. did you use bacon crumples in bottle for salad toppings or fry up your own bacon?

  17. What size package of dressing?

  18. Is it the bacon crumples in the bottle or cook your own ?

  19. Take the whole package of bacon and put on parchment paper in the oven for about 45 minutes on 350 degrees till crispy…that makes the perfect amount of bacon minus the few pieces you sneak into your mouth! LOL!

  20. I fried one lb of bacon and it yielded a slightly heaping cup of crumbles. Also used a 1oz bag of the dry dip mix. I almost bought salad dressing mix, but then I saw the dip mix. It’s yummy.

  21. I buy the real bacon crumbles from the salad bar at Heinen’s grocery store – it’s only $4.99 a pound and I don’t have the splattered grease all over. If you want to crisp it up, you can and the flavor is better when it’s been warmed in a pan instead of using the microwave. This recipe sounds easy to make and tasty too.

  22. Can you make this a few day up ahead?

  23. I still havent seen answer to question i have or others have asked…..can bacon bits be used?

  24. Only real bacon pieces can be used. The imitation ones are awful. I also use 1 cup of shredded cheese. I have used whichever cheese I have on hand. This has been a family favorite for years. We have been known to “sample” it on the bottom before taking it anyplace.

  25. Do you prepare the ranch dip? Or do you just pour the powder into the cream cheese?

  26. Use the dry mix, do not prepare the ranch dip. You are using into for the Ranch flavor not for dipping.

  27. This sounds good. But instead of a ball I will probably smooth it into a pie plate and then cover it with the rest of the bacon. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  28. I love these recipes

  29. How can this not be a hit at every party or gathering? Yummy!!

  30. Would it hold together without the bacon? As is, it’s neither Kosher nor vegetarian.d

  31. Gonna try this and maybe roll in pecan pieces. Yum.

  32. I will Definitely make this looks so good

  33. I am defenitly going to try this this Thanksgiving weekend, tks for sharing

  34. i was unable to find the single packets of dried ranch but I bought a large container at Costco. how much should I measure out for this recipe.

  35. Can’t wait to try make this!

  36. This sounds very delicious and I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks!!

  37. Great

  38. A packet of dry ranch dressing is 1oz or 28grams or 8tsp

  39. I bought everything except the green onions at Aldi for about half the price as everywhere else. I liked the bacon crumbles better than the Publix brand. It was a little bit salty but good. I gotta admit I put way more grated cheese in than the recipe called for. (recipes are suggestions not rules) Then I split it into two balls and put one in the freezer. I always make cheeseballs at least a day ahead so the flavors can meld.

  40. I would probably use it for the topping on a baked potato

  41. Can the cheese balls be made up in advanced and put in the freezer ?? I was wondering for Christmas gift baskets.

  42. I just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoy all of your recipes and that you cannot be married to the most wonderful man for my wife is! LOL

  43. Have you frozen this cheese all? Looks yummy!

  44. Will make for Christmas.

  45. save please

  46. This looks great. Making it tonight!
    Thank you

  47. I am from Australia and we don’t have the ranch dipping mix I used French onion dip ……was yum

  48. Made this and the recipe says 1 packet of Ranch dressing mix but it wastoo much. Are you sure it should be 1 Tab, ?

  49. Looks Great as well as easy. Will be making this.

  50. I’ve made this a zillion times. I use a sharp cheddar cheese which makes it so much better and I always use 2 packs of Philadelphia cheese therefore making several cheeseballs that I then throw in the freezer. Do not be afraid to freeze these ! They are just fine when thawed.

  51. Going to make this for a party with friends.

  52. Yummy!

  53. I love this recipe. You can not use bottle ranch dressing. It has to be powdered. Real chopped bacon tastes better, but the “real” bacon bits work in a pinch. Make sure you let your cream cheese get good and soft or you will break a hand trying to mix it. I use shredded colby jack cheese or sometimes the mexican blend. I also sometimes make it into tiny bite-sized balls with a pretzel stick stuck in it (for parties with drinkers because it’s easier and less messy)

  54. This is Amazing!!!!!

  55. loved the cheese ball, plan to make the jalapeno popper Dip for the SUPERBOWL, THANK YOU!!

  56. This is a yummy recipe! I made it with no onion (hubby hate them) and shaped it in to a football and put mini peperoni on the outside and sting cheese to make it look like a foot ball!

  57. I’d love to follow you.

  58. I have used something along the lines of this same recipe.. But I used dry onion soup mix and added black olive slices. Its great

  59. I’ve frozen cream cheese before and it makes the texture grainy and gross. I strongly recommend against it.

  60. We served this during the cocktail hour at our daughter’s wedding instead of traditional cheese and crackers. Everyone loved it.

  61. Can I make this ahead of time and freeze it?

  62. do you use a packet of ranch dip mix or ranch dressing mix. there is a difference.

  63. So good! Everyone loved it, especially those bacon lovers. 

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