Let the perfect combination of cheese and bacon come together for guests to enjoy in this Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball recipe.

Guest will not be able to stop dipping their crudités (raw vegetables), crackers, or flatbreads into this cheesy and bacon-covered ball of flavor. This super easy recipe uses shredded cheddar cheese, some ranch dressing and smooth cream cheese, and of course some bacon.Bacon Ranch Cheeseball with a scoop out of it on a plate with crackers, celery and carrots

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball


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Best Party Appetizer

  • This easy ranch cheese ball is coated in bacon for the perfect bite!
  • This ball of appetizer delight is such a simple appetizer to pull together when guests are coming over. Just a few easy to find ingredients are all that is needed for this favorite dish.
  • This perfectly formed cheese ball looks so impressive nestled in among all the dipping options like cut vegetables, flatbreads, crackers, and chips.
  • Cheese balls can be made a few days ahead of time making them the best-premade party appetizer. Even better, they can be prepared up to a month ahead and frozen.
  • Serve an easy appetizer platter alongside other favorites like Parmesan Ranch Cheese BallBacon Beef Queso Dip, and Homemade Salsa Recipe

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Ingredients & Variations

CHEESE Two packages of cream cheese are needed for this recipe. It may be easier to mix the ingredients if the cream cheese has been softened to room temperature.

To save time, skip shredding the cheddar cheese and buy pre-shredded cheese.

BACON Cook some bacon and let it cool before crumbling and adding to the cheese mixture. Another option is to use bacon bits. Spread them on a paper towel and microwave them for about 20-30 seconds to crisp them up.

DIPPERS Serve with ritz crackers, wheat thins, and other crispy savory crackers make perfect little vehicles for this dip! Don’t forget about pita bread, naan, or even small mini- English muffins!

Or opt for some thinly sliced cucumber, carrot, or zucchini coins and celery sticks!

How to Make a Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

This cheese ball comes together quickly with only five ingredients.

  1. Mix all the ingredients, setting half the bacon aside.
  2. Form into a ball and roll in the bacon.
  3. Refrigerate (per recipe below) and serve.

Roll up this appetizer and nestle it among some crackers or vegetables for an impressive presentation.

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Shortcuts for This Recipe

Save time and make this tasty homemade cheese ball up to two days in advance. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and set it on a plate in the refrigerator. Wait to sprinkle on the green onions until plated and ready to be served!

This will help it to keep its round form. It may also help to roll it in the bacon just before serving, that way the bacon stays nice and crunchy. 

Tips for the Perfect Cheese Ball 

  • The most important tip is to let the cream cheese and the cheddar cheese come to room temperature before mixing.
  • Have leftovers? This cheese ball recipe can be frozen for about a month if wrapped tightly and put into a freezer bag so it doesn’t absorb the flavors or odors from the other items in the freezer.
  • To serve, let the cheeseball thaw in the fridge overnight. Reshape and add additional garnishes, like chopped nuts or sliced green onions before serving.

Bacon Ranch Cheeseball on a plate with crackers, celery and carrots

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Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

This delicious snack contains both cheese and bacon, making it the perfect appetizer any time of year!
Prep Time 10 minutes
refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly


  • 2 packages cream cheese 8 oz each, room temp
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup bacon crumbled & divided
  • ¼ cup green onion diced
  • 1 packet ranch mix


  • Place cream cheese in a medium sized mixing bowl and mix with a mixer until fluffy.
  • Add in ranch dip mix and green onion. Stir in shredded cheddar and ½ cup of the bacon crumbles.
  • Once mixed, using your hands, form into a ball. Roll the ball into the remaining ½ cup of bacon crumbles.
  • Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.
  • Serve with pita chips, crackers, or vegetables.



Freeze this cheese ball recipe for about a month. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and put in a freezer bag. To serve, thaw in the fridge overnight. Reshape and add additional garnishes. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 456mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 581IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

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  1. 5 stars
    this looks fabulous! NOOW CAN I SUBSTITUTE real onions instead of green onions? or do i have to put in the green onions?

    1. Real onions will work but I would cook and cool them before adding them to the cheese mixture!

  2. I tried this with the Italian pack it along with the other ingredients less the ranch packet and it came out great!  Added a punch of Worcester and a hint of garlic to put a spin on it

    1. You might read about the Keto diet.. People actually LOOSE weight on this diet. Fat is not fatening.. it keeps youfullso you dont snack on carbs. Cleveland clinic is on board with the diet… Its a whole new way of thinking about food

  3. I made this for a holiday dinner last Christmas and it was amazing. Will definitely make again. I’d like to save the recipe, but I can’t pin it (no link). Can someone help me out? Thanks.

  4. 5 stars
    I make this for Thanksgiving and Christmas but I mix the bacon bits in the cream cheese and I use chopped dried beef on the outside its really good.

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

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

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. 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)

  10. 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.

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

      1. You can reduce the ranch if you find it too much for your taste. If you’ve already made the cheeseball, you could add another package of cream cheese to reduce the salt.

  12. 5 stars
    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

  13. 5 stars
    Can the cheese balls be made up in advanced and put in the freezer ?? I was wondering for Christmas gift baskets.

  14. 4 stars
    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.

  15. 5 stars
    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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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…..

  22. 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.

  23. 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