Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

Spruce up your holiday appetizers with a tasty Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball. It’s easy, delicious, and perfect served with crackers and veggies.

Cheese Balls are great for parties, and take minutes to make! Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball is one of our go-to appetizers, along with Veggie Cups and Tortilla Roll Ups – because they’re simple and delicious.

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball on a white plate.

A perfect appetizer

Who loves cheese balls? We love them, but usually only make them for special occasions or holidays. In fact, they have become one of our go-to appetizers for Thanksgiving and Christmas, because everyone loves them!

We like to serve these cheese balls with a variety of items, but recently made a delicious Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball, and are in love! We used about ⅓ cup of the creamy, rich dip to mix into the cheese ball, which added so much flavor!

In addition to the ranch dip, we also added bacon and cheese, cream cheese, and spices. The result was a tasty ranch cheese ball that was a hit with everyone!

Bacon ranch Cheese ball recipe ingredients in a mixing bowl.

10 minute prep!

The best part about this cheese ball is that it literally takes no more than 10-15 minutes to prep.

MIX. Throw the ingredients in a bowl, and mix with a hand mixer.

CHILL. Form into a ball, roll in bacon pieces, and chill! It doesn’t get much easier than that!

A cheese ball shouldn’t sit out at room temperature any longer than 2 hours. After that, harmful bacteria can start to form.

what to serve with cheese balls

There are so many fun finger foods to serve with cheese balls, but we definitely have our favorites:

  • Veggies: carrot and celery sticks are our top choices
  • Fruit: pears and apples especially
  • Mini Bagels
  • Pretzels
  • Crackers – of any variety
  • Pita Chips

For even more dips, check out: Cream Cheese Bean Dip, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Queso Blanco, Cheesy Sausage Dip.

Recipe Tips

Bacon. I like to use this Bacon in the Oven recipe to make real bacon bits. 

Make Mini Cheese Balls by forming the cheese mixture into 1-inch cheese balls. Roll each ball in bacon bits and place on top of a cracker or stick with pretzels.

Cheese. I like sharp cheddar cheese, but pepper jack or Colby are also yummy.

Nuts. Mix in chopped nuts like almonds, walnuts, or pecans, but don’t add too many or the cheese ball won’t hold together. 

Variation. Add a bit of flavor by rolling in chopped green onions and bacon bits.

Dipping celery in a bacon ranch cheese ball.

Storing info

Make ahead of time. Make this Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball a few days in advance, but wait to coat it in bacon bits until the day of, or they might get a little soggy.

STORE. It will last as long as the most perishable ingredient, which in this case is probably the bacon (if you use freshly cooked bacon).

If you use fresh bacon, 4-5 days is probably safe. If you use packaged bacon bits, however, you could make it last up to a week or so.

FREEZE the cheeseball (before you coat it in the bacon bits) by wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap, and putting it into a freezer bag. It will last in the freezer for up to a month.

When you’re ready to use it, let it defrost in the fridge for a day or two before coating it in bacon and serving it.

Bacon Ranch cheese ball recipe on a white plate.

I think this is our new favorite savory cheese ball by far. If you want to try our favorite dessert cheese ball, try this sweet and tasty Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball.

For more veggie appetizers, try:

More Collections: New Years Eve Appetizers,

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe

5 from 11 votes
Spruce up your holiday appetizers with a tasty Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball. It's easy, delicious, and perfect served with crackers and veggies.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigerating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 154 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, cold NOT room temperature
  • cup Marzetti Ranch Dip
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped bacon, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, ranch dip, shredded cheddar, 3 tablespoons chopped bacon, garlic powder, paprika, parsley, and pepper. Using a hand mixer, mix just until combined.
  • Roll mixture into a large ball, or two smaller balls. Roll in remaining bacon.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

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Marzetti® dips are so tasty and great for any occasion!! For more information about Marzetti go HERE or find them on Facebook HERE.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love Marzetti dips! My hubby nearly lives off them, what a great way to have him try something new and exciting!

  2. I totally love the veggie tree idea! And Marzetti dips are awesome! We usually just eat it as it comes (dunk raw veggies in the dip) but turning it into a cheese ball sounds fun too. Definitely have to give this a try sometime.

  3. I like the veggie dip and the poppy seed dressing, but nothing says “fall” like the yummy caramel dip with apple slices. It’s my fave, and I enjoy it even when it’s not fall!!

  4. 5 stars
    I love to snack so on Christmas Day we do a snack tray for lunch! It’s fun and easy and everyone is happy. Love to make this cheese ball this year 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    WowWee! This veggie tree and cheese ball look amazing! My daughter and I have decided to attempt it on Christmas Eve! As much as we love Marzetti veggie dips, our favorite is their yogurt dip for fruit!

    1. It’s not. It’s a refrigerated ranch dip. You can find it in the refrigerator aisle right next to all of the produce.

  6. Today is 12/22/21 and I just tried to save, on Pinterest, your cheese ball and meatball appetizer recipes but there seems to be some kind of problem. I’m hoping the problem will be corrected so I can save the recipes to Pinterest.

    1. Hi Cassie! I just tried saving it to Pinterest and it worked ok for me. Hopefully it ended up working for you too so you could save and enjoy the recipes!! 🙂