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Chipotle Smoked Cheddar Cheese Ball {with Bacon & Jalapeno}

Chipotle Smoked Cheddar Cheese Ball {with Bacon & Jalapeno}

Libby with Lemony Thyme
Servings 10


  • 2 cups shredded Colby jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded smoked cheddar cheese
  • 1 8- ounce block cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 jalapeno finely diced (reserve stem)
  • 1/4 cup crispy crumbled bacon about 4 slices
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated black pepper
  • 1 cup Cheez-It Zingz Chipotle Cheddar Snack Crackers when available


  • Combine all ingredients except Zingz in a medium bowl. Once well blended shape into a ball (or pumpkin).
  • Place 1 cup of Zingz into a zipper top bag. Crush crackers then using hands press them into cheese ball, completely coating the cheese.
  • Place jalapeno stem on top if making pumpkin shaped cheese ball.
  • Serve with pita chips or pita bread.