Perfect for parties, game nights, or as a tasty snack, these cheese balls combine a blend of creamy cheese, spicy jalapeños, and crispy coatings to create a mouth-watering treat. In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, shredded cheddar, and shredded pepper jack cheese. Mix until well blended. Stir in the finely chopped jalapeños, minced garlic, onion powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and black pepper.

Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, this helps firm up the mixture, making it easier to shape into balls. Once chilled, use a small ice cream scoop or tablespoon to portion out the cheese mixture. Roll each portion into a smooth ball using your hands. Aim for bite-sized balls, about 1 inch in diameter.

Arrange the cheese balls on a tray lined with parchment paper. Once all balls are shaped, place the tray in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes to firm up. Prepare three separate bowls: one with all-purpose flour, one with beaten eggs, and one with a mixture of panko bread crumbs, crushed tortilla chips, grated Parmesan cheese, and red chilli flakes.

Take each cheese ball from the freezer and first roll it in flour, then dip it into the beaten eggs, and finally coat it thoroughly in the panko and tortilla chip mixture. Ensure an even coating for a crispy texture. In a deep skillet or fryer, heat the vegetable oil to 350°F (175°C). Use a thermometer to maintain the correct temperature. Carefully add a few cheese balls to the hot oil, frying in batches to avoid overcrowding.

Fry each batch for about 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fried cheese balls to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil. Spicy cheese balls are best served hot and fresh. Arrange them on a serving platter and garnish with extra jalapeño slices or a sprinkle of paprika for added flair.

These cheese balls pair wonderfully with a variety of dipping sauces such as ranch dressing, spicy aioli, or a tangy marinara sauce. These Spicy Cheese Balls are a delicious and versatile appetizer that will quickly become a favourite at any gathering.


For the Cheese Balls:

  • 8 oz (225g/ 7.9 oz) cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup (100g/ 3.5 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (100g/ 3.5 oz) shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 2-3 fresh jalapeños (finely chopped, adjust to your heat preference)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For the Coating:

  • 1 cup (100g/ 3.5 oz) panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup (50g/ 1.7 oz) crushed tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup (30g/ 1 oz) grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli flakes (optional, for additional spice)
  • 2 Large eggs (beaten)
  • 1 cup (125g/ 4.4 oz) all-purpose flour

For Frying:

  • Vegetable Oil (for deep frying, enough to cover the cheese balls)