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Jalapeno Popper Cheese Balls for Game Day

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This shopper has been compensated by SheSpeaks, Inc., The Coca-Cola Company and Mondelez International group. All opinions are mine alone.

For as long as I can remember, Sunday afternoons have meant watching football with family and friends. No matter which team everyone is rooting for, you come together to watch.

It’s one of the easiest get-togethers to host because the entertainment is already set: the game, and possibly some friendly arguments about the game. And the food is simple, too.
Wings, pizza, maybe a few snacks, sodas and then you’re all set. All items I can easily pick up at Walmart and still stick to my budget since no one is expecting anything fancy.

Though while we aren’t serving anything fancy, the food can still please a crowd. I’m going to share one of my favorite football snacks. It’s just a few ingredients and doesn’t take long to make.

These Jalapeno Popper Cheese Balls have a kick to them and are a bit of a twist on a classic favorite.

Jalapeno Popper Cheese Balls

Makes 20-24 mini cheese balls


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup minced jalapeno
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Ritz Crackers


  • Chop/mince jalapenos. Two are usually enough. If you want more heat, keep the seeds. If you prefer milder, remove them.
  • In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese until smooth.
  • Stir in the jalapenos until combined.
  • Roll into small balls. This makes approximately 20, depending on the size you make.
  • Roll in the remaining shredded cheddar cheese, covering them as best you can.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. I usually make mine the day before for convenience, but that’s not necessary.
  • Serve on top of Ritz Crackers. You can flatten the cheese balls onto the crackers if desired.

Ritz Crackers, with their rich, buttery, classic taste, are always a favorite around here, whether they are topped with these jalapeno cheese balls or if we go super simple with them and serve them with a cheese tray. There’s no reason to spend all of a football Sunday in the kitchen. You can get more easy recipe inspiration by visiting the Together for Game Time site.

While I’m picking up snacks for game day, I make sure to grab Coca-Cola as well, since that’s something everyone can agree on. For crisp, cold taste, serve ice-cold, though I have to admit that my first concern is serving bottles so that everyone can put the cap back on so that the soda doesn’t go everywhere when an exciting play makes someone wave their arm (and therefore their Coca-Cola) all around.


Head over to SheSpeaks to enter the #TogetherForGameTime Recipe Giveaway to help you throw a great game time party.  Three winners will win a #TogetherForGameTime Party Pack that includes a $40 Walmart Gift Card, two 6-packs of 500 ml Coca-Cola and two boxes of Original Ritz Crackers.

What is your favorite easy game time snack?

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