Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage Balls

Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage Balls

Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage Balls are a staple that every Southerner has a recipe for, and no holiday party would be complete without. Breakfast sausage, flour, and shredded cheddar cheese are the main players here; I added jalapenos and a little cayenne for a kick.

Yes, it’s the famous little sausage balls that are highly addictive, poppable, cheesy appetizers that are absolutelys perfect for holiday parties.

Or baby showers, or bridal teas.

Oh, or office thingies.

You know, the ones that you can’t stop eating even though you want to. The ones that make you feel like you gotta unbutton your jeans when nobody’s looking so you can breathe. 

Yeah, those.


But they’re different. I added fresh jalapeños.

Imagine that. Fresh jalapeños that add just the right about of kick.

Why, you ask?

Why add something to these already classic, delicious, binge worthy, usually-a-holiday staple that has been around for so many years un-messed with?

Because I like to, and it’s fantastic.

That is precisely why.

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Also, after making them a few times I’ve noticed something I need to share.

Get the Jimmy Dean brand sausage. No, they aren’t paying me – this isn’t one of those sponsored posts. I just think their quality is that good.

You could definitely add more jalapeno to these, I just have to be careful because Mark doesn’t like heat. What is wrong with him? I like for my mouth to be on fire.

Ok, maybe not on fire, but I do like heat.

My jalapeños make sausage balls look sexy.

IMGP3210Here’s your printable-

Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage Balls

Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage Balls

Yield: 50 sausage balls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

The Sausage Balls you're used to, just kicked up a notch with a kick from jalapeños.


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, washed, deseeded and diced
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 12 oz roll breakfast sausage


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and cayenne.
  3. Add diced jalapeno, cheese and sausage.
  4. Grind with your hands thoroughly, until all ingredients are incorporated.
  5. Roll into balls (mine were just a little smaller than golf ball size) and bake on a prepared baking sheet for 20-25 minutes.

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  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Shea, These look delicious. What a great treat for any party. I’m featuring this post on Best of the Weekend party. Party is live tonight at 7pm central time. Thanks for linking up!! Nichi

  2. Ashley

    Um yum! Lately I have been on a spicey kick and just can’t get enough of it! I will for sure be trying these out!

    1. Shea

      Thanks Kate, they’re awesome!

  3. Katrina Vega

    Oh man I definitely miss eating these amazing sausage balls. I love that you added the jalapeno for a kick because my husband and I looooooooove spicy food! Thanks for sharing! Pinning 🙂

    1. Shea

      Thank you Katrina 🙂

  4. Teresa

    Thanks so much for linking my recipe. These sound wonderful!!!

    1. Shea

      Thanks Teresa!

    1. Shea

      Thank you Peter 🙂

    1. Shea

      You’ll love these. Thanks Danielle!

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