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Easy Pineapple Cheese Ball Recipe

Hey Y’all! If you’re looking for an easy appetizer then look no further. Today I’m sharing my easy pineapple cheese ball recipe and it is so good!

This old fashioned pineapple cheese ball appetizer is a delightful little treat that’s perfect for any gathering, a special occasion, or just a cozy night in.

It is so delicious that it takes a bit of self control not to eat it all yourself. Trust me as I speak from personal experience. 

This pineapple cheese ball recipe is going to have all of your guests making repeat trips to the appetizer table and they are sure to be asking you for the easy recipe.

This sweet and savory combination is so simple to whip up, with just a few ingredients, but it packs a punch of flavor that’s sure to impress.

So, grab your mixing bowls and let’s head into the kitchen to whip up a pineapple cheese ball appetizer.

Pineapple Pecan Cheese Ball Recipe

a hollow pineapple half filled with pineapple cheese ball spread being served with crackers for a delicious party appetizer

My friend, just look at how delicious that is! You will be hooked after one bite of this homemade pineapple cheese ball spread.

Oh my word, it is almost addictive with the sweetness of the pineapple combined with the tangy cream cheese mixture.

Hawaiian Cheese Ball

crackers with pineapple cream cheese spread with pecans

What to serve with pineapple cheese ball spread?

  1. Assorted Crackers: a couple of cracker options are great. Personally, I like buttery Ritz crackers.
  2. Bagel Chips
  3. Fresh Veggies: Carrot sticks, celery sticks or slices of red pepper.
  4. Toasted baguette slices

And, of course, be sure to serve your delicious pineapple cheese ball alongside other favorite appetizers that you and your guests will enjoy.

If you’re looking for a few more simple appetizer ideas, be sure to check out my other appetizer recipes here on the website.

My motto for entertaining is that it should not be stressful or complicated, so you’ll love my easy appetizer recipes.

Pineapple Pecan Cream Cheese Spread

ingredients for preparing a pineapple cheese ball on a cutting board

Here’s what you’ll need to make this Easy Pineapple Cheese Ball Recipe:

  • Cream Cheese – softened.
  • Crushed Pineapple – drained.
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese – grated.
  • Green Bell Pepper – finely diced. If your heart fancies red bell pepper instead of green pepper then use red.
  • Red Onion – finely diced, or sliced green onions if preferred.
  • Seasoned Salt (I used Lawry’s)
  • Chopped Pecans be sure to reserve a small bit of the crunchy pecans for garnish.

Optional for serving: a fresh pineapple hollowed out. It’s pretty, but you could simply serve this shaped into a ball form on a serving platter.

Classic Party Appetizer Pineapple Cheese Ball

draining pineapple in a mesh strainer over a bowl

Y’all, this recipe is so simple for an easy appetizer. There are really just two important things to remember and are must do for a good cheese ball.

  • First, take the cream cheese out of the refrigerator at least an hour before prep so that it can soften to room temperature.
  • Secondly, drain the pineapple very, very well. Empty the can of crushed pineapple into a mesh strainer that has been placed over a bowl and drain of all of the pineapple juice. You can discard the juice, drink it, or use it for something else.

Putting it all Together

mixing bowl with ingredients for pineapple cheese ball recipe including cream cheese, crushed pineapple, red onion, green pepper, pecans, cheddar cheese, and seasoned salt

Prepare the cream cheese mixture in a large bowl by adding the softened cream cheese, crushed pineapple, grated cheese, diced pepper, diced onion, seasoning salt, and pecans.

Pineapple Cream Cheese Ball

combining the ingredients together with a hand mixer for pineapple cheese ball in a metal stainless mixing bowl

Then use a hand mixer to combine everything together.

If you’re making this ahead of time, store the savory cheese ball in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Remove it from the fridge and allow the come to room temperature before serving to make it easier to spread.

For immediate serving, transfer the pineapple cream cheese mixture to a hollowed pineapple half, serving bowl, or shaped into a ball on a platter.

Garnish the pineapple cheese ball spread with the reserved chopped pecans, if desired, and enjoy!

Printable Recipe Card

Ritz crackers with pineapple cheese ball spread garnished with a pecan

This is the perfect addition to your hors d’oeuvres offerings. Below is the printable recipe card for this vintage recipe that never goes out of style. 

Yield: 1 Cheese Ball

Easy Pineapple Cheese Ball Recipe with Pecans

Easy Pineapple Cheese Ball Recipe with pecans, cheddar cheese, green pepper, onion, and seasoned salt served in a pineapple half with crackers

Gather 'round because I've got a treat for you today. We're making a Pineapple Cheese Ball that's perfect for any occasion, from summer picnics to holiday gatherings. This delightful appetizer is a creamy blend of cream cheese, crushed pineapple, and a hint of green bell pepper for a touch of crunch. Roll it all up in a coat of chopped pecans, or serve it in a hollow pineapple half and you've got yourself a showstopper. Serve it with your favorite crackers and watch as your guests come back for more. It's sweet, savory, and oh-so-delicious, just like Grandma used to make! This old fashioned party appetizer never goes out of style. I love it and you will too! Enjoy!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 16 ounces Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature (that's two 8 ounce packages)
  • 8 ounce Crushed Pineapple, drained well
  • ½ Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • ½ cup Green Bell Pepper, finely diced
  • ½ cup Red Onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon Seasoned Salt (I used Lawry's Seasoned Salt)
  • 1 cup Chopped Pecans, divided


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add all of the ingredients reserving some of the chopped pecans for garnish. Use a hand mixer to combine everything together.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a hollowed pineapple half and garnish with the remaining chopped pecans; serve with crackers.


See full post for added details including optional ingredients and serving suggestions.

The pineapple cheeseball mixture can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Take out of the fridge and hour before serving to soften.

The mixture may also be formed into a ball shape and served on a platter.

The pineapple cheese ball spread is delicious with crackers, bagel chips, or toasted bread pieces.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 163Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 380mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g

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Well, y’all, there you have it—an Easy Pineapple Cheese Ball that’s as delicious as it is simple to make. I hope you enjoy sharing this delightful treat with your loved ones as much as I do.

Remember, the best dishes come from the heart, and there’s nothing like a homemade snack to bring folks together.

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