Pineapple Cheese Ball: Simple and Satisfying Appetizer in 3 Easy Steps

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This Pineapple Cheese Ball is an easy appetizer any time of year. The pineapple, pecans, and seasonings in the cream cheese are delicious on crackers!

A cheese ball with some scooped out on a platter with crackers

Pineapple Cheese Ball

I couldn’t believe how easy this Pineapple Cheese Ball was to make! Not only does it look fancy, but it also tastes SO GOOD! I love the sweetness of the pineapple mixed with the savory flavor of the green onions and pecans. If you are looking for an appetizer to bring to your next holiday gathering — look no further!

A pineapple cheese ball on a platter with crackers

Simple and Satisfying

This recipe is so simple and it is perfect for feeding a crowd. It took me less than 5 minutes to prep this recipe and then I put it in the fridge to chill. This cheese ball is best if it sits in the fridge overnight before you roll it in the pecans. If you don’t have time to let it sit overnight, try to let it chill in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours — that way all the flavors have some time to mix.

Also, make sure that you drain the pineapple really well, or the cheese ball won’t set up correctly. I served this cheese ball with whole wheat toasted crackers, I think I might try it on some Triscuits or Wheat Thins next time. You could also serve it on sliced baguette bread.

An appetizer dip rolled into a ball in plastic wrap

It can be very tempting to dig into this delicious appetizer right away, but don’t do it! Let it sit in the fridge overnight for all the flavors to mix and mingle and get to know each other. You won’t be sorry!

On a Roll — More Cheese Balls!

If you are looking for another great cheese ball recipe, we have several to try. This Strawberry Jalapeno Cheese Ball for example, is a wonderful, festive, holiday appetizer. The sweetness of the strawberries and spice of the jalapeno give it the perfect blend of sweet and heat. Or get a load of our Cranberry Almond Bacon Cheese Ball. This one is also great for the holidays. It just looks so festive with the red of the cranberries showing through. Really, you can’t go wrong with any of these cheese balls.

If you prefer a more “dip-able” cheese, rather than in a ball, you will love our Chili Cheese Dip. It’s one of our easiest dips to make. Five minutes, tops! And it is dangerously addicting. Another great dip is the Warm Bacon Cheese Dip in Sourdough, which puts all the flavor and bakes it right in a delicious sourdough bowl.

How to Make a Pineapple Pecan Cheese Ball

Pineapple cheese ball on a platter with crackers

Pineapple Pecan Cheese Ball

5 from 13 votes
This Pineapple Pecan Cheese Ball is an easy appetizer any time of year. The pineapple, pecans, and seasonings in the cream cheese are delicious on crackers!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Refrigeration 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 10




  • In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, peppers, onions, pineapple, seasoning salt, and 1 cup of pecans.
    Cream cheese, pecans, pineapple, peppers, green onions, and seasoning salt in a bowl
  • Lay out a large sheet of plastic wrap on the counter and scoop mixture onto the plastic wrap. Fold plastic wrap over the mixture and chill in the fridge for at least four hours, or overnight if possible.
    A cheese ball rolled into plastic wrap to set
  • When completely chilled, shape into a ball and roll in the remaining pecans. Serve with crackers.
    A pineapple cheese ball on a platter with crackers

Nutrition Information

Calories: 243kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 4gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 539mgPotassium: 162mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 367IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 1mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. This cheese ball won a contest for me at my work against 3 others. I won some spending bucks! It really is a great recipe! Thank you!

  2. I love this cheese ball! I make this alot! I also add shredded cheddar cheese and cut up smoked ham. I only add 2 T. of the tops of green onion

  3. 5 stars
    Whenever I am invited to my families get together and ask what I can bring,they just say, you have to ask, You know Your pineapple cheeseball !!

  4. I’m so glad to get this recipe, I had it somewhere in my younger years. Love but never figured how to make it just happen to be looking for something different and it jump out. I’m making it for Christmas right now it’s everything i was looking for so thank you so much and it taste just like I remember. Merry Christmas 😋😋

  5. Could you use frozen peppers in this recipe? I freeze sliced up peppers from my garden to use in omelette etc. I have everything but a fresh green pepper to make this. Or would it make it to much moisture in the cheese ball?

  6. Instead of adding salt try garlic powder. It isn’t salty and its wonderful. My great grandmother made this when I was little and now I do for holidays.

    1. Yes you can make it in advance, but I would wait to roll it in the pecans until right before you serve it. Hope this helps!

  7. 5 stars
    I too have made this since the 70s. Just made a double recipe and then froze four balls to have for holiday parties.

  8. 5 stars
    I tried this for our Christmas Eve gathering…..It didn’t last an hour! My family devoured it! I’m making it again for the super bowl gathering! Thanks so much! It a keeper!????????

  9. 5 stars
    OMG! My mother used to make “her famous cheeseball” every Christmas. This is the recipe…. we all loved it. She would add chopped pimento or red pepper also to give it the green and the red colors. I think she also added a bit of garlic powder and some Worcester sauce. The crushed pineapple made it amazing.
    I am going to make this for Christmas this year with 2 balls in the shape of a snowman with a cucumber ribbon scarf. I think I will use dried cranberries for the touch of red.

    1. Oh I love the idea of adding the red and green peppers to make it look Christmas-y! Thanks for sharing! Glad you were able to find this recipe!

    1. You can just leave the pecans out but you wouldn’t have the crunchy texture anymore. If you are still wanting to have the texture you can use sunflower seeds or even chopped up pretzels! Hope this helps!

  10. Any chance you can start posting the nutritional facts for your recipes. I am working on a low carb program and would live to try some of these.

    1. This is something that we would like to do in the future but it is something that will take us a LONG time (since we have almost 1,000 recipes). In the meantime, feel free to use resources such as or fitbit to determine the nutritional facts for the recipes. Thanks!

  11. I love this cheese ball!! It sounds so weird but, I have been making it since the 70’s and it is always a hit! I’m so glad you shared this! I need to make it again ????.