1In small dish ... combine reserved bacon bits, chives and finely chopped pecans (finely chopped walnuts can be substituted) ... set aside for final outer coating.
2... In medium size bowl combine softened cream cheese with miracle whip , lemon juice, garlic powder, cayenne, worcestershire ... mix until well blended ... add remaining ingredients ( bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro, diced jalapeno) ... mix with fork or hand (hand is better) until all ingredients are well blended together.
3Remove cheese ball mixture from bowl and place on sheet of waxed paper ... form well rounded ball ... sprinkle or roll cheese ball with reserved ingredients .. pat gently to secure outer coating ingredients.
4Return to refrigerator for several hours. (gently cover cheese ball with saran wrap)
5Before serving set cheese ball out for at least 20-30 minutes. Serve with favorite party crackers.
6Note: cheese ball mixture can be divided in half , making 2 smaller cheese balls.