2cupsbell peppersseeded and finely diced (use whichever color peppers you like)
Place a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until crispy, turning once, about 8 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese, shredded cheese, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper until evenly combined. You don't want a blog os just cream cheese of shredded cheese in your cheese ball.
Add 3/4 cup of the diced bell pepper and 1/2 of the bacon to the cheese mixture. Stir until evenly combined.
Place the remaining bell pepper and bacon onto a dinner plate and mix together. Spread the pepper and bacon evenly over the plate.
Use your hand to form the cheese mixture into a ball. Place the ball on the peppers and bacon. Roll the ball around and use your hands to press the peppers and bacon into the outside of the ball until it is coated.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve, or serve immediately with crackers.
If you forget to set out your cream cheese or company stops by unexpectedly, put your cream cheese on a plate and use the defrost setting on your microwave to heat the cheese for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until soft. DO NOT cook the cream cheese on the regular microwave settings!