Pimento Cheese

November 25, 2022
Pimento Cheese

Creamy, cheesy and tangy. This pimento cheese is a southern classic, that is great as a dip or spread, for lunches, cocktail parties, or tailgating parties.

Pimento Cheese

I love pimento cheese; I serve it often at my family gatherings. We have it on sandwiches for Christmas parties and tailgating parties. The great thing about it, is it very inexpensive and you will only need a few simple ingredients and about 15 minutes of time. This is great if you need to throw together a last-minute appetizer for a party.

What is pimento cheese used for?

A pimento cheese sandwich can be a quick and inexpensive lunch. It is also commonly served at cocktail and finger food parties. It can also, be served as a dip on crackers or with vegetables such as celery and carrots. The Bojangles restaurant chain serves pimento cheese on biscuits. It can also be added to grits, cheeseburgers, or toast.


Cheddar Cheese Extra sharp cheddar cheese is best, but you can use milk or sharp cheddar cheese.

Cream Cheese Most traditional pimento cheese recipes do not call for cream cheese, but I think it adds flavor.

Mayonnaise– One of the main ingredients for is mayonnaise, you will want to use a good brand such as Ducks.

Pimentos-The main ingredient is, of course, pimentos. Pimentos can usually be found in the grocery store on the same isle with pickles. You will need a 4 oz jar of diced pimentos. Pimentos will need to be drained.

Garlic powder and onion powder– are used to add flavor. Everything always tastes better with garlic and onion powder.

Salt and Pepper

Optional: Cayenne Pepper, diced jalapenos- If you would like to add a hint of spice to your pimento cheese you can add ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper or a diced jalapeno.

How to make Pimento Cheese:

This is a very simple recipe, just add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix using an electric mixer.


Store pimento cheese is an airtight container. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

Serves 6

Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31.1g40%
Cholesterol 83.7mg28%
Sodium 829mg36%
Total Carbohydrate 3.8g1%
Sugars 1.7g
Protein 12.5g25%
Vitamin A30%Vitamin C2%

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Pimento Cheese

Creamy, cheesy and tangy. This pimento cheese is a southern classic, that is great as dip or spread, for lunches, cocktail parties, or tailgating parties.

  • Author: Erica Ott
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Southern
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • 2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar diced pimento, drained
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)


Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and mixing using an electric mixer.

Keywords: Pimento Cheese, Southern pimento cheese

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