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Homemade Pimento Cheese Recipe

This Homemade Pimento Cheese Recipe is ready in 15 minutes! Made with sharp cheddar, mayonnaise, spices and roasted pimento peppers. It’s creamy, tangy and so delicious.

If you’re looking for a quick and really really delicious dip, this Pimento Cheese Recipe is it! This spreadable and dippable cheese is delicious served with sliced fresh vegetables and spread on crackers. You can also make a wicked grilled cheese with pimento cheese and even serve it stirred into fresh hot pasta. So versatile. So good.

a top down view of nine red pimento peppers on a dark brown wood backdrop

Simple ingredients:

  • pimento peppers
  • cream cheese
  • sharp cheddar cheese
  • mayonnaise
  • spices

It’s all about the Pimento Pepper!

If you’ve never had pimento peppers (or pimiento peppers) before, now is your chance. These small red peppers are not spicy, they’re so sweet and flavourful, making them perfect for this tangy cheese dip. You can find fresh pimento peppers in farmers’ markets in late summer.

a top down view of a bowl of pimento cheese on a plate with celery sticks and ritz crackers. in the background is a dark brown wood backdrop, three red pimento peppers and linen napkins

Get the good cheese.

Old Cheddar is the way to go for this dip as it packs the biggest flavour punch that is needed for this recipe. Make sure to get the best old cheddar you can (I use white cheddar).

a top down view of a bowl of pimento cheese on a plate with celery sticks and ritz crackers. in the background is a dark brown wood backdrop, three red pimento peppers and linen napkins

Spreadable and Dippable (and more!)

Yep, this pimento cheese is very versatile…spread it on crackers (my fave!), dip fresh vegetables in it, spread it in grilled cheese or on burgers, toss it with hot pasta…the possibilities are endless.

a top down close up of a bowl of pimento cheese dip

Perfect for parties!

This is a great dip for football parties, holidays and celebrations. You can even make it ahead of time to save you time and stress.

a close up view of pimento cheese dip. in the background are three red pimento peppers

6 Ways to Eat Pimento Cheese:

  • Dip or Spread: Serve it as a pimento cheese spread on crackers or bread, or as a dip for celery sticks, carrot sticks or other sliced fresh vegetables. For an extra delicious treat, top your pimento cheese cracker with some candied jalapeños!
  • Sandwiches: Pimento cheese can be used as a sandwich spread for pimento cheese sandwiches.
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: Use it as a spread inside a grilled cheese sandwich. A grilled pimento cheese sandwich is SO GOOD.
  • A Burger Spread: Pimento cheese is delicious spread on a burger!
  • Pasta: Stir the pimento cheese into hot cooked pasta. It’s so creamy and delicious!
  • Devilled Eggs: Add pimento cheese to devilled eggs.
  • Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers: Use it as a filling for stuffed Jalapeño Poppers
a close up of a hand holding a ritz cracker spread with pimento cheese dip. the dip is topped with a red candied jalapeno pepper

Pimento Cheese Recipe Tips

  • ROASTING: This recipe calls for 2 roasted pimento peppers. To make these cut the pimento peppers in half and remove the seeds. Lightly brush the skin side with olive oil, then roast the peppers on the barbecue for about 5 minutes or so, or until the skins are lightly charred. Remove the skins and dice.
  • PIMENTO PEPPER OPTION: You can also use pre-made/jar pimento peppers from the grocery store.
  • MAYONNAISE: I like to use about 3 tbsp of mayonnaise in our pimento cheese dip. You can use more or less depending on how much of a creamy texture you want it.
  • CHEESE: Use a sharp cheddar cheese as it has the best flavour for this dip. You can use old white or orange cheddar, just make sure it’s the most flavourful one you can find.
  • CREAM CHEESE: I use an 8 ounce block of cream cheese for this dip, but you can also use an 8 ounce tub of spreadable cream cheese.
  • A NOTE ABOUT SALT:  Old Cheddar Cheese can be salty so make sure to taste test the dip before adding any salt.
  • MAKE AHEAD OPTION: You can serve this dip immediately.  If you’re serving this dip later, put it in the fridge, then take it out about 10 – 15 minutes before you wish to serve it.
  • STORAGE: Keep in an airtight container in the fridge between servings. This dip will keep for about  5 days (refrigerated).
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Pimento Cheese Recipe

This Pimento Cheese Recipe is ready in 15 minutes!  Made with sharp cheddar, mayonnaise, spices and roasted pimento peppers. It’s creamy, tangy and so delicious.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Appetizer

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces (1 block) regular cream cheese, at room temperature (cut into cubes for easier mixing)
  • 2 medium sized pimentos (roasted, skins removed), diced
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or a couple of dashes of hot sauce
  • 1/4 tsp seasoning salt (Hys or Lowrys)
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • salt to taste (see tips above)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix all of the spices and mayonnaise together.
  2. Add the cheddar cheese, cream cheese and diced pimentos.
  3. Mix by hand, or on a low setting with your stand mixer or food processor. You want the dip to have some texture, NOT be creamy and smooth.
  4. You can serve this dip immediately.  If you’re serving it later, put it in the fridge…then take it out about 10 – 15 minutes before you wish to serve it.
  5. Enjoy!

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