Homemade Pimento Cheese - This stuff is amazing! So easy to make and 100 times better than the prepacked stuff.

The Best Homemade Pimento Cheese Recipe

Pimento cheese made from scratch is 100 times better than the stuff from the grocery store.  It’s so easy to make, too!  

Pimento cheese is the perfect cracker spread or on a sandwich.  Make a grilled cheese, add it to a burger, stuff celery or use it as a dip! The possibilities are endless.  

Here in the south, this stuff is a staple, and we will eat it on almost anything. THE BEST!

Why This Recipe Works

You can serve it any way you like. You can just serve it as a pimento cheese spread or pimento cheese sandwiches. You can make a killer burger by topping it with this amazing spread.

Pimento Cheese in the center of a red plate surrounded by crackers and sliced jalapeños.

I don’t use cream cheese in my, why? Because my aunt taught me differently, I think it tames the tangy sharp cheddar taste too much.

Our favorite way to enjoy this easy homemade pimento cheese is with grilled smoked sausage and jalapeno on a saltine. This is a must-try!

This was introduced to us, as an appetizer, by my sister-in-law one night while having dinner at a barbecue restaurant. Now we make it at home and enjoy it as a meal.

If you’re a fan of cheddar cheese, this will go with anything. But we do recommend it with the sausage, man it’s a perfect bite!

How To Make Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese ingredients in a glass mixing bowl.

Grate the sharp cheddar cheese by hand, or my favorite way is with the food processor.  

Mix the cheddar cheese, pimentos, mayonnaise, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder (basically, all the ingredients) together in a bowl and refrigerate.

Keep refrigerated for at least two hours before serving.

That’s it! It can’t much easier than that, and the flavors are amazing!

Pimento Cheese on crackers topped with smoked sausage and jalapeno slices.

This is so tasty, I promise you. You need to try it.  Cool, pimento cheese, warm smoky grilled sausage with jalapeno’s fresh, crisp flavor.  To die for! Kick store-bought to the curb.

You can also use serrano peppers, I’m too big of a wimp for those.

Pimento Cheese in the center of a red plate surrounded by crackers and sliced jalapeños.

FAQ

What are the ingredients for pimento cheese?

8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
4-ounce jar pimentos, drained
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/8 teaspoon cayenne (or more if desired)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Combine well and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

How long will pimento cheese last?

About 10 days in an air-tight container stored in the refrigerator.

What kind of cracker do you eat with pimento cheese?

Saltines or club crackers are great options.

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Homemade Pimento Cheese - This stuff is amazing! So easy to make and 100 times better than the prepacked stuff.

The Best Homemade Pimento Cheese Recipe

Homemade Pimento Cheese – This stuff is amazing! So easy to make and 100 times better than the prepacked stuff.
4.82 from 11 votes
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Course: Dip, Spread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, cheese, cheese ball, pimento cheese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 258kcal
Author: Don’t Sweat The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounce jar pimentos, drained
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (or more if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  • Use a food processor or hand grate the cheese.
  • In a large bowl, stir pimentos, mayonnaise, cayenne, salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder until combined.
  • Stir in cheeses until well blended.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Nutrition

Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 455mg | Potassium: 28mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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9 Comments

  1. Pimento Cheese is one of our favorites here at the cottage, wow how do people get through life without Pimento Cheese. Your recipe looks awesome. Hope you are having a fantastic day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen5 stars

  2. I hope it got the 5 stars I tried to give it. First time making pimento cheese, and this was a HUGE hit. My entire family said it was the best they had ever had. Thanks for a great recipe and easy one too!

  3. This looks amazing and can’t wait to
    Make it!!! Problem is i
    Can’t get pimentos anywhere here so someone told me I could substitute jarred roasted red peppers would that be suitable??

    Thankyou for the recipe 🙂

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