Homemade Pimento Cheese Spread

This pimento cheese recipe is creamy with a little kick of heat and goes great on so many things.  

wooden bowl filled with pimento cheese surrounded by peppers

I’ve been a fan of pimento cheese for years. It’s basically a blend of cheeses, mayo and spices with pimento peppers folded in. 

Pimento peppers are mild red peppers also referred to as cherry peppers. They’re popular in Spanish cuisine. But here in the U.S., we found a way to Americanize them by stirring them into cheese dip. 

This recipe calls for one four-ounce jar of pimento peppers, which can be found in the grocery near the canned vegetables. You can also roast your own peppers, like the red jalapeños shown in the picture above or hatch chiles. 

Bottom line is that you want a good cheese base. I like cheddar and pepper jack. Then, blend in a smooth cheese like cream cheese. Finish it off with mayo as a binder, the peppers and your favorite seasonings. 

I always add a little Cajun seasoning for a bolder flavor. 

Pimento cheese can be used as a dip, served on white bread or melted into a grilled cheese sandwich or quesadilla. If you go the quesadilla route, I recommend trying it with corn tortillas. 

wooden bowl filled with pimento cheese surrounded by peppers

Homemade Pimento Cheese Spread

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pimento cheese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 24 ounces
Calories: 139 kcal
Author: Christie Vanover


  • 8 oz cheddar cheese shredded
  • 8 oz pepper jack cheese shredded
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 4 oz jar pimento peppers drained
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp granulated onion
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl, and mix until smooth.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Pimento Cheese Spread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 139 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 219mg10%
Potassium 39mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 446IU9%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 148mg15%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
By |2019-09-07T13:21:39-07:00September 7, 2019|

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