Pimento Cheese is the best Southern style spread! Sharp cheddar, cream cheese, pimentos and seasonings make for a dip or spread that’s crazy good. I could seriously eat this stuff with a spoon!

It’s also versatile, you can use it as an appetizer served with pretzels, bagel chips or veggies, anything that will convey this yummy stuff from plate to mouth! Pimento cheese is also great as spread for sandwiches or grilled cheese sandwiches,  either by itself or, as a mayo alternative!

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What is Pimento Cheese?

Pimento Cheese is one of those old fashioned Southern favorites that over time has become a staple. In the South it’s sometimes known as “Carolina Caviar” or “Southern Pate.” But no matter what you call it, everyone loves it because of its distinctive and cheesy flavor!

This is an easy combination of mayonnaise (Duke’s is best), sharp cheddar cheese and of course pimentos.

So, What are Pimentos? These little red bits are what you find in olives and add great flavor to dips, dressings and casseroles. They’re made from small sweet peppers called “Cherry Peppers” (more about pimentos here).

How to Make Pimento Cheese

Making pimento cheese is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Which is great, considering how fast we seem to go through it.

  1. Shred sharp cheddar cheese by hand or in a processor.
  2. Combine all the ingredients except for the shredded cheese and pimentos. Mix thoroughly until smooth and creamy.
  3. Fold in the shredded cheese and pimentos last to make this spread super chunky and delicious! Pretty easy, right?

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To Serve Pimento Cheese

Spread onto your favorite crackers, enjoy in a sandwich, or set out as a dip with veggies, pretzels, or bagel chips!

  • Try it with simple celery dipping sticks or other veggies
  • Perfect for veggie platters or with an array of chips and dips!
  • Roll it up in tortillas with chopped cucumber and slice into fancy sandwiches!
  • LOVE to dip pretzels in this stuff!
  • Spread it on burgers, wraps or sandwiches

Can You Freeze It?

Cream cheese has a tendency to separate and become grainy/liquid when frozen, so freezing is not recommended. Pimento Cheese should keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.


Pimento cheese spread in a clear jar with celery and crackers on the side

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Pimento Cheese

A festive dip that’s bursting with zest.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
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  • 2 ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded, extra sharp
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 ounces pimentos drained and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper optional


  • Combine mayonnaise, cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, garlic powder and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Mix with a hand mixer until fluffy.
  • Fold in pimentos and cheddar cheese.


For a smoother texture, mix cheddar with a hand mixer before folding in the pimentos.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 226 | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 277mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 755IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
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    1. I have only made this recipe as listed so I can’t say for sure but common mayo substitutes are greek yogurt and sour cream and I think those would work well.

  1. I added half cup of grated horseradish cheddar 2 cups of cheddar. I left off the Worcestershire sauce because of the horseradish flavoring. Also left out the Cayenne pepper the horseradish cheddar had enough kick to it

  2. This was the best pimento cheese I’ve made, 5 stars!!! Just enough kick snd tang, we took to a party on both celery stalks and bagel chips, huge hit!5 stars

  3. I would like to know what seasonings you put in the pimento cheese. It didn’t give the whole recipe. Thank you

    1. Hi Linda, all seasonings used are listed in the recipe card. We added cayenne, garlic powder, and a few other yummy ingredients!

  4. Love this stuff! My mom used to roast the peppers and make with homemade mayo…the bomb on the sliced halved jalapenos from the can.

    Fyi- They format with ingredients and instructions arr little jumbled on this post just to let you know I figured it out but it may be confusing for others…

  5. I remember when Kraft made a pimento cheese in slices. This was a LONG time ago. I wish they would bring it back. I think it also was when their cheese was made from the broken pieces of the large wheels of cheese. Not it isn’t even real cheese, but a cheese food product and not even healthy. Real cheese may be higher in calories, but the benefits out weigh the higher calories. Google pasteurized process cheese or Velveeta and read what it contains (or doesn’t contain). This recipe is made with real Cheddar and the added pimento which makes it super good.5 stars

      1. hi! im planning to use this as my recipe for bottled cheese pimiento, may i know what is the shelflife for this recipe? thanks in advance!

      2. As mentioned in the post, this recipe for pimiento cheese will keep for about one week in the fridge. Enjoy Koni!