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Homemade Pimento Cheese Recipe

If you would have told me 5 years ago that I would be obsessed with pimento cheese, I would have thought you were crazy. Maybe I’m crazy, but I am obsessed with it. After visiting my friend Liz in Louisville and seeing pimento cheese on every menu, we decided we had to try it as a spread.

easy pimento cheese spread recipe

It’s official, I think it should be slathered onto anything and everything {especially a burger} and also served as a dip. One of our favorite local restaurants serves the best cheeseburger in town. It’s served medium, loaded with caramelized onions on brioche with pimento cheese, of course. The pimento cheese melts to cover the burger, which makes it the best cheeseburger of my life. Spoiler alert: I’ve had a lot of cheeseburgers.

easy pimento cheese dip recipe

This easy creamy pimento cheese recipe also makes a great dip or spread for crackers and veggies. Today for lunch I’m making a grilled cheese on sourdough with it. To continue my pimento cheese obsession, I’d love for you to share what you enjoy it with!

pimento cheese recipe to top burgers make grilled cheese or serve as a dip

If you haven’t tried homemade, I encourage you to. I promise you it’s nothing reminiscent of the spread in the jar that still gives me the heebie-jeebies from the 80’s/90’s that my mom used to cover her celery. 

homemade pimento cheese recipe for burgers, grilled cheese or to dip

Pimento Cheese

Prep Time 10 mins Total Time 10 mins
Serves 8


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c mayo
  • 2 c FRESH shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 c diced piquillo peppers
  • 1/8 tsp pepper


In a mixing bowl/mixer, whip cream cheese until light and smooth.

Add mayo.

Stir in cheddar and peppers. Season with pepper.

Refrigerate overnight.

Recipe Notes

shredding your cheese fresh makes all the difference in this recipe

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‘Tis the season for dipping – you can find all of my delicious dip recipes here. Let the holiday season commence!


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11 comments on “Homemade Pimento Cheese Recipe”

  1. Ha ha ha!! I had to laugh when I read about your mother’s pimento stuffed celery, which I also ate on holidays as a kid. I am definitely going to try this new and improved version but I think I will still stuff it in celery in honor of our family tradition! Thanks for sharing!!

    • I don’t mind the celery so much as whatever that was in a jar doesn’t resemble anything real. I can still picture it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

  2. Hi,
    I have been looking for a pimento cheese recipe. Do you not have to add pimento to the recipe? Thanks!

    • Pimento is actually Spanish for pepper – this is the particular one I like to use, but you can use any red pepper you’d like or jar pimentos if you prefer. Enjoy!

  3. Once while giving in to my urge for Pimento Cheese, I realized I had all the ingredients except the jarred pimentos so I used Roasted Red Peppers instead. After the mixture was refrigerated overnight, we decided this was even better. Try it and you may like this substitution too.

  4. I use miracle whip instead of mayo, and add a little black pepper and salt.

    Interestingly, this is only 2 steps away from my Grandmother’s Christmas Cheese Ball:
    Just add a few chopped cloves of garlic and roll into a ball. Roll the ball in Chili Seasoning to coat it. Then refrigerate. Serve with your choice of crackers. I love it!

  5. I made this today using jarred roasted red bell pepper, a little garlic powder & a little onion salt. It is delicious!  Thank you for this easy, yummy recipe!

  6. Pingback: Easy Cheese Ball Recipe {in 5 minutes, without a mix!}

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