Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese is a delicious Southern snack recipe that everyone loves! It’s perfect for sandwiches, spread on crackers, or baked into grits!

I have a couple of pimento cheese recipes on here that are unlike the traditional version.

But! Since it’s Tailgating Season, and we all need a list of go to snack foods, I thought I would share my version of the southern classic.

And I do not take the phrase “the best pimento cheese recipe, ever” lightly.

That is a bold, bold statement.

But it’s the truth, y’all!

Pimento Cheese requires a few essential things:

  1. Freshly grated cheddar cheese
  2. Duke’s Mayonnaise
  3. Mt. Olive Roasted Red Peppers
  4. Green Onions (or grated Vidalia onions, or both!)

While I love the little jars of pimentos, I would rather dice up some roasted red peppers for not only a different flavor, but the pepper pieces hold up better & longer.

The flavor of Mt. Olive’s roasted red peppers “juice” in the jar is a major secret to this recipe. <—– MAJOR! 

Another absolutely, hands down, you can’t use anything else, but this brand ingredient is DUKE’s Mayo.

Now, if you aren’t near the Mason-Dixon line, you may not know what I am talking about…

But, get on the internet and order yourself some mayonnaise.

It is my childhood in a jar. Something so simple is incredibly sentimental to me.

Toni makes the best sandwiches, like her tuna salad, and every time I open one of these mayo jars, I think of her. 

Pimento cheese recipe that uses Duke's mayo and roasted red peppers.

Good sharp cheddar is also essential, but it’s not really the brand of cheese.

You don’t need to get it out of the “fancy cheese” section.

However, you do need to grate it by hand!

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT use the bagged stuff. No. Please, just no.

I recently purchased this countertop grater from Amazon, and I love it!

This cordless mixer from Kitchenaid does a great job mixing the pimento cheese without pulverizing it!

homemade pimento cheese recipe

Does your family have a pimento cheese recipe they love??

I use this on anything and everything!

Serve as an easy appetizer with crackers.

Spread over bread for sandwiches.

Plop some on tacos, baked potatoes, steamed broccoli, etc.

This is a great keto/low carb snack!!

I love starting Easter Sunday with a big bowl of Pimento Cheese for people to snack on! If you need some other menu ideas, check out these Easter Recipes You Need to Try!

pimento cheese recipe

Be sure to save this recipe for future game day snacks!

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homemade pimento cheese recipe

Pimento Cheese

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: no-cook
  • Cuisine: southern


  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, hand grated
  • 1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup Duke’s Mayo
  • 2 tablespoons Red pepper brine
  • 4 ounces room temperature cream cheese
  • 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • salt & black pepper to taste


  1. Grate cheddar and dump into a big mixing bowl
  2. Add diced peppers and sliced onions
  3. Throw in the rest of the ingredients, except the salt & pepper, and mix well. (Don’t use a stand mixer or food processor for this! You want everything to stay “as is.”)
  4. Taste to see if salt & pepper are needed.
  5. Chill for a few hours before serving.
  6. Keeps for a week in the fridge, in a closed container

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    1. Can’t wait to hear how it turned out for you! Nothing like a “free” night with a bowl of pimento cheese!;-)

  1. I love pimiento cheese when it is homemade like this. What a great recipe! I’ll have to give this a try, it will be perfect for upcoming holiday parties. #HomeMattersParty

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