Pimento cheese is a classic, no-cook Southern dip recipe that’s as easy to make as it is delicious.
It has a delightfully cheesy, tangy flavor and is highly customizable.
Better yet, it requires only a handful of ingredients, and it comes together in 15 minutes or less.
I’ve heard pimento cheese referred to as “the pâté of the South.” And while that may sound bougie, it’s also accurate.
It’s a rich, tangy, cheesy spread that tastes great on sandwiches, crackers, and more.
You can even whip it up and use it as a party dip!
Because it’s best served cold, it is an excellent make-ahead dish. You can pull it together – no cooking involved – and refrigerate it for up to a week!
You’ll find the complete list of ingredients and the full method at the bottom of the post.
But here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need to make the best pimento cheese spread:
- Shredded Cheese. Two parts sharp cheddar to one part Monterey Jack. Be sure to grate it freshly yourself instead of buying the pre-grated stuff.
- Cream Cheese. You’ll need about half a block of regular, full-fat cream cheese. Let it soften at room temperature so it mixes easily.
- Mayo. It adds flavor and helps smooth out the thick, cheesy mixture. Full fat is best since it’s thicker and richer.
- Pimentos. What are pimentos? They’re a small type of chili pepper. You’ll find them canned in every supermarket without issue. But feel free to use fresh if you have them.
- Seasonings. I use a blend of garlic powder, smoked paprika, cayenne, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Go ahead and tweak that as you like.
- Worcestershire Sauce. Though optional, the sauce adds a rich depth of flavor that’s hard to beat.
How to Make Pimento Cheese
Making pimento cheese is super simple. Just follow these steps:
1. Combine the cheeses. Mix the cream cheese until smooth, then stir in the shredded cheese.
2. Add everything else. Mix all the other ingredients into the bowl until it looks evenly distributed.
3. Chill and/or serve. You can serve pimento cheese right away. But it tastes better cold. So, cover the bowl and chill for at least an hour.
This cold dip recipe is great as is. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add to it and make it your own.
Here’s a few ideas:
- Mix in 1/4 cup of nuts for crunch.
- Add chopped celery or bacon crumbles.
- A tablespoon of Dijon mustard adds nice depth of flavor.
- Dice and deseed a jalapeño for extra heat.
- Swap out the grated cheese varieties. Try Gouda or Pepper Jack.
How to Serve Pimento Cheese
When most people think of pimento cheese, they picture it between two slices of bread.
And yes, pimento cheese sandwiches are delicious.
But this tangy cheese spread is way more versatile than that! Here’s how I use it:
- As a snack on Alabama firecrackers, pita bread, etc.
- As a party dip
- Stuffed inside celery stalks
- Inside a burger bun – yes, really!
- As a filling for the best grilled cheese sandwich ever!
How to Store
Pimento cheese spread will last for up to 7 days if stored properly. So feel free to make it ahead for your next Game Day party or holiday feast.
Here’s how to keep it fresh:
To Store: Transfer the dip to an airtight container and refrigerate it for up to a week.
I don’t recommend freezing pimento cheese spread. The taste and texture won’t be quite right after thawing.
If you have to freeze it, make sure it’s in an airtight container. And let it thaw in the fridge overnight before using it.
You’ll need to mix it well before serving and possibly add a bit more cream cheese.
More Dip Recipes You’ll Love
We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!
Let us improve this post!
Tell us how we can improve this post?