Perfect for your cheese board during the holidays, this homemade pimento cheese recipe is perfect to use as a dip or spread and is made for sharing. Tangy and creamy, it comes together in minutes and is always a crowd pleaser.

close up image of pimento cheese dip in a bowl and crackers on a plate

Add some pizzaz to your holiday cheese board this year with this delicious pimento cheese recipe.

Simple and easy to make, it’s great to serve as an appetizer dip with crackers, or use it as a spread for some extra tasty pimento cheese sandwiches.

Rich and creamy, and of course cheesy, it’s perfectly seasoned and is sure to please friends and family across Christmas. This is one tasty dip, so be sure to make extra!

Be sure to try my Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball and Blue Cheese Dressing too!

Why you will love this recipe!

  • Quick and easy: It takes minutes to mix the ingredients together and it’s ready to use!
  • Great for a crowd: If you are hosting friends and family, this southern classic is a great dip to serve up and it will easily serve eight.
  • Make ahead: Enjoy this pimento cheese spread straight away, or make it several days ahead of time for easy entertaining.
pimento dip in a bowl with crackers

Pimento Cheese Ingredients

  • Cream cheese: Soften the cream cheese before mixing with the other ingredients. I like to take it out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before I’m ready to use it.
  • Mayonnaise: Mayo adds a creamier texture and makes this cheese dippable. I used Duke mayonnaise.
  • Worcestershire sauce: This adds a great tanginess to the cheese. You can use a vegan Worcestershire sauce to make this recipe vegetarian.
  • Seasonings: Salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne red pepper and Old Bay seasoning.
  • Cheddar cheese: Use a sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese for a boost of flavor.
  • Pimentos: Pimento peppers are mild and sweet in flavor. I also love the pop of color they add to this cheese dip.
  • Optional: You can also add jalapenos or hot sauce if you want to add more spice.
pimento cheese ingredients

How to make pimento cheese

  • In the bowl of an electric hand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or beaters, combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Beat until smooth and evenly combined. Stir in grated Cheddar cheese along with the diced pimentos. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  • Transfer the spread to a serving bowl and serve with crackers and/or crudités. 
process images of making pimento dip
cheese spread on a cracker

Can you make it ahead of time?

Yes! This cheese spread recipe is a great make-ahead option so it’s especially perfect for the holidays. Once you have made the recipe, cover it in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If you are lucky enough to have leftovers, you can use it as a spread on sandwiches. It is not freezer-friendly.

Can you make it healthier?

Using full-fat cream cheese and mayonnaise does yield the creamiest and thickest dip, so where possible I wouldn’t recommend using low-fat variations. You can of course use reduced fat if you want to, the pimento cheese will still taste delicious but it won’t be as rich.

image from top of pimento spread in a bowl and crackers on a plate

Is it spicy?

This easy pimento cheese recipe has a slight kick to it from the cayenne pepper. If you are particularly sensitive to spicy foods, you can omit this. The pimento peppers themselves are very mild and quite sweet. If you prefer spicier, then you can mix in a little extra cayenne.

How To Use Pimento Cheese Spread

  • Make Pimento Cheese Sausage balls
  • On Sandwiches or burgers
  • Serve on a crudites platter with fresh vegetables and slices of bread
  • Serve as a dip with crackers, pretzels and other snacks.

TIPS FROM NELI’S KITCHEN

Recipe Notes and Tips for the Best Pimento Cheese Recipe

  • Soften the cream cheese before mixing it with the other ingredients so that everything combines easily.
  • Using an electric mixer is the quickest and easiest way to combine the ingredients. You can do it by hand but it will take a little while longer to incorporate everything. On the plus side you’ll give your arms a workout!
  • Do not leave the pimento cheese at room temperature for more than 2 hours or it can go off.
spreading pimento cheese on a cracker with a knife

More Appetizer Recipes

If you liked this pimento cheese dip, I am sure you will love my other appetizers:

Pimento Cheese

Perfect for your cheese board during the holidays, this homemade pimento cheese recipe is perfect to use as a dip or spread and is made for sharing. Tangy and creamy, it comes together in minutes and is always a crowd pleaser.

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Prep Time 10 minutes

Total Time 10 minutes

Servings 8 servings

Calories 249kcal

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or beaters, combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Beat until smooth and evenly combined. Stir in grated Cheddar cheese along with the diced pimentos. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.

  • Transfer the spread to a serving bowl and serve with crackers and/or crudités. If serving later, cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days; bring to room temperature before serving.

  • Soften the cream cheese before mixing it with the other ingredients so that everything combines easily.
  • Using an electric mixer is the quickest and easiest way to combine the ingredients. You can do it by hand but it will take a little while longer to incorporate everything. On the plus side you’ll give your arms a workout!
  • Do not leave the pimento cheese at room temperature for more than 2 hours or it can go off.

Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 453mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1079IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 236mg | Iron: 1mg

Course Appetizer, dip

Cuisine American

Keyword how to make pimento cheese, pimento cheese dip, pimento cheese spread

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Meet The Author: Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Neli Howard and the food blogger behind Delicious Meets Healthy. I started Delicious Meets Healthy in 2014 while working in public accounting. While everything I did at work was very analytical and detail oriented, I have enjoyed cooking because I get to use my creativity and experiment with flavors and textures of different foods.



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