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5 from 2 votes

Southern Style Pimento Cheese Recipe

Pimento cheese makes the yummiest dip, spread or condiment for snacking or even sandwiches. This easy recipe packs tons of flavor to create a homemade version of the classic Southern staple.
Prep Time5 mins
Chill Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Condiment, Snack, Spread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 489kcal


  • 4 1/2- 5 cups shredded cheddar cheese NOT the finely shredded variety
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise Hellman's brand preferred
  • 1 4 oz jar Pimentos drained, but reserve 1/2 tbsp juice
  • pinch onion powder
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 2-3 dashes hot sauce optional


  • Add all of the ingredients, except the cheese, to a large mixing bowl. Whisk them together until the dressing is smooth.
  • Using a spatula, fold in the cheeses until evenly incorporated.
  • Cover the mixing bowl with an air tight lid, or with cling wrap to seal. Refrigerate it for at least 2 hours, or until chilled through.
  • Serve immediately as a snack/dip with crackers or use in recipes.


This pimento cheese will keep in the refrigerator safely for 3-4 days. Make sure it's sealed tightly the whole time so air can't get to it.


Calories: 489kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 873mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 950IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 646mg | Iron: 1mg