Southern Pimento Cheese

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe – A staple spread in Southern homes and parties, pimento cheese is a classic! Made with cheddar cheese, pimentos and a secret ingredient, it is delicious as a spread, pimento cheese dip or sandwich!

My grandmother made her pimento cheese the old fashioned way. She had a dedicated meat grinder she used to grind her cheese. It was a process definitely worth watching as a little girl. And it resulted in the best pimento cheese I’ve ever tasted.

How to Make Pimento Cheese

Not having my grandmother’s meat grinder, I quickly shred the cheese and add it to a few other ingredients to make the quickest, easiest, and most delicious pimento cheese I’ve ever tasted! And, it includes my grandmother’s other secret ingredient (cream cheese).


▢1 (8-ounce) sharp cheddar cheese shredded

▢1 (8-ounce) mild cheddar cheese shredded

▢1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese softened

▢¼ cup diced pimentos

▢1/2 teaspoon salt

▢1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

▢2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise or Greek yogurt optional 


Cream together cheddar cheese with the softened cream cheese until well combined.

Stir in pimentos and salt and pepper.

If you prefer your pimento cheese to be a bit thinner for spreading, add in optional mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, or liquid from the diced pimentos to preference.

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