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Spicy Momma Says Cheese! (Spicy Pimento Cheese)

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Spicy Pimento Cheese

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Growing up with a Southern Momma, homemade pimento cheese was a summertime tradition. Now that I’m a grown a$$ woman, I’ve continued the tradition but with a little extra spice.  Starting with my Momma’s best pimento cheese recipe, I add jalapenos, hot sauce and, of course,  some spicy language- This Spicy Momma says Cheese!

This cheese is a Southern Classic.  Let your mouth go south!  …Ooh now that does sound a little kinky


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  • Extra sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Pimento Peppers
  • Mayonnaise
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Ground Chipotle Pepper
  • Jalapeno
  • Coarse Black Pepper
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Hot sauce


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What are pimentos?

Pimento peppers are sweet, mild peppers with a slight peppery flavor. These peppers more closely resemble red bell peppers than chili peppers. Pimientos can have various colors including yellow, green, red, and maroon. I discovered that trying to find pimentos the day before Memorial Day at grocery stores in the South is quite a scavenger hunt.  If you find yourself unable to find pimiento peppers in the store, there are jars of unpickled pimientos, or roasted red peppers in the spaghetti sauce aisle.


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What is spicy pimento cheese spread made of?

The foundation of every pimento cheese recipe is sharp cheddar cheese, softened cream cheese, pimento peppers, and mayonnaise.  In our Cuss Kitchen® recipe card, we bring the heat with Jalapeno peppers, cayenne, and hot sauce. 

It may be a southern classic, but it was invented in New York.  Speaking of cheese, you can use pre-shredded cheese to save time, but I like to shred cheese off the block.  This is one cheesy slap-a$$ spread!


Why is pimento cheese so popular in the South?

The history of pimento cheese deserves its own encyclopedia entry, but to summarize, it all began with cream cheese. The production of cream cheese coincides with the arrival of sweet red peppers from Spain. In the early 1900s these two ingredients were combined by enterprising cooks to create a spread that is an early version of the pimento cheese dip we know and love today.


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How do I serve spicy pimento cheese?

Here we eat this Southern staple just about any way we can: on crackers, between two slices of white bread as a pimento cheese sandwich or pimento cheese as a grilled cheese.  Make pimento cheese to use in celery boats, on crostini, or in our Cuss Kitchen® recipe Stuff It ! (Cheesy Bacon-stuffed Mini Bell Pepper Appetizer).

We also won’t shy away from putting pimiento cheese on foods to make them even more classic Southern.  Try a scoop of pimiento cheese on your burger, steak, grilled chicken sandwich, grilled cheese sandwich, or omelet.

Stir Southern pimiento cheese into scrambled eggs, macaroni and cheese, or even chili.


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How to store Spicy Pimento Cheese?

Once you’ve finished our Spicy Pimento cheese recipe, put the cheese in an airtight container, or cover the mixing bowl with food wrap. Then, pop the bowl in the fridge.

This Pimiento cheese mixture will last up to one week in the fridge, but if you are taking this to your next party, there probably will not be any left- people might be licking the bowl clean. 


Can I freeze pimento cheese?

Some say yes, but we think it changes the texture.  Find creative ways to feature and serve pimento cheese in you next meal or appetizer.  Spicy pimento cheese is a perfect way to upcycle your next appetizer or meal.  You will love this recipe.


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What is the difference between a dip and a spread?

Spreads and dips are both condiments.  The words are often used interchangeably, but spreads are used on top of bread or tortillas, while dips are used to dip the food.   A spread naturally drenches the food and acts as an accompaniment.  Dips are used to add flavor or texture to a food.


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Spicy Momma Says Cheese!

Spicy Pimento Cheese Spread
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese dip, Classic southern dip, homemade Pimento Cheese recipe, pimento, Pimento cheese, pimento cheese dip, pimiento cheese, pimiento cheese spread, southern classic pimento cheese, southern pimento cheese, spicy pimento cheese recipe, spicy pimiento cheese, vegetarian appetizer
Yield: 8 servings
Calories: 272kcal
Author: Momma Sass


  • 1 Mixer or Food Processor


Pimento Cheese Ingredients

  • 2.5 cup Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Grate)
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese Room temperature
  • 4 oz Pimento Peppers or Roasted Red Peppers (Dice)
  • 2 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Onion Powder
  • ¼ tsp Ground Chipotle Pepper or Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper Diced with ribs and seeds removed (optional)
  • ½ tsp Coarse Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire or you can substitute salt
  • 2 dashes Hot Sauce like Texas Pete


Pimento Cheese Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the hot sauce
  • Beat mixture together in a hand mixer (stand mixer or by hand with a STURDY wooden spoon). Beat until everything is thoroughly combined
  • Taste your Pimento cheese dip. Add more black pepper and hot sauce to your taste. Blend again.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl.
  • Serve Spicy Pimento cheese with veggies, crackers, pita chips, or steak bites.


I used roasted red peppers instead of pimentos only because I couldn't find pimentos!  The flavor is the same, and used a food processor to chop them into the proper size. (Pulse only)
You can store the cheese dip in the fridge for 7-10 days.


Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 543mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 849IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 285mg | Iron: 0.3mg

FAQ's for Spicy Pimento Cheese


What is the secret ingredient to Spicy Pimento Cheese?

Finely diced Jalapeno Pepper.  A dash of Hot Sauce can also add some extra zip.


Why is Spicy Pimento Cheese so popular in the South?

Though Pimento cheese was invented in New York, it became popular in the South because it didn’t spoil easily at room temperature.  It was and is a popular lunch box food.


How long does Pimento cheese last?

Homemade Pimento cheese will last for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.


What is the best way to eat Spicy Pimento Cheese?

It is great on a cracker or crostini.  Spicy Pimento is  popular in a sandwich.  It is also enjoyed in grits, in a deviled egg mixture, on a burger, and on avocado toast.

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6 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    I love a good cheese spread and this spicy pimiento cheese spread was really delicious. I loved the spicy part, it was really delicious to top on a cracker.

  2. 5 stars
    I never realized that making Pimento cheese was this easy. We love it as a dip, but also on sandwiches. This recipe is a favorite for me

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