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Southern Style Jalapeño Pimento Cheese

A recipe for jalapeño pimento cheese, a spicy twist on a southern classic. You can leave out the jalapeños for a classic version of this tasty spread.
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 166kcal
Author Amee


  • 8 oz freshly shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese use the block cheese and shred it, not the already shredded cheese, it makes a difference in the texture
  • 8 oz freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup olive oil blend mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ cup diced jalapenos thoroughly drained (in the jar- these have a great flavor and softer texture than fresh)
  • 1 4 oz jar diced pimento, drained well
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


  • Place all ingredients, except salt and pepper, in the bowl of an electric mixer and blend at medium speed until well combined.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve.
  • Store leftover spread in a sealed container in the refrigerator.


  • I cannot encourage you enough to shred your own cheese. The flavor and texture are so much better with freshly shredded cheddar.
  • Be sure to drain the jalapeños and pimentos well. If there's any excess liquid, it may make your pimento cheese watery and unpleasant.
  • Not a huge fan of spicy food? That's okay. Omit the jalapeños and cayenne to tone down the heat a bit. Add fresh chopped herbs instead like parsley and chives.


Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 738IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 1mg