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Homemade Southern Style Pimento Cheese Recipe

A creamy southern-style sandwich spread made with American cheese, Duke's mayonnaise, pimentos and a mix of spices.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy pimento cheese recipe, homemade pimento cheese, how to make pimento cheese, pimento cheese recipe, southern pimento cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 210 kcal


  • 2 cups shredded American cheese
  • ½ cups Duke's Mayonnaise (you can add more for a creamier texture)
  • 2 Tablespoons diced pimento peppers, drained
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 dash Texas Pete hot sauce, or more, to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, combine shredded American cheese and mayonnaise until well blended and creamy.

  2. Mix in the diced pimentos.

  3. Add spices and mix well.
  4. Mix in Texas Pete hot sauce and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve on white bread or with saltine crackers.

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Recipe Notes

  • For best results, use a block of American cheese for this recipe and shred it yourself using a box grater or a food processor
  • Best made with Duke's mayonnaise, but you can substitute your favorite brand
  • You can omit the hot sauce, if you like
  • You can use another type of cheese, such as cheddar or sharp cheddar cheese
  • You can add more mayonnaise for a creamier pimento cheese


Pimento cheese can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks in an airtight container.


  • Add a diced jalapeno to make spicy pimento cheese
  • Crumble a few slices of crispy bacon and add them to the pimento cheese
  • Add 1/4 cup of chopped country ham to the pimento cheese
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Southern Style Pimento Cheese Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 265mg12%
Potassium 33mg1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 425IU9%
Vitamin C 3.2mg4%
Calcium 204mg20%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.