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Creamy, tangy pimento cheese piled high in a white dish on a wooden board with tomatoes, cauliflower, and carrots

Southern Pimento Cheese

Creamy and tangy, this Southern classic pimento cheese recipe is perfect for summer picnics, dinner outside with kids, or a quick snack!
Prep Time 10 mins
Chill Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American Southern
Servings 6


  • 16 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
  • 16 ounces Monterey jack or pepperjack cheese
  • 4 ounces pimentos, drained
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • cup plain or Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon prepared spicy mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Grate your cheeses into a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, yogurt, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Taste your dressing and adjust the seasoning as you prefer.
  • Add the thoroughly drained pimentos to the sauce and stir to combine.
  • Add the dressing to the cheese, mixing well.
  • Chill the mixture in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes before serving.


  • When mixing the dressing with your cheeses, be gentle. Try not to break apart your cheese strands.
  • Heat is a great addition to this dish! We sometimes add sriracha to the dressing for a spicy kick.
  • Make sure you use a good, savory mayonnaise. 
  • This will store in the fridge for about a week.