Recipe

Homemade Jalapeño Pimento Cheese

Servings:
8
(about 3 1/2 cups)
Total Time:
0
hr
8
min
Jump to RecipeA bowl of jalapeno pimento cheese dip next to bread and crackers.

Jalapeño pimento cheese is the perfect party dip because it comes together so quick, you can make it in advance, and it’s served cold.

Having the jalapeños in the dip adds an extra fun color and spice to the dip. If you don’t want too much extra spice you could also used chopped green onion to get the green color without the heat.

What are pimentos?

Pimento pepper are small mild red peppers that have a slight sweetness to them. They are often called cherry peppers. Their heat is between a 100 and 500 on the Scoville scale. For references, a jalapeño is between 2,500-8000.

Where to find pimentos?

The easiest way to find pimento peppers are in a jar. Where I live, it is hard to find fresh pimento peppers. The jared pimentos actually work great for this pimento cheese dip because they are already chopped up.

When using jared pimentos, make sure to drain them before adding them to the dip.

Here are the pimento peppers I use.

Small bowls with all the ingredients for pimento cheese dip.

How to serve pimento cheese?

Pimento cheese can be served with toasted bread, crackers, or veggies. I love to serve it along side some saltine crackers or a baguette sliced and toasted.

I’ve also used this as a spread on a breakfast sandwich or bagel and it is amazing!

A bowl of jalapeno pimento cheese with a side of crackers.

Tips for Making the Best Jalapeno Pimento Cheese

  • Shred your own cheese. Store bought shredded cheese has a coating on it and freshly shredded blends into the dip easier.
  • Buy jarred pimentos and drain them. They are already diced and it makes it so much easier. Just remember to drain off the excess liquid before adding it to the mix.
  • Don’t be shy with the pepper. I know it sounds like a lot of pepper but that flavor helps break through all the creaminess of the cheese and mayo.
A bowl of jalapeno pimento cheese dip on a plate.

Homemade Jalapeño Pimento Cheese

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Servings:
8
(about 3 1/2 cups)
Prep Time:
8
min
Cook Time:
0
hr
0
min
Total Time:
0
hr
8
min

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup diced pimento peppers (if using jarred pimentos, drain them first)
  • 1 jalapeños diced (about 2 tbsp)
  • 2 cups sharp white cheddar

Directions

  1. Add all your ingredients to a bowl and mix.
  2. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper. If you want it to be thicker, add more cheddar. If you want it to be thinner add more mayo.
  3. Serve right away or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Notes

Recipe is adapted from the pimento cheese recipe from the cookbook, Cheers to the Publican

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