Make your own homemade pimento cheese for a decadent spread or easy dip for crackers. Enjoy!
This pimento cheese recipe is perfect for any holiday, gathering, or every day noshin’.
It was only a matter of time before we came up with one of our favorite cheese dips — Pimento Cheese! We’re obviously huge fans of cheeses that double as a dip and triple as a spread and pimento cheese is so versatile.
What is a pimento?
A pimento is a type of chili pepper that is sweeter and mild than it is spicy. It’s actually more mild than a bell pepper and so tasty.
What is pimento cheese?
Pimento cheese is classically made from a base of shredded cheddar cheese, mayo, and pimento peppers. It’s a popular spread for sandwiches and can be eaten plain as a dip.
We made our homemade pimento cheese recipe our own by swapping the mayo for Greek yogurt and cream cheese and adding a little Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce.
What does pimento cheese dip taste like?
This pimento cheese dip is cheesy with a hint of vinegar and hot sauce. It’s so perfect for crackers and/or chips or even a sandwich.
What You Need
Like we mentioned above, classic pimento cheese is made with mayo, cheese, and pimento peppers. We took our recipe up a notch. Here’s what you need:
- Cream cheese: cream cheese is an excellent base for pretty much any kind of dip. It’s milk and creamy.
- Shredded cheddar cheese: we used a yellow/orange shredded cheddar cheese, but any kind works.
- Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt is used instead of mayonnaise because it’s our personal flavor preference.
- Worcestershire sauce: a burst of savory flavors and salt.
- Hot sauce: we recommend using a vinegar-based hot sauce like Frank’s.
- Salt and pepper: always season to taste.
- Green onions: green onions add flavor and a bite.
- Lemon juice: lemon juice is added to create a balance of flavors between the vinegar and sweet pimento peppers.
- Pimento peppers: pimento peppers are sweet and mild, perfect for a dip.
Where do I buy pimento peppers?
Most pimento peppers come diced and jarred. Look for them at your local grocery store near the olives or roasted red peppers.
How to Make Homemade Pimento Cheese
- Mix cream cheese: first, blend cream cheese in a high-speed food processor until smooth.
- Add cheese: add shredded cheddar cheese and pulse until the cream cheese turns yellow.
- Add flavors: add Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper and blend until combined.
- Transfer & fold: transfer into a large bowl and fold in diced green onion and pimento peppers until combined,
- Enjoy immediately!
As your homemade pimento cheese sits in the fridge, things will become more firm. So, let it sit on the countertop for about a half our before eating as a dip to soften up.
As a dip: one of the most common ways to serve pimento cheese is as pimento cheese dip! Eat it with chips, crackers, or veggies.
Spread: spread some homemade pimento cheese on the back of a sandwhich.
In place of cream cheese: up your cream cheese game and spread this on a bagel for breakfast!
Store leftover homemade pimento cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Homemade Pimento Cheese
- 8 oz. cream cheese softened
- 1 cup shredded yellow cheddar cheese
- 3 tablespoons greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon worcestershire
- 2 teaspoons Frank’s hot sauce
- ½ tablespoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ⅓ cup chopped green onions
- 4 oz. Pimentos peppers drained from liquid
- Place the softened cream cheese into a food processor and blend on high until smooth.
- Scrape down the sides of the food processor and then add the cheddar cheese.
- Pulse the cheddar cheese into the cream cheese until the cream cheese turns yellow, but still leaving small chunks of cheddar cheese.
- Scrape down the sides of the food processor again and add the Greek yogurt, worcestershire, lemon juice, pepper, and salt to the food processor and blend until combined.
- Scrape the cream cheese mixture into a large bowl and add green onions and pimentos. Fold the ingredients into the cheese mixture.
- If the pimento cheese feels a bit runny, place it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set, otherwise serve with crackers, vegetables, or slices of bread.