Spicy Pimento Cheese

Spicy pimento cheese is a Southerners dream.  Y’all will find us making it year round! In most cases, when we have time, we love to roast up red peppers to make it. Conversely, if you are in a hurry, a jar of pimentos will do the trick!  And of course we add a good amount of jalapeños!

Although this  pimento cheese is a great spread for crackers, it also is incredible as a topping for burgers, biscuits, or melted in a dreamy creamy grilled cheese! Admittedly we always make a double, or triple batch.



If you love simple to make snacks, give this SMOKED SALMON SPREAD a try!



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Spicy pimento cheese

Spicy Pimento Cheese

  • Author: theperksofbeingus
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 20 servings 1x


  • 8 oz. of cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz. block of sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 large red peppers, roasted, peeled and diced, or 1 jar of pimentos, drained, and diced
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne (more or less to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon spicy season salt (we use Sasquatch Fire from Spiceology)


Instruction for roasting a red pepper:

  1. Wash red pepper, and dry.
  2. We love to roast our peppers outside on our charcoal grill using Jealous Devil Charcoal for a smoky flavor!
  3. If you have a gas stove, simply lay the pepper over the direct flame, and turn heat to high. Watch carefully and turn every few minutes to get the skin blackened.
  4. You may also roast in the oven. Simply turn oven on to 400 degrees and place red pepper on a cookie sheet, and place in oven. Check every 10 minutes, turning, till skin is blistered.
  5. Once pepper is blackened, place I a glass bowl, and cover with plastic wrap to steam. Allow to steam for at least 5 minutes, but can sit longer, making sure it is cool enough to handle.
  6. To remove the skin, break open and remove seeds, stem and skin under running water. Pat dry.

Prepare Spicy Pimento Cheese

  1. Seed and dice the jalapeño.
  2. Dice the roasted pepper.
  3. Shred the cheese. You can use pre-shredded, but we do not recommend it, as it has stabilizers in it.
  4. Place softened cream cheese, shredded cheese, red and jalapeño peppers and seasoning into bowl. Using hand mixer, mix slowly to incorporate all the flavors.
  5. Test for seasoning and add additional jalapeño or spices, as needed.
  6. Store in air tight container in refrigerator up to 4 weeks.


Be sure to get the pimento cheese out of fridge to soften up before serving. This is great with crackers, or veggies, but also incredible as a good old grilled pimento cheese! And can we talk about how good it is with ham on a biscuit?

  • Category: appetizer

If you love simple to make snacks, give this SMOKED SALMON SPREAD a try!


  1. Lauren Reply

    Needed a good recipe for this! So glad I found one!!! Thank you!

    • theperksofbeingus Reply


      That means the world to us! So glad! Hope all is going well for you this summer!

      Best, Dina and Bruce

    • theperksofbeingus Reply

      Lauren! So happy! Hope you are doing well!!

      Dina and Bruce

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