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Homemade pimento cheese is a tangy, creamy southern staple you can make from scratch with just a few simple ingredients.

Homemade Pimento Cheese (without cream cheese)

Homemade pimento cheese doesn't have to come out of a plastic tub from the grocery store. Learn how quick and simple it is to make!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigeration time 24 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 209kcal
Author Rachel Ballard


  • 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese shred your own
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise like Duke's or Hellmann's
  • 8 ounces pimentos drained and chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper optional


  • Put all the ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium until the cheese softens up a bit and the pimentos mash in--about 3 minutes. 
  • You can also blend this mixture by hand with a mixer or stir it vigorously with a wooden spoon. 
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight before serving. 


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 284mg | Potassium: 96mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1380IU | Vitamin C: 32.1mg | Calcium: 275mg | Iron: 0.9mg