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Classic Pimento Cheese

Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Servings: 1 1/2 cups


  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 small dill pickles minced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey jack
  • 1 4- ounce jar pimentos drained (not rinsed)
  • Few turns of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce I used Texas Pete, which is very mild so do this to taste
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise


  • In a food processor add garlic clove, dill pickle, shredded cheddar cheese, shredded Monterey jack, pimentos, black pepper and hot sauce. Pulse until just combined, stopped and scraping down the sides as needed. Note: This is a personal preference but I like mine with texture. If you like it more smooth, simply pulse some more until you're at the desired texture.
  • Give it a taste and add more hot sauce if you like. Next, fold in the mayonnaise and mix until it's completely incorporated. Adjust any seasoning or flavoring if you like.
  • To serve: some like to serve this cold. I like it room temperature. It's definitely your call. Serve with chips, crackers or slices of bread.


Like every classic dish, it seems like everyone has their own idea what should go in to Pimento Cheese. In the comments below, tell me how your family makes it, what they add, etc.! I wanna hear it all!


Serving: 6g