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Easy Pimento Cheese Recipe

Just four ingredients to make this easy pimento cheese recipe!  All you need is cheese, pimentos, mayonnaise, and the SECRET ingredient…

Bowl of easy pimento cheese recipe made with cheddar cheese, pimento peppers, mayonnaise, and sugar

Easy Pimento Cheese Recipe

I was too lazy to make my own pimento cheese.  I know, I know: I should have my southerner card revoked immediately.  Truth be told, it wasn’t so much laziness as it was busy-ness.  I was so busy with my secret project that I resorted to store-bought pimento cheese at $7.99 a pop.  Ouch.  Once my secret project was done, I took the time to perfect my pimento cheese recipe. 

What’s the secret project, you say?  Well, I wrote a book—only this time, it wasn’t a cookbook.  I wrote a novel called Roller Coaster Romance.  It’s a sweet romance set in a theme park, and you can read some of it right here in this preview.

Anyway, I’ve been making this pimento cheese a lot lately.  Having it on toast.  Spreading it on tortilla chips.  One morning, I made a pimento cheese and egg sandwich on a whole-grain English muffin.  Now that’s good eating right there.

The secret to this pimento cheese is… a bit of sugar.   That’s right.  I couldn’t figure out why my pimento cheese didn’t taste as smooth and mellow as that store-bought brand until I took a close look at their ingredients.  Sugar!  And it only takes a teeny-tiny bit.  Just a little pinch.  Smooths out all the rough edges and makes it taste perfect.

Be sure to check out Roller Coaster Romance!

Bowl of easy pimento cheese recipe made with cheddar cheese, pimento peppers, mayonnaise, and sugar
5 from 8 votes

Easy Pimento Cheese Recipe

Just four ingredients to make this easy pimento cheese recipe!  All you need is cheese, pimentos, mayonnaise, and the SECRET ingredient.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, American Southern
Keyword cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 279 kcal
Author Katie Moseman


  • 8 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese see note
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons jarred pimento peppers
  • 1 pinch granulated sugar


  1. Cut the cheese into 8 pieces and pulse in a food processor until finely chopped. You can chop the cheese by hand if you don't have a food processor.

  2. Place chopped cheese in a mixing bowl. Add the mayonnaise, pimentos, and a pinch of granulated sugar. Mix well. Taste. The pimento cheese should taste mellow, not too sharp. If it tastes too sharp, sprinkle in another pinch of sugar, then mix and taste again.

  3. Transfer the pimento cheese to a container. Press it down very firmly to pack it into the container. Cover with an airtight lid or wrap tightly with plastic wrap, then refrigerate. The pimento cheese can be enjoyed immediately, or allowed to rest for 1 hour for optimal consistency.

Recipe Notes

For the cheddar cheese, avoid using pre-shredded cheese instead of block cheese.  If you use pre-shredded cheese, the finished cheese spread will be looser and will not hold together as well.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Pimento Cheese Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 398mg17%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 767IU15%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 409mg41%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Love pimento cheese?  Try grilled pimento cheese, pimento cheeseburgers, and pimento cheese rice!

Recipe Rating

Coco from Tennessee

Thursday 19th of October 2023

Katie Moseman’s Easy Pimento Cheese Recipe is a guaranteed success! I prefer smoother, milder flavor of grated Velveeta in place of cheddar. Chill & grate a 1 lb bar of Original Velveeta. (Pre-grated Velveeta will not hold together.) Drain & dice 2oz jar pimentos. Combine grated Velveeta, diced pimentos, tangy Duke’s mayonnaise. Add just a pinch of sugar and a dash of salt & ground black pepper to taste. Refrigerate at least 2hrs or longer, if possible. Delicious on sliced white or honey wheat bread!

Cheryl Savage

Tuesday 1st of November 2022

I just made my first batch of homemade pimento cheese and I wasn’t pleased with the taste so I googled it to see if I could add sugar. To my delight you say it is the secret ingredient. It makes me think of the Mary Poppins song, “Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.” A little it of sugar makes lots of things taste better. I will add this to my receipe so my batch won’t be a complete flop. Thanks!

Katie Moseman

Tuesday 1st of November 2022

Hooray! This is exactly why I love sharing recipes! :)


Sunday 10th of April 2022

My friend’s mom used to make THE BEST pimento cheese when I was a little girl. This is the closest recipe I have found that compares to her’s (She can’t remember her recipe). Thank you so much! Some recipes I have found have cream cheese as an ingredient but I don’t think that’s the southern style that I have ever had. One thing I will say is I think the consistency is better if you grate the cheese as opposed to putting it in a food processor; I found that it was too glumpy (if that’s a word lol) thank you again, I will be making this a lot!


Sunday 12th of January 2020

This sounds so yummy and I cannot wait to try it! I love pimento cheese and have never attempted to make it, but your recipe makes it sound so easy!

Terri Beavers

Saturday 21st of December 2019

I love homemade pimento cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches. And it's been way too long since I've had one. I'll try your recipe with sugar when I make some.