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

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.