Pimiento Cheese


Aleppo pepper, a mild and fruity chile, is unusual yet a good fit for pimiento cheese in this easy twist on the classic Southern cheese dip. Ancho chile or even hot sauce works as well. Add this homemade pimiento cheese to a charcuterie board spread, use it in a sandwich or serve alongside cut veggies for a dip.

a recipe photo of the Pimento Cheese Dip
Photo: Photographer: Rachel Marek, Prop stylist: Lauren McAnelly
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, crumbled

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

  • 3 tablespoons drained jarred diced pimientos

  • teaspoon Aleppo pepper

  • teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Combine Cheddar, mayonnaise, cream cheese, pimientos, Aleppo and ground pepper in a food processor. Pulse, scraping down the sides as necessary, until smooth, about 45 seconds.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

130 Calories
12g Fat
1g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 130
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Vitamin A 343IU 7%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Folate 5mcg 1%
Sodium 174mg 8%
Magnesium 5mg 1%
Potassium 21mg 0%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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