Southern Pimento Cheese



  • 2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper(red pepper) (Optional)
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced(hot chili) (Optional)
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar diced pimento(red bell pepper or red shimla), drained
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  • salt and black pepper to taste


  • Place the Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, minced jalapeno, and pimento(bell pepper) into the large bowl of a mixer. Beat at medium speed, with paddle if possible, until thoroughly combined. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
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