If you like pimento cheese with a bit of a kick this is the recipe for you! A blend of cheddar and pepper jack cheeses are mixed with jalapenos and just a few more ingredients for perfect southern style pimento cheese.
Pimento cheese is the stuff southern dreams are made of, and now the rest of the world is discovering it too. We have a Smoky & Spicy Pimento Cheese and a Old Fashioned Pimento Cheese recipe already, but we wanted to bring you one using Pepper Jack Cheese too, so here you go!
Otherwise, it's pretty simple and uses just a few ingredients. They're listed below for your convenience.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Cheddar Cheese - We like to use sharp or very sharp, but you can substitute a milder one if you prefer.
- Pepper Jack Cheese
- Mayonnaise - Not sponsored in any way, but we like Dukes or Blueplate. Full fat makes the creamiest pimento cheese, but you can go low fat.
- Diced Pimentos - find these in a small jar in the section of your grocery store with pickles and olives.
- Pickled Jalapenos - just a few slices for dicing. If you like fresh ones, try freezing some of your summer peppers to use in this.
- Apple Cider Vinegar - Mama always used a tad in hers and we do too!
- Worcestershire sauce - It complements the other flavors to a tee!
- Cayenne Pepper - You could leave it out, but we absolutely love the magical combination of cheddar and cayenne.
Please note that we have made this pimento cheese without cream cheese. While we do love it in so many recipes (including our smoky version) it's not an ingredient that was used in the original recipes.
See recipe card below for exact measurements.
How to make it
- Shred your cheeses. We cannot stress the importance enough of freshly shredding your cheeses. The flavor is far superior to the pre-shredded type.
- Dice the jalapeno slices.
- Stir all the ingredients together.
- Refrigerate until time to serve. If you can make it at least 2-3 hours ahead of time it really benefits from the flavors blending. If you just can't wait to dig in, go for it! It's still going to be good.
That's it, y'all. Easy, right?
Ways to use and serve pimento cheese
- Just spread it on a cracker. There's never been a better snack.
- Put it between two pieces of bread for a pimento cheese sandwich worthy of the Masters golf tournament.
- Spice up your grits with it.
- Make these uber easy pimento cheese appetizers.
- Spread it on a burger or stuff a burger slider with it.
- Add it to your biscuits for a special twist.
- Add it to a southern appetizer board along with pickled okra and spiced pecans.
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How long can you keep pimento cheese?
It's probably not going to last any time at all because it's so delicious. But, if you leave town or eat every meal out it's going to be fine for 7-10 days.
Just be sure you keep it tightly covered and refrigerated. If you're like us, you'll probably think it gets a little better every day.
Pepper Jack Pimento Cheese
- Mix all ingredients and refrigerate until time to serve.
- Freshly grated cheeses are highly recommended
- Amount of jalapeno peppers may be adjusted according to desired level of heat.
- Allowing 2-3 hours in refrigerator before serving enhances flavors.
- An additional 1-2 ounces of pimentos may be added if desired.