Monterey Jack Pimento Cheese

Monterey Jack Pimento Cheese is a twist on an old classic! Made with white cheese, pimentos, smoked paprika, and other seasonings, you’ll love the taste!

If you like this recipe, you may want to try this classic pimento cheese spread or easy blue cheese biscuit bites.


Pimento Cheese is one of the simplest recipes to prepare. It’s a staple in the South! You’ll find it at every derby party, tailgate, or gathering. Serve it with crackers as a dip or spread it on a sandwich. If you’ve never had a pimento cheese sandwich dipped in a hot bowl of chili…you’re truly missing out! This Monterey jack pimento cheese is full of flavor and so easy. You’ll love the simplicity of this dish, and we know it will become a family favorite!


  • Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Jar of pimentos (undrained)
  • White sugar
  • Salt
  • Smoked paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Celery seeds
  • Black pepper
  • Mayonnaise


When we said this was easy, we meant it! Mix all ingredients together and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving. That’s it!

PRO TIP: Many will say that pimento cheese is better if you shred your own cheese. So you can buy a block of Monterey cheese and shred it. However, you can easily buy cheese that is already shredded.


What brand of mayonnaise do you use?

We are fans of Duke’s Mayonnaise. However, you can use any brand that you like.

Can I make this spicy?

Sure, you can certainly add a few dashes of hot sauce or chopped jalapenos.

Monterey Jack Pimento Cheese

Leigh Walkup
Monterey Jack Pimento Cheese is a fantastic as appetizer or spread for a sandwich. It's a twist on an old calssic and will quickly become a favorite!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill 2 hours
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 2 cups of shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1 4 ounce jar of pimentos (undrained)
  • 1 tbsp of white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp of celery seeds
  • 1/8 tsp of black pepper
  • 1/4 cup of mayonnaise


  • Mix all ingredients together and chill for at least two hours. Serve on bread or with crackers.
Keyword Monterey Jack Pimento Cheese, Monterey Jack Cheese, Pimento Cheese
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Store any leftover pimento cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.



You can freeze pimento cheese in a freezer container for up to 3 months. However, freezing will change the texture of it. We recommend if you do freeze it, then use it in a recipe after thawing. We suggest these pimento cheese sausage balls.

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