Kel’s Reduced-Fat, Spicy Jalapeño Pimento Cheese

Spread Kel's pimento cheese on bread

If you are from the South, chances are that pimento cheese has been a staple in your diet since you were old enough to eat it. You probably have a family recipe, handed down from your mom or grandmother, that is oh, so good and easy to make. It’s great to see that a number of area restaurants are including pimento cheese on their menus, either as a dip, sandwich filling or burger topping. All I have to say to Triangle chefs is “Yaaaay” for including a little bit of heaven to some of your dishes, like this grilled fried green tomato and pimento cheese sandwich from Relish Cafe and Bar in Raleigh!

Relish pimento cheese2

After many tweaks to my original recipe, I have finally perfected a low-fat version of pimento cheese that also has a bit of a kick with the addition of jalapeños and cayenne pepper. So whether you use it to make grilled pimento cheese sandwiches,

Grilled pimento cheese

fill celery sticks with it,

Kel's Pimento cheese stuffed celery

spread it on crackers or little slices of rye or pumpernickel party bread,


serve it with fried green tomatoes or just eat it out of the bowl with a spoon, I think you will love this recipe and will never miss the fat!

Ingredients (Makes about 3 cups or so)

Kel's pimento cheese ingredients

  • 8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz. (2%) sharp cheddar cheese (I used Cracker Barrel)
  • 8 oz. reduced fat (1%) sharp white Vermont cheddar (I used Cabot)
  • ½ cup light mayonnaise (I used Duke’s Light)
  • 1 tablespoon minced sweet onion
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Fresh ground white pepper to taste
  • 7 oz. pimentos, chopped small
  • ½ cup jarred jalapeños, chopped small


In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except the pimentos and jalapenos.

Add the pimentos and jalapeños and blend well.

Add pimentos and jalapenos

Blend together

Refrigerate for several hours.

I recently made this to take as an appetizer to a potluck party and it was gobbled up! Normally I cut this recipe in half if I’m just making it for my family. It keeps well in the refrigerator for a week or so.

pimento cheese party sandwiches

Bon appétit!

Eat, drink and be merry!

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