This Hot Pimento Cheese Dip recipe takes classic pimento cheese and turns it into a hot dip with Tex-Mex flavors. It’s your new favorite cheesy dip to serve at holidays, parties, and game days!

This recipe costs around $13.35 to make. It costs approximately $0.66 per serving and makes twenty servings.

A tortilla chip dipping into the Pimento Cheese Dip.

Hot Pimento Cheese Dip

Looking for a go-to dip recipe for all your parties, get-togethers, or weekend snacks? Look no further!

This dip is a new take on the classic southern Pimento Cheese Dip, but it is baked, served warm, and has a bit of a Tex-Mex theme with the addition of jalapenos and cilantro. 

What You’ll Love About Baked Pimento Cheese Dip

  • Easy Recipe: It takes ten minutes to prepare this dip before baking it.
  • Customizable: Serve this hot dip with your favorite dippers, such as carrot and celery sticks, tortilla chips, and toasted baguette slices.
  • Bold Flavor: The pimentos add a slightly tangy flavor, while the jalapenos bring a little heat.

If you love Pimento Cheese, check out my classic Homemade Pimento Cheese recipe!

Baked Pimento Cheese Dip in a serving dish surrounded by tortilla chips.

Pimento Cheese Dip Ingredients and Estimated Cost

Per Serving Cost: $0.66

Recipe Cost: $13.35

  • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt – $1.17
  • 8 oz cream cheese – $3.49
  • 2, 4-oz jars diced pimientos – $1.78
  • 2 large jalapeno peppers – $0.42
  • 3 green onions – $0.21
  • ⅓ cup fresh cilantro – $0.27
  • 8 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese – $2.49
  • 8 oz pepper jack cheese – $3.49
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes – $0.03

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The recipe cost is calculated by the amounts needed for the recipe. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have. I updated the pricing for this recipe in October 2023.

All of the ingredients needed to make this recipe.

How To Make Hot Pimento Cheese Dip

***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.

  1. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 2-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. 
  2. Then, mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl until combined. 
  3. Evenly spread the mixture into the baking dish and bake for twenty-five to thirty minutes. 
  4. Finally, allow the dip to cool for five minutes before serving. 

A picture collage showing how to make this recipe.

Recipe Variations and Substitutions

  • If you cannot find jarred pimientos, then you can use jarred roasted bell peppers. Just drain them and dice enough to fill a ⅓ cup measuring cup.
  • Please DO NOT use pre-shredded and packaged cheese. This type of cheese is coated with cornstarch or flour and will not yield the best texture when it’s baked.
  • You can use low-fat cream cheese, but please don’t use fat-free. 

Hot Pimento Cheese Dip Serving and Storage Tips

MAKE AHEAD: You can prepare the dip ahead all the way up to baking it. Just cover and stick the unbaked mixture in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it. Be prepared to add 5-10 minutes to the baking time.

SERVE: Serve with tortilla chips, toasted baguette slices, and vegetable sticks.

STORE: Cover and store leftovers in the refrigerator for 4 days.

FREEZE: Because of all the dairy, this recipe does not freeze, thaw, and reheat well.

Warm Pimento Cheese Dip Recipe FAQs:

Is pimento cheese served hot or cold?

Either way! Pimento Cheese, like my Homemade Pimento Cheese, is served cold. This recipe for Baked Pimento Dip is served hot. 

What do you serve with pimento cheese dip?

For this hot dip, I recommend serving it with vegetable sticks, crackers, baguette bread, flat bread, tortilla chips, or pita chips. You can dip almost anything into it!

What is the difference between palmetto cheese and pimento cheese?

Essentially, they are the same thing. Palmetto Cheese is a brand of pimento cheese. 

Pimento vs Red Pepper

Pimentos are red peppers, but not all red peppers are pimentos. Pimentos are a specific variety of sweet, heart-shaped chili pepper. They are smaller than most red peppers and have a milder flavor. Red peppers, on the other hand, can vary in size, shape, and flavor. Some red peppers are sweet, while others are spicy.

The Hot Pimento Cheese Dip in a serving dish.

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The finished dip in a casserole dish with a chip dipping into it.
4.50 from 4 votes

Pimento Cheese Dip

Author Slightly adapted from Annie’s Eats
Recipe Cost $ $13.35
Serving Cost $ $0.66
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
20 servings
This Hot Pimento Cheese Dip recipe takes classic pimento cheese and turns it into a hot dip with Tex-Mex flavors.

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • Baking dish
  • Cheese grater

Ingredients
 
 

FOR THE DIP:

  • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt or mayonnaise
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 8 oz diced pimientos, drained
  • 2 large jalapeno pepper ribbed, seeded and minced
  • 3 green onions sliced thin
  • cup chopped fresh cilantro plus more for garnish
  • 8 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 8 oz pepper jack cheese shredded
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper to taste

FOR SERVING:

  • tortilla chips
  • sliced & toasted baguette

Instructions

PREP OVEN AND BAKING DISH:

  • Move the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Lightly spray a 2-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.

MIX DIP:

  • In a large bowl, add all the ingredients and mix until combined and no cream cheese lumps remain.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish and smooth into an even layer.

BAKE DIP:

  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the edges are bubbling.

COOL AND SERVE DIP:

  • Let the dip sit for 5 minutes to cool.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve warm with tortilla chips, toasted baguette slices, and vegetable sticks.

Notes

Makes about 5 cups of dip.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.83g | Protein: 7.14g | Fat: 10.72g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1.72g | Vitamin A: 2000IU | Vitamin C: 35.5mg | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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10 Comments

  1. Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy says:

    This dip sounds AWESOME!! My hubby is a huge dip fan, I’ll totally have to make this for him! Pinning to my Yummy Snacks board – thanks!

  2. That looks amazing. Thank you for posting!

  3. ranadurham says:

    yummy, im trying this out for next superbowl party. it will be a hit

  4. This is so unusual to me and I bet it was devoured in no time. Beautiful too!

  5. Tracy Koslicki says:

    Talk about a crowd pleasing party snack!!

  6. The perfect dip for football parties. Thanks for the idea!

  7. Oh wow. I would not be able to control myself around this dip. This is perfect game day food for sure!

  8. Stephanie says:

    Is this dip real spicy? My husband can’t handle spicy

    1. Not really. I recommend leaving out the jalapeno to make it have no spice.