Friday, September 16, 2011

Chipotle Pimento Cheese

Pimento cheese, of any kind, is one of my favorite things to eat so when I saw this recipe for Chipotle Pimento Cheese in Lisa Fain's new cookbook, The Homesick Texan, I simply had to try it.

Usually pimento cheese is made with sharp cheddar cheese, mayo, and pimentos.  Lisa's version is different in that it contains both cheddar and monterey jack cheese, which makes for a great combination.  The pimento cheese is brought to life with onion, garlic, cumin, chipotle, cilantro, and brightened with a squeeze of lime juice.  It's the perfect appetizer for the weekend coming up and it would be absolutely terrific on top of a burger.  We loved it!

 Chipotle Pimento Cheese
Adapted from The Homesick Texan
Makes 2 cups

1 cup freshly grated Cheddar cheese (4oz.)
1 cup freshly grated Monterey Jack cheese (4 oz.)
1 teaspoon grated yellow onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup jarred sweet pimentos, diced
1 canned chipotle chile in adobo, diced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon lime juice
salt and black pepper, to taste

In a large bowl, mix together the cheddar cheese and the Monterey Jack cheese, onion, garlic, mayonnaise, pimentos, chipotle, cilantro, cumin, and lime juice.  Taste and add salt and black pepper as needed.

Chill for one hour before serving.  Serve with tortilla chips, crackers or celery sticks.  Also makes a fine filling for a whole-hollowed out jalapeno.  Will last a week in the refrigerator.

This post is part of The Homesick Texan Cookbook Spotlight and Cook-Off sponsored by Hyperion and hosted at girlichef


  1. I like this spin on pimento cheese! And your idea of putting it on a burger. Drool.

  2. Just adding fuel to the fire of my love for homemade pimento cheese. Chipotle's make everything wonderful.

  3. I've never had pimiento cheese but I've heard that homemade is way better than anything you can find in stores. After seeing this...I believe it.

  4. Do I even have to say it? Okay I will. YUUUUUUMMMM! Lisa Fain can do no wrong. Final answer. I want!

  5. I've never had pimiento cheese either and actually had never heard of it until I started blogging. I know pimiento cheese sandwiches are very popular. I'm going to have to try it sometime!

  6. You're making me very hungry! :) My dinner is being made right now, and now I want this instead.

  7. Wow, pimento cheese with a chipotle twist. This book is getting better and better Kim.

  8. Delicious! This would be great on so many things...

  9. You are under my control....(ala Dinner For Schmucks, lol) will take the leftovers, stuff them between two burger patties and make the best Jucy Lucy ever.

  10. oh my gosh, this looks like so much fun! i have never tried pimiento cheese, but i've always wanted to try it. this especially looks amazing!

  11. Just had to share that my copy came today and I've been curled up with it for hours. Just had to take a break to check out my favorite blogs.

  12. This sounds super spicy and perfect for slathering on a burger! I love chipotles.

  13. I had a feeling you would make this one. ;-) I'd like to try it in a grilled cheese sandwich. Yum!

  14. I wish I was at your house this week. Got any leftovers?

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