Low-Carb Pimiento Cheese Spread Recipe

Celery with Pimento Cheese Spread
Celery Stuffed with Pimento Cheese Spread. Photo © Laura Dolson
  • Prep Time
    5 min
  • Cook Time
    0 min
  • Total Time
    5 min
  • Yield
    About 2 cups Pimiento Spread

Low-Carb Pimiento Cheese Spread is such an easy dish to prepare. I just love to have this stuff around because it's great as:

  • Dip or spread for raw veggies (such as stuffed celery or mini bell peppers)
  • Spread on flax bread or other low-carb bread or crackers
  • Topping for burgers
  • Topping for cooked vegetables (mix in, and it makes an instant cheese sauce)
  • Quick "macaroni and cheese" with shirataki noodles -- just mix in

Roasted red pepper can be substituted for the pimiento in this recipe.


  • 8 ounces room-temperature Cheddar cheese (I like to use a combination of white and yellow Cheddar cheeses)
  • 4 ounces room-temperature cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 (4-ounce) jar pimientos, or one roasted red pepper, peeled and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • Hot sauce to taste (optional)
  • Liquid sucralose sweetener (optional)


  1. Cut 8 ounces room-temperature Cheddar cheese into chunks of about 1 inch, and pulse in food processor (or use grated cheese).
  2. Add 4 ounces room-temperature cream cheese, 4 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 (4-ounce) jar pimientos, or one peeled and seeded roasted red pepper, 1 tablespoon prepared mustard and hot sauce to taste, if using. Blend until smooth.
  3. Taste and adjust -- if it's a little harsh, try rounding it out with a very small amount of sweetener (such as one drop of a concentrated liquid sucralose sweetener).

    Makes about 18 servings of 2 tablespoons each.

    Nutritional Information: Each (2-tablespoon) serving has 1/2 gram effective carbohydrate plus 1 gram protein, and 98 calories. Calories can be reduced by using low-fat mayonnaise, but check for sugar in the mayo and adjust carbs accordingly.

    More Low-Carb Spread Recipes

    • Low-Carb Cheese SpreadThis is a great way to use up odds and ends of cheese you have hangig around the fridge. You can serve it as a spread for vegetables like cucumber rounds, a dip, a topping for vegetables, and more.
    • Easy Low-Carb Spinach Dip RecipeIf you want to further reduce the carbs, you can replace up to half of the sour cream with regular mayonnaise.
    • Super-Easy Low-Carb Guacamole RecipeEven though this dip is made with such short cuts as garlic powder and salsa from a jar, the results always impress.

    What Is a Pimiento?

    • Pimientos, also spelled pimentos, are Spanish for "pepper." They ae red, heart-shaped sweet peppers that can measure 3 to 4 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide.
    • The flesh is sweet, succulent and more aromatic than that of the red bell pepper.
    • Fresh pimientos can be found from later summer to early fall in specialty produce markets and some supermarkets.
    • They more easily can be found canned or jarred in halves, strips or pieces year-round. Pimientos are the little bits of red stuffing found in some green olives.

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