Warm Pimento Cheese Dip with Pretzels

Warm Pimento Cheese Dip with Pretzels
Warm Pimento Cheese Dip with pretzels


Cheese. Ooooey Goooey c.h.e.e.s.e. Is there anybody that doesn’t love melted cheese?  Like this Warm Pimento Cheese Dip… just what your tailgate needs if you take along a grill and have some FIRE!  

For when you need just a little something to have alongside soup for supper, keep ingredients on hand to throw this goodness together on those busy eves when running from ball practice and games to the dance studio.  Now that school and “life” has commenced, quick meals that all will enjoy will make mama or daddy happy… this one is very kid-friendly too.

This is a perfect side to enjoy with Ms. Velma’s “…it’s just soup!” And my Chunky Monkey Banana Moon Pie Ice Cream Cake in the freezer for dessert won’t hurt either. 

Enjoy… and get  your cheese on! For supper. By the fire pit. Tailgate parties and more!!! 

Created for and published in Carolina Country Magazine September 2021
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Warm Pimento Cheese Dip With Pretzels

Whether served alongside Ms. Velma’s Soup, or as a quick, throw-together appetizer, this melty cheese dip will please just about everybody. Cut amounts in half and make in a smaller skillet for a few or a larger one for a crowd. I've kept this simple to be kid-friendly, but you can heat things up a bit with crushed red pepper and a few shakes of hot sauce.
Course: Appetizer, Fun Food!, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Keto Friendly, Kid-Friendly, Southern, Tailgating
Keyword: dip, hot dip, melted cheese, party food, pimento cheese, southern pimento cheese, tailgate food
Author: Wendy Perry


  • 1 pound box Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1 8 ounce block Swiss cheese, cubed
  • 1 8 ounce block Monterey Jack cheese, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • dried or fresh herbs of choice (we used thyme)
  • 2 4 ounce jars diced pimento, drained
  • 1 small red pepper, cut into slivers
  • ¾ cup crispy fried onions (like used on green bean casserole)
  • 2 boxes 6 count frozen heat and serve pretzels prepared per package


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Spray 10- to 12-inch skillet and scatter with the cubes of cheese. Dust with the onion and garlic powders. Bake for about 25 minutes until just melted.
  • Add black pepper, herbs if using and half the diced pimento. Swirl gently with a knife to blend a bit. Scatter with the remaining pimento, slivers of red pepper and crispy onions.
  • Serve with broken pretzels for dipping while warm.

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