Pimento Cheese Made with Velveeta

creamy pimento cheese sandwich spread made with melted Velveeta
Pimento Cheese Sandwich on Toasted Bread

Pimento Cheese

My Aunt Mildred had one of the best Velveeta pimento cheese recipes ever! My husband came into the kitchen this morning craving homemade pimento cheese.

Now, I make several versions of pimento cheese that can range from using grated sharp cheddar cheese, garlic salt, red pepper, Parmesan, or Velveeta. He wanted the creamy Velveeta kind today and that called for my Aunt Mildred’s recipe)))

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What You Will Need

Just a few ingredients

  • 1 pound Velveeta Cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 T vinegar
  • 4 oz diced pimento
  • 1 cup mayonnaise


This is my Aunt Mildred’s Velvetta Pimento Cheese recipe and it dates back many years for sure. She was a fantastic cook and she could sew up anything! She made my wedding dress and it had all these tiny little covered buttons. I’m sure I never thanked her enough for doing that for me.

My husband still talks about the time my dad was in the intensive care unit and we were all in the waiting room for the night. When he work up the next morning, he had draped himself all over Aunt Mildred and she had supported that big hunk of a man all night and let him sleep.

I have her recipe for pound cake or “plain cake” as she called it. It’s a great cake and not really hard to make. It’s great just plain, glazed, or with sliced peaches, fresh strawberries, and a bit of whipped cream. You hardly ever went to her house when she did have a slice ready for you to eat. The recipe is below.

aunt Mildred’s pound cake

Pound Cake

Well, I call this pound cake. According to my mother’s recipes, it was my Aunt Mildred’s “plain cake.” But it’s a pound cake, so we’ll call it that. She may have just been referring to her plain cake without a glaze or frosting of any kind. Anyway….I decided to give the recipe a whirl!

Double Boiler

It’s really very easy to melt Velveeta cheese in a double boiler. You have less chance of burning something when you use a double boiler. It’s not required, you can melt it in the microwave or even in a saucepan. Just be careful and watch it closely. Microwave at 30-second intervals to check for melting.

double boiler to melt velveeta cheese
Melt Velveeta Cheese

If you don’t have a double boiler, you can make one by placing something like a skillet on the stove, adding water, and placing a smaller pan or ovenproof bowl in the water. Just be careful and keep the heat low enough that you just have a gentle boil with steam. And take care that water doesn’t splash up in your food. Especially if you melt chocolate this way you have to be careful not to let water get in it.

The Velveeta cheese is melted by the steam created by the boiling water. So just cut up a pound of Velveeta and add it to the pan. A regular-size box of Velveeta is two pounds, so you would need half of it. You can also buy it in one-pound boxes if you don’t want leftover cheese. It’s a staple in our refrigerator all the time so I buy the two-pound box. Oh my goodness….the last box of Velveeta I bought was $8.00!!

If you cook something for a long time in a double boiler, be sure to check your water level from time to time. You don’t want to ruin a good pan by letting it go dry while sitting on the stove.

Next Step

Add 1/3 cup of milk, 1 T of sugar, and 1 T of vinegar. We try to cut out as much sugar as we can, so I used Swerve Granular (The Ultimate Sugar Replacement). Now, this really doesn’t help much in the overall carb content of a sandwich, but I like to think that every little bit helps.

Swerve has been the best sugar substitute that I have found. It’s available in granular, confectioners, and brown sugar. I use all three of them and have been very satisfied. Even when using the confectioners in frosting. You’ll find it mentioned in several of my posts.


I used apple cider vinegar in this Velveeta Pimento Cheese recipe. I’m not sure exactly what kind of vinegar Aunt Mildred’s recipe called for, but I’m guessing it was probably just plain brown vinegar.

You used to be able to buy plain vinegar that was brown in color, but now all I’ve seen is white vinegar or apple cider. I guess the old brown vinegar that I remember was actually apple cider vinegar too, I just don’t remember it being called that.

If you don’t have any vinegar you could substitute pickle juice or lemon juice.


Aunt Mildred’s recipe called for a small can of pimento. Most of the pimento you buy nowadays comes in jars. So I’m not sure how many ounces a small can was. I used a 4 oz jar in this making. We like the taste of pimento so I knew it wouldn’t be too much.

Notice when you buy pimento whether it is diced or sliced. Pimento is sold both ways! Get diced pimento and save yourself some time. Drain the liquid off the pimento. Reserve it just in case you decide your Velveeta Pimento Cheese is too thick. Use the leftover liquid to thin it a bit if necessary. I didn’t need it in mine, so I tossed it.

I added the pimento after the cheese had melted and then set the pan off to cool a bit. It didn’t have to cool completely, and I really don’t know if it would have mattered if I had cooled it or not. It just sounded like it might need to cool a little before adding mayo.


Add the mayo and stir well. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Don’t worry if it seems too thin for a sandwich spread, it will thicken up as it continues to cool. Do you have a favorite brand of Mayo? Most people do and mine is Kraft. I’ll use Blue Plate as a second choice.


I’ve switched to Duke’s mayonnaise!

store pimento cheese in a airtight container in the refrigerator
Store in a Covered Container

Serve and Enjoy!

My husband wouldn’t wait until it had fully cooled! He grabbed some crackers and used the Velveeta Pimento Cheese as a dip. I was more patient. I waited for it to cool a little bit more, toasted my bread, and made my sandwich.

pimento cheese sandwich on plate with pickles and olives
Pimento Cheese Sandwich for Lunch!

This homemade Velveeta Pimento Cheese sandwich spread is great on toasted bread or plain. We’re not picky! Sometimes I like to add lettuce and sometimes make a grilled pimento cheese sandwich. It is so good with tomato soup!

It had been a while since I had made simple pimento cheese spread like this and I had forgotten how easy it was to make.

We all get into the habit of grabbing things at the grocery store that are quick and convenient. I do it too and now that I’m retired, I have all the time in the world to make anything. But we still opt for convenience so much of the time, don’t we.

I’ve been thinking that I need to do more cooking of old family recipes and new ones too! You never know but someday my grandchildren might be doing an internet search for “homemade Velveeta Pimento Cheese” and will run across Aunt Mildred’s recipe))

Even if my blog is gone, maybe my videos will live forever (maybe) on YouTube and they will find them there)))

velveeta pimento cheese
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5 from 5 votes

Velveeta Pimento & Cheese

Homemade pimento and cheese sandwich spread made with melted Velveeta cheese. My Aunt Mildred's recipe and so good!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pimento cheese recipe, pimento cheese sandwich, pimento and cheese, velveeta cheese, pimento cheese with melted velveeta
Servings: 12
Calories: 221kcal


  • Double Boiler


  • Gather ingredients: Velveeta, milk, sugar, vinegar, pimento, mayo.
    Cube 1 lb of Velveeta Cheese and melt in a double boiler over low heat. You could also microwave. Just be careful not to scorch.
    Add the milk and sugar. I used Swerve substitute. Add 1 T of vinegar, I used apple cider vinegar. Add the diced pimento (drain liquid).
    Remove from heat and allow to cool a bit. Add Mayo mix well and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
    Mixture will thicken up as it cools completely.
    Make sandwiches on your favorite bread, plain or toasted.
    ingredients for pimento cheese sandwich spread



Serve on fresh bread, plain or toasted. Great with crackers too!


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 722mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 645IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 227mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Have you ever added diced hard boiled eggs to the cheese spread? I had a cheese spread sandwich st a diner and I’m pretty sure it had a hard boiled egg in the spread.
    Just wondering what you think 🤔

  2. Just made this. Added evaporated milk. These make the best grilled cheese!!! I don’t melt it I just used my mixer!!! Made it so easy!!

  3. Hi Jeannie, I made your and Aunt Mildred’s Pimento Cheese yesterday. It tastes just like my Mother used to make and my Husband absolutely loves it. He had to have another sandwich before bed last night.
    This was the first time I have seen your posts which I found on Pintrest. I will be a f
    Follower from now on.


    1. Thank you for commenting Judy and i’m glad to know you found me on Pinterest))) Glad yall liked the pimento cheese))) We just about keep it in the frig all the time. If I don’t make it, my husband will))) Maybe you can get your hubby to make it too)))

  4. Hi Jeannie! I just made this pimento cheese tonight to take to my dad tomorrow. He’s 82, and keeps talking about a pimento cheese called “Ched-O-Bit” from several decades back. He said it was the best stuff ever. I know he wouldn’t be a fan of the lumpy cheese that you shred to make this, so I came across your recipe and video and gave it a go! It’s in the refrigerator till morning. HOPEFULLY it’ll be close to what he remembers and I can keep making it for him. I’ll keep you updated if you like!
    Thanks so much!

    1. I hope he will enjoy it))) It made me think of my grandson when he was small and I would made him peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. He never wanted “humpy” jelly….not preserves was what he meant)))

  5. I have been searching a long time for a Pimento Cheese recipe that was cooked just like my mother-in-laws. I’ve tried the grated cheese kind and they just weren’t the same. Then I stumbled across your recipe on Pinterest and it sounds like it’s exactly how she made hers. I’m so happy, I’ve been searching for 37 years, divorce and death had led me to believe I’d lost any chance of finding one just like it. Thank you again, my kids and I thank you as well.

    1. I’m so glad you found me Diana! I have two recipes that I use and we love them both, but the hubby’s is the melted Velveeta kind. They are both good)))

  6. Hi Jeannie!!!
    I’m Yvonne from Long Island, NY. I just wanted to say that I made your Aunt Mildred’s Velvetta Pimento Cheese, and honestly it was absolutely delicious both warm and cold! So after a few days, I still had about half left in the fridge, and I heated that, a half block more of cream cheese, a container of Ragu Double Cheddar cheese sauce, about a cup of shredded cheddar jack, some pepper, (was perfectly salty enough), and probably about a teaspoon each of garlic powder, and onion powder. Can you tell I just grabbed whatever I had available? I just winged it. While it heated, I mixed it all together with a stick blender, which blended the pimentos too. When it was hot, I mixed the whole thing together with shell pasta and Oh MY, it was the BEST Mac n Cheese I EVER made!!!! It was so creamy and delicious! I just felt the need to share this with you!
    Thank you for your Aunt Mildred’s Velvetta Pimento Cheese! That alone was delicious!!!
    I have been following you on Trendy Tree and now on your blog for years now and I’ve learned, and continue to learn so much from you and Carrie! Thank you so much!

    1. Thank you Yvonne for the kind comment))) So glad you enjoyed the recipe, your version of mac and cheese sure sounds like a winner! Thank you for following Trendy Tree all these years, we appreciate it so much))) Carrie and David have the business now so I’m focused on my “retirement” blog….but I still occasionally swing by the warehouse and grab some goodies to craft with))) Thank you again for your comments))

      1. Enjoy your retirement, Jeannie! My husband and I will be retiring in about 2 1/2 years. We will be moving to NC from NY to be near our son and daughter-in-law and our 2 precious grandsons and our daughter and her fiance. It’s really going to be weird, since we were always near our beautiful Long Island Beaches, but soon we will be in the beautiful mountains of NC! Thanks for responding to my comments! I look forward to crafting with you and Trendy Tree again!

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