Buffalo-Pecan Pimiento Cheese

Buffalo-Pecan Pimento Cheese Dip

Submitted by: Alex Snodgrass, The Defined Dish

The only thing better than a delicious pimento cheese dip for game day? Pimento cheese dip with hot sauce and the buttery crunch of pecans. Whip it up in 15 minutes and add it to your tailgating line up – whether you’re on the couch, or at the stadium!


  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/2 pound (or 2 cups) sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • 4 ounce jar sliced pimentos
  • 2 tablespoons red hot sauce (like Franks RedHot Original Sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread pecan pieces on a baking sheet and roast for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant, tossing once halfway through the cooking time. Remove from oven and set aside to let cool completely.
  3. In a bowl, combine the cheddar cheese and pimentos with all the juice in the jar, Franks RedHot sauce, mayo, salt and pepper. Stir until combined. Then, add 3/4 of the pecan pieces, reserving the rest for topping, and mix until combined.
  4. Place the dip in a serving bowl and top with the remaining pecan pieces and freshly chopped chives.
  5. Serve with fresh cut veggies and crackers for dipping. Makes 30 servings (two tablespoons per serving).

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