Food & Drink

Tupelo Honey Café’s Pimento Cheese Recipe

Makes 2 cups

A favorite of Asheville, North Carolina, shares their recipe for this Southern staple

Photo: Margaret Houston

Since Asheville’s Tupelo Honey Café first opened its doors in 2000, its house-made pimento cheese has earned a loyal local following.

Can’t make it to one of their many locations? Try their house recipe at home.


    • 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

    • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

    • 1 tbsp. stone-ground mustard

    • 1 tsp. mustard powder

    • 1/4 tsp. salt

    • 1/4 tsp. pepper

    • 2 tbsp. minced fresh parsley

    • 1/2 cup finely diced roasted red bell pepper

    • Tortilla chips for serving


  1. Combine the cheese, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, stone-ground mustard, mustard powder, salt, pepper, parsley, and roasted bell peppers in a large bowl. Transfer to a microwavable dish and microwave for about 20 seconds or until warm, or put in a baking dish in a pre-heated 350-degree oven for about 15 minutes or until heated through. Serve with tortilla chips.

Recipe from Tupelo Honey Café