Sharing a recipe for a smoky and spicy Jalapeño Cheese Spread, an easy appetizer recipe.

I was born in Charleston, SC and have lived half of my life in the Southeast United States, so I can honestly call myself a ‘Southerner’.

That being said, despite my southern roots, I am not a fan of Pimento Cheese (GASP!!) Now I love cheese and I love cream cheese, but pimentos…eh, they leave me flat. So, instead of throwing the baby out with the bathwater, I make my ‘pimento’ cheese without pimentos!

Where is it written that you have to have pimento in your Pimento Cheese Spread? Oh…nevermind.

Well…so I bend the rules a bit and made a pimento-less Pimento Cheese Spread. In this case, jalapeños are a great stand-in and bring a little heat to the game.

All that being said, feel free to add pimentos to yours! A 4 ounce jar of diced pimentos would be just the right amount.

And since I was already breaking the rules by not inviting pimentos to the party anyway, I decided to go completely off-course and use smokey Gouda and Gruyere cheese instead of the traditional cheddar cheese for my Jalapeño Cheese Spread. And, I must say, it is a nice change!

A little spicy and a little smoky, this Jalapeño Cheese Spread is an easy to make appetizer and a great spread on crackers or little rye toasts.

In case your grocery store doesn’t carry those little rye toasts, simply buy the thinly sliced loaf of Rye Bread, slice off the edges to make a nice rectangle and then toast them for the perfect rye toasts for your Jalapeño Cheese Spread.

Jalapeño Cheese Spread

Jalapeño Cheese Spread

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A smoky and spicy cheese spread featuring Gruyere, Smoked Gouda, and Jalapeño peppers.


  • 8 ounces smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 8 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 TB Mayo (more if needed)
  • 2 finely diced Jalapeño peppers'
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 - 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 - 1/2 tsp smoked paprika


  1. Combine all ingredients and mix until combined
  2. Store in the refrigerator
  3. Serve with crackers or toasted rye bread


Let soften slightly at room temperature before serving

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If you are looking for more easy-to-make appetizers, you might like these Roasted Olives with Feta. And for more easy cheese appetizers, Fromage Fort and Rosemary & Goat Cheese with Ginger Preserves are always popular with cheese lovers.

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Smoky Jalapeno Cheese Spread

Looking for another great appetizer recipe? Check out this curry yogurt spread.

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  1. Jennifer

    August 31, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Girl, I don’t know how you can call yourself a southerner if you don’t like pimento cheese! But this does look like a tasty substitute.

    • lynn

      September 4, 2020 at 7:27 pm

      Right? I agree! And it is a tasty substitute for us fallen southerners.

      Have a great weekend.



  2. Linda

    February 3, 2021 at 7:16 am

    Not sure what pimento was made of. Knew about them enough to know I agree with Lynn! I learned they are small red peppers. I’ve only seen them in stores as canned soft foods. But I’m from the northeast.

    • lynn

      February 5, 2021 at 7:00 am

      Hi Linda,

      Hmmm…I didn’t realize that they were such a regional food. Yeah, I can take them or leave them, they just don’t do too much for me. So I was happy to realize that this cheese spread is perfectly delicious with them.

      Many hugs, Lynn

  3. Michelle Orndorff

    September 13, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    How can I pin the jalapeño cheese recipe?

    • lynn

      September 16, 2021 at 9:23 am

      Hi Michelle,

      You should be able to pin all the images, but the specific pin image is underneath the recipe. Also, if you have the pin extension, there should be a bunch of pins that show up.

      Have a great day!




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