Jalapeno & Pimento Beer Cheese Sauce

A peppery beer cheese dipping sauce.

Spice up your beer cheese with this jalapeno and pimento beer cheese dipping sauce. The jalapeno adds a nice kick and the pimentos provide balance along with a nice crunch. And well, the beer & cheese are what makes it so damn good.

beer cheese dip

This take on a Wisconsin staple comes together in under 20 minutes, which makes it perfect for pairing up with some hot soft pretzels. For the beer, I like to choose a nice adjunct lager for that distinct corny/beer flavor. But feel free to experiment with an IPA or even a stout for some unique flavor.

Recipe notes: If you want it to have a bit of a thicker consistency, then add a pinch of corn starch. Otherwise, by getting it to a nice bubbling simmer and ensuring the cheese is thoroughly melted, it should start to thicken up.

Time You Need

  • ~5 minutes prep
  • ~12 minutes cooking
  • Yields: ~4-5 cups

What You Need

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp AP Flour
  • 2 ½ cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup of minced jalapeno
  • ½ cup of diced pimento
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • 1 cup of beer of choice
  • 1 cup of half and half

What You Do

  • In a saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add in the minced jalapeno, pimento, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, until garlic is fragrant. Then, whisk in the flour, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, and salt.
  • Cook for about a minute before whisking in the beer, milk, Worcestershire, and mustard. Continue whisking until smooth.
  • Cook for about 1-2 minutes, just until the mixture begins to bubble, then reduce to low heat.
  • Next, slowly stir in the shredded cheese, working one handful at a time. Wait until cheese fully melts before stirring in more. Repeat until finished.
  • Then let simmer on low heat for another 6-7 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve warm.
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