If you’re from the Caribbean, then you know there is nothing quite as delicious as Trinidad Cheese Paste. Except when you serve in a sandwich or even better as a Cheese Puff!

Cheese paste is something that is very nostalgic and comforting to me. Growing up whenever there was a gathering or party, there would be these little sandwiches or puff shells, filled with this delicious spread waiting for you to grab and enjoy. Most of all my favorite way to enjoy was in the puff!

What is Trinidad Cheese Paste?

If you’re in Trinidad and ask for a Cheese Puff, you will get a Choux Pastry that has been filled with this delicious spread made of cheese that’s been mixed with seasonings and mayonnaise. It is quite similar in texture to what people refer to as pimento cheese, except we don’t use cream cheese in our spread.

I will admit, I made a batch of Pimento Cheese in the pic above and it was great! However I still preferred our Caribbean version. For our spread, we use a different type of cheese with lots of other flavor components, used in the Caribbean, to make this paste super delicious.

How to make Trinidad Cheese Paste

For our version of cheese paste, you will need:
  • Cheddar Cheese, but we use New Zealand Cheddar Cheese or you can use aged cheddar.
  • Mayonnaise
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Green Seasoning, a staple in the Caribbean kitchen.
  • Pimento Peppers. Not traditional pimentos, but Trinidad Pimentos which have a whole different flavor component.

This spread is one that is very hard to mess up. There is no right or wrong way to make this dish. It is a simple combination. It’s also one of those dishes that can be served on a cracker with some garnish for a great appetizer at your next gathering.

How to serve Cheese Paste?

As I said before, my favourite was to enjoy cheese paste is in a puff shell. I like to pair this with my Gluten Free Coconut Oil Puffs and or Almond Crackers! 

But, you can enjoy this with your favourite cracker, as a tea sandwich or even as cheese in a burger. Wherever you enjoy cheese spread, you can use this Trinidad Cheese Paste.

Trinidad Cheese Paste

Trinidad Cheese Paste

Try this delicious alternative to Pimento Cheese! A simple but delicious combination, Cheese paste is something that is well known in Trinidad and the Caribbean.


  • 250g block of cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 pimento pepper or 1/4 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 medium carrot
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon green seasoning
  • 4-5 tablespoons mayonaise
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar


  1. In a large bowl grate cheese using the fine side of the grater.
  2. Next, in a food processor add onion, pepper, garlic, and carrot. Blend until finely chopped then add to the bowl of cheese.
  3. Add mayonnaise, mustard, green seasoning and sugar. Mix with a fork or spoon until a smooth paste forms.


  • We used dijon mustard, but you can use regualr table mustard or even honey mustard for a different flavour.
  • Pimento Peppers are a seasoning pepper native to Triniadad and Tobago, but the red bell pepper gives a great flavour as well.
  • We used 5 tablespoons of mayo in our recipe which gave a smoother paste, but if you want you can reduce depending on your prefernce.

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