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Have you ever been to a party where the queso dip was so smooth and creamy that you couldn’t stop scooping it up with tortilla chips? That’s this dip right here—so cheesy and easy to whip up, it’s the appetizer you’ll have ready in minutes for any gathering.

A hand dipping a tortilla chip in queso.

Make it at home if you ever crave the queso from your favorite Mexican restaurant. It’s such an easy recipe that it might surprise you how similar it tastes. This cheesy dip is creamy and thick enough not to fall off your chips. 

Plus, it’s straightforward to customize. Make it as mild or flaming hot as you want! Even if this is your first time making queso, your dip will be a huge hit! The white queso cheese dip will disappear if you serve it at a party (I suggest making a double batch). 

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Why You’ll Love Queso

  • Tastes professional – This tastes just like the kind you get at Mexican restaurants. 
  • From scratch – This recipe uses real cheese, milk, and bold spices. 
  • Popular Game Day Snack – Everyone loves chips and dip. 
  • Party Ready – Serve it to celebrate Cinco de Mayo or any party or holiday. 


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    Even though it tastes authentic, the ingredients are straightforward at the grocery store. You only need a few simple ingredients to make the best queso dip recipe ever. 

    • Butter: It’s best to use unsalted butter to control how salty it is. 
    • Flour: Use all-purpose flour to thicken the queso. 
    • Milk: Whole milk will have the fullest flavor and create a creamy queso dip. 
    • American Cheese: You can use yellow or white, but most restaurants use white American cheese. 
    • Canned Green Chiles: These add the perfect amount of spice to the queso. 
    • Cayenne Pepper: Just a little amps up the spice. 
    • Garlic Powder: This rounds out the other flavors. 
    • Tortilla Chips: Use your favorite chips for dipping. 
    • Pico De Gallo: This is optional and can be a great topping. 
    Ingredients to make queso.

    How to Make Queso

    • Step One: Heat butter in a small saucepan on medium-low heat until melted. Whisk in flour, then add in milk and half of the cheese.  
    Steps to make queso.
    • Step Two: Whisk until cheese has melted, then add the remaining cheese. Continue to whisk until bubbly. Cheese sauce should be smooth and creamy. Add in green chilis, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Whisk to combine and cook for one more minute. Serve with tortilla chips and pico de Gallo.
    Steps to make queso.

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    What to Serve with Queso

    This homemade queso recipe is the perfect thing to serve at a party. Serve it with these party food recipes. 

    Variations and Substitutions

    • Pepper Jack Cheese. Increase the spice a bit by adding freshly grated pepper jack cheese. 
    • Cream Cheese. A little bit will make it creamier, but it will also make it milder, so you might want to add more green chilies. 
    • Heavy Cream instead of milk. This will make it creamier and richer. 
    • Evaporated milk. Use this instead of whole milk for a thicker sauce. 

    Storage Instructions 

    Store leftover queso in a spill-proof and airtight container. Keep it refrigerated for up to three days.  

    Queso dip with tortilla chips.

    Queso Tips and Tricks

    • The queso will thicken as it cools. 
    • To make the queso thinner, add a splash of milk. 
    • American cheese is the best cheese for this recipe. 
    • You’ll find white American cheese at the deli counter of most grocery stores. 
    • Whisk it continuously so the cheese doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. 

    What Is Queso?

    Queso is basically a white cheese dip that is spiced with peppers. In Spanish, queso literally means “cheese.” There are different ways to make it. Some are made with toppings; others with just cheese and thickeners. But almost all queso recipes are white cheese sauces spiced with peppers. This popular Tex-Mex dip is usually served with fresh tortilla chips. 

    What Kind of Cheese Is Used For Queso? 

    Do not use pre-shredded cheese. The anti-caking agents will affect how smooth and creamy the sauce is. For best results, shred your cheese at home. 

    You can use different types of cheeses in the dip, but white American cheese is the most common kind that is used. Try it with Monterey Jack cheese, cheddar cheese, or Colby Jack. 


    Add your favorite secret ingredient to the queso – there is a lot of room for creativity. You can make chile con queso by adding some ground beef and spiced with taco seasoning. Or mix some pinto beans or chopped serrano pepper into it.  


    This is the fun part! Add some chopped green onions as a garnish. Or sprinkle a drained can of Rotel on top of the hot cheese dip. Other people might add a few black beans, jalapeno pepper slices, or a dollop of sour cream on top. 

    Queso dip with tortilla chips.

    Dipping Ideas For Queso 

    Most people will use tortilla chips to dip into the queso. There are other ideas you can try, too! Serve the queso with corn chips or even some pork rinds for dipping. 

    Why Is My Queso Grainy? 

    Most queso dips will turn grainy if the cheese is added to a bubbling mixture of milk, flour, and butter. Do not overheat the milk and flour mixture. Add your cheese to a simmering – but not bubbly – mixture. 

    How To Thicken 

    Making a slurry with cornstarch and milk is an easy way to thicken your homemade queso dip. The best ratio for this slurry is 1:1, so start out with one tablespoon of each. Heat it, let it cool, and then see how well it thickens before adding more. 

    How To Reheat 

    Reheat the queso over medium heat in a saucepan. Stir it constantly, and then serve it when it is thoroughly heated through. 

    How To Make It Spicy

    Add a little bit of chili powder to the queso to kick up the spice. If it’s still not hot enough, add your favorite hot sauce and mix it in really well. 

    Can I Make It In A Crockpot? 

    Yes, you can make queso in a slow cooker. Add everything to the Crock Pot, stir it well, and turn it low. Cook it for about four hours. 

    Queso dip with tortilla chips.


    Can I use a block of Velveeta to make queso?

    I’ve heard of people melting Velvetta in a slow cooker, medium saucepan, or double boiler. Yes, you can make a tasty cheese dip with Velvetta. In fact, I have a rotel dip recipe just like this. If you want an authentic Mexican cheese dip, I suggest using white American cheese. That’s what they use in the restaurants, and it really is the best queso recipe I’ve ever made. 

    Is this recipe gluten-free?

    No, this is not gluten-free. If you need to make it gluten-free, use a cornstarch mixture instead of flour to thicken the sauce. 

    How many servings does this make? 

    This recipe makes about six servings.

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    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 4
    Prep Time 1 minute
    Cook Time 7 minutes
    Total Time 8 minutes
    Ever been to a party where the queso dip was so smooth and creamy that you couldn't stop scooping it up with tortilla chips? That's this dip right here—so cheesy and easy to whip up, it's the appetizer you'll have ready in minutes for any gathering.


    • 1 tbsp salted butter
    • 2 tsp all-purpose flour
    • 5 oz milk
    • 8 oz American cheese cubed, divided
    • 3 to 4 oz canned green chilis drained
    • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • tortilla chips
    • pico de gallo optional


    • Heat butter in a small saucepan on medium-low heat until melted. Whisk in the flour. Add the milk and half of the cheese.
    • Whisk until the cheese has melted and then add the remaining cheese. Continue to whisk until bubbly. The cheese sauce will be smooth and creamy.
    • Add in the green chilis, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Whisk to combine and cook 1 more minute.
    • Serve with tortilla chips and pico de gallo.


    Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 1068mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 916IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 646mg | Iron: 1mg

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Appetizer
    Cuisine Mexican
    Keyword queso

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