The Perfect Creamy White Queso Dip Recipe

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Learn how to make the Perfect Creamy White Queso Dip Recipe from scratch. This Easy Queso Dip uses real cheese, I guarantee you’ll never go back to using velvetta again! Perfect for game day or any party!

Looking for more Dip Recipes? You definitely need to make this Avocado Salsa Verde or my Kale Spinach Artichoke Dip.

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White Queso Dip Recipe

Ok, let’s get real. Queso Dip is not the best for you, but honestly it’s like a right of passage in Texas. When you go to a Mexican Restaurant down here you judge it by a few things: their margaritas, their guacamole, their fajitas and their Queso! 

Not only is it a must at the restaurant but it’s a staple at most parties. Especially at SuperBowl parties. So to make sure you are fully prepared and have the BEST dip in hand I figured I would help you out. You know. Because I’m cool like that and like to make sure I take care of my peeps!

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What is queso dip made of?

Queso is a dip that is served at most Mexican restaurants. It’s made out of melted cheese and chilis. Queso Blanco, which is one of my favorites uses ‘white cheese’ as it’s base instead of a yellow american or cheddar cheese. 

The Best Cheeses for Queso:

Well it honestly depends of which queso you’re making. If you are making a regular yellow Queso, I’d suggest using a combo of cheddar cheese and monterrey jack or just a straight cheddar cheese. If you’re make White Queso Dip I’d suggest a white cheddar cheese or white american cheese. Adding cream cheese to this mixture will really make things smooth and creamy. Plus it will help it not “seize up” like most quesos do when they are removed from heat.

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How to Make White Queso Dip?

  1. Heat a large nonstick pan to medium high heat.
  2. Add avocado oil, red onion, poblano and garlic to the pan. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, until onions are translucent.
  3. To the vegetables, add in cumin, chili powder and salt. Stir to coat the vegetables then add in milk, american cheese and cream cheese.
  4. Cook at low heat and continue to stir throughout until the cheese is melted and smooth.
  5. Once smooth, finish with fresh cilantro and salt to taste.
  6. Optional: garnish with fresh pico de gallo.

**Transfer to a small crockpot to keep warm during a party.

Tips for make the Best Queso Dip:

  • Buy block cheese as opposed to the pre-shredded cheese. I find that it melts better and has better flavor it. 
  • Add Cream Cheese. Trust me, the cream cheese makes things way creamier and keeps it smooth
  • Make it on the stove first. Let’s be honest you’re gonna have to stir it in the crock pot anyways or the queso will burn, so just make it on the stove top so you make it right and then pour it into a crockpot to keep it warm for you party.

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How long is queso dip good for?

Once the dip is made make sure to store it in the refrigerator (it is cheese) in an air tight container. It will last up to four days if stored properly. When you want to eat, just reheat it on the stove or in the microwave. If you want the queso to be a little smoother just add a smidge of milk and viola, you have smooth queso again! 

Is Queso Keto?

YUP! If you eat it without the tortillas, it sure is keto!

Guys, this recipe is tried and true! I failed horribly on the first attempt at this, if you follow me on Instagram then you saw it in my IG Stories. The first one was gritty and lacked flavor. This queso is silky smooth, creamy and is loaded with flavor. I topped it with fresh pico de gallo for an extra punch of flavor. You don’t have to. But I definitely recommend it if you wan to wow your guests or the humans that live in your house. (aka family) Because, trust me, you will. My 7 year old son tried this after school and he was like “wow mom, that’s really good” and then proceeded to down an entire bowl of it!

All that to say. Bon Appetit and I hope this shows up on your table soon!

What to serve with White Queso Dip?

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The Perfect Creamy White Queso Dip Recipe

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Keto, Gluten Free,
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

Learn how to make the Perfect Creamy White Queso Dip Recipe from scratch. This Easy Queso Dip uses real cheese, I guarantee you’ll never go back to using velvetta again!


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 1 large poblano, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 lb. white american cheese, cut into cubes
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 oz. green chilies
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, diced
  • optional: top with fresh pico de gallo

Instructions

  1. Heat a large nonstick pan to medium high heat.
  2. Add avocado oil, red onion, poblano and garlic to the pan. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, until onions are translucent.
  3. To the vegetables, add in cumin, chili powder and salt. Stir to coat the vegetables then add in milk, american cheese and cream cheese.
  4. Cook at low heat and continue to stir throughout until the cheese is melted and smooth then add in green chilis.
  5. Once smooth, finish with fresh cilantro and salt to taste.
  6. Optional: garnish with fresh pico de gallo.

**Transfer to a small crockpot to keep warm during a party.



Notes

Crockpot Option: If you want to make this in a crockpot. Just sauté the vegetables first, then add everything (except for cilantro) to the crockpot and turn to LOW. Cook until cheese is melted, stirring throughout. Finish with cilantro.

Keywords: white queso dip, queso dip, queso dip recipe, how to make queso dip, white queso dip recipe, football food, food for football

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5 Responses
  1. Brynn Hunt

    We made this last night as a side to our taco dinner. Delicious! Even my husband loved it and he is picky about his queso. Very easy to make. Makes a good amount – saved the extra for the Super Bowl today. Will definitely make it again.

  2. Danielle

    Looks tasty! Quick question… green chiles are listed in the ingredients, but not in the directions…are they supposed to be in the dip? Thanks. Looking forward to making this for the big game!!

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