Our Best Queso Recipes
"Queso" may be Spanish for cheese, but as a dip, it's so much more! Queso dip always starts with a base of cheese, but from there it's easy to customize. Sometimes people add in chile peppers, salsa, or mix in chili, chorizo, or even ground beef. It's the perfect dip for the big game and beyond — any variation you make. Get out the tortilla chips and prepare for some serious dipping with these highly-rated queso recipes.
Queso (Cheese) Dip
A classic queso like the ones you'd find in Texas with plenty of peppers — Anaheim, jalapeño, and poblano. Lori Galbraith says, "It has a great kick to it — the kind that warms the back of your throat right down to you chest."
This queso uses real cheese and is less spicy than other versions making it a party pleaser. "I had never even tried making queso dip before and now I will be making it all the time," says DancinBoop.
Chef John's Queso Dip
This addictive queso dip is full of great flavor. "I followed the recipe exactly. Woah. Delicious! Better than the Mexican Restaurant. It's a keeper," says V6nittany. Chef John suggests using a salted tortilla chip to taste for seasoning.
Chili Cheese Dip III
It doesn't get easier than this three ingredient chile con queso dip made with cream cheese, shredded cheese and a can of beanless chili. Amber says, "To kick this up we use Pepper Jack cheese. It is a family favorite and a must have at all of the get togethers!"
Mexican White Cheese Dip/Sauce
White American cheese is the secret to this creamy queso dip (that can double as a sauce). "There are restaurants I go to only because I love their queso and I've never been able to replicate the creamy spicy dip. Who knew it was so easy!" says Collete Shaw.
Slow Cooker Chili Queso Dip
Let your slow cooker do all the work with this queso dip. "I was tempted to not soften the onions before adding to the slow cooker but I'm sure glad I did," says SoupLovingNicole. "The caramelized onions added another depth of flavor. Can't wait to eat the leftovers during the football game tonight!"
Grilled Poblano Queso Dip
This mild queso gets a ton of flavor from roasted poblano peppers, but not a ton of heat. If you want to add some spice, take Raechael's suggestions: "I used pepper jack cheese in place of Monterey Jack. I also added quite a bit of cayenne pepper because my husband is a big fan of spicy! Very delicious!"
Jeff's Chili Con Queso
This queso can be easily customized. Meat lovers can add in ground beef or chorizo, and those looking for more heat can up the cayenne pepper or add in chopped jalapeños or spicy salsa like many of the reviewers did.
Outrageous Warm Chicken Nacho Dip
This hearty version of a queso dip is packed with chicken and black beans, great for a dip with tortilla chips or even as a filling for a burrito. Sub out the chicken for ground beef, or take out the meat if you want to go the vegetarian route. This is a party pleaser for game nights, football watching, and even a weeknight dinner.
Loaded Queso Fundido
This queso has the works — chicken, chorizo, mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions. You could easily add in shrimp or any other seafood or vegetables you desire. "I gave it 5 stars for the chicken broth idea. So smart. Keeps it from burning to the pan," says Rikkor.
Famous Restaurant Queso Dip
This queso is designed to taste just like the one you'd find in a Mexican restaurant. The recipe is written to serve 30 people, perfect for a party, but easy to scale back for a smaller crowd. "This truly does taste just like a favorite restaurant's recipe that I have been trying to duplicate for years. I'm embarrassed that it was so easy and I couldn't nail it!" says Lori.
Instant Pot (R) Italian-Style Sausage-Queso Dip
Use your pressure cooker to whip up this queso in less than 30 minutes. This version veers slightly from the classic with the addition of hot Italian sausage, pickled banana peppers and olives. If you like your queso thinner than it turns out, add a little milk until you reach the desired consistency.
Chorizo Queso Dip
The secret in this recipe is the flavor the chorizo brings to the cheesy dip. Make sure to drain the crumbled sausage well before adding. Sally makes a vegetarian version: " I use soy chorizo instead because of the high fat content in the real deal. Tastes every bit as good!" she says.
Dos Queso Dip
Unlike many other queso recipes, this one has Mexican oregano for added seasoning (it's OK to sub in regular oregano) and taco seasoning mix. The dip is baked in the oven and served with tortilla chips.
Mexi-Cheesy Chip Dip
For a twist to your typical 1ueso, recipe writer jujube recommends trying it in a bread bowl. ANGELLLLLA loves this recipe and adds a few twists of her own,"Try Campbell's fiesta chili beef soup instead of chili, Velveeta Mexican (HOT!!) cheese, try adding sausage!!!! YUM!!!"
Beefy Cheese Dip
This queso is for meat lovers, using a pound of ground beef and a pound of sausage. DesiLu girl says, "This is such an easy recipe!! It was a family favorite. I served it with a dollop of sour cream and Frito Scoops!"