Spinach Con Queso


Styled after a similar spinach queso dip at The Blue Moose in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, this is a very tasty, creamy appetizer that goes well with tortilla chips. It has a little kick, but not enough to make your eyes water. Of course, for the heat lovers, you can kick it up a notch if desired. This has become an instant family favorite and one of my most requested appetizers.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
2 quarts


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper

  • 1 jalapeno pepper - seeded, membranes discarded, and pepper chopped

  • 1 ½ pounds pepperjack cheese, cut into cubes

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach - thawed, drained, and squeezed dry

  • 2 (12 fluid ounce) cans evaporated milk

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Heat olive oil and butter together in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir onion until translucent, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir red bell pepper and jalapeno pepper into onion mixture; cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

  2. Reduce heat to low and mix pepperjack cheese and spinach into onion mixture; cook, stirring constantly, until cheese is melted and mixture is thick, 5 to 10 minutes. Slowly pour enough evaporated milk into the cheese mixture, stirring constantly, until desired consistency is reached; season with salt. Continue to cook and stir over low heat until warmed through, at least 5 minutes more.

Cook's Notes:

If you want to have even more kick, chop the entire jalapeno with the veins and seeds.

If you wish to use fresh spinach, I would recommend that you reduce it in a separate pot to avoid the excess moisture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

255 Calories
19g Fat
8g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 255
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 364mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 15mg 73%
Calcium 377mg 29%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 235mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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