Queso Blanco Dip


Quick and easy queso dip. Pretty darn close to the kind at the Mexican Restaurant.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound white American cheese (such as Land O'Lakes®), sliced

  • 1 cup half-and-half, or as needed

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons diced jalapeno pepper

  • teaspoon chili powder


  1. Place American cheese and about 1/4 cup half-and-half in a saucepan over low heat; cook and stir until cheese starts to melt, about 5 minutes. Slowly start stirring half-and-half into cheese mixture, about 2 tablespoons at a time, until cheese begins to melt and mixture is smooth, about 5 minutes more. Continue adding more half-and-half.

  2. Season cheese mixture with cumin, black pepper, and salt; add red pepper flakes, a little at a time, until desired spiciness is reached.

  3. Cook and stir cheese dip until cheese is fully melted, adding more half-and-half if needed to thin it out, 5 to 10 minutes more. Remove from heat and top dip with chili powder.

Cook's Note:

Green chile pepper can be used in place of the jalapeno pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

254 Calories
21g Fat
3g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 254
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 931mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 347mg 27%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 144mg 3%

* 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.