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Mexican Cheese Sauce: Queso Dip

If you like to taste different sauces, try this rich and velvety Queso Dip recipe.

November 15, 2021
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 8 people
Preparation 5 mins
Cooking 10 mins
Total 15 mins



  1. Take a medium sized pan and put it on medium heat. Add butter and wait till it melts.
  2. Add diced onions and sauté for a few minutes until translucent.
  3. Add garlic to the onions and sauté for a few more seconds until fragrant.
  4. Now add tomatoes and keep stirring on medium flame.
  5. When tomatoes get soft, add jalapenos and roasted bell pepper.
  6. Sprinkle cumin powder and onion powder and mix well.
  7. Once everything is well combined, mix in cornstarch and coat well.
  8. Gradually pour in milk while whisking the ingredients.
  9. Add cheddar cheese and pepper Jack cheese one by one and keep stirring until the cheese melts.
  10. Now add salt as per taste.
  11. Remove from heat and sprinkle some freshly chopped cilantro leaves.
  12. Your yummy and easy queso dip is ready to eat! Serve with tortilla chips.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Queso Dip
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11 g14.1%
Cholesterol 37 mg12.3%
Sodium 259 mg11.3%
Potassium 182 mg3.9%
Protein 8.4 g16.8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • You can make and store this queso dip in the refrigerator for a few days in an airtight jar. All you have to do is reheat the dip to melt the cheese again. It will be as fresh as just cooked.
  • Add salt to sauce after adding the cheese. In this way, you can adjust the taste more easily.
  • If you want your dip to be smooth and runny (not so grainy texture) then avoid using pre shredded/grated cheese as it has preservatives which result in giving grainy texture to your dip. Always use freshly shredded/grated cheese.
  • The best cheese for this recipe is cheddar cheese or American cheese. For cheddar any type of cheddar works fine.
  • A combination of two cheeses i.e. cheddar and pepper Jack gives a next level flavor to your queso.
  • Always keep stirring while you add cheese and milk. It will help avoid any lumps and your queso will be smooth.
  • You can get your desired consistency of queso dip by adjusting the amount of milk added in the dip.
  • If you like your queso runny/thinner you can skip corn flour.
  • Roasting your green bell pepper gives a smoky flavor.
  • You can add green chillies instead of roasted green bell pepper.
  • Leftover queso can be used as filling sauce in your fajitas, tacos and quesadillas. Cheesy and spicy!
  • If you want to keep your queso warm for a longer time, use cast iron skillet because it holds heat for a longer time as compared to other saucepans.
  • You can reheat your queso on the stove at low flame or even microwave it.
  • You can put a lid on your saucepan after adding tomatoes and bell peppers to remove the crunchiness from veggies if you do not prefer it.
  • Avoid high heat or your cheese will burn.
  • Never use oil for this recipe.
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'Queso' Cheddar Cheese Dip Sauce, a popular Tex-Mex sauce, has an intense flavor. This sauce,packed with cheese and onions, garlic, jalapeno, tomatoes, and a variety of seasonings, pairs perfectly with toasted bread or corn chips.

How about making a delicious Cheddar Cheese Dip? Try this practical and mouth-watering recipe now. Bon Appetit.

What Is Queso?

Queso is a world famous and cheese lover's most favorite dip sauce. It originated from the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua hence; it belongs to the Mexican or Tex-Mex cuisine. Queso is also called Chile con queso. It is served commonly in all Tex-Mex restaurants. It is a hit in Mexican cuisine. Like many other dips, queso also has a variety of different recipes based on the variation in ingredients and places. But the basic recipe has two main ingredients that are cheese and chilli pepper. It is a warm dish and typically served as a sideline with tortilla or tortilla chips. There is a difference between cheese dip and queso and sometimes people get confused between the two; cheese dip is melted cheese that does not include chilli pepper in it while the recipe of queso is incomplete without chilli pepper so next time if you want something spicy then order queso dip.

What Is The Best Cheese for Queso?

The best cheese you should use in a queso dip is hands down the combination of cheddar cheese and pepper Jack cheese. Cheddar gives a perfectly blended and smooth texture to your dip and it melts fast whilst pepper Jack gives a hint of sharpness to your taste buds. If you do not like this sharpness you can replace pepper Jack with Monterey Jack. Always use freshly grated cheese for this recipe as pre processed cheese fails to give best results. You can also use Velveeta if you want but just remember that it is slightly more salty so you would need less salt in this case.

What to Serve with Queso?

Queso dip is a side dish that is served with tortilla chips or corn chips. It can be used as a spread on crackers or toast. This dip sauce is a perfect recipe for a game night or a weekend party where you serve a large platter of bite size snacks and in the middle of the platter there is this cheesy and yummy dip that is everyone’s friend. You can also use this dip sauce in your tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas or fajitas. Want to make a quick mac n cheese? Use this prepared queso and save some time. You can pour this dip on some veggies and bake it for a veggie platter.

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