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The BEST Queso Dip (Easy, Delicious, and Customizable)

The BEST Queso Dip (Easy, Delicious, and Customizable)

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Tired of bringing that same old dish to the big party? Spice it up with this incredibly delicious and versatile homemade queso dip! This easy-to-make and customizable recipe will have you and your guests wishing you made (a lot) more. This post contains affiliate links.

Queso Dip Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium white onion (3/4 – 1 cup, finely chopped)
  • 1 Roma tomato (approximately 1/4 cup, diced)
  • 1/2 cup chopped peppers (green chili is standard but pepper choice is up to you; we used Jalapeño, red chili, and Habanero for some heat)
Queso ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 8 oz. block cheddar cheese; shredded
    • We experimented with a Cheddar Gruyere with Roasted Red Pepper and Cracked Peppercorn – incredible end flavor!
  • 4 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese; shredded
  • 4 oz. Cooper white American; sliced
Mozzarella, Cheddar, and American Cheese

Cheese choice is completely up to you! Experiment with and mix-and-match your favorite kinds of cheese, as different combinations will result in a variety of end flavors! Our only suggestion is to use cheeses that melt easily – older, aged cheeses tend to result in a grittier dip.

  • 15 oz. evaporated milk (full fat)
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Queso Dip – Prep and Cooking

  1. Prepare and organize ingredients and spices
  2. Melt butter in medium-large pot (dutch oven recommended) over medium-high heat
Melted butter and finely chopped onions
R&R suggestion: Ceramic casserole pot, 6 qt.
  1. Add finely chopped onions, cook until soft and translucent; stir occasionally, 4-6 minutes
  2. Add minced garlic and mix, cook until fragrant (30 seconds to 1 minute)
  3. Add diced tomatoes and chilis, cook until soft and fragrant, stir frequently; 2-4 minutes
    • Optional: Save some of the diced tomato for garnish
  4. Sprinkle mixture with cornstarch, whisk frequently until there are no clumps; 1 minute
Queso ingredients
  1. Stir in spices (smoked paprika, onion powder, cayenne powder, and chili powder)
  2. Slowly add evaporated milk, whisking to mix; bring to a slow boil/simmer
  3. Turn heat to low, gradually add in cheese; stirring until mixture is smooth and consistent
  4. Remove from heat and enjoy!

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The BEST Queso Dip Recipe

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Course: Appetizers, SidesCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8+

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Total time

30

minutes

Easy and delicious homemade queso recipe! Whether you’re looking for a unique dish to bring to a big party, or just want to enjoy it all to yourself at home, this queso recipe will leave you wishing you had made more.

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Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp 5 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 3/4 – 1 c white onion, chopped

  • 1/4 c Roma tomato, diced

  • 1/2 c chopped peppers (green chili is standard, we used Jalapeño, red chili, and Habanero)

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

  • 8 oz. cheddar cheese block; shredded
    We experimented with a Cheddar Gruyere with Roasted Red Pepper and Cracked Peppercorn – incredible end flavor!

  • 4 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese; shredded

  • 4 oz Cooper white American; sliced

  • 15 oz. evaporated milk (full fat)

  • 1/2 tbsp garlic, minced

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder

  • 1/4 tsp chili powder

Directions

  • Prepare and organize ingredients and spices
  • Melt butter in medium-large pot (dutch oven recommended) over medium-high heatMelted butter and finely chopped onions
  • Add finely chopped onions, cook until soft and translucent; stir occasionally, 4-6 minutes
  • Add minced garlic and mix, cook until fragrant (30 seconds to 1 minute)
  • Add diced tomatoes and chilis, cook until soft and fragrant, stir frequently; 2-4 minutes
    Optional: Save some of the diced tomato for garnish
  • Sprinkle mixture with cornstarch, whisk frequently until there are no clumps; 1 minuteQueso ingredients
  • Stir in spices (smoked paprika, onion powder, cayenne powder, and chili powder)
  • Slowly add evaporated milk, whisking to mix; bring to a boil
  • Turn heat to low, gradually add in cheese; stirring until mixture is smooth and consistent
  • Remove from heat; serve to enjoy!
    Optional: Garnish with remaining diced tomatoEasy and delicious queso dip