White Queso Dip

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Looking for a restaurant-quality cheese dip for tortilla chips? The Best White Queso Dip is just as good as it sounds! Melted cheese and cream with spices and peppers, perfectly hot and creamy and ready to enjoy this Queso Blanco in minutes.

White Queso Dip

Everyone loves the queso and chips at our favorite Mexican restaurants, and now we can make it at home! The Best White Queso Dip is so similar to our restaurant favorite and it’s super quick to make in one skillet (or you can try our Crockpot Queso version). Really though, you could even make this in the microwave and it would turn out well. Whatever method you choose, it’s an easy dip recipe everyone will love. Serve this cheese sauce over nachos, on top of burritos and tacos, or for dipping chips and taquitos.

More Mexican food inspired recipes you’ll enjoy: Chicken Fajita Nachos | Instant Pot Chicken Tacos | Cheesy Taco Spaghetti | Air Fryer Chicken Enchiladas | Beef and Cheese Mini Tacos

Ingredients You Will Need:

American cheese is usually found in the deli section of the grocery store. Be sure not to confuse it with the shelf American cheese product (Velveeta). Here’s what you’ll need to make The Best White Queso Dip (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the easy to print recipe card):

  • White American cheese – you’ll find this specific type of American cheese at the deli counter in your local grocery store. These are not American cheese singles–this is good cheese from the deli.
  • Half & half – you can also use half milk and half heavy cream.
  • Pickled jalapeños – these are the type of jalapeños you would typically find served with nachos. Find them in the Mexican food aisle of the grocery store, or with the pickles and olives.
  • Cayenne pepper – this is optional and will make your queso just a little bit spicy.
  • Other Spices – Chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.

How to Make Queso Dip

  • Chop or tear each slice of cheese into four pieces and place the cheese into a large skillet. Add the half & half.
  • Heat the cheese and half & half in the skillet over low heat. Stir often until the cheese is melted.
  • Next, add the diced jalapeños to mixture along with 2 teaspoons of the juice from the jar.
  • Add the spices and stir until well combined.
  • Serve this queso recipe hot with chips.
The Best White Queso Dip with tortilla chips.

Microwave Queso Dip

This is the quickest method and works fine, but we still prefer the skillet. When you’re making queso dip in the microwave, it’s very important to stir every minute or so to prevent overcooking. The mixture might look a bit watery the first couple of times you stir, but will thicken up after a few minutes.

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium-size glass bowl (definitely make sure it’s a microwavable safe bowl).
  2. Microwave for five minutes, opening to stir every minute. The dip will thicken as it cooks.
  3. Serve hot over anything recipe or use for dipping! Enjoy!

Ways to Serve Queso Blanco

Tortilla chips are always a great way to enjoy homemade queso dip, but here are some other ideas:

  • Burritos – pour the hot queso over top of burritos.
  • Nachos – use this homemade queso recipe to top your nachos instead of store-bought cheese sauce.
  • Taquitos – bake frozen taquitos in the oven or air fryer while you make this queso, then serve them with the dip.
  • Tacos – this cheese sauce is a delicious taco topping!
dipping a chip in The Best White Queso Dip.

How to Store Leftover Homemade Queso

Keep the leftover white queso dip in an airtight food storage container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat in the microwave or in a skillet over low heat.

jalapenos on top of queso dip

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White Queso Dip

The Best White Queso Dip

Looking for a restaurant-quality cheese dip for tortilla chips? The Best White Queso Dip is just as good as it sounds! Melted cheese and cream with spices and peppers, perfectly hot and creamy and ready to enjoy in minutes. 
Servings: 8
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound American cheese (white, from the deli counter)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapenos (diced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

  • Chop or tear each slice of cheese into four pieces and place the cheese into a large skillet. Add the half & half.
  • Heat the cheese and half & half in the skillet over low heat. Stir often until the cheese is melted.
  • Add the diced jalapeños to mixture along with 2 teaspoons of the juice from the jar.
  • Stir in the spices until well combined. Serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 1076mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 732IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 627mg | Iron: 1mg

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