Easy White Queso Dip Recipe

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Make the best Mexican White Queso Dip from scratch using just a few simple ingredients. With pepper jack, white American cheese and cream cheese melted to perfection, it’s the ultimate cheesy appetizer for any party!

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Queso dip with diced tomatoes and cilantro

Creamy White Queso Dip

This white queso dip, also called queso Blanco, is about to become your new obsession! With a creamy and velvety texture that oozes with irresistible flavors, it tastes even better than the one you order at your favorite Mexican restaurant. Trust me, this dip recipe is always a huge hit.

Whether you’re hosting a Mexican-themed dinner party, a game day gathering or simply craving a gooey cheesy snack, this white cheese dip recipe makes the perfect addition. The best part? It only takes a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of prep time, and you’ll have a bubbling hot dip that’s ready to serve!

If you love hot dips, you should also try this Frank’s Redhot Chicken Dip or this Easy Sausage Dip.

White queso dip in white bowl with chips

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Authentic queso: This easy homemade white queso is made just like authentic Mexican restaurant queso.
  • Quality ingredients: No Velveeta cheese in this queso recipe! It’s made with real cheese that you get from the deli counter at your local grocery store.
  • Easy to customize:  The amount of heat can be adjusted to how your family loves it.

Ingredients

White Queso Dip Ingredients
  • White American cheese
  • Pepper jack cheese
  • Cream cheese, cut into cubes and softened
  • Whole milk, more as needed for a thinner dip
  • Canned diced tomatoes OR diced green chilies
  • Garlic powder
  • Chili powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Jalapeños, tomatoes or pico de gallo for garnish (optional)

How to Make the Best White Queso Dip

Step 1. Cube the cheese and cream cheese into large chunks and add to a 10-inch medium skillet over medium heat.

Step 2. Add the milk and heat until the cheese is melted, then turn the heat to low.

Cheese and milk in cast iron skillet
Melted cheese sauce in skillet

Step 3. Add the chopped green chiles (drained) and seasonings. Stir to combine.

Step 4. If it’s not spicy enough, add pickled jalapenos along with 1-2 tablespoons of the liquid.

Note: If the dip is too thin, allow it to cook for a few minutes longer and it should thicken. If the dip is too thick, then add more milk or water, one tablespoon at a time. You could also add a little more of the canned jalapeno juice for more of a kick.

Melted cheese sauce with green chilis
White queso dip in cast iron skillet

Step 5. Continue to heat until the mixture is creamy and sooth and bubbling hot.

Step 6. Garnish with jalapeños, tomatoes or pico de gallo (optional). Serve hot and serve with a side of tortilla chips. Enjoy!

Queso dip in cast iron skillet with chips dipped in it

White Queso Dip Recipe Variations and Add-ins

  • Pico de Gallo: Instead of adding diced tomatoes, you can mix in fresh Pico de Gallo.
  • Chorizo: Make your dip with browned and crumbled chorizo.
  • Beans: Layer the cheese on top over a bowl of cooked black beans or some refried beans.
  • Corn: Include sweet and juicy canned corn kernels for a little bit of extra crunch.
  • Cilantro: Give the dip a fresh pop of flavor with finely chopped fresh cilantro.
  • Smoked paprika: Smoked paprika gives the dips an earthy and smoky flavor.
  • Lime juice: Squeezed fresh lime juice adds a delicious tangy twist.
  • Cotija cheese: For a delicious topping, sprinkle crumbled cotija cheese on top of the white dip.
  • Cayenne pepper: If you like super spicy dip, add in a pinch of cayenne. Or for a super mild version, you can skip adding chiles and peppers completely.
White bowl with queso dip with jalapenos and pico de gallo

Queso Blanco Dip Recipe FAQs

What other kinds of cheese can I use?

Monterey jack, muenster, fontina, Colby jack and provolone cheese can be used, but the texture may be different. White American really is the key to the white color and the cheesy, gooey texture.

Can I make this queso blanco recipe in the microwave?

You sure can. Just heat the cheese for five minutes in the microwave, making sure to stir every minute. Add the remaining ingredients and give it another good stir.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Though it’s best served immediately, you can make it ahead of time and reheat it. When reheating, add a splash of milk, evaporated milk, half and half or heavy cream to loosen it up.

Chips dipped into queso dip

Delicious Ways to Serve this White Cheese Dip

This Mexican cheese dip isn’t just for a party or game day appetizer, it can be used as a cheese sauce for side dishes and main courses. Here are some great options:

  • Breakfast burritos: Drizzle leftover cheese inside warm tortillas and fill them with scrambled eggs, crispy bacon or sausage, and other breakfast ingredients.
  • Cheesy baked potatoes: Spoon the warm cheesy dip over baked potatoes and garnish with crispy bacon bits and green onions.
  • Veggie sauce: Similar to white cheese sauces, you can drizzle this creamy cheese dip over roasted or grilled veggies.
  • Tacos: Make Taco Tuesday or Cinco de Mayo extra special by adding warm queso cheese dip over your favorite taco recipe.
  • Spicy mac and cheese: Add this easy queso as the sauce for mac and cheese. Just toss in cooked macaroni or shell pasta and bake until warm.
  • Cheesy hot dogs or burgers: Nothing beats a messy cheeseburger or hot dog. Serve it on the side as a dip or spoon it over the cooked burgers or hot dogs.
  • Nachos: Instead of grated cheese, you can make nachos super quick and easy by drizzling this melted cheese dip over a plate of tortilla chips. Then just add your other favorite tasty toppings.
Bowl of queso with a chip dipped in it

Want More Dip Recipes?

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White Queso Dip


Course Appetizer / Party Food
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
This White Queso Dip is the perfect appetizer for any party! The best part is that you can make this cheesy appetizer from scratch with just a few simple ingredients.

Ingredients
 

  • 8 ounces white American cheese cut into cubes
  • 8 ounces pepper jack cheese cut into cubes
  • 8 ounces cream cheese cut into cubes and softened
  • ½ cup whole milk more as needed for a thinner dip
  • 4 ounces diced green chilies
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon chili powder
  • teaspoon ground cumin
  • Jalapeños, tomatoes or pico de gallo for garnish

Instructions

  • Cube the cheese and cream cheese into large chunks and add to a 10-inch medium skillet over medium heat.
    8 ounces white American cheese, 8 ounces pepper jack cheese, 8 ounces cream cheese
  • Add the milk and heat until the cheese is melted, then turn the heat to low.
    ½ cup whole milk
  • Add the chopped green chiles (drained) and seasonings. Stir to combine.
    4 ounces diced green chilies, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ⅛ teaspoon chili powder, ⅛ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Continue to heat until the dip is creamy and sooth and bubbling hot.
  • Serve hot and serve with a side of tortilla chips. Enjoy!

Notes

  • For a spicier version, add pickled jalapenos to the cheese, along with 1-2 tablespoons of the liquid.
  • If the dip is too thin, allow it to cook for a few minutes longer and it should thicken. If the dip is too thick, then add more milk or water, one tablespoon at a time. You could also add a little more of the canned jalapeno juice for more of a kick.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 603mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1245IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 617mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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