Restaurant Style Queso Dip

Queso Blanco, cheese dip, queso dip, cheese sauce, or whatever you prefer to call it. And so simple to make with very few ingredients. A great recipe for any party or gathering.

Dipping a chip into a restaurant style queso cheese dip.

Queso dip is our go-to at our favorite Mexican restaurant.  No need to go out; just make it at home.

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White Queso Dip

Restaurant Style Queso Dip - Make your favorite Mexican restaurant dip at home. This stuff is SO GOOD!

You would think they used white cheddar, right? Nope! It just doesn’t melt right for a Queso dip and tends to be oily. So white American cheese to the rescue!

There is no cream cheese, Velveeta, or evaporated milk in this recipe!

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat add the white American cheese, 1/2 cup of milk, butter, green chilies, pickled jalapenos, cumin, garlic, and cayenne.

Warm gently until the cheese is melted and combined, stirring frequently. You made need to add another 1/4 cup of milk to achieve the desired consistency. ( we used a total of 3/4 cup)

This process takes some time so just be patient and stir often.

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Restaurant Style Queso Dip in a metal sauce pan

Ooey, gooey, delicious restaurant-style queso dip at home. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

Who doesn’t love cheese dip? It’s great for game day parties or Tex Mex night in. Skip the pre-made grocery store stuff and make your own!

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Homemade Queso Dip Recipe

Dipping a chip into a restaurant style queso cheese dip.

Queso Dip Recipe

Make your favorite Mexican restaurant dip at home. This stuff is SO GOOD!
4.32 from 25 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Dip, Sauce
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 337kcal
Author: Leigh Harris


  • 1 pound white American cheese
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup milk (maybe more if you want it thinner)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 oz green chilies (1 can)
  • 3-4 pickled jalapeno peppers – chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper


  • Place all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat.
    1 pound white American cheese, 1/2 – 3/4 cup milk, 1 tablespoon butter, 4 oz green chilies, 3-4 pickled jalapeno peppers – chopped, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • Heat until melted – stirring frequently.
  • Add more milk if you like it thinner.
  • Serve immediately with chips.


We used 3/4 cup of milk.
Use a heavy-bottomed saucepan, you don’t want the cheese and milk to burn on the bottom. Stir frequently to help prevent burning.
You can also use a small 1.5-quart slow cooker (crockpot). Start on high, stirring frequently, and then turn to low to keep warm. Perfect for parties!
Optional Add-Ins – Try taco meat or crumbled chorizo. Cook the meat before adding it to the cheese.
Storing – Place the dip in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Reheating – Heat in the microwave at 15-30 second intervals, stirring in between each time. You made need to add a small splash of milk.


Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 1490mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 983IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 849mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Made this today and it was awesome. It won in our Queso de Mayo contest at work. I added about 1-2oz of the pickled jalapeno juice with about 3 spoonfuls of the diced jalepeno and finely chopped green onion (white ends). Garnished with Cilantro and offered diced tomato, green onion and cilantro on the side. Will definitely put this in my frequent rotation for parties! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    1. That rocks, Tammy! Thanks for letting us know! When you get around to it, you have to try the Jalapeno Cilantro Dip. We put it on EVERYTHING!

  2. this looks so good wanting to use this for our family’s Christmas party Mexican food is our theme this year. How well do you think this will do in a crock pot to keep warm, cant wait to make. Happy Holiday’s The Zitter Family

    1. Hi, Julie! I’ve never tried keeping it warm in the slow cooker. If you try it keep it stirred and on low. Let us know how it works! Thanks so much for coming by.

  3. Oh how luscious it looks! And no doubt it is. So glad you shared with us at Weekend Potluck. Please come again soon.5 stars

  4. I just pinned your awesome Queso Dip, thanks so much for sharing it with us! Hope you will come back to see us at Full Plate Thursday real soon and have a great week!
    Miz Helen5 stars

4.32 from 25 votes (22 ratings without comment)

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