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Restaurant Style White Queso Dip

Queso Dip

If your family can’t get enough of this popular restaurant style cheese dip, try making this easy White Queso Dip at home! This versatile recipe can be adjusted to your preferred heat level and can even be used as a sauce to pair with your favorite Mexican dish.

Restaurant Style White Queso Dip

Adapted from AllRecipes.com


1 pound white American cheese (from deli)
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup half & half or milk
4 oz. can green chilies
1/2 cup canned jalapeños – diced (or less/more to taste)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
red pepper flakes to taste
Tortilla Chips for dipping
garnish with jalapeños and cilantro if desired

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Cut cheese into cubes. In a skillet or saucepan, place butter, cheese, and milk on LOW heat and stir frequently until cheese melts. Stir in green chilies, jalapeños, cumin, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. If dip is too thick, add more milk or cream to thin. Garnish with jalapenos and cilantro. Serve immediately with tortilla chips – this amount fits perfectly in my Little Dipper sized Crockpot and my 8 inch Lodge Cast Iron Skillet. Serves about 8.
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This recipe can easily be doubled for larger crowds. Serve in a slow cooker on warm if you’d like to keep dip warm during a gathering or if you’d like to make ahead.

Note: I went to my grocery store’s deli department and asked for a one pound chunk of White American Cheese which works really well because it melts easily. If you can’t snag a chunk, you can also use slices or even white Velveeta cheese.

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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  1. Sf

    Sounds so good. Gonna try this.

  2. Jamie

    Do you drain the chiles or jalapenos?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      No on chiles- yes on jalapeños 😀

  3. Kathy

    Looks yummy! Thanks 😊

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure Kathy. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Mel

    Yum! Have a card party next month and wanted to make something different than my usual spinach/artichoke dip! I bet this will be a hit.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Perfect! Enjoy 😀

  5. Julia L.

    Noooo not when I’m on a diet! Sounds and looks great, Lina. 🌞

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Ha! Sorry Julia! 😀 Save for a cheat day. Lol

      • Julia L.

        Lol you think like me 😉

  6. Rachel

    Can I just melt it in crock pot?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Ya I’m sure you could! Just stir every once in awhile.

  7. S

    How hot are these green chilies. Can I use fresh ones?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I think there are mild and hot varieties – mild aren’t hot. They are roasted though. For a similar taste you can roast your chilies in the oven, peel off skin and chop. I’ve done that with hatch chilies -yum

  8. Karen

    Sam’s club sells white american cheese slices in 3# packages. This works well for this. I make something similar but use 1/2 white american cheese & 1/2 shredded pepper jack cheese. A little more heat & oh so yummy!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great! Thanks Karen!

  9. Erin

    Made this a few times and it is totally delicious! I usually heat on the stove and put in the crockpot to keep warm!

  10. Pat

    I can’t wait to try it without the chiles and jalapeños. We love cheese dips but even the guys won’t eat spicy food. I bet it will be awesome.

    • Mel R.

      The mild chilis just give the cheese dip some texture, they’re not hot/spicy at all. I’m not a fan of jalepenos, so those I do omit. But when I make this dip for parties, I just put them in a bowl and people can add them if they want.

  11. Traci L

    You think this would work with white cheddar cheese instead of American cheese? I’m not sure if there is a big flavor difference or if the textures would be different. Thanks in advance!

    • Rachel Carroll

      I imagine it will be the same. I have tried with yellow before similar to this and it was good.

    • Niki

      I find that regular cheddar works. I prefer to use evaporated milk in a can because it’s already been heated it doesn’t curdle.

    • alliekat5656

      Traci, It won’t work as well because American Cheese has salts that keep the fat in the cheese from separating when it is melted. All cheddar will be grainy.

  12. Sisi Bee

    Looks so yummy.

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  15. Casey

    I make this with less ingredients:
    – 1 lb white American cheese
    – 2 small cans green chilies
    – 1 pint of heavy cream
    – a pinch of cumin

    I make it in a small dipping crockpot and it is my most requested party offering- lol! I usually serve it with tortilla chips, bread chunks, and steamed broccoli!

  16. olgraygirl

    Trying this tonight! FYI-in recipes calling for half-n-half or heavy cream, I sub evaporated skim milk(or fat-free). All the richness with much less fat!

  17. Libby

    I have made this many times from when you posted in the past. It’s YUMMY! I buy (kroger) the jalapeños American cheese from the deli. That way you don’t need to add a can. So good, thanks for sharing!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for coming back to tell us Libby! Great tip too.

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