Perfect Queso Recipe

Queso dip makes a delicious appetizer. Made with a special combination of cheeses and ready in 5 minutes, this queso will be a favorite! 

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While chips and salsa may always the first things we order when we sit down at our favorite Mexican restaurants, I’m anxiously waiting on the delivery of our queso, or cheese dip.

That’s a fact.


My husband knows me well enough to go ahead and place the order for it while they are asking what we’d like to drink. If we can order it as we’re being seated, all the better.

In reality, whatever we have to do to get this stuff to the table in the fastest way possible.

That’s probably what caused me to start making it at home with the frequency that I do. That, and knowing that fresh, delicious queso will be on the table in about five minutes, well, that in itself has definitely spoiled me.

But you know, I still have to elbow the rest of my family out of the way with my chip to get a bite!

Homemade queso is perfect for serving for everything from easy weeknights with the family to entertaining on the weekends. And for watching the big game, it is essential! Essential, I’m telling ya!

Easy as it can be, my recipe includes just enough “spice” with the jalapeno cheddar combined with the white cheddar and white queso cheese. If you have any problems finding any of these cheeses, just ask in your deli or dairy departments at the grocery store.

Here’s my Perfect Queso Recipe. I think you’ll love it as much as we do!

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Perfect Queso Recipe

Queso dip makes a delicious appetizer. Made with a special combination of cheeses and ready in 5 minutes, this queso will be a favorite!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 1/2 cup grated jalapeno cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated white American cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated white queso cheese
  • 1/2 cup half and half or whole milk


Double Boiler Method:

  • Add cheeses and half of the half and half or milk to the double boiler over low heat. Stir as the cheese melts and add more of the half and half or milk until the mixture reaches the desired consistency. The cheese sauce should be thin, but still thick enough to coat a chip when dipped. Serve immediately or pour into a small slow cooker on the warm setting to serve.

Microwave Method:

  • Add cheeses and half of the half and half or milk into large microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 3 minutes at 80% power, stopping and stirring after each minute. Remove from the microwave and stir vigorously to combine.
  • If needed, continue microwaving an additional 1 - 2 minutes, or until cheese is melted thoroughly and ingredients are well blended. Serve immediately or pour into a small slow cooker on the warm setting to serve.
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Robyn xo

46 comments on “Perfect Queso Recipe”

  1. We’ll have to try this. We make ours using white American, adding pickled jalapeños, chopped green chillies, milk and a bit is the juice from the jalapeño jar. Have a teen age son, so he and friends love demolishing this when they are over.

    • Yum! That sounds delicious!

    • That’s the exact recipe I use. It’s the best.
      White American cheese is also made by Jraft and can be found right beside the yellow American slices, or get it at the Deli. I’m not knocking this recipe, but when you’ve found perfection, why chance it?

  2. I am the same way! I can’t EVER pass up the queso dip when we go out for Mexican. It’s the best part! Excited to try out this at-home recipe. Looks amazing.

  3. Cheese, cheese and then more cheese…….OMG!!! Pinning it!!

  4. You can never have enough cheese. This sounds great! Time to Pin. Thanks, Robyn.

  5. Sounds really good Robyn. Thank you.

  6. This is queso PERFECTION. I could eat the whole bowl!

  7. I don’t know if I’m the only one who does this, but I usually mix my quest dip with my salsa dip. It looks god awful, but it’s so yummy!

  8. You have just gone straight to my eleven year old boy’s heart. He LOVES queso! Our favorite brand is no longer in the store so I’ll have to give this a try.

  9. Hi Robyn! One question – you say jalapeño cheddar cheese…do you mean pepper jack cheese or is there actually a cheddar with peppers in it? Love the recipes and your sweet way of delivering them. On queso, I always joke that my kids love it so much that the waiter should just bring the bowl of it and some straws. They inhale the stuff! Can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks.


    • Hi Pam,
      Great question. Yes, there are a few brands of white cheddar cheese that have jalapenos added to it. If you can’t find that and your grocery store doesn’t carry it, you could always double the amount of white cheddar and add in diced jarred or fresh jalapenos to taste.

      I’m right there with your kiddos! A straw would make such good sense!!! xo

    • yes, there is jalapeno cheddar – I have some

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  11. Would this survive in the slow cooker???

    • Sure! It should do fine for serving on a low setting. I would recommend maybe adding a little water since it might thicken more than you’d prefer while in the slow cooker, but just watch it to see.

  12. Robyn,
    This is definitely guy food. I may have to try it for super bowl Sunday.

  13. This looks so yummy! I’m going to make it for the SuperBowl but I wanted to ask… what is white queso cheese? Thanks!

    • Hi Sheryl,
      White queso cheese, also called queso blanco, is a soft white Mexican cheese that hasn’t been aged. It is made from fresh cow’s milk or goat’s milk and is usually found in the dairy section of the grocery store. In some grocery stores, you can also find it in the specialty foods refrigerated section or deli. It just depends on the store. I hope that helps!

  14. Made this last night and it was a curdled soupy mess. The queso wouldn’t melt. Any idea why? I used Cabot sharp cheddar and Habenaro cheeses. I went well over the 3 min and the mixture was boiling. Such a bummer, but at least it was just the family who witnessed it.

    • Oh no! I’m so sorry it gave you trouble. I hate that! If it was boiling, then it does sound like the queso separated (the milk and the oils separated). At that point, I would recommend whisking it with a metal whisk until it comes back together. You might also have to add a bit more milk or half and half even to the mixture while whisking. Generally, dairy items that have separated can come back together if you reduce the amount of heat to them while whisking the dickens out of it. But sometimes, if they’ve gone too far, it is hard to recover them.

  15. I’m not familiar with white American cheese,although I see you also refer to it as white cheddar in comments. Are they interchangeable? Thanks!

  16. The perfect queso recipe…where can I find white american cheese?????

  17. I could not cind white american cheese in my grocery atore.Im going to substitute White Sharp Chedder, hope it works

  18. How long does it stay liquid enough for dipping if you don’t keep it heated?

  19. Is queso fresco the same thing?

  20. Sounds YUMMY!!! Can’t wait to try it!!!! Thanks for sharing!♡

  21. Do you buy shredded cheese or block cheese and shred it yourself? Just wondering if the salt preservative in pre shredded cheese would affect the dip?

  22. My trick is to stick blend everything together. The cheese never liked to melt nicely for me so using a stick blender really helped it all come together and to be nice and smooth.

  23. I don’t know what Queso cheese is, we live in Canada and I have never seen it in our grocery stores.

    is there a substitute??
    Love the Cheese dips.. Thanks

  24. In your blog it says White Cheddar but in the recipe it says white American cheese. Which is it?

  25. What is queso cheese? I’ve never seen that in the cheese section. Is it one that you get at the deli?

    • Queso cheese is a Mexican cheese that has a very nice flavor and melting quality. Depending where you live it should be in the Hispanic food section of your store.

  26. Do not use package shred. It will not melt and blend properly for this application.

  27. Where – do you find jalapeño cheddar? I’ve never seen that … or what brand do you use? Thanks!

  28. I made this recipe a couple days ago – for some reason all the cheese curdle, would not blend with the milk??? (Like trying to melt chocolate with water in your pan – it curdles) 🙁 I used this recipe exactly – I thought. For the white queso cheese I bought Queso Fresco. Is this not correct? Queso Fresco – fresh cheese which is suppose to melt smoothly.

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