Perfect Queso Dip Recipe

This Queso Recipe has only 4 ingredients but can be made 3 ways! Make this easy queso on the stovetop, slow cooker or microwave for the perfect appetizer! It’s a delicious recipe you’ll make time and again!

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

While chips and salsa may always the first things on the table when we sit down at our favorite Mexican restaurants, I’m anxiously waiting on the delivery of our queso, or cheese dip. So I decided I had to create a perfect and easy queso recipe.

Once I came up with this recipe, I make it at home all the time! I love knowing that this fresh, delicious queso is so easy with just a few ingredients, and I can whip it up by any one of 3 methods anytime I crave it! It is even easy to make ahead and keep warm in the slow cooker for serving as slow cooker queso when entertaining!

Restaurant Style Queso Recipe

This Queso Recipe has only 4 ingredients but can be made 3 ways! Make this easy queso on the stovetop, slow cooker or microwave for the perfect appetizer! It’s a delicious recipe you’ll make time and again! // addapinch.com

Homemade queso is perfect for serving for everything from an easy weeknight supper or snack with the family to entertaining on the weekends. It just doesn’t get any easier than this recipe with the various ways to make it.

How to Make Queso

I make this sometimes on the stovetop while I’m preparing other dishes, but most often, especially when I want to make it a bit ahead of time, I love using my slow cooker! My son and his friends can make it in the microwave in just a few minutes when they want scrumptious snack.

Like I mentioned, there are three super easy ways to make this favorite recipe.

  • Stovetop
  • Slow Cooker
  • Microwave

This Queso Recipe has only 4 ingredients but can be made 3 ways! Make this easy queso on the stovetop, slow cooker or microwave for the perfect appetizer! It’s a delicious recipe you’ll make time and again!  // addapinch.com

To make this recipe, you only need 4 ingredients.

  • Grated Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese or Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Grated White American Cheese
  • Grated White Queso Blanco
  • Whole Milk or Half and Half

If you have any problems finding any of these cheeses, just ask your deli or dairy departments at the grocery store.

This Queso Recipe has only 4 ingredients but can be made 3 ways! Make this easy queso on the stovetop, slow cooker or microwave for the perfect appetizer! It’s a delicious recipe you’ll make time and again!  // addapinch.com

Make on the Stovetop Queso Recipe (Double Boiler Method):

Add the grated cheeses and 1/2 of the half and half or milk to the double boiler over low heat.

Then, 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.

You can either serve it immediately or pour it into a small slow cooker on the warm setting to serve so that it stays hot.

This Queso Recipe has only 4 ingredients but can be made 3 ways! Make this easy queso on the stovetop, slow cooker or microwave for the perfect appetizer! It's a delicious recipe you'll make time and again! // addapinch.com

Slow Cooker Queso Recipe: 

Add all of the grated cheese and the half and half or the whole milk.

Then, stir to combine and turn the slow cooker to Low setting.

Heat for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Then, turn the slow cooker to the Warm setting to keep hot for serving.

This Queso Recipe has only 4 ingredients but can be made 3 ways! Make this easy queso on the stovetop, slow cooker or microwave for the perfect appetizer! It's a delicious recipe you'll make time and again!  // addapinch.com

Microwave Queso Recipe:

When you just can’t wait for queso or want the absolute make anywhere easiest way to make it, it is ready in 5 minutes in the microwave. I’ve made it this way many times and my son uses this method a lot.

To make it, add the cheeses and 1/2 of the half and half or milk into a large microwaveable bowl.

Then, microwave for 3 minutes at 80% power, stopping and stirring after each minute. Remove from the microwave and stir vigorously to combine.

Then if needed, continue microwaving an additional 1 – 2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted thoroughly and all of the ingredients are well blended.

You can serve immediately or pour into a small slow cooker on the warm setting to keep it warm for serving. Delicious!

Didn’t I say this was simple?!

Easy as it can be, my recipe includes just enough “spice” with the pepper jack or jalapeño cheddar combined with the white cheddar and white queso cheese.

This is such a favorite recipe that I make it a lot. It’s great for an appetizer and perfect to serve with so many other dishes.

Foods to Eat with It

I enjoy adding queso and tortilla chips to these menu favorites:

Fish Tacos

Chicken Enchiladas

Steak Fajitas or Chicken Fajitas

And it’s always great alongside my Restaurant Style Salsa and Guacamole for delicious snacking!

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

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

This Queso Recipe has only 4 ingredients but can be made 3 ways! Make this easy queso on the stovetop, slow cooker or microwave for the perfect appetizer! It’s a delicious recipe you’ll make time and again!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 534kcal
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

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

Instructions

Stovetop Queso:

  • 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 Queso:

  • 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.

Slow Cooker Queso:

  • Add cheeses and half and half or milk to the slow cooker. Stir to combine and set on low setting for at least 30 minutes. Then, stir when the cheeses have melted and lower to the warm setting to keep warm while serving. 

Nutrition

Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 1574mg | Potassium: 233mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 26.8% | Vitamin C: 0.7% | Calcium: 117.8% | Iron: 3.6%
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

47 comments on “Perfect Queso Dip 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.

    Pam

    • 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.
    Annamaria

  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.

  29. I live in Texas and still cannot find the queso Blanco aka white queso cheese at the grocery store that’s not in a can. Could you add a photo of the cheese you are referencing?

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