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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!

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.

Queso in white bowl and dipped on tortilla chip  // addapinch.com

Once I developed 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

Slow cooker insert full of queso, also being dipped on a tortilla chip

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.

  1. Stovetop
  2. Slow Cooker
  3. 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

Ingredients

To make, you need:

  • jalapeno cheddar cheese or pepper jack cheese – grated
  • white American cheese – grated
  • white queso blanco – grated
  • 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

Step by Step Instructions

Make on the Stovetop (Double Boiler Method):

  • Add the grated cheeses and ½ 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

Make In Slow Cooker: 

  • 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

Make In Microwave:

When you are in a big hurry 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 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.
  • 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 Queso

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!

4.64 from 11 votes

Perfect Queso Recipe

Appetizers 5 mins

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
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Servings 2 cups
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
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!

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 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. 

Nutritional Information

Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 1574mg | Potassium: 233mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1340IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 1178mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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Comments

  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.

  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.

    1. I hope you enjoy it, Crissy! It has spoiled me being able to have it on the table so quickly, which leads to making it waaaay more often! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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

    1. 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 use Pepper Jack or 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

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

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

    1. 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!

  8. 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.

    1. 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.

  9. 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!

    1. I find it in near my deli counter at the grocery store. If you don’t easily see it, just ask the deli manager and they can help you!

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

  11. 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?

  12. 5 stars
    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.

  13. 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

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

    1. 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.

  15. 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?

    1. Teague,
      I just ask for white queso cheese at my deli in my grocery store so have used different brands. Maybe someone in your deli could help you find it.

  16. 5 stars
    Hi Robyn,
    Well I have loved some of your dips so this must be great too.  However—I too have never heard of queso cheese,   am wondering what American cheese is    and am glad to see that one can create jalapeño cheddar by adding jalapeños (in the grocery stores here there is jalapeño havarti but not jalapeño cheddar).   Perhaps this recipe is one you’ve been able to create because of what is accessible to you in your area.

    But it does inspire me to make a cheese dip by using other cheeses.  Thanks!

    1. Elizabeth,
      I have added photos of the cheeses I used in this recipe to my post. You may be able to find these or other brands in your grocery stores. Sometimes I can’t find the brand that I prefer so I improvise, too. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

    1. 5 stars
      Queso Fresco and Queso Panella are not the same as Queso Blanco. Only Queso Blanco melts properly to be used for a dip.

  17. This is the BEST recipe – no Velveeta, no cream cheese, no cornstarch…just pure ingredients, and it is SO good. Bravo for coming up with this recipe. We’re going on a ski trip up Canada next week, and I just have to figure out how to increase the amount of ingredients (and that should be easy).

    1. This dip is super delicious! I over bought the ingredients. Can I pre make batches, then freeze them in freezer bags to use other times?

    2. Kornelia, I have never frozen the Queso dip but I think you should be able to freeze it. I would freeze in the size batch you think you would use at one time. You can reheat in the microwave at 30 second intervals when ready to serve. Let me know if this works for you.

  18. 5 stars
    AMAZING! Our local supermarket ran out of jarred refrigerated queso so we quickly pivoted with a recipe search and yours popped up. The kids love it! They dip fresh dough pretzels into it and couldn’t get enough! Thanks for the awesome recipe.

    1. I’m so happy you found my recipe and that you and your kids love it. I hope you find many more recipe here that you love. xo

    1. It can be made ahead, Melody. Reheat in the microwave at 30 second intervals until hot. Hope you enjoy!

  19. 5 stars
    I have to say, being a queso blanco expert, you absolutely nailed this recipe on the head. Not only close to the queso you get at restaurants but in many cases better. My family said there’s no reason to have to buy queso blanco at the restaurants anymore…………Great job !!!

  20. 5 stars
    So happy to find a queso recipe that calls for an authentic Mexican cheese instead of white American cheese! Thank you!

  21. 5 stars
    The flavor is fantastic and is as good as any we have had from a restaurant. Unfortunately, I cannot get the texture right. I have tried different variations of melting the cheeses: crockpot, microwave, stove, melting the cheeses separately, liquid, no liquid. No matter what I do the queso blanco will not melt. It forms little balls or curdles so it is not smooth. The kids still ate it, so not a deterrent, but I do wish I knew how to make it creamy and smooth.

    1. I’m sorry, Chastity, that you are having this problem. Make sure you have Queso Blanco and not Queso Fresco because Quesoo Fresco won’t melt. 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.

    2. Thank you for the reply, Robyn. I definitely have the right cheese. I will try reducing the heat and whisking. The kids are asking for more so I’ll have opportunity to work on the texture. Great recipe!

    1. Brenda, I use queso blanco or white cheese in this recipe. You can see the type I use in the photo in this post.

    1. Meg, I have never frozen queso dip but I think you should be able to freeze it. I would freeze in the size batch you think you would use at one time. I would thaw in the refrigerator. Whisk it really well because sometimes it will separate when frozen. You can reheat in the microwave at 30 second intervals when ready to serve. Let me know if this works for you.

  22. So today I made this for my family Except I didn’t read the part where I saw how much cheese I needed so my queso came out really runny. However after i realized my mistake i decided to go ahead and make some fettuccini pasta and add that to the queso and if I’m being honest this is the only way to make this recipe. leave your chips in the pantry and get your finest fettuccini pasta noodles. my family couldn’t tell a difference between this and fettuccini alfredo LOL

  23. Your microwave method says to add 1/2 of the liquid but never mentions adding the remaining liquid? Did I miss something? Sounds yummy, thank you.
    Mary

    1. Mary, you should add all the half-and-half or milk with the cheeses and microwave for about 3 minutes. You may need to add another 1 to 2 minutes if all cheese has not melted and all ingredients are not well blended and smooth. The recipe has been updated. I hope you enjoy the queso dip.

  24. Hi
    I would love a questo recipe that I could make in the UK, as I’ve not seen these ingredients here !
    Any ideas would be great many thanks xx

  25. 5 stars
    Yes, but made it a touch thicker and used it for Chicken Chili Releno and like it with a white sauce rather than red. Added onion and Mexican oregano , Was great and easy.