What Goes with Queso Dip?

The perfect queso dip recipe is one that seamlessly blends cheese, chiles, and tomatoes. As a result, Queso dips are rich in flavor and go well with almost any chip.

Here are what goes with Queso Dip:

  • Tortillas
  • Corn Ships
  • Bread (Pitta Bread or Baquette)
  • Crackers
  • And many more

If you’re looking for a great starter dish to feed your guests or want something to bring to an upcoming party, this dish will be sure to please!

What is Queso Dip?

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Queso Dip & Tortilla. Credit: canva

Queso dip is a traditional Mexican cheese dip usually served as an appetizer at parties, but it can also be eaten on its own. It’s just melted cheese mixed with some sauce.

It’s usually served in a small container with tortilla chips, but you can also serve it on crackers or bread as well.

The cheese used in this recipe is called Queso Fresco (fresh cheese). It’s a milder version of the regular aged cheese, making it perfect for dipping.

The best part about this recipe is that it takes less than 10 minutes to make!

What is Mexican Queso made of?

Mexican queso dip is typically made from cow’s milk. However, there are also vegan versions available. Most people think of queso as white, but there are many varieties out there. Some examples include:

• Cheddar Cheese

• Monterey Jack Cheese

• Colby Cheese

• Mozzarella Cheese

• Parmesan Cheese

What does queso taste like?

Queso has a smooth texture and a slightly tangy flavor. It’s similar to mozzarella cheese, but it doesn’t have quite as much saltiness.

What Goes with Queso Dip?

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Queso Dip and Vegetables. Credit: canva

You should always pair your favorite foods with queso dip!

You can eat queso by itself, but it’s often paired with tortillas, corn chips, and/or salsa.

 Here are some ideas:

Tortillas

Tortilla is a great pairing with queso dip because it adds a nice crunch to the cheesy goodness.

Corn Chips

Corn chips are another excellent option for serving alongside queso dip. They’re crispy and delicious, so they go perfectly with the creamy cheese.

Salsa

Salsa is one of my personal favorites, especially when eating queso dip. It gives the cheese a bit of extra spice and flavor. Try using your favorite brand of salsa.

Chips

Chips are another popular choice for pairing with queso. They add a lot of flavor and texture to the dish.

The best chips for queso dip aren’t too salty, such as potato chips.

Bread

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Queso Dip and Bread. Credit: canva

Bread is another great option for serving alongside queso dip. Again, it works well if you want to get creative.

The most popular types of bread that go well with queso dip are pita bread and baguette.

Crackers

Crackers are another great way to enjoy queso dip. In addition, crackers are a great way to get rid of leftover queso dip.

If you don’t like chips, then croutons would work too.

Vegetables

Vegetables are a great addition to queso dip. For example, fresh tomato, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, and cucumber taste great with queso.

Nuts

Nuts are another excellent option for serving alongside queso dip. Almonds, peanuts, cashews, pistachios, etc., are all great choices.

How to Make Queso Dip?

Easy White Queso Dip Recipe

This homemade queso recipe is the most delicious white cheese dip you will ever taste. Just like at your favorite Mexican restaurant, made easy at home.

Ingredients:

  • White American Cheese and Mozzarella
  • Evaporated milk: I prefer this over cream, milk, or half & half
  • Cornstarch: a good thickening ingredient
  • Jalapeños or Green Chiles (or both!)
  • Chili Powder
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Optional Spices: Cumin and/or nutmeg 
  • Garnish: top with cilantro, diced tomatoes, and jalapeños

Instructions:

  1. Stir in the evaporated milk and cornstarch with a whisk in medium heat. Reduce the heat to low once it begins to simmer.
  2. Add the cheese in batches. Stir until completely melted, then add more and stir until all of the cheese has been added and melted together.
  3. Stir in add-ins, chili powder, red pepper, jalapenos, etc.

Beef Queso Dip Recipe

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Queso Dip and Beef. Credit: canva

It’s a smooth and meaty queso dip. It isn’t an original recipe, but it is delicious and easy to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces ground beef Emeril’s Essence Creole Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 ounces VELVEETA®, cubed
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (You could also mix in pepper jack, Monterey jack, or another type of cheese instead of Mozzarella)
  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup canned chopped green chiles
  • 1/4 cup salsa verde
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, warm olive oil over medium-high heat. Add ground meat, Emeril’s Essence, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper to taste.
  2. Continue to brown, occasionally stirring, until the beef is cooked through and crumbled (about 3-5 minutes). Drain any remaining fat and place it on a plate.
  3. Add VELVEETA® to the saucepan, stirring until melted.
  4. Stir in Monterey Jack cheese, diced tomatoes, green chiles, and salsa verde until well combined.
  5. Stir in the ground beef and cilantro until thoroughly heated, about 1-2 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately. Dip with Tortilla Chips.

Tips for Queso Dip

Storage

If you have any leftover dip, place it in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to three days.

To reheat: Add a splash of milk and heat in the microwave for 15-30 seconds at a time, stirring between each blast to ensure that it’s thoroughly cooked.

Use Evaporated Milk

Use evaporated milk instead of milk, cream, or half and half. Using evaporated milk should fix that issue as it has less moisture.

Do not let the milk boil over. Once the milk has come to a light simmer, immediately reduce it to low.

Never, under any circumstances, cook the cheese dip over medium/low for longer than that. Cheese dips that become too hot and overcook might get granular, which is undesirable.

Block of Cheese instead of Pre-shredded Cheese

Buying block cheese instead of the pre-shredded kind.

Pre-shredded cheese in the supermarket is frequently coated with additives to prevent clumping. Unfortunately, this does not always result in the most delicate texture when melted.

Stir and Stir

Add cornstarch. Cornstarch is used to thicken the queso dip and works great!

Always keep stirring! When you’re adding batches of cheese to melt, whisk continuously to ensure it keeps creamy and dissolves appropriately.

What to Make with Queso Besides Making Dip?

Queso is versatile! You can use it as a filling for tacos, enchiladas, burritos, nachos, fajitas, and more!

It’s so good on chips, crackers, veggies, and even pizza crusts!

However, other recipes mix in queso in their ingredients. Here are some of them:

Queso Casserole

Queso Casserole is a Mexican dish made from refried beans, meat, and cheese. It’s typically served with tortillas, but it’s delicious without them too!

Queso Pasta Salad

This classic pasta salad uses queso as its main ingredient. In addition, the recipe calls for adding sour cream, mayonnaise, and grated Parmesan cheese.

Queso Guacamole

Guacamole is traditionally made by mixing avocados, onions, garlic, lime juice, and cilantro. However, this version adds queso!

Queso Enchilada Sauce

Queso enchilada sauce is a traditional Mexican sauce made from tomato paste, onion, garlic, jalapeno peppers, and spices. This sauce is usually served with enchiladas, but it’d work well with just about anything!

Queso Nacho Bake

Queso nacho bake is another Mexican dish made from refridged beans, meat, and shredded cheese. It’ll take you back to your childhood when you ate cheesy goodness.

Queso Fondue

Queso fondue is a Swiss dish that combines melted cheese with wine and sometimes beer. It’s perfect for parties because everyone will get to try different varieties of cheese!

Queso Pizza

Queso pizza is a popular Italian dish that includes Mozzarella, parmesan, and ricotta cheeses. It’s also topped with fresh basil leaves and olive oil.

Queso Chicken Wings

Queso chicken wings are a fun appetizer that involves dipping chicken wings in queso. They’re then fried until crispy and served with salsa.

Queso Tostadas

Queso tostadas are similar to the quesadilla, except they’re made with tortillas instead of bread. These are often eaten at taco trucks, but they’re easy to make at home.

Queso Tacos

Queso tacos are like quesadillas with taco seasoning, except they have toppings such as lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, and salsa.

Quesadilla

Quesadilla is a Mexican specialty consisting of flour tortillas filled with cheese wrapped in a sandwich shape.

Queso Tostaditos

Tostaditos is a Spanish word meaning “little toasted thing.” Tostaditos are small pieces of food that are toasted or baked before being dipped in queso.

Queso Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles is a breakfast dish consisting of corn tortillas that are fried and then covered with queso. It’s then sprinkled with green onions and cilantro.

FAQs

Is queso dip served hot or cold?

Queso dip is best served warm. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate it until serving time if you want to do it cold.

What is the difference between queso and cheese dip?

Cheese dip is creamy milk, eggs, butter, and cheese sauce mixture. Queso dip has no dairy products, only cheese.

Is queso like nacho cheese?

No, queso is not like nacho cheese. Queso is a type of cheese that originated in Mexico. Nacho cheese comes from the United States.