The perfect queso dip recipe seamlessly blends cheese, chiles, and tomatoes. As a result, they are rich in flavor and go well with almost any chip.
Here are what to serve with Queso Dip:
- Corn Ships
- Bread (Pitta Bread or Baguette)
- 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 To Dip in Queso?
You should always pair your favorite foods with queso dip! You can eat queso, but it’s often paired with tortillas, corn chips, and salsa. Here are some ideas:
What to eat with queso besides chips? Tortilla is a great pairing because it adds a nice crunch to the cheesy.
Corn chips are another excellent option for serving. They’re crispy and delicious, so they go perfectly with the creamy cheese.
Salsa is one of my personal favorites. Try using your favorite brand of salsa.
Chips are another popular choice. Like potato chips, the best chips aren’t too salty.
Bread is another great option. Again, it works well if you want to get creative. The most popular types are pita bread and baguette.
Crackers are another great way to enjoy. If you don’t like chips, then croutons would work too.
For example, fresh tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, and cucumber taste great.
Nuts are another excellent option. Almonds, peanuts, cashews, pistachios, etc., are all great choices.
How to Make Queso Dip
Easy White Queso Dip Recipe
This homemade recipe is the most delicious white cheese dip you will ever taste. Just like at your favorite Mexican restaurant, made easy at home.
- 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 or nutmeg
- Garnish: top with cilantro, diced tomatoes, and jalapeños
- Stir in the evaporated milk and cornstarch with a whisk on medium heat. Reduce the heat to low once it begins to simmer.
- Add the cheese in batches. Stir until completely melted, then add more and stir until all the cheese has been added and melted together.
- Stir in add-ins, chili powder, red pepper, jalapenos, etc.
Beef Queso Dip Recipe
It’s smooth and meaty.
- 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
- In a saucepan, warm olive oil over medium-high heat. Add ground meat, Emeril’s Essence, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper to taste.
- 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.
- Add VELVEETA® to the saucepan, stirring until melted.
- Stir in Monterey Jack cheese, diced tomatoes, green chiles, and salsa verde until well combined.
- Stir in the ground beef and cilantro until thoroughly heated, about 1-2 minutes.
- Serve immediately. Dip with Tortilla Chips.
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, stirring between each blast to ensure 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
Buy 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 produce the most delicate texture when melted.
Stir and Stir
Add cornstarch. Always keep stirring! When adding batches of cheese to melt, whisk continuously to ensure it keeps creamy and dissolves appropriately.
What Goes Good With Queso?
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 it in their ingredients. Here are some of them:
It 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 calls for adding sour cream, mayonnaise, and grated Parmesan cheese.
Guacamole is traditionally made by mixing avocados, onions, garlic, lime juice, and cilantro.
Queso Enchilada Sauce
It is a traditional Mexican sauce made from tomato paste, onion, garlic, jalapeno peppers, and spices. This sauce is usually served with enchiladas, but it works well with just about anything!
Queso Nacho Bake
It is another Mexican dish made from refried beans, meat, and shredded cheese. It’ll take you back to your childhood when you ate cheesy goodness.
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!
Popular Italian dish with Mozzarella, parmesan, and ricotta cheeses. It’s also topped with fresh basil leaves and olive oil.
Queso Chicken Wings
A fun appetizer that involves dipping chicken wings in queso. They’re then fried until crispy and served with salsa.
It is 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.
They have toppings such as lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, and salsa.
It is a Mexican specialty consisting of flour tortillas filled with cheese wrapped in a sandwich shape.
Tostaditos is a Spanish word meaning “little toasted thing.” Tostaditos are small pieces of food that are toasted or baked before being dipped.
It is a breakfast dish consisting of fried corn tortillas covered. It’s then sprinkled with green onions and cilantro.
What is Queso Dip?
It is a traditional Mexican cheese dip usually served as an appetizer at parties, but it can also be eaten on its own.
It’s usually served in a small container with tortilla chips, but you can also serve it on crackers or bread.
The best part about this recipe is that it takes less than 10 minutes to make!
What is Mexican Queso made of?
It is typically made from cow’s milk. However, there are also vegan versions available. Most people think of it as white, but wide varieties exist. Some examples include:
- Cheddar Cheese
- Monterey Jack Cheese
- Colby Cheese
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Parmesan Cheese
What does it taste like?
It’s similar to mozzarella cheese, but it doesn’t have quite as much saltiness.
Is queso dip served hot or cold?
It 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?
It has no dairy products, only cheese.
Is queso like nacho cheese?
No, it is not like nacho cheese. Nacho cheese comes from the United States.