Cheese Dips and Queso Dips are the star of every party! Whether you’re cheering on your favorite team on game day, preparing for an awesome Cinco de Mayo, or just gathering dips for you and a few friends, these recipes are exactly what you need.
Best Cheese Dips
There’s never a bad time for a deliciously cheesy dip! Whether you’re preparing for a party, gathering recipes for game day, or looking for an appetizer to serve with drinks, you can always count on an easy cheese dip recipe to save the day.
Between the best quesos, cream cheese dips, and hot dip recipes, there’s surely one or two here to add to your party menu. There are plenty of instant pot and crockpot recipes too.
Are queso and cheese dip the same thing?
I don’t make the rules, but here’s what makes them different in my opinion:
- Queso is more of a smooth melted cheese dip that tends to have things like peppers, salsa, and spicier elements mixed in (like what you find at Mexican restaurants).
- While cheese dip can be any number of dips with a cheesy element.
- I would call queso a cheese dip, but I wouldn’t call every cheese dip queso.
However, I’ll sort of be using the terms interchangeably in this post, since I’m sharing both types of recipes (and we’re all just here for cheese, right?).
Any easily-meltable cheese will do, but white cheeses, pepper jack, or sharp cheddar work well.
Most will keep about 4 days in the refrigerator, but it depends on the full ingredients list. Be sure to store dips in airtight containers to keep them fresh.
The best way to thicken queso and cheese dip is to mix in a bit of cornstarch (you can also use flour).
The best way to keep queso warm during a party is to keep it and serve it out of a slow cooker. Place it in the cooker and set it to the WARM setting.
Cheese is low on carbs and high on fat, which makes it good for the keto diet. So most quesos or plain cheese dips will work.
What to Serve with Cheese Dip
If you’re serving cheese dip, you’re going to need something to dip in it. You can’t go wrong with tortilla chips and queso dip, but there are so many types of chips, crackers, and other dippers to try. Consider pita chips, potato chips, fresh breads (sourdough and baguettes are great), hearty crackers for ingredient-filled cheese dips, or even fresh veggies.
Here are some homemade dipping options I love to serve at parties:
How to Store Cheese Dip
Like most cooked foods, cheese dips should be refrigerated within 2 hours. So don’t leave them sitting out longer than that without a warmer or lid (like a slow cooker).
- Refrigerate: pour any leftover dip into airtight containers and refrigerate up to 4 days.
- Freeze: You can store some dips in the freezer. Cream cheese based dips don’t hold up as well when frozen, but many of the recipes on this list should be fine in the freezer up to a couple of months.
How to Reheat Cheese Dip
The best method for reheating quesos and cheese dips depends on the type of dip.
- If it’s a simple queso dip, it’s easy to reheat it on the stove by just heating it over low-medium heat and stirring regularly until fully heated through.
- If it’s a chunkier cheese dip with lots of ingredients, sometimes it’s better to place it in a baking dish and reheat in the oven.
- If the dip was originally made in the crockpot, I find the best way to reheat it is to just put it back in the slow cooker and warm it up.
- You can also reheat most dips in the microwave for a quicker approach. Just make sure to use a microwave-safe dish and something to cover it (cheese explosions are the worst). Reheat about 10 seconds at a time and stir until it’s fully heated through.
Best Queso and Cheese Dips
These easy quesos and delicious cheese dip recipes are all PERFECT for parties, game day, or Taco Night.
I hope you love these easy cheesy dips! They’ll be the star of any party, Cinco de Mayo celebration, game day, or cocktail hour. Enjoy! If you need even MORE dip recipes, these Hot Party Dips are a must.