White Queso Dip Recipe (EASY QUESO BLANCO)

This EASY WHITE QUESO DIP RECIPE (EASY QUESO BLANCO) is our favorite white queso recipe, EVER. This easy white cheese dip recipe creates a creamy dip that tastes just like the queso at your favorite Mexican Restaurant. If you’ve ever wanted to know how to make queso dip on the stove…this recipe is for you! No velveeta, just real quality cheese and ingredients melted together and ready to dip.

This EASY WHITE QUESO RECIPE (EASY QUESO BLANCO) is our favorite white queso dip recipe, EVER. This easy white cheese dip recipe creates a creamy dip that tastes just like the queso at your favorite Mexican Restaurant. If you've ever wanted to know how to make queso on the stove...this recipe is for you! No velveeta, just real quality cheese and ingredients melted together and ready to dip.

White Queso Dip – Restaurant Style EASY Queso Blanco Recipe

White Queso dip is the stuff dreams are made of. A great salsa or queso dip recipe can be life changing. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect queso recipe for years and years and this one has finally completed me. If you haven’t made homemade queso blanco before…today is the day. SO YUM!

I feel like I’ve been searching for the perfect restaurant style white queso recipe to serve on Taco Night my entire life. Why is it so hard to find?? All I want is ooey gooey amazing cheese and I want it in molten liquid form. For every meal.

My dream is to master the perfect easy queso recipe, but for some reason, I’ve only been able to find that perfection at Mexican restaurants. Their secret recipes have alluded me for years. Well now we can all enjoy it at home.

Making restaurant style white queso dip is SUPER EASY and amazingly addicting…so you’ve been warned.

This EASY WHITE QUESO RECIPE (EASY QUESO BLANCO) is our favorite white queso dip recipe, EVER. This easy white cheese dip recipe creates a creamy dip that tastes just like the queso at your favorite Mexican Restaurant. If you've ever wanted to know how to make queso on the stove...this recipe is for you! No velveeta, just real quality cheese and ingredients melted together and ready to dip.

This EASY WHITE QUESO RECIPE (EASY QUESO BLANCO) is our favorite white queso dip recipe, EVER. This easy white cheese dip recipe creates a creamy dip that tastes just like the queso at your favorite Mexican Restaurant. If you've ever wanted to know how to make queso on the stove...this recipe is for you! No velveeta, just real quality cheese and ingredients melted together and ready to dip.

Different types of Queso Recipes 

This QUESO DIP RECIPE is what I serve at every tailgating party, every summer bbq, and every night where I’m simply craving cheese. I have a lot of cheese dip recipes on this site, but this White Queso Blanco is HANDS DOWN my favorite.

I’ve made cheese dips of all kinds, from Chicken Enchilada Dip to Vegan Queso. I love them all and each one has their place, but this White Queso Recipe is my go-to. It can be served anywhere and anytime and with literally ANYTHING. If it doesn’t actually go with the meal you’re preparing…then make it as an appetizer.

As a rule, I almost always make Homemade Tortilla Chips to dip in all the cheese dip goodness. It’s worth the extra time it takes to make them, and bonus, they’re baked and not fried!

How to make EASY and CREAMY Queso

Making the perfect Queso Recipe is easier than you might imagine. It does involve some time standing at the stove…but I have faith in you. You can do it. :) (and it’s SO worth it).

Here are the steps in a nutshell:

  1. Heat milk or cream (or in our case, 1/2 and 1/2) over medium/high heat.
  2. Once simmering, reduce heat to low. TIP: Don’t allow the milk to actually boil over, it can happen quickly!
  3. Stir in your cheese in batches by the handful. Stir until fully melted, and then add more. See…it’s easy!
  4. Once all the cheese is melted, stir in any add-ins you might want in your queso such as cooked hamburger, jalapenos, or tomatoes. This White Queso Recipe below is pretty simple, but to me the sky is the limit when it comes to delicious additions! Don’t be scared to try new things.
  5. Grab your chips and ENJOY! Or use it to make good recipes even greater like our Smothered Chicken Fajitas or Perfect Chicken Nachos.

See recipe card below for full ingredients and instructions :)

 

Easy Restaurant Style WHITE QUESO is our FAVORITE DIP RECIPE EVER. Tastes just like queso dip at Mexican restaurants! I have been waiting my entire life for this cheese dip recipe!

This EASY WHITE QUESO RECIPE (EASY QUESO BLANCO) is our favorite white queso dip recipe, EVER. This easy white cheese dip recipe creates a creamy dip that tastes just like the queso at your favorite Mexican Restaurant. If you've ever wanted to know how to make queso on the stove...this recipe is for you! No velveeta, just real quality cheese and ingredients melted together and ready to dip.

What is queso?

Queso Cheese Dip It’s the cheese dip of your DREAMS! It’s a copycat cheese dip from your favorite restaurant chips and cheese. I’ve loaded mine with green chiles, spices, and topped with cilantro, jalapeños, and tomatoes.

Does this White Queso Recipe stay smooth and creamy as it cools?

This one is a little bit different than the rotel cheese dip you might have had at a Super Bowl Party. Since it’s made with real quality cheese it does harden as it cools. You can keep it warm in a slow cooker after making or just reheat as you’re enjoying it. It reheats beautifully! Add a bit of milk when reheating if necessary.

This is the perfect queso for Taco Night! Check out the full Taco Tuesday Guide for more tips, ideas, and recipes.

 

This EASY WHITE QUESO RECIPE (EASY QUESO BLANCO) is our favorite white queso dip recipe, EVER. This easy white cheese dip recipe creates a creamy dip that tastes just like the queso at your favorite Mexican Restaurant. If you've ever wanted to know how to make queso on the stove...this recipe is for you! No velveeta, just real quality cheese and ingredients melted together and ready to dip.

This EASY WHITE QUESO RECIPE (EASY QUESO BLANCO) is our favorite white queso dip recipe, EVER. This easy white cheese dip recipe creates a creamy dip that tastes just like the queso at your favorite Mexican Restaurant. If you've ever wanted to know how to make queso on the stove...this recipe is for you! No velveeta, just real quality cheese and ingredients melted together and ready to dip.

What drinks to pair with White Queso

There’s nothing better to pair with Homemade Queso than an amazing Margarita! We have compiled all our favorite Margarita Recipes in the ULTIMATE MARGARITA GUIDE. From classic to unique to flavored to frozen, we have you covered! Be sure to check it out today.

When I made this for the first time Pat was beaming with pride, Dill and Scout were super jealous, and I was just fat and happy. I had finally found my white whale. I’d finally found my SUPER EASY Restaurant Style White Queso dip. This is the perfect time for a mic drop. Of all the queso recipes I’ve tried, this is a clear favorite.

I love everything I post on here, but this easy queso recipe is one I REALLY want to shout from the blog-tops. It’s the perfect consistency, the perfect flavor, and perfectly simple. My kind of recipe.

If you’re looking for some awesome recipes that pair well with this cheese dip recipe, be sure to check out our Baked Chicken Tacos, Easy Tex Mex Rice, and Best Stuffed Peppers. High fives all around! If you’re looking for an easy restaurant style white queso recipe, this is the ticket. Enjoy!

Watch the video or see the recipe card below for details on How to Make Queso Dip Recipe.

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3.99 from 122 votes
Easy Restaurant Style WHITE QUESO is our FAVORITE DIP RECIPE EVER. The EASY QUESO RECIPE tastes just like queso dip at Mexican restaurants! I have been waiting my entire life for this cheese dip recipe! 
Easy White Queso Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

This EASY WHITE QUESO RECIPE (EASY QUESO BLANCO) is our favorite white queso dip recipe, EVER. This easy white cheese dip recipe creates a creamy dip that tastes just like the queso at your favorite Mexican Restaurant. If you’ve ever wanted to know how to make queso on the stove…this recipe is for you! No velveeta, just real quality cheese and ingredients melted together and ready to dip.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cheese dip, queso, queso blanco
Servings: 8
Calories: 252 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
Ingredients
  • 3/4 lb white american cheese buy it sliced at the deli counter at your grocery store. Then chop into small squares, finely chopped
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons canned jalapenos chopped, or chopped green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder you could also use cumin if you prefer that taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg optional. some readers haven't liked this spice although some did, SEE NOTE ***
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • chopped cilantro tomatoes, and jalapenos for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat 1/2 and 1/2 over medium/high heat in a small saucepan.
  2. Once simmering (bring to JUST before boil...when it starts bubbling up the sides it's ready), reduce heat to low.
  3. Immediately stir in the cheese in batches, starting with the white american cheese. As you stir in the cheese, increase heat to medium and whisk CONSTANTLY while the cheese melts. Once each batch is melted/creamy, add more. Don't stop stirring, you have to whisk the entire time while adding cheese.
  4. Once done with the white american, add in the shredded fontina or mozzarella. Again, whisk CONSTANTLY while the cheese melts, insuring you have a creamy blend. If you prefer the cheese a bit thicker, add a bit more of the mozzarella.

  5. Once all the cheese is melted, stir in the jalapenos, chili powder, nutmeg, red pepper, and salt and pepper. *** (see below)
  6. If you want the queso to be browned like in my pictures, pour the queso into a small nonstick skillet and place in the oven. Broil for 3-4 minutes or until cheese begins to bubble and brown (optional)
  7. Top with cilantro, tomatoes, and more jalapenos if desired.
  8. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

(Dip can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Microwave with a splash of half and half or milk to keep it creamy)

*** Some readers haven't liked the extra spice from the cumin and nutmeg. Totally understandable as all tastes are different. We liked it, but I think add a smidgen at a time and make sure you like it before adding the full amount. If you prefer just the cheesy taste, leave them out completely! Thanks so much for the readers that have given me good feedback!! <3

***For making this in a slow cooker, start on high, adding the cheese and 1/2 and 1/2. Once melted, turn the setting to low and add in the spices and remaining ingredients. Stir often. Enjoy!***

Nutrition Facts
Easy White Queso Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 252 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 957mg 40%
Potassium 132mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 16.9%
Vitamin C 0.9%
Calcium 55.6%
Iron 2.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Comments

Gela
My daughter said it was the best queso she has ever had. And that is saying something from the Mexican connoisseur. Thank you for sharing.
    Becky Hardin
    Best comment ever :) You guys totally made my day! Thank you so much for stopping back by and letting me know you loved it!
Teresona
Can't wait to try. I love this kind of dip. Thanks for sharing.
Kelly Dyer
Recipe says non-stick skillet, but photos are cast-iron. Can you clarify please?
    Becky Hardin
    Either can work but I did have some problems withs the cheese sticking to the cast iron, so I wrote the recipe in a non-stick. You can do it either way for sure. Thanks for stopping by!
Chelsea
How did you measure the cheeses in lbs?
Sydney
Is this good to reheat? Can't wait to try it!
    Becky Hardin
    We reheated it several times! You can heat with a splash of cream to keep it good consistency :)
Jennifer
Hi. Question. I used mozzarella and fontino cheeses, but they didn't come together with the cream. What did I miss???
    Becky Hardin
    Ugh I'm so sorry, I hate that you're having issues! Did you heat the cream too long perhaps? I didn't have that issue at all but I hate that you are :(
Alicia
Do you think this can be done in a crock pot? What would you suggest? Thanks!
    Becky Hardin
    I am not sure it would all melt together properly in a crockpot. You could definitely make it and then keep it warm in a crockpot! I might test it next time I make it and if so will definitely let you know!
Alyssa
I got the ingredients I needed to make this for our next family movie night! I think I'm going to try it without the nutmeg and cumin first as I'm a purist when it comes to good queso dip.
    Becky Hardin
    I love that idea. Some people haven't liked those in it, although we do. Hope you love the recipe, thanks for stopping by!!
Missy
Quick question.. I was wondering if there was a half and half substitute? Thanks! I can't wait to try it!
    Becky Hardin
    You could use part milk and part cream if you like that better! Whole milk would probably also be okay. Hope you love the recipe :)
      Connie
      You had my lips smackin' until you used canned jalapenos, yuck! I would use fresh!!
        Sandra
        They prolly used canned jalapenos because they have kind of a "pickled" flavor going on.
        DG
        Then use fresh my god stfu
          Diana
          Not nice!!
    Safado
    Heavy Whipping Cream. Keto FTW!
    Beverly Lemoine
    I use evaporated milk as a substitute
Liz Evans
I live for queso. I tried this recipe tonight, everything exactly, EXCEPT one major thing- I used 2% milk. I was hoping it would still be ok?! As it cooked, it looked and smelled amazing. But within seconds it was too thick.. Like a paste. And now it seems irreversible. Why am I still just picking and this cheese paste (b/c I have cheese problems) but I really want to fix this! Please help me! Your dip looks amazing! I want dat!
    Liz
    I want to update my previous comment. Anyone who says this recipe does not yield smooth amazingly perfect queso blanco MUST NOT have followed the recipe. Two things are extremely important here - the use of heavy whipping cream or half & half & the type of cheese you use. Condensed milk helped fix a batch that I ruined by using 2% milk. Use cream only! Also, I have made 3 batches since, trying my luck with the addition of creamy havarti cheese, & unfortunately even creamy havarti makes it have that grainy texture! So... People... Follow the rules;) get some good white American (it would work with this alone) but if you want to add another cheese- the fontina works wonderfully. This is amazing poured over some macaroni as well. Beware though... you will not want to eat this just as an appetizer - you will want this as the main course!
      Becky Hardin
      This TOTALLY made my day. Thank you Liz! I appreciate your feedback :) You are so sweet and so glad you love it!
        Billy Doherty
        I made this and it was absolutely delicious, the best queso I've ever had. My only problem was that after about 10 minutes it hardened up and I couldn't get it to unharden. If there's anyway to fix that please let me know. Other than that it was just the right amount of spicy and before it got hard, it was so creamy and delicious. I am so glad to have found this recipe.
          Becky Hardin
          I'm so glad you loved it! Wow I didn't have that happen...it wouldn't microwave or heat back up on the stove? So strange! I might do some testing, I've been wanting to make this again soon. Thank you SO much for letting me know you loved it though! Hopefully I can get you some answers.
      Linda
      I agree, Liz....follow the rules about the type of cheese. The American cheese from the deli did have a better flavor than the packaged stuff in the milk/cheese section.
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