Easy Restaurant Style White Queso (QUESO BLANCO)

Restaurant Style WHITE QUESO is our favorite dip recipe, EVER. This easy queso recipe creates a creamy dip that tastes just like queso blanco at Mexican restaurants!

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!

I feel like I’ve been searching for the perfect restaurant style white queso recipe 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 is SUPER EASY and amazingly addicting…so you’ve been warned.

(If you’re looking for the perfect meal to go with this queso, check out these Chicken Tacos. The most popular recipe on The Cookie Rookie!)

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!

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!

I came about this recipe while doing some work for food.com. I knew immediately I was excited to make it, and make it my own. EASY QUESO RECIPE FOR THE WIN! I made a few tweaks…and then took a bath in all that cheese. JUST KIDDING…I ate it all. Sorry, it’s just SO good. Believe me, you’ll want to dive in to this Queso Blanco dip recipe!

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!

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!

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. This is the perfect time for a mic drop. Of all the queso recipes I’ve tried, this is a clear favorite.

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!

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!

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 an easy restaurant style white queso recipe, this is the ticket. Enjoy!

Serves 4

Easy Restaurant Style White Queso

This is our favorite Easy Queso Recipe!

5 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb good quality white american cheese (buy it sliced at the deli counter at your grocery store. Then chop into small squares), finely chopped
  • 4 ounces (1/4 pound) good quality fontina or mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons canned jalapenos, finely chopped (You can also use Green Chiles. I love Old El Paso SO MUCH for both types!)
  • 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. ***You can also make this in a CROCKPOT! See below for details***
  2. Heat 1/2 and 1/2 over medium/high heat in a small saucepan.
  3. Once simmering (bring to JUST before boil...when it starts bubbling up the sides it's ready), reduce heat to low.
  4. 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.
  5. Once done with the white american, add in the shredded fontina or mozzarella. Again, which 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.
  6. Once all the cheese is melted, stir in the jalapenos, chili powder, nutmeg, red pepper, and salt and pepper. *** (see below)
  7. 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)
  8. Top with cilantro, tomatoes, and more jalapenos if desired.
  9. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!
  10. (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)
  11. *** 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
  12. ***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!***
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Calories
371 cal
Fat
25 g
Carbs
5 g
Protein
25 g


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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!
      Cheryl
      Becky, Several people have asked where the recipe can be found. I can't find it either. PLEASE let us know. Thanks!
        Angie
        When you click the link and you are redirected to the page, underneath the first pic of the cheese dip is a buttom that says "Read More". Click it and the whole recipe pops up, but u have to scroll down thru a lot of pics and ads to get to it.
Jamie
Way too much nutmeg! I noticed a whole teaspoon in the ingredient list and thought to myself, 'that seems like a lot, but I'll give it a go.' I wish I hadn't. It tasted like some weird eggnog-cheese mixture. I was really excited to try this dip, but after dumping it out, I sadly won't be recommending this recipe.
    Becky Hardin
    Oh man I'm so sorry to hear that. We loved the nutmeg but I do understand it wouldn't be for everyone. Thanks for letting me know, I definitely appreciate the feedback.
    Watson, G
    I agree, the recipe was perfect without the nutmeg and cumin. I threw the whole batch out.
      Becky Hardin
      Dang, I'm so sorry to hear that! I might tweak the recipe to say those spices are optional. Of course that's a taste not everyone will love. Thank you so much for the feedback! Sorry it didn't work out for you :(
Kat
This is not like any Mexican queso I've ever tasted. I personally did not like the recipe. My husband liked it but agreed it is not like the Mexican dip we're used to having. My kiddos are a big fan of the dip but when I tried this recipe they didn't seem to eat much, which tells me they didn't care for it all that much either. Not the Super Bowl dip I was expecting. Perhaps it was the nutmeg and the cumin. Not so sure. I see others on the site enjoyed it, but I have to say, I honestly didn't. I was really rooting for this dip.
    Becky Hardin
    So sorry to hear that Kat. Makes me sad you didn't love it. I know everyone's tastes are different, but that's such a shame. Thanks for your feedback.
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 :(
      Jennifer
      Did you use mozzarella? It literally turned into a ball, and never got creamy. And, I actually used whole milk, instead of 1/2 and 1/2. Do you think that made a difference? Thanks so much for responding!!
        Becky Hardin
        It could make a difference, but I'm surprised that it would be that drastic. Was the cream not hot enough or perhaps the cheese in too big of chunks? Ugh I'm just not sure but feel so sad it didn't work. Especially on Oscar day! So sorry girl.
          Jennifer
          No ones fault! I like trying new things! Thanks for the idea!!!
          Becky Hardin
          You are too sweet. Hopefully the next thing you try will be perfect :)
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!!
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