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Queso (Mexican Cheese Dip)

Luxuriously smooth Queso made with real cheese better than a tex-mex restaurant! This rich and velvety Queso Dip recipe is a winner! Flavour packed with onion, garlic, jalapeños, tomatoes, cilantro and spices. Normally made with Velveeta, our recipe is made with real cheese...there's nothing like a good Queso dip to dunk your fried tortillas or corn chips!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: queso
Servings: 10 serves
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Karina


  • 1/2 pound 225 g fresh Cheddar cheese, shredded (smoked, sharp or American cheddar)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 cup green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 3.5 oz (100 g) diced tomatoes, (Roma, grape or cherry tomatoes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground cumin and onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, (add more to taste if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch cornflour
  • 13 oz (375 g) evaporated milk, (full fat)
  • 4 oz 120 g fire roasted green chiles, (or jalapeños)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped


  • Melt butter in a medium-sized pot over medium-heat. Sauté the green onions (white parts only) for 4 minutes, until soft. Then add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the tomatoes in with juices with the chiles, cumin, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Cook while stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes until soft and fragrant.
  • Mix cornstarch into the pot, then pour in the evaporated milk, stirring well to combine.
  • Bring to a boil, then add the cheese, mixing well. Cook, while stirring, until cheese just melts through the milk and transforms into a smooth sauce. Take off heat immediately.
  • Stir in cilantro, green onions (reserved green parts) and season with salt to taste if needed. Mix well.
    Serve warm.
    Tip: Queso thickens when cooled.


Store leftovers in the refrigerator. Reheat on stove or in microwave. Adjust consistency with a little more milk, if needed.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g