Queso Dip

On Sunday we had friends over to watch the football games. I made a big pot of chili and Josh made his favorite Queso Dip. Good food and football go hand in hand at our house:) Unfortunately, Josh’s team, the 49’ers, lost, but at least his Queso Dip was a winner. This easy cheese dip is perfect game day food. You really can’t go wrong with a big bowl of melted cheese and salty tortilla chips. Mmmmm!

There is nothing complicated about this Queso Dip. The dip takes 10 minutes tops to make, which makes it perfect for parties. You can reheat the cheese in the microwave, but if you are going to serve this Queso Dip at a party, I highly recommend you serve it in a crockpot so you don’t have to worry about heating it up again and again. The crockpot will keep the cheese melted and smooth. The dip isn’t spicy, but has a nice flavor. If you want a bit of a kick, you can add an additional jalapeño or a dash of hot sauce.

So I guess we are looking at a Patriots vs. Giants Super Bowl. Who will you be cheering for? I am still undecided. Josh is cheering for the Patriots, but I might have to root for the Giants to keep things interesting:) I do know we will be making this Queso Dip for the big game. It is a must for Super Bowl Sunday.

Make sure you add this Queso Dip to your Super Bowl party menu. It is sure to be a hit on game day!

Queso Dip

Easy cheese dip made with white American cheese, Pepper Jack, onion, jalapeño, poblano pepper, cilantro, and tomato. Serve with tortilla chips.
5 from 1 vote


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ¼ cup diced white onion
  • 1 medium jalapeño diced
  • 1 medium poblano pepper roasted and diced
  • 10 ounces white American cheese shredded (find this cheese at the deli counter)
  • 6 ounces Pepper Jack cheese shredded
  • ½ cup milk
  • cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1 Roma tomato seeds removed and diced


  • Heat canola oil in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Cook the onion and jalapeño pepper until softened and reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in the roasted poblano pepper. Add the shredded cheese and milk. Stir until mostly melted.
  • Stir in the tomatoes and chopped cilantro. Serve with chips immediately.
  • Note-if you plan on serving this at a party, you may want to serve it in a crockpot so the cheese stays melted.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. This dip looks sinful and absolutely delicious!! I can’t wait to make it for our superbowl party. We live in Boston so we – of course – are huge Patriots fans! GO PATS!

  2. Maria!!!this is beautiful!!! Queso is one of my favorite foods in the wHole wide world!!! Absolutely making this on Sunday!

  3. ooooooh queso…a huge favorite of mine! i’ve never made a version other than the velveeta+rotel kind, but this looks so easy and sounds so much better!

  4. GIANTS!!!!

    We are Saints fans here (that loss to the 49rs killed me), but I am kind of excited about a Patriots/Giants rematch, since the last one was such a good game.

    This queso looks amazing!!

  5. I love Queso dip, but never made it. Theonly kind I made was velvetta cheese and salas! 🙂 I am so going tomake this!

  6. Definitely going to make this! I no longer have an interest in the SuperBowl since the Saints are out. I will just make the dip, eat it and read a book. 😉

  7. This looks so delicious! Queso is a must have appetizer during football games in our house! Who will I root for in the Super Bowl? Well, believe it or not, I plan to root for the Patriots despite the fact that they beat my Ravens in the championship game last Sunday!

  8. My husband is a huge queso fan. I love that this doesn’t look so thick and sludgy as some…will give it a try!

  9. So yummy! I think I will make this to go homemade pretzels! I had something similar to this dish combination at a pub recently and it was to die for! Can’t wait to try it at home now! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  10. Your description says “white cheddar” but your ingredients call for “white american.” Do you mean “white cheddar” in the ingredients? This sounds wonderful (as do all of your recipes)!!

    1. It is white American cheese-you can find it at the deli counter. Fixed the description-thanks for catching that:)

  11. love seeing queso dip not made with velveeta! 🙂 i think this needs to make an appearance at our super bowl party too!

    1. Place the poblano pepper under the broiler and roast until it is black. Let the pepper cool and then remove the black skin. You can also roast peppers on the grill or on a gas stove. I hope that helps!

  12. Awesome cheese dip. Will definitely be cheering on the home team (Pats) assuming we have nbc to see the game.

  13. Yum! Nothing beats a big bowl of delicious dip along with tortilla chips! This looks like the perfect addition to the Super Bowl party we are hosting!

  14. How does melted American taste. Is it like velveeta or cheddar? I am not a fan of american on my sandwiches but I wonder what the taste is like in a dip. I am intrigued.

    1. I don’t eat Velveeta so I am not sure of the comparison:) It is not a strong cheddar. It melts in nicely with the Pepper Jack and other flavors.

  15. This almost kinda sorta makes me wish I was going to a superbowl party this year! but instead I’m going to a four year old’s birthday party…I have a feeling this will be a hit there as well!

  16. Yum…I love that it’s not the typical velveeta (which weirds me out anyway) and RoTel. We’re having friends over for the Super Bowl and you have to have cheese dip! Thanks for the recipe.

  17. Husband will be at a Super Bowl party so might send this dip with him (or make it and eat it all myself!) Cape Cod girl, so GO PATS!!

  18. I just wanted to tell you both how much I have come to appreciate your blog. I guess I came across it about a year ago, but I have been reading it more and more and looking through the archives because I am looking for vegetarian inspiration. You have some really wonderful, affordable recipes that I think even I could make — no fancy techniques or tools required — and I so appreciate that. Thank you!

  19. I am planning on checking through your archives for SuperBowl recipes. This dip looks yummy.
    I am from Boston so I am with Josh…GO PAT’S

  20. I am not a fan of cheese, but I have a friend who is obsessed with white cheese dip. I can’t wait to share this with her!

  21. This is pretty much the definition of creamy, queso-y goodness. I think I’ll just swan dive in it, no chips needed.

  22. Made this over the weekend… DELISH is an understatement. I think its the new fave dip in my family. Thanks for sharing!!

  23. I made this last night and it did not come together. The whole thing was separated. the cheese would not melt into the milk (I used the same cheese as you did and followed the instructions to a t). I had to end up adding flour to some of the separated milk in a separate bowl then stirred it back in and it finally came together. the only bad part was it was too thick now and tasted a little like raw flour. Do you know what i could have done wrong? Any suggestions because the flavor was great!? Thanks!

    1. I am not sure why you had trouble. The cheese should melt right together. We’ve never had an issue. Sorry!

  24. I made this last night as a test before Superbowl. It’s amazing. Going to increase the recipe and finish off in a crock pot this Sunday.

  25. This dip is great. I’ve avoided american cheese in all my other attempts in the past, but you just can’t get the consistancy with out it. I made up a batch and thinned it out with a little extra milk and added macaroni to it, YUM!!! I must also add that I am in love with your blog, so many tasty tasy ideas.

  26. Thanks for the recipe. Love you blog. I hate to be negative but wanted to say that canola oil is super bad for you. This recipe would be great with olive or avocado or perhaps coconut oil (all healthy oils) instead. Just spreading the word 🙂

  27. Made this last night and was right on point.

    I roasted the jalapeno when I was roasting the poblano pepper. I also did monterrey jack instead of pepper jack because I didn’t want too spicy.

    I had no issue with the cheese and milk coming together. In fact I needed to add a bit of extra milk because it was too thick I could barely stir it… but once I did, it was perfect.

    Yummmmmmmmmmm We are sitting here eating the leftovers for breakfast LOL

  28. 5 stars
    It’s not often I will give =any= recipe five stars, but this one  deserves it in the appetizer category. My 12-year-old cousin, who is quite the queso aficionado, gave it high marks, which is what tipped the number of stars from four to five.

    We both agreed that for us, we could stand a little more heat, so the only adjustment for our tastes will be to add a tad more jalapeño next time we make it. 

    1. Milk based sauces break / curdle when there isn’t enough fat and the sauce is heated to too high of a temperature. I switched the oil to butter and used whole milk. Also, by not bringing it to a boil may help as well.