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Queso Dip

Recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod

Deliciously creamy Queso Dip is easy to make from scratch and a crowd favorite every time! Serve with salty tortilla chips for the best appetizer ever!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 12
Calories: 244kcal


  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil, can use butter
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz Monterey Jack, shredded
  • 4 oz mild green chiles
  • 1 Roma tomato, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, from can, seeds removed and finely chopped, optional
  • For garnish: pico de gallo, diced avocado, and cilantro
  • Tortilla chips, for serving


  • In a large saucepan, heat the oil or butter over medium heat. Add the onion and jalapeno and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for one more minute.
  • Add the cream cheese and 1 cup of the milk and stir until melted, this will take about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Turn the heat to low and add the shredded cheese, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly, until all of the cheese is added and melted. Make sure the heat isn’t too high, you want it to melt slowly. Once all of the cheese is melted, add the remaining 1/4 cup of milk.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the green chiles, tomato, and cilantro. If you are using the chipotle in adobo pepper, stir that in as well. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary.
  • Pour the queso into a serving bowl and garnish with a little pico de gallo, diced avocado, and fresh cilantro. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.


Don’t use pre-shredded cheese. Buy block cheese and grate it for best results.
The chipotle peppers in adobe sauce are optional, but we love the flavor they add! 


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 425mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 720IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 331mg | Iron: 1mg