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Outrageous Mexican Queso Dip

The most incredible Mexican Queso Dip. An authentic homemade version that uses real Mexican white melting cheese with other tradition flavors. Top onto your favorite Mexican dishes or serve as an appetizer.

Outrageous Mexican Queso Dip made with real Mexican white melting cheese and other traditional flavors.

Queso Cheese Dip is a classic appetizer I love to indulge in frequently. Once you try my recipe to make restaurant style queso dip at home, you’ll be making it all the time.

Mexican white cheese sauce is easy to make. It takes just 15 minutes and uses just a few ingredients. One of the biggest questions I get about making Queso Dip is what type of cheese to use. Throughout this post, I talk about the variety of Mexican cheeses found throughout grocery stores that can be used to make an authentic homemade queso blanco every time.

Queso Dip - Easy Mexican cheese dip. This Queso Dip tastes incredible and is so easy to make. We serve it over Mexican dishes and as a dip.

How to Serve Queso Dip

Homemade Queso Dip is the quintessential Mexican side dish to serve on top of tacos, burrito bowls, tamales, taquitos, enchiladas, and to smother over other classic Mexican dishes. I make my own tacos bowls with ground beef, Mexican rice, beans, sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce, pickled jalapenos, and top it all with queso dip. Next, I use salt-free tortilla chips to dip into the taco bowl and eat it all together! It’s pure bliss and it’s something I make frequently. Get ready because I’ll be sharing my homemade burrito bowl recipe next with an Instant Pot Taco Bowl recipe.

White Asadero Mexican Cheese Dip also doubles down as the perfect appetizer to serve for Game Day. I love to serve this cheesy dip with guacamole, salsa, and 7-layer taco dip. The combination of Mexican dips on a platter is commodity throughout the year.

Queso Dip Ingredients that use Asadero Mexican Cheese, jalapenos, green chiles, milk, and cilantro.

Mexican Cheeses for Queso Dip

Authentic Mexican Queso Dip is made with real Mexican cheese. Although there are a few varieties of cheeses that can be used to make Queso Dip, I use Asadero Cheese. This cheese comes packaged in a round circle. Asadero Cheese is an excellent melting cheese with a creamy-smooth, velvety texture. It’s also the cheese that authentic Mexican restaurants use to make their dip. Cacique brand cheese carries a lot of Mexican cheese varieties and I can usually find them by the specialty cheeses.

APPROVED CHEESES TO USE FOR QUESO

In case you can’t get your hands on this type of cheese, this recipe may not work. Cacique does carry shredded queso quesadilla cheese right where you’d find other shredded cheese brands, but do not use it. Only use Cacique rounds of cheese. I have used these Cacique cheeses before such as queso quesadilla cheese for queso dip and it’s pretty delicious as well. Besides Asadero Cheese and Queso Quesadilla Cheese, Oaxaca Cheese, and Queso Fresco Cheese are both other options of Mexican cheese that work for this queso dip recipe. Take a look at Cacique brand packaging before heading to the store. Queso Blanco (white cheese) never uses processed American cheese.

DO NOT USE SHREDDED CHEESE. ONLY USE CACIQUE CHEESE THAT COMES IN A ROUND CIRCLE. SEE ABOVE PHOTO.

Shop around at a few local grocery stores while you’re out getting groceries next time to see if any of them carry Cacique brand Mexican cheeses. I use this strategy while grocery shopping and I keep a mental note as to where I found something that I’d like to use in the future.

Authentic Mexican Queso Dip

Queso Blanco takes just a few minutes to make. I melt 10 ounces of cheese and milk on low heat over the stove top. Any hotter and the dairy may foam and create a crust that sticks to the sides of the saucepan. I always try to avoid this as I dislike the texture of the crust in my dip.

Authentic Queso Dip is easy to make. Cicique Asadero Cheese works because it’s the perfect Mexican melting cheese with a mild flavor. Heating the cheese with half & half on the stove top allows the cheese to become soft and melt. I like to add chopped green chiles, diced tomatoes, and cilantro to the Queso Dip to develop those Mexican flavors even more.

Authentic Queso Cheese Dip - Real Mexican restaurant style Queso Dip with smooth dipping cheese. Melted cheese dip with jalapeno, cilantro, tomatoes. Serve with tortilla chips for a quick authentic Mexican appetizer.

Classic Queso Dip Meals

Serve classic queso dip with tortilla chips for an authentic homemade appetizer with real restaurant flavors.

Drizzle cheese dip over taco bowls and scoop eat bite with tortilla chips. Try these Ground Beef Street Tacos with cheese on top. Top Roasted Brussels Sprouts with melted cheese or Roasted Broccoli.

Mexican Queso Dip

The most incredible Mexican Queso Dip. An authentic homemade version that uses real Mexican white melting cheese with other traditional flavors. Top onto your favorite Mexican dishes or serve as an appetizer.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Cheese, Mexican, Queso Dip
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 7
Calories: 189kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces Cacique Asadero Cheese or Cacique Queso Quesadilla Cheese (SEE PHOTO BELOW FOR CORRECT CHEESE TYPE** Only use Cacique cheese in rounds. Do not use shredded cheese.)
  • 3/4 cup half & half ((or milk))
  • 4.5 ounces chopped green chiles (canned works just fine)
  • 1/4 cup chopped jalapenos
  • 2 vine-ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • tortilla chips, to serve (optional)

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan over low heat, break up Asadero Mexican Cheese or queso cheese and place in skillet. 
    Stir in 3/4 cup milk until cheese sauce is melted and smooth.
    Stir in chopped green chiles, chopped jalapenos, diced tomatoes, and cilantro.
    Pour into serving bowl and serve with tortilla chips or serve over your favorite Mexican dishes. 

Notes

CHEESE – Do NOT use shredded cheese. This post is being updated to include using ONLY Cacique Cheese that comes in rounds like the one below. This cheese can be found by the specialty cheeses or by the regular cheese. Only this type of cheese will work. Shredded cheese contains starches that will prevent the cheese from melting.
Use Cacique brand cheese: Either Asadero Cheese or Cacique Queso Quesadilla Cheese.
 

Nutrition

Calories:189kcal | Carbohydrates:4g | Protein:9g | Fat:14g | Saturated Fat:10g | Cholesterol:24mg | Sodium:446mg | Potassium:145mg | Sugar:1g | Vitamin A:490IU | Vitamin C:15.3mg | Calcium:59mg | Iron:0.3mg
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22 Comments

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    Gloria | Homemade & Yummy
    07/08/2019 at 3:20 pm

    5 stars
    I have so many bbq parties to host this summer. I am always on the lookout for LOTS of appetizer ideas. This looks fantastic. I will give it a try for my next gathereing.

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    Elaine Benoit
    07/09/2019 at 1:59 pm

    5 stars
    I have to say that queso dip is one of my all time favorite dips and this looks so creamy and delicious. I can see why you named it outrageous! I can’t wait to try it.

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    Amanda M Mason
    07/13/2019 at 9:15 am

    5 stars
    OMG this looks amazing! I have never heard of Asadero Cheese before! I’m so used to Cotija cheese! I bet the green chilis really bring out the flavor! So excited to make this!!

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    Karyl
    07/13/2019 at 6:42 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve never heard of Asadero cheese. But I am that person who will spend an hour in the grocery tasting and looking at cheese! I’ll have to find this one, but I love a good Mexican queso. This one is definitely going on my tailgating list this fall.

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    Leslie Kiszka
    07/14/2019 at 10:58 am

    I have SUCH a weakness for queso. It’s the one thing I absolutely can’t turn down if it’s in front of me!

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    Marisa F. Stewart
    07/14/2019 at 10:59 am

    5 stars
    Can you really have a bbq or outdoor party without a Mexican dip?? I don’t think so. I believe there is law out there somewhere. The queso dip looks outrageously good. I know my family would tie into it in no time at all. I’ll just have to make sure there are plenty of scoopers.

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    Paula Montenegro
    07/14/2019 at 12:31 pm

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    Gorgeous cheese dip recipe! I adore dips, especially with cheese (who doesn’t, right?). And who can argue with a Mexican style one! Sounds amazing. Though I never heard of asadero cheese. Will definitely look for it.

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    Nicoletta De Angelis Nardelli
    07/14/2019 at 4:37 pm

    5 stars
    Looking at that queso dip was making my mouth water! I don’t know if I ever had it, but I’m sure I’d love it on tacos!

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    Tammy
    07/14/2019 at 8:54 pm

    5 stars
    Queso is always a fun dip for parties and one of my favs! It’s been so long since I’ve had it…now I’m craving ;D

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    Jo
    07/14/2019 at 10:57 pm

    5 stars
    Queso is one fun dip to have on the table on any gathering. With any appetizers this creamy dip would go down so well.

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    Jennifer Burgess
    11/22/2019 at 7:09 pm

    5 stars
    So happy to find a queso recipe that calls for an authentic Mexican cheese instead of white American cheese! Thank you!

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    Michelle
    01/30/2020 at 6:08 pm

    1 star
    This cheese does not melt like stated. This is more of a queso fundido…. Will not melt even close to the picture presented.

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      Jessica Knott
      02/04/2020 at 9:57 am

      I’ve never had that happen. What kind of cheese did you use? You can try Queso Quesadilla Cheese and I would stick with cacique brand cheese. It’s possible you could add more milk and turn the heat on the stove up until it melts.

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    Marc
    06/15/2020 at 5:51 pm

    Had the same experience as the other person, cheese didn’t melt well. It ended up lumpy 🙁
    I used Pueblo Lindo brand Queso Fresco. So bummed… it did taste good, but no so good with the texture.

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      Marc
      06/15/2020 at 5:53 pm

      Even tried to puree it in the blender…. a little better, but still a bit grainy.

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        Jessica Knott
        07/04/2020 at 3:38 pm

        Did you use a block of cheese or the shredded variety? The block of cheese will melt. The shredded variety may not due to starches and less moisture.

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      Jessica Knott
      08/20/2020 at 3:14 pm

      Hi Marc, I have updated the recipe include use of only Asadero Cheese or Cacique Queso Quesadilla Cheese. It appears that other thickeners may be used in a variety of cheeses that may be contributing to the melting issue. I do hope you give it a try again with the updated recipe.

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    Michael Press
    08/13/2020 at 3:17 pm

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    Hey there. I’ve made this recipe several times using Cacique Queso Quesadilla cheese (kind of orange) and it comes out just fine. For me, a bit on the liquid side but I prefer that to my previous failures using the roux method and it comes out like a string. This is my go-to queso dip recipe once a week or so. Today though I am going to try part Queso Quesadilla and part Oaxaca, and see how that works. Will let you know!

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      Jessica Knott
      08/20/2020 at 3:08 pm

      Sounds delicious, Michael. Whenever I make a batch, I pick a new Mexican cheese to try with the recipe. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

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    Tom
    08/15/2020 at 2:55 pm

    5 stars
    Thanks for the update. We love Cacique Asadero for this recipe and will stick with that to get the creamy queso dip we love. Thanks so much for a recipe without American white cheese or Velveeta.

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      Jessica Knott
      08/20/2020 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks, Tom. Melting shredded cheese can be fickle at times and I’d rather everyone get the same great recipe in one try! If you can find it, try Cacique Asadero Queso Quesadilla Cheese in the same round shape. It’s pretty delish, too!

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    Cassie
    09/19/2020 at 4:01 pm

    5 stars
    I used Cacique Oaxaca cheese (it’s all I had) in the ball and this came out great. It’s a pretty forgiving recipe if you use the right type of cheese. I used heavy cream to thin it a bit and Hot Rotel along with canned chilis. I’m in AZ so I can find all of the Cacique cheeses. Will try Asadero next time. A non stick pan makes this super easy to clean up.

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