The most incredible Mexican Queso Dip. An authentic homemade version that uses real Mexican white melting cheese with other
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 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.
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.
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 alternate using asadero cheese and quesadilla 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.
Classic Queso Dip Meals
Serve classic queso dip with tortilla chips for an authentic homemade appetizer with real restaurant flavors.
Drizzle cheese dip over carne asada tacos, 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
- 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.)
- ¾ cup half & half (or milk)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 4½ ounces chopped green chiles (canned works just fine)
- ¼ cup chopped jalapenos
- 2 vine-ripe tomatoes, diced
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- tortilla chips, to serve (optional)
- In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add grated Asadero Mexican Cheese or Queso Quesadilla cheese.
- Stir in ¾ cup milk. Whisk until cheese sauce is melted and smooth.NOTE: Sauce may be lumpy until heated and melted. If it does not melt, turn up the heat, whisk, and add in a splash of milk until it is 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.