Mexican Queso Dip Recipe

Easy Queso Recipe

Mexican Queso Dip RecipeEveryone needs a queso dip recipe. It is an easy dip that you can whip up whenever you want a creamy, cheesy and spicy appetizer/snack. For those unfamiliar with queso dip, it is a dip made with melted cheese and chili peppers although many take a short cut by combining melted cheese and salsa. Queso is a Mexican creation that is really decadent and delivers great flavor. The dip is more than cheese and spice. You get delicious layer after delicious layer. These layers include sharpness from the cheese, salt, nuttiness, smoke and a fresh vegetal taste from the jalapenos with a spicy finish. The exact history behind the first queso dip recipe is undocumented but we do know that it is from Mexico. When or what area of Mexico will probably never be known but the dip did gain a presence in Tex-Mex cuisine which is why you will find it on the menus of most Tex-Mex restaurants.

Place of Origin: Recipe difficulty:
Mexico Easy
Preparation Time: Cook Time:
10 minutes 15 minutes
Yields: 3 ½ cups of sauce, good for 6-8 servings

Queso Dip Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 finely minced garlic clove
  • ½ yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed
    and diced
  • 2 chipotle peppers canned in adobo,
    finely diced
  • 1 ½ cups half and half
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 oz. softened cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese (use a
    blend, medium or sharp cheddar)

How to Make Queso Dip?

Mexican Queso Dip Recipe – Step by Step Instructions:

1. Drizzle oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
2. Add the garlic, onion and jalapeno pepper.
3. Sauté while stirring for 4 minutes or until softened.
4. Add the chipotle peppers. Stir and cook for an additional minute.
5. Pour in the half and half as you stir.
6. Whisk in the cornstarch and bring to a gentle boil.
7. Reduce to a simmer and stir in the cream cheese until melted.
8. Start adding the cheddar cheese in small increments so the dip can slowly come together.
9. Add an additional splash of half and half to thin out the sauce if needed.
10. Serve immediately. Queso dip must be served hot.

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Ideas to Use – Queso Cheese Dip with Nachos

Queso dip is often served in a big bowl surrounded by crispy tortilla chips. Queso is also a must have for nachos. With a queso dip recipe, you can make the ultimate plate of nachos. Assemble tortilla chips on a platter, add the queso, and pile on the other goods like pickled jalapenos, black beans, diced tomato and olives. You can also use a queso dip recipe as a condiment for other dishes like tacos, burritos, and quesadillas.

Homemade Queso Cheese Dip

Queso with a plate of tortilla chips

Homemade Queso Cheese Dip is fit for:

Lacto-vegetarian and gluten-free diets (ensure that the ingredients used read gluten-free).

Queso is cheesy perfection packed with smoke and spice. The dip can make anything taste amazing and little effort is required. Other suggestions to consider when making the sauce is adding pickled jalapenos to the queso for the vinegary bite, a pinch of mustard powder, and/or using white cheese to make queso blanco.

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Category: Dipping sauces

Origin: America, Mexico

Diets: Gluten free, Lacto-vegetarian

Meals: Burittos, Nachos, Quesadilla, Tacos, Tortilla

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