White Queso, also known as Queso Blanco is one of the most popular appetizers in a Mexican restaurant. Don’t be intimidated by much-loved cheese dip. A trip to the deli counter, and you can rival any restaurant!
What does Queso Mean
Queso means cheese in Spanish, but cheese is not all you’re getting when you order this gooey, often spicy delight at a Tex-Mex restaurant. Queso is actually short for chile con queso which means chile with cheese in English. That’s where the spiciness comes in. Queso is a Mexican-inspired appetizer that’s meant for dipping, but this tasty concoction can also be spooned over nachos, tacos, fajitas, burritos, or grilled chicken.
Walk on the wild side with Queso Blanco
White queso is a popular alternative to yellow queso, but it is typically flavored with some onions and green chilies. It’s a zesty and creamy cheese dip that is easy to put together and is the perfect addition to any party menu. It’s creamy smooth, delightfully spicy and everyone will be totally addicted to scooping it up with a big pile of tortilla chips. Other great dipping options are triangles of flour tortillas or assorted veggies.
Make White Queso at home!
This homemade queso dip is perfect for parties, taco night, Cinco de Mayo, or any time when you’re looking for a quick and satisfying snack. Homemade queso is also one of the best parts of any game-day. It’s perfect for celebrating after a win, but it also gives you a pick-me-up after your team loses. White queso dip is best served up piping hot from the pan, but it can be reheated if needed. Simply microwave it in increments of 30 seconds or so until the dip becomes liquid and you’re ready to go.
Make cheese dip with any type of American cheese
Today, there’s yellow, orange, and white queso, depending on the type of cheese you use. Whatever its color, queso can be prepared with green chiles or jalapenos (or both). It may also be made a little spicier with a dash of chili powder or cumin. While this Mexican cheese dip is great just by itself, you may want to make it even more delicious by adding a topping of fresh pico de gallo. If you’re reheating your dip, add the pico de gallo after the reheating. If you add it before, your dip may become watery.
Variations on this favorite cheesy dip!
Queso Dip Variations
This white queso dip is fabulous as-is, but you can add other ingredients to make it your own. It’s the perfect mix and match dish. Here are a few suggestions:
- Meaty Queso Dip: Add 1/2 pound cooked chorizo or crumbled ground beef.
- Bean and Cheese Dip: Add 1 cup drained and rinsed beans, such as pinto or black beans.
- Bacon Queso Dip: Add 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon on top of the dip.
Here are three more copykat queso recipes for you to try. Let me know which one is your favorite – I love hearing from readers.
- Applebees Queso Blanco
- Chili’s Skillet Queso – Make it in your slow cooker.
- Monterey’s Tex-Mex Queso
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 1/4 cup finely chopped white onions
- 1 pound White American cheese
- 4 ounces green chilies 1 can
- 4 ounces heavy cream
- Melt two teaspoons of butter in medium-sized frying pan. Add onions, cook until they become translucent.
- Place the cheese and heavy cream together in a medium-sized pan and heat over low-medium heat until the cheese melts.
- After the cheese has melted, add green chilis and onions and stir well.
How to Make Queso – it isn’t that hard at all to prepare
It’s hard to imagine that anyone in their right mind would turn down a giant bowl of white queso dip and a pile of tortilla chips. You’ll love the flavors of this homemade white queso and appreciate how easy it is to make. Just real quality cheese and a few ingredients all melted together and ready for dipping. Grab your chips and enjoy!