How to Make Homemade Queso Dip
Queso dip is an increasingly popular party food these days. And with fast-food chains starting to incorporate queso sauce into their foods, it’s no wonder why people are starting to crave this ooey-gooey cheese dip.
Queso dip goes well with all sorts of things, i.e. sliced vegetables, tortilla chips, tacos, crackers, and chicken wings to name just a few. Queso dip is a great, colorful addition to any party spread. Put it beside your homemade salsa and quesadilla, and your guests will be impressed by how well you were prepared.
Queso dip is basically just melted solid cheese, which isn’t surprising since queso literally means cheese in Spanish. However, the recipe for a more genuine queso dip has a few more ingredients.
Homemade Queso Dip Recipe
Queso dip comes in all shapes and sizes, or actually, colors and textures. Depending on the type of cheese you use, your dip can be a range from bright orange to white. The texture of your dip can also be controlled by how many add-ins you add-in. The following recipe is for a chunky American cheese queso dip.
You Will Need…
- 12 ounces of American cheese
- 4 ounces of another cheese of your choice (optional) (Cheddar, Munster, pepper jack, etc.)
- About ¾ cup milk
- 2 tbsp butter
- A chopped jalapeno
- 3 minced cloves of garlic
- A pinch of salt
- 1 can of green chilis
- A diced tomato
- A sprig of cilantro
- A pinch of ground pepper
Step 1 – Melt the cheese. In a saucepan, place your cheese, butter, and milk. Stir every few seconds to keep the mixture from sticking to the bottom.
Step 2 – Prepare the rest of the ingredients. In a pan, place your onion, jalapeno, and chilis. Let them cook for about 3-4 minutes, then add them to your cheese sauce. Mix until the new ingredients are completely combined. Then, add in the rest of your ingredients (besides the cilantro). Mix again.
Step 3 – Take off the heat. Don’t overcook your dip. Heat it up until everything is fully combined, then take your dip off the flame and serve it up! You can use the cilantro as a garnish on top.
As you can see, making queso dip is super easy. As long as you know how to work a stove, you’ll be able to make this delicious snack. You can garnish the sauce with leftover ingredients that you did not mix into it to add a bit of extra pizzazz and color.
When making your queso dip, you can experiment with different types of cheeses and different add-ins. So, instead of using jalapenos, why not use Tabasco peppers instead? Experiment with different spices and herbs, too. Queso dip can be very monotonous, but with things like tomatoes, onions, and cilantro, it’s sure to stand out.
Some more add-ins you can choose from are…
- Bell peppers
- Ground beef
… just to name a few good options.
Queso is a very kid-friendly food. If your kids aren’t great with spicy stuff, just put in fewer peppers. Making queso can also be a great family activity: you can do the chopping, and the kids can do the mixing.
What to do with Your Queso Dip
Queso dip is a super easy-to-make food that will take your party to the next level. With a little extra effort — and a few more ingredients — you can turn your simple queso dip into something a bit more filling. Here are a few suggestions that you can take to make your queso dip really stand out:
- Queso Dip Loaded Potato Skins – Regular loaded potato skins are coated in cheese, sour cream, bacon, and chives. To add a special kick to your loaded potato skins, replace the plain melted cheese with a bit of your queso dip before putting your potato skins in the oven.
- Buffalo Chicken Queso Dip – While your queso dip ingredients are being combined over the stove, pour in a good amount of Buffalo sauce. You can also add in pieces of cooked chicken. (Keep the chicken pieces small so that they can still be scooped up with a chip!)
- Cheesy Hamburgers/Hotdogs – You can use your queso dip as a sauce on your hamburgers or hotdogs. Pour on some plain queso dip, or something a little more chunky to make your meal that much more delicious.
- Queso Dip Nachos – This is just as simple as it sounds. Coat your chips in your queso dip. Then, add on a few fresh peppers, jalapenos, and tomatoes to make a super delicious plate of nachos.
And there you have it, a queso dip recipe, and some suggestions on how to make your dip even better and how to incorporate it into real meals. Anyone can make queso dip, and everyone (mostly) loves to eat it. So, there’s no excuse for ever having a queso-less party again.