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This Easy Homemade Queso Dip is made without processed cheese and is perfect for game day noshing, Cinco de Mayo or whenever you get that nagging queso craving! This spicy Cheese Dip was the hit of our book club gathering!

Easy Homemade Queso Dip in a white serving bowl topped with tortilla chips, jalapeno slices, cilantro sprig

Queso Dip Recipe

I made this white queso dip for my book club gathering back in November. When we moved from the kitchen to where we had our book discussion, I brought the bowl of queso and chips along. There was never more than a minute lull before someone else used a chip to scoop up the warm, gooey cheese dip!

Small white bowl of Easy Homemade Queso Dip garnished with cheese and cilantro

What is Queso?

If you’re like me and late to becoming a queso lover, you may wonder what all the hype is about. Most folks know that “queso” means cheese in Spanish, so cheese is a must in the recipe.

Queso is actually short for chile con queso which is an appetizer made with melted cheese, often processed like Velveeta, and chile peppers. A thickening agent is cooked in to make the mixture perfect for dipping with tortilla chips.

There are numerous variations, like my queso blanco which is made with white cheese and pickled jalapenos. But in Texas, adding a can of Rotel tomatoes with chiles to melted processed cheese is commonplace. Different cheese combos, even adding cooked sausage like chorizo have become popular alternatives to the basic Tex-Mex favorite.

How to Make a Queso Dip Recipe

This easy homemade queso dip can be made ahead and reheated. The picky hubby was happy zapping leftovers from the fridge to get his fix until every bit was gone!

  • I noticed when taking photos, that a slight skin develops over the top of the cheese dip in a matter of minutes. So, if you make it ahead of time, press some plastic wrap over the surface, then stir before and after reheating.
  • Adding pickled jalapenos adds nice heat without being 5 alarm fire hot! If you like spicy, feel free to add some fresh minced jalapenos or add some pepper jack in lieu of all cheddar.
  • Use white cheddar for this cheese dip. I like shredding my own cheese from a block as I find it melts more smoothly. Yellow cheddar would be just as delicious, but your queso will take on an orange hue!
  • I used Wondra flour to thicken this dip. Wondra is a granulated flour that doesn’t lump, so it’s perfect for gravies, etc.
  • Regular flour works well, too, if you don’t have a history of lumpy sauces, LOL.
  • Serve in an oven safe crock to keep the dip warm or simply make sure your dip is in a microwave safe bowl and reheat as needed.
  • Serve your homemade queso dip with tortilla chips for the most authentic queso experience!
Easy Homemade Queso Dip topped with tortilla chips, tomatoes, jalapeno slices and green onions

 

If you’re looking for more game day appetizers, I love this Easy Smoked Salmon Dip with Capers, Cheesy Spinach DipSmokey Black Bean Dip or my favorite Guacamole!

I’m loving the look of these queso dips, too: Jalapeno Spinach Queso, Chicken Fajita Queso Dip, and Steak Queso Dip.

Easy Homemade Queso Dip

Easy Homemade Queso Dip

A yummy homemade queso without processed cheese!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons Wondra* flour (all purpose will work, too)
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 5.2 ounce package Boursin cheese (I used garlic and fine herbs but black pepper would work well, too)
  • 1 cup white sharp cheddar, grated
  • 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapenos
  • Sliced jalapenos, sliced green onions, grape tomatoes, shredded cheddar or cilantro sprigs, to garnish, optional
  • Tortilla chips, to serve

Instructions

In a saucepan, melt the butter and whisk in flour. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Slowly whisk in half and half and cook until thickened, stirring frequently.

When thickened, add the Boursin and cheddar cheese and stir until smooth. Add the jalapenos, check for seasonings and add salt and pepper if desired.

Serve hot with tortilla chips

Notes

*Wondra flour is made by Gold Medal and is perfect for gravies and sauces as it does not get lumpy.

Adapted from Damaris Phillips' Pulled Pork Nachos Recipe.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 217Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 306mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g
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