The ULTIMATE Queso Dip Recipe!

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If there’s one irresistible party appetizer that can unite a diverse crowd and elevate any gathering, it’s the beloved Queso Dip. Whether you’re in need of a crowd pleasing dip for your next party, or if you want a dip that is truly comfort in a bowl, continue reading as we cover my ultimate Queso Dip recipe – it’s guaranteed to be a hit!

Queso Dip in a bowl with tortilla chips

Watch the Queso Recipe Video Below!

Hand dipping a tortilla chip into Queso dip

Ingredients for Queso

This cheesy, delectable Queso dip is incredibly easy to make and it only requires a few ingredients and seasonings!

  • 1 lb pork sausage
  • 32 oz Velveeta cut into 4″ chunks
  • 8 oz Monterey Jack cubed
  • 10 oz can diced tomatoes drained (I used Rotel diced tomatoes & green chilies)
  • 2 cup whole milk
  • 4 oz green chilies (can omit if using Rotel)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Garnish
  • Diced tomato
  • Diced green chilies

What Ground Meat to Use for Queso?

I opt for ground sausage in my Queso, but you could easily swap this out for ground beef or ground turkey! You want the ground meat to have a decent amount of fat so that the meat can crisp up in the pan and absorb all of the delicious seasonings during the browning process! This will create a more flavorful Queso dip!

Key Tips for the best Queso Dip!

  1. Heat Management:
    • If you like a spicier Queso dip, feel free to add diced jalapenos and their juice to spice things up!
  2. Low and Slow Heat:
    • Melt the cheese on medium heat prevent scorching or burning. Stir constantly to ensure even melting. Don’t use high heat here!
  3. Serve Immediately:
    • A Queso cheese dip is best when served right away while it’s hot and gooey. It can start to thicken as it cools, so consider using a fondue pot or a slow cooker to keep it warm for extended periods during gatherings.
  4. Pair with Dipping Items:
    • Serve your Queso dip with a variety of dipping options such as tortilla chips, pretzel bites, toasted bread, or even vegetables like celery and bell peppers.

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5 from 6 votes

The ULTIMATE Queso Dip

Servings: 8
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Queso Dip in a bowl with tortilla chips
My ULTIMATE Queso dip recipe is cheesy, melty, and meaty. It's loaded the perfect blend of spices and will be a hit at your next party!

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb pork sausage
  • 32 oz Velveeta, cut into 4" chunks
  • 8 oz Monterey Jack, cubed
  • 10 oz can diced tomatoes, drained (I used Rotel diced tomatoes & green chilies)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 oz green chilies, can omit if using Rotel
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Garnish

  • Diced tomato
  • Diced green chilies

Instructions 

  • In a pan, add pork sausage and break it up into pieces with a spatula. Break the sausage into fine pieces and begin to brown over medium high heat allowing some of the fat to render, then season with paprika, ground cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne, and black pepper. Stir to combine and continue cooking for 2 minutes until browned and set aside.
  • In a wide nonstick or pot, add Velveeta, Monterey Jack cheese, diced tomatoes (or Rotel), diced green chilies and whole milk. Turn the heat to medium and stir occasionally until the cheese has melted and mixture has thickened slightly, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Once the cheese mixture has reached the correct consistency (refer to video – the dip should slowly slide off a spatula without being too runny), add the seasoned sausage and stir into the cheese mixture. If the mixture is too thick, add whole milk ¼ cup at a time until the correct consistency is achieved. Note: the mixture will thicken upon sitting!
  • Turn the heat to low and let sit for 5 minutes for the flavors to incorporate.
  • Top with chopped tomato and diced green chiles, serve with chips or toasted bread and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 581kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 40gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 2455mgPotassium: 739mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 1768IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 959mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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About CJ

I’m a third generation Chinese-American home cook who has always loved cooking & eating! Welcome to my food blog, where you can find trusted, tested, easy & approachable recipes for the everyday home cook that taste delicious! I am so glad you're here!

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  1. great for party’s. something to snack on before the main dish comes out. will make this again. football season coming back yes!