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Small Batch Queso Recipe

This white queso recipe is our favorite! It's creamy, easy to make, and you only need 3 ingredients. Made without Velveeta, this queso dip is one you'll want to make over and over again. Break out the chips, this queso blanco is sure to become your favorite too!

A small bowl of white queso on a plate with homemade tortilla chips.

Seriously friends, this white queso recipe is one of the easiest, best tasting, Tex Mex dip recipes you'll find. In fact, this queso dip comes together so quickly you can be dipping your chips in within minutes after you begin to make it.

I hesitated to post this queso recipe because it's just so simple. I make this dip often, especially on game days when we want to relax and watch our favorite football teams play.

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The queso is mildly spicy, but you can adjust the amount of spice easily to make it more or less spicy. If you want to make a bigger batch to share, the queso recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.

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Dipping the edge of a homemade tortilla chip in a bowl of queso.

What Is Queso Blanco?

Queso blanco is also called white queso and is a creamy cheese dip made with white soft cheese.

White queso can be used for dipping, can be mixed in with various dishes, and used as a topping for Mexican favorites such as enchiladas or tacos.


See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • White American cheese
  • Half and half
  • Salsa verde

You can find White American cheese at the deli counter in your market. Either sliced cheese or cheese in a block is fine.

How To Make White Queso

  • Simmer the cheese, the half & half, and the salsa verde in a small pot and stir until melted. Since this is a small batch queso recipe, I use salsa instead of opening up a can of peppers or slicing a pepper.

You can always add more or less salsa to suit your tastes and the remaining salsa can be kept in the fridge and used as a dip or in other recipes such as our Taco Casserole For One.

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What To Serve With Queso

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An overhead view of a small bowl of white queso on a plate with homemade tortilla chips.

For this easy queso recipe, I use a 1-quart saucepan. For best results use a pan of similar size.

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Small Batch Queso Blanco Recipe

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keywords: cheese
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 316kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1/4 pound White American cheese
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1 tablespoon salsa verde


  • Place the cheese, half and half, and salsa verde in a small pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth.
  • Serve immediately.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 78mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Calcium: 63mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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13 thoughts on “Small Batch Queso Recipe”

  1. Can you use this to pour over cooked pasta for Mac&Cheese?
    Is white American Cheese less processed than Velveeta, or are they about the same? And if you didn’t use the American Cheese, could you just use grated Cheddar? Thank you!

    1. Kathy, pouring queso over cooked pasta is a wonderful idea. I’m sure it would be delicious.

      White American cheese is not the same as Velveeta and I haven’t tested this recipe with Velveeta so I can’t tell you how it will turn out. I do not recommend using Cheddar cheese in this recipe because Cheddar does not melt well.

    1. Hi Jan, I’m so glad you are enjoying the cookbook and recipes – thank you!!
      American cheese is a processed cheese that is smooth, creamy, and melts very well. If you can’t find White American cheese, use a good easy melting cheese. White American works best so if you use a different cheese, you might need to add more half and half and cook it longer.

  2. 5 stars
    A delicious recipe and so easy to whip up when I get a craving for my “chips and dip.” Thank you.

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve been using White American cheese for years with a tad of chicken broth to thin and chopped Hatch Green Chili’s. Tomato, onion and/or piccadillo is nice too.

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