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Craving creamy, cheesy Tex-Mex goodness but short on time? Look no further than this White Queso recipe! Forget store-bought stuff – this homemade cheese dip whips up in minutes, using simple ingredients you probably already have. So grab your chips and get ready for a flavor fiesta!

This cheese queso is so versatile! Enjoy it with crispy tortilla chips, lavishly drizzle it over loaded nachos, use it to crown beef tacos or chicken fajitas with a creamy touch, or generously spoon it over a fresh taco salad for an extra burst of flavor.

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Why You’ll Love This Queso Recipe

  • Fast & Easy: Forget complicated dips! This white cheese dip comes together in a flash, with minimal prep and cleanup. Perfect for last-minute game day gatherings or anytime you need a quick comfort food fix.
  • Flavor Burst: Creamy cheese meets salsa verde for a flavor explosion that’ll tantalize your taste buds. Adjust the spice level to your liking – mild, medium, or fiery hot, it’s up to you!
  • Small Batch Perfection: No more leftover dip blues! This recipe makes just the right amount for a cozy night in or a small get-together. Want to feed a crowd? Simply double or triple the recipe – it scales beautifully.
  • So Versatile: Queso isn’t just for dipping! Stir it into a scrambled egg bowl, dollop it on taco soup, or use it as a sauce for steak fajitas. Get creative and explore endless possibilities!
  • Budget-Friendly Fiesta: Made with simple, affordable ingredients, this queso won’t break the bank. 

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

What Is White Queso?

White Queso, commonly known as queso blanco, is a dreamy, melty cheese dip made with soft white cheese. Known for its creamy texture and mild flavor, it’s a staple in Tex-Mex cuisine. This recipe focuses on creating a small batch, perfect for when you want to enjoy a delightful snack without leftovers.

Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this queso recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

  • Cheese: Use white American cheese to replicate that authentic Mexican restaurant-style queso. Its exceptional melting quality makes it ideal for a smooth, creamy dip. You can easily find white American cheese at your local market’s deli counter, available either in slices or as a block. Substitute with Monterey Jack for a different flavor profile.
  • Half and Half: My preference leans towards half and half rather than cream or milk, as it strikes a perfect balance in richness and texture for the queso. Use extra half and half in Clam Chowder or Coconut Cream Pie.
  • Salsa Verde: Choose a jarred brand that you enjoy. I personally recommend the Herdez brand for its flavor. Since this recipe is crafted for a small batch, using salsa verde is a convenient alternative to opening a can of peppers or chopping fresh ones. It adds the right amount of zest without the extra prep work. Consider using leftover salsa in Southwestern Black Bean Soup or Taco Casserole.

Recipe Variations

Experimenting with this white queso recipe can bring an exciting twist to your snack or meal. Here are some creative variations to try, each offering a unique flavor profile:

  • Spicy Queso: For those who love a fiery touch, add extra green chilies or diced jalapeños. This will give your queso a more intense heat and a deeper flavor.
  • Queso with Protein: Elevate your queso by stirring in cooked ground beef or chorizo. This addition transforms it into a hearty, meaty dip, perfect for a more substantial snack or meal accompaniment.
  • Rich and Creamy Queso: Swap out the half and half for heavy cream. This small change will result in a richer, more indulgent dip, adding a luxurious texture to your queso.
  • Herb-Infused Queso: Introduce fresh herbs like cilantro or green onions for a burst of freshness. This variation adds a layer of aromatic flavor that complements the creamy cheese beautifully.
  • Smoky Queso: A dash of smoked paprika can infuse your queso with a subtle smoky essence. This is ideal for adding a new dimension of flavor that pairs wonderfully with the cheese and chilies.
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How To Make White Queso

Creating this delicious white queso is easy and quick. Begin by gently combining the cheese, half and half, and salsa verde in a small pot. Place the pot on a low heat, allowing the ingredients to blend together seamlessly. Continuously stir the mixture until the cheese is completely melted and the dip reaches a smooth consistency.

This recipe is wonderfully adaptable to your personal taste preferences. Feel free to adjust the amount of salsa verde to either increase the zest or keep it subtle. The great thing about using salsa in this recipe is its versatility; any leftover salsa can be conveniently stored in the fridge. Use it as a ready-to-go dip or incorporate it into other recipes for an extra burst of flavor.

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Expert Tips

  • Storing Leftover Queso: If you find yourself with extra queso, simply store it in the refrigerator. Place it in an airtight container, and it will keep well for 3 days.
  • Buying White American Cheese: You can find White American cheese in the deli section of most grocery stores. It’s a key ingredient for achieving the classic, creamy texture of this queso.
  • Scaling Up the Recipe: If you’re catering to more people or just want a larger batch, this recipe can be effortlessly doubled. It’s a simple way to ensure there’s enough delicious queso for everyone.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I reheat queso?

Yes, reheat gently over low heat, stirring frequently.

How long can I store leftover queso?

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Can I add meat to queso?

Absolutely! Cooked ground beef or chorizo makes a great addition.

What can I serve with queso?

Tortilla chips, pita bread wedges, or even crudités like carrots and celery are all great options.

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

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Small Batch White Queso

5 from 16 votes
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 7 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
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!

Ingredients 
 

  • ¼ pound White American cheese
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • 1 tablespoon salsa verde
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Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

  • Storing Leftover Queso: If you find yourself with extra queso, simply store it in the refrigerator. Place it in an airtight container, and it will keep well for 3 days.
  • Buying White American Cheese: You can find White American cheese in the deli section of most grocery stores. It’s a key ingredient for achieving the classic, creamy texture of this queso.
  • Scaling Up the Recipe: If you’re catering to more people or just want a larger batch, this recipe can be effortlessly doubled. It’s a simple way to ensure there’s enough delicious queso for everyone.

Nutrition

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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23 Comments

  1. Jo says:

    Can you tell me what other cheese can I use in this recipe?

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      White American cheese is ideal because of its great melting quality but Monterey Jack works well too.

  2. Debbie Eymard says:

    Absolutely Love all your recipes. I do alter them for diabetes purposes but the recipes are very doable. Thanks for continuing to provide these recipes. 😊

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      I’m so happy to know our recipes are helpful to you.

  3. Phyllis says:

    I have looked and looked for the recipe for the free queso that’s served in Tex-Mex restaurants, any suggestions, I think it has a few onions, green chilies and corn starch. Would love to have that too. Thanks for your recipes. 💕