Restaurant Style Queso Dip – just like your favorite Mexican restaurant! Spicy melted cheese – perfect for dipping tortilla chips or using as a topping for tacos or burritos!
Football is so close I can taste it! (Eww?)
I hope you have your kickoff party menu planned. If not, you should make this. Because there is nothing better than chips and queso.
I’ve been craving Mexican food like mad but really, what’s new? I’ve already told my husband that the day he gets home, we’re going to our favorite Mexican restaurant. I just can’t bring myself to go there without him. Plus, if he’s not there, I can’t order a margarita and what’s the point of going for Mexican if I can’t get a margarita?
And I know you’re all “Why don’t you just go to Chipotle?”
Because Chipotle doesn’t have queso.
So I’ve been making this queso blanco and then I have this whole thing that I do. I lay out chips in a single layer on a plate and put a spoonful of queso on each chip and then I top each one with a pickled jalapeño. And then I eat them with a glass of wine over Sonic ice. It’s my nightly routine.
Some people’s nightly routines consist of taking their makeup off and painting their nails. I eat chips and queso in bed at 1 am.
It is what it is.
This queso blanco really does taste like the stuff you’d find at your fave Mexican place. And it’s even better because you can adjust the heat to your liking.
It’s also super simple to make and I imagine you could put it in a small slow cooker on the warm setting to keep it warm all day.
If you love a meatier queso, my Queso Fundido is killer!
How To Make Restaurant Style Queso
- Saute onion and jalapeno until softened
- Add white American cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and heavy cream; stir until cheese is mostly melted
- Add fresh tomatoes and cilantro
- Add more heavy cream until it reaches desired consistency
- Serve hot with tortilla chips
More Mexican Recipes
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- Texas Tortilla Soup
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Restaurant-Style Queso Blanco
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ cup white onion, diced
- 1 large jalapeño, seeds and stem removed; minced
- 12 ounces white American cheese, shredded
- 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- ¼-2/3 cup cream, half-and-half, or whole milk
- 2 roma tomatoes, seeds removed and diced
- 1 small bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
- Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add onion and jalapeño; cook until softened, stirring frequently.
- Reduce heat to low; add cheese and ¼ cup of the cream. Stir until almost melted. Stir in tomatoes, cilantro, and additional cream a little at a time until it reaches your desired consistency.
- Serve hot with chips.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 346Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 897mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 17g
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Michelle at A Dish of Daily Life says
I need this recipe in my life! Mexican food is my favorite but I’ve never seen queso blanco in a restaurant here. Then again, where I live there isn’t too many great Mexican restaurant options. :( Our West where I grew up, now that is a different story. I am so excited to try this!
Michelle at A Dish of Daily Life says
Out West…apparently I can’t type this early in the morning…
I just made this. Thank you so much for the recipe. I’m from TX and I’ve only found “queso” (as we lovingly call it) in Tx and Virginia (I’m military). Live in lovely San Diego and they know nothing about it – at least the restaurants I’ve been to don’t!
Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says
Well, I don’t have any football parties lined up, but I definitely see the need to have this dip in my life!!! Bring on the chips and jalapeños because this cheesy dip is a must…even at 1 am!
Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron says
This is perfect football season food! I agree – nothing better than chips and dip for a kick off football party. Also loving your nightly routine – sounds about perfect to me! Sonic ice is the best :)
Thanks for the recipe. We are in Germany the land of very few Mexican Restaurants, whose idea of chips and cheese is stale Doritos. With the draw down, a lot of people aren’t thinking about our soldiers in theater and their families back home so much, but I still am. Hang in there.
Cate @ Chez CateyLou says
Ah this is such perfect football food! It looks amazing! I hope your hubby gets home soon so you can go get yourself a giant margarita with him!!
nicole @ I am a Honey Bee says
your nightly routine sounds awesome! ha!
I’ll take a bucket of this
Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch says
I hope it’s not the taste of smelly gym clothes your tasty! That would be awful..lol…This Queso looks AMAZING! I can never pass on Queso!
Christine@ Apple of My Eye says
Ahhhhh I think I would take eating queso and chips a million times over taking off my makeup and doing my nails. Why bother when you have deeeelicious and cheesy goodness?! Great recipe and photos!
Headed to the grocery store now… I gotta make this!
Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says
Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy are we not neighbors?! I would so come over and drink wine over Sonic ice and eat queso chips. The universe is so unfair. My neighbors are boring.
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says
Mmmm, this queso looks amazing! I am so ready for fall and football season to start so I can enjoy food like this! Pinned!
Cathy Perez says
I love dips, I love to munch so this dip is right up my alley, cheesy with a little spicy kick. Pinned!
Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
This queso definitely needs to go on our game day menu! My husband would devour this in no time!
I’m quite sure I could live off queso… and margaritas!! Love this recipe and your photos are always so good!