Chili’s Skillet Queso

Copycat Chili’s skillet queso takes just minutes to make!! It’s not only simple but it’s delicious and addicting.

If you’ve had the bottomless Chips, salsa, and queso at Chili’s restaurant, then you’ll know just how good this Chili’s skillet queso is! Don’t forget your Salsa and Baked Tortilla Chips!!

Chili's skillet Queso recipe in a cast iron pot.

So Cheesy!

We love appetizers, especially at holidays and special events like the Super Bowl. Dips are always a go to appetizer and this Chili’s skillet queso is a must.

The recipe is one the hubby wanted and has been dying for me to try. Every time we go to Chili’s he orders the queso and loves it! He knew we could find a copycat version and we did, and it taste JUST LIKE Chili’s version.

I LOVE the Chili’s Salsa as well. We only made one minor adjustment but we are so glad that we can now make the queso recipe and salsa at home without going to Chili’s (since going to a restaurant with 6 kids isn’t so easy these days!!)

Tortilla chips served with salsa and guacamole.

Made in Minutes

Skillet queso is as easy as dump and heat!

COMBINE. Cut Velveeta into cubes. Place in a medium pot with the remaining ingredients.

HEAT. Stir and heat until all cheese is melted.

Serve immediately.

Crockpot method. Place all ingredients into a slow cooker and give it a good stir. Cook on low for 1-2 hours, long enough to let the cheese melt and become hot and smooth. Turn to the warm setting until ready to serve.

Copycat Chili's salsa in a white bowl served with tortilla chips and lime wedges.

Recipe Tips + Storing Info

Make a perfect Chilis skillet queso or change it up a bit with any of these tips and suggestions.

Dip Chili’s queso in:

  • Scoops are the best for picking up the dip, but normal Tortilla Chips work well.
  • Use vegetables such as celery and carrots.
  • Cut up crusty bread or Breadsticks.
  • Pour over Tacos or Nachos.

Spice. To make it spicier, increase the amount of cumin and cayenne pepper, or consider topping the queso with sliced jalapenos.

Beef it up. Brown ground beef and mix it into the cheese dip.

Garnish. Top Chili’s queso recipe with chopped tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, and sour cream. 

A Velveeta substitute can be made using 3½ cups of sharp cheddar cheese, ½ cup of milk, and ¼ cup of sour cream.

  • Add these three ingredients to the saucepan and bring them to a boil. Add the remaining recipe ingredients and follow the recipe instructions. If needed, add more cheddar cheese to help thicken the dip, or milk to thin it out.

STORE Chili’s copycat queso in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Reheat individual servings in the microwave or larger servings in the crockpot until warmed through.

Chili's skillet Queso topped with cilantro and tomatoes.

Recipe FAQ

Are there beans in Chili’s queso dip?

There are no beans in this queso dip so be sure to use Hormel Chili- No Beans.

What cheese can I use instead of Velveeta to make Chili’s queso dip?

You can make a Velveeta substitute using sharp cheddar cheese, milk, and sour cream. See the above post for more instructions.

Can I freeze leftover Chilis queso dip?

The Chili’s skillet queso dip is best when freshly made or when stored in the fridge. However, you can freeze the dip for later just note that it may take on a slightly different texture. To reheat, heat it slowly over low heat stirring frequently. Add a little extra milk to help smooth out the texture.

For more delicious dips, try:

Chili’s Skillet Queso Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Copycat Chili's skillet queso takes just minutes to make!! It's not only simple but it's delicious and addicting.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 200 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


  • 16 oz Velveeta Cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 15 oz can Hormel Chili (no beans)
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder (less if you want it more mild)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


  • Cut Velveeta into cubes. Place in a medium pot with the remaining ingredients.
  • Stir and heat until all cheese is melted.
  • Serve immediately.

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  1. Oh my. Please stop with these amazingly delicious looking dishes! I’ve already made a handful of yours and my waistline needs a break. (hee hee)

  2. That looks AMAZING! Can’t wait to try it out on my recipe guinea pig (also known as my hubby!)
    Thanks to you, I also plan on getting a food processor just so I can make the hummus I keep seeing floating around your blog! We’re obsessed with hummus and that would be so much more affordable!

  3. Delicious!! I’ve made something similar before, but I never added extra seasonings. Your recipe looks and sounds delicious. Thanks so much 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I love Chili’s skillet queso & this tastes just like it, even better actually!! It’s super cheesy & delicious!! I have made it so many times now!

  5. 5 stars
    Who can resist queso! This was gone in a flash, everyone loved it. I have had so many requests to make it again, I think my family would eat it every single day if they could!

  6. 5 stars
    I dont think ive ever put paprika in my queso, and I love it! thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe

  7. 5 stars
    I avoid velveeta so I appreciate the substitute using cheddar cheese that is provided in the post. It probably turned out a bit different than the actual Velveeta it still tastes great.