Chili’s Queso Recipe

Copycat Chili’s Queso recipe 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 Queso Recipe is! Don’t forget your salsa and baked tortilla chips!!

Chili's Queso recipe in a cast iron pot

Chili’s Queso

Did you make it until midnight? I’m happy to report that we actually did!! Amazing, I know! All of us were awake at midnight and all of us were down and out for the count ten minutes after that, lol! Haha.

Even though our New Year’s Eve was filled with fun and appetizers, I still have a few appetizers I wanted to share with you this week that will be perfect for Superbowl coming up, like today’s recipe for Chili’s queso recipe.

The recipe is one the hubby wanted 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 salsa too, which I finally figured out how to make (for the recipe go HERE). 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!!) 😉

How to make chili’s queso

PREP. Cut Velveeta into cubes.

COMBINE + HEAT. Place in medium pot with remaining ingredients. Stir and heat until all cheese is melted.

ENJOY! Serve immediately.

Tips, Variations + SToring info

Dipping options:

  • Scoops are the best for picking up the dip, but average tortilla chips work well.
  • Vegetables such as celery and carrots
  • Crusty bread  or breadsticks
  • It can also be poured over tacos or nachos

Spicier: To make it spicier you can increase the amount of cumin and/or cayenne pepper. You could also consider topping the queso with sliced jalapenos.

Crockpot method: Place Velveeta cubes and all other ingredients into a crockpot and give it a good stir. Cook on low for 1-2 hours, or until the dip is hot and smooth. Turn to the warm setting until ready to serve.

STORE this dish 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 Queso topped with cilantro and tomatoess

If you like Chili’s Skillet Queso then you’ll want to try these other dips/sauces too…

I’m happy to report that this recipe was super easy too which makes it even better in my book!

Chili's Queso Recipe

4 from 1 vote
Copycat Chili's Queso recipe 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 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 15 oz can Hormel Chili (no beans)
  • 3 tsp chili powder (less if you want it more mild)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp lime juice


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

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About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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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 🙂