Queso Blanco

The best and easiest queso blanco recipe out there. This delicious dip is made in no time, and will be the perfect addition at your next get together, especially served with tortilla chips and veggies.

We always serve queso blanco as an appetizer at parties or game nights. It pairs really well with a veggie appetizer, like Fried Zucchini, and a meat appetizer, like Meatballs or Bacon Wrapped Smokies!

Queso Blanco dip garnished with herbs and tomatoes in white bowl

Best Queso Blanco Dip

We love dip in our family and always have at least one or two at every party. One of our favorites is Hamburger Queso – it’s easy, cheesy and made in the slow cooker. Another favorite dip recipe of ours is Queso Blanco – a white cheese dip that is a great appetizer!

To be honest, we think Queso Blanco is pretty much one of the most addicting dip recipes you’ll ever try! The best part about this recipe is it takes about 3-5 minutes to make – great for when you need an easy recipe prepping for a party.

We love to serve this dip at get togethers with warm tortilla chips. It’s also great with any Mexican meal and would be delicious served on tacos, burritos and chimichangas.

A roux in pan for queso blanco dipYou will create a roux for this recipe, which is a combination of fat (butter or oil) and flour which acts as a thickening agent.

How to Make Queso Blanco

As we mentioned, this queso cheese is made in about 5 minutes. To make it, begin by melting the butter in a pot. Whisk in flour until bubbly (this is creating the roux which acts as a thickening agent once the milk is added).

Add whole milk and stir until well combined. Add the garlic powder, onion powder and chili powder. Finish by adding cheese and mixing until smooth.

Garnish with tomatoes and cilantro right before serving.

If you notice the texture of the dip is off,  there may be a few reasons. Here are some ideas/fixes:

  • It was heated too quickly and/or cooked for too long. 
  • Your milk did not have enough fat—be sure to use whole milk or 2%
  • You used a pre-shredded cheese. These have an anti stick coating that can ruin the texture of your dip.
  • It cooled off. Keep the cheese warm otherwise it may begin to harden and solidify.

I never make this dip in the crockpot since it only takes 10 minutes to cook, however, I do use a small slow cooker to keep it warm! This is great if you’re leaving it out for people to snack on throughout the night.

Queso blanco dip melting in pan


What to serve with queso blanco? We love to use this recipe in many ways, but especially as a dip to serve with tortilla chips and veggies. We also like to use it on top of some of our favorite Mexican dishes, which include:

The warm, tasty cheese adds so much flavor to these dishes!

How to store? Leftovers of this dip can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Reheat using the microwave and add any more milk if needed if the dip has thickened up.

Queso Blanco dip topped with tomatoes in white bowl surrounded by tortilla chips

You will LOVE this recipe! It is so amazing and will definitely be a crowd pleaser. But like I said… it’s addicting so BEWARE (and don’t say I didn’t warn you!) 😉

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Queso Blanco Recipe

4.82 from 22 votes
The best and easiest queso blanco recipe out there. This delicious dip is made in no time, and will be the perfect addition at your next get together, especially served with tortilla chips and veggies.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 101 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese shredded
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder


  • Melt butter in a pan on low heat. Whisk in flour until bubbly.
  • Add whole milk and stir until well combined. Add garlic powder, onion powder and chili powder.
  • Add cheese and mix until smooth. Add cilantro and tomatoes right before serving and mix well.
  • Serve warm.

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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. 5 stars
    My family LOVED this queso! They are very particular about cheese and we were sick of finding recipes with velveeta. It was super easy and addictive.

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