Queso Blanco

This delicious queso blanco 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. Of course, we serve it with our Homemade Tortilla Chips or Baked Tortilla chips!

Best Queso Blanco Dip

We love dip in our family and always have at least one or two kinds at every party.

A favorite dip recipe of ours is Queso Blanco (white cheese dip)!

To be honest, we think Queso Blanco is pretty much one of the most addicting dip recipes you’ll ever try and we love that it’s a staple at many Mexican restaurants.

The best part about this recipe is it takes about 5 minutes to make – great for when you need an easy recipe prepping for a party.

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

A roux in pan for queso blanco dip

How to Make Queso Blanco

As we mentioned, this queso cheese is made in about 5 minutes. Here is what you’ll need:

  • butter
  • flour
  • whole milk
  • garlic salt
  • 1onion powder
  • chili powder
  • ground cumin, optional
  • white American cheese (white American cheddar cheese)
  • diced Green chiles
  • cilantro, chopped
  • tomatoes, chopped

ROUX. Melt butter in a pan on low heat. Whisk in flour until bubbly (this is creating the roux which acts as a thickening agent once the milk is added).

COMBINE. Add whole milk and stir until well combined. Add green chilis, garlic powder, onion powder and chili powder (or more of any of these for more spice). Add cheese and mix until smooth.

GARNISH. Garnish with tomatoes and cilantro right before serving.

Queso blanco dip melting in pan

RECIPE TIPS

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 Queso Blanco dip in the crock pot 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.

VARIATIONS:

  • Add some heat by including some minced jalapenos, more chili powder or a can of Rotel instead of the tomatoes and diced green chilies
  • Change up the cheese by using your favorite or other Mexican cheeses
  • Add cooked ground beef or chorizo to make it more hearty (similar to our Hamburger Queso Dip)

MORE TIPS + FAQ

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.

You will LOVE this white queso sauce! 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!) 😉

For more queso recipes + dips:

Queso Blanco Recipe

4.89 from 26 votes
This delicious queso blanco 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

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp garlic salt (with parsley flakes)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin, optional
  • 1 cup White Sharp American cheddar shredded
  • 1 4 oz. can diced green chilis
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomatoes chopped

Instructions
 

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

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**This recipe was updated on 3/28/22 – We made it better and yummier!

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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.

    1. Yea it does taste like chipotles queso and imo that stuff is not good. It’s better than this though. Grainy and no flavor.

    1. The same thing happened to me. I was wondering if I should have added the cheese sooner. I Make my own cheese sauce and it’s always so creamy.

  2. im wanting to make this for the Daughters 2nd birthday. We like to do Taco Bar birthdays because they are so stinking easy! but my question is if i double batch it and there are left overs does it work reheated? i dont want to run out but i also dont want to throw a bunch of food away at the end if i dont have to

    1. Taco bars are the best!! 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. Have fun & enjoy!!

  3. I find the best and easiest way to thicken potato soup is using the instant potato flakes for making mashed potatoes. I was mashing the potatoes for the copycat Panera’s soup recipe when I realized it was much easier to just dump some potato flakes in. It works great for loaded baked potato soup too.

  4. Terrible! Grainy and no flavor. I’m from Texas and this is not queso. I should have known when it started out w butter and flour. This is more of a twist on an Alfredo type sauce.

  5. 5 stars
    This tasted so amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing this super easy to make queso blanco recipe! Fam really loves it! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

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