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Homemade Queso Dip

This easy to make Homemade Queso Dip is packed with flavor.  With red onion, tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeños combined with pepper jack and sharp cheddar cheese, you’ve got a delicious cheesy dip that will be a crowd favorite.

Confession: I like football, but I LOVE football food.

I get excited whenever a big game roles around and it is time to plan the menu.

First up: something cheesy, comforting, and totally indulgent.

But just because we are indulging for a big night, doesn’t mean we have to whip out the processed cheese. Seriously, have you ever read the ingredient list?

Um, thanks, but I’ll pass.

Instead, I like to stick with real food, like today’s Homemade Queso Dip.

This splurge-worthy dip is packed with flavor. You can serve it with gluten-free (and preferably organic) tortilla chips, but I also love it drizzled over veggies. I limit the peppers so that the boys will eat it, but if you are serving just adults feel free to add more.  Another alternative for a kick of heat, is to add in a finely chopped chipotle chili pepper at the end.  Two if you really want to spice things up!

That is what I do when I am making it for grown-ups only.  Sometimes I will even make a hot batch and a milder one.

Speaking of making two batches, this dip doesn’t make a ton.  This is intentional – this isn’t the kind of thing I want to have leftovers of because you-know-who (me) will hide it under the kale and save it all for herself.

So if you are entertaining a crowd, you may want to double the recipe.

I like to keep this Homemade Queso Dip warm in a slow cooker or even a fondue pot.  (If you happen to be like me and still channel the 70’s with fondue night now and then.)    It is definitely best served warm.

Homemade Queso Dip in a white bowl garnished with red onion, tomato, and cilantro.

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How to Make Homemade Queso Dip

Photo of the ingredients for a Homemade Queso Dip.

  1. First you need to gather your ingredients.  You will need olive oil, milk, grated cheddar and pepper jack cheese, red onion, chopped jalapeno and serrano peppers, cilantro, tomato, gluten free flour and salt.
  2. Combine a tablespoon of the chopped red onion, tomatoes and cilantro in a small bowl and set aside.  (This will be used to top the queso dip.)
  3. Heat oil in a pan and add the remaining red onion, peppers and salt.  Cook for about 5 minutes, until tender.Photo of peppers and red onion being cooked for a Homemade Queso Dip.
  4.  Add the flour and cook for another minute, stirring often.Photo of milk added to the cooked vegetables for a homemade queso dip recipe.
  5.  Whisk in the milk and bring to a simmer.  Cook for about 5 minutes, until the sauce begins to thicken.Photo of cheese being added to a homemade queso dip.
  6. Add the cheese and cook over low heat until the cheese is melted.
  7. Remove from heat.Photo of a Homemade Queso Dip in a Sauce Pan.
  8. Stir in Cilantro and if you want a little heat, add a diced chipotle chili pepper.

Photo of a cooked queso dip recipe with a chipotle chili pepper being added in.

Frequently Asked Questions for Homemade Queso Dip:

How do you make queso with meat?

  • The easiest way to make meat with queso is to stir in 1/2 pound seasoned and browned ground beef or chorizo to the finished queso dip.

What kind of cheese is in queso?

  • Traditionally, queso is made with a white American cheese or Queso Blanco, which is a soft unaged fresh cheese. However, you can use any type of cheese to make a queso dip! (As I have done here.)

Tools for Making Queso Dip

Side photo of Homemade Queso Dip in a white bowl with tortilla chips on a white platter behind it.

Homemade Queso Dip

Homemade Queso Dip

This easy to make Homemade Queso Dip is packed with flavor. With red onion, tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeños combined with pepper jack and sharp cheddar cheese, you’ve got a delicious dip that will be a crowd favorite.

Course: Appetizer

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Homemade Queso Dip

Servings: 8

Calories: 154 kcal

Author: Wendy Polisi


  • 1/4 cup diced red onion divided
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 serrano chile pepper minced
  • 1 red jalapeno pepper minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon gluten free flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup grated pepper jack cheese
  • 1 1/4 cup grated sharp cheddar


  1. In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon red onion, tomatoes and 2 tablespoons of the cilantro. Set aside.

  2. Melt the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add remaining red onion, serrano pepper, jalapeño and salt. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.

  3. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and cook for one more minute, stirring often. Whisk in the milk and bring to a simmer. Continue cooking for 5 more minutes, until the sauce starts to thicken. 

  4. Add the cheese and cook over medium low heat until it is melted. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with the tomato mixture.

  5. Serve warm with chips and vegetables.

Recipe Notes

Variations for Homemade Queso Dip

  • Top with a drizzle of Sriracha.
  • Stir in 8 ounces of cooked and crumbled sausage.
  • Add in a can of drained green chiles.
  • Add in 7 1/2 ounces of fire-roasted diced tomatoes.

Serving Suggestions for Queso Dip

  • Organic Chips
  • Cut up vegetables – Jicama, radishes, cauliflower, and celery are good options.
  • If you have leftovers, pour them over a piece of toast.

Inspired by the Food Network

Tips for Making Queso Dip

  • If you are serving a crowd, you will want to double this recipe.  It doesn’t make much to start with, and it is one of those things that goes very quick.
  • If we are having something as heavy as this Homemade Queso Dip on game day, we will very often do appetizers only instead of a traditional meal.

Nutrition Facts

Homemade Queso Dip

Amount Per Serving

Calories 154 Calories from Fat 99

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 11g 17%

Saturated Fat 6g 30%

Cholesterol 31mg 10%

Sodium 255mg 11%

Potassium 128mg 4%

Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%

Sugars 2g

Protein 8g 16%

Vitamin A 8%

Vitamin C 7%

Calcium 25%

Iron 2.9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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