Queso Blanco Dip is easy to make and always a hit. With tomatoes, green chiles, and beer, this simple white cheese dip recipe has only four ingredients and is perfect for sharing. Directions for slow cooker, stove-top, and microwave are included.
So I have always prided myself on my Classic Queso with sausage. I learned to make that recipe when I lived in San Antonio decades ago, I have always made it the same way, and it is always LOVED.
But then a couple weeks ago, there was a thing in our neighborhood. A birthday party, and my neighbor made queso. I was sick in bed, but my husband brought me some tacos and chips and queso from the party hoping it would make me feel better.
His works, “I dunno honey, but this white queso dip might give your queso a run for its money”.
Okayyyy, but yeah it was really good. Like really good. So I asked my neighbor, and she shared with me her magic and I will hold that secret. But THIS recipe here is mine, inspired by hers.
What is queso blanco?
Queso blanco in Spanish means literally “white cheese”. Specifically which white cheese or how white queso dip is made is completely up to you and open to interpretation.
I have used Velveeta, smoked Gouda, sharp cheddar, cream cheese, and Monterey jack to make various cheese dips. There is always a way to make this work with the flavors you’re going for. Just, for the love of God, please never use American cheese YUCK.
This queso blanco recipe, with white Velveeta that melts smooth very quickly, is very similar to classic queso, but with a milder subtle flavor. So, we only add a bit of Rotel and some beer, and that’s pretty much it. Adding more ingredients would wipe out the delicate balance of flavor.
What are the white cheese dip ingredients
- Queso Blanco Velveeta. Find it with the rest of the Velveetas.
- Original Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles. There is nothing as good as Rotel, but if not available you can substitute a 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes plus an 8 oz can diced green chiles. Other brands of “diced tomatoes and green chiles” do not have the flavor Rotel has.
- Beer. I use beer in queso to give flavor and adjust consistency.
- Cilantro. Completely optional, and I don’t always add it myself. But I love cilantro so I’m listing it.
What kind of beer should you use?
I don’t pay so much attention to specifically what beer I am using when I make this recipe. Any light beer or lager will work. Unlike my Sausage and Stout Queso, you do not want a stout or dark beer for this recipe. We want a lighter, milder flavor so as not to overwhelm the other ingredients especially since Velveeta queso blanco cheese is so mild.
Ways to customize this queso blanco dip
You can add so many different things to make this your own.
- Fresh tomatoes
- Black Beans
- Sausage or chorizo
- Shredded chicken
You can also use this queso blanco recipe as a condiment! Burgers, fries, tater tots, breakfast hash, you name it. So go ahead, smother a burrito. Queso blanco is there for you.
If you love dips, here are more recipes
- Classic Velveeta Rotel Dip with Sausage. The ultimate crowd-pleasing party dip, my Rotel dip recipe is THE BEST.
- Roasted Poblano and Sausage Dip. Phenomenally flavorful, but not too spicy, perfect party dip.
- Super Simple Pizza Dip. With creamy cheese, marinara, pepperoni, and more cheese, this recipe comes together in a snap.
- Buffalo Bacon Chicken Dip. Traditional cream cheese chicken dip brought to a whole new level with bacon.
- Cheddar Bacon Crack Dip. With green onion, bacon, and cheese, this is a super easy, throw-together recipe perfect for on-the-spot entertaining.
- Vegan Caramelized Onion Dip. This recipe has delicate flavors of caramelized onion and wine.
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Queso Blanco Dip
White queso dip with tomatoes, green chilies, and beer that is ready quickly for a perfect party food.
- 1 lb Queso Blanco Velveeta
- 1 10 oz can Original Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles undrained
- 1/3 cup beer
- 1 tsp fresh cilantro chopped (optional)
Preparation in a slow cooker
Put all the ingredients in a small slow cooker.
Heat on high, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth.
Preparation on the stove-top
Put all the ingredients in a medium saucepan.
Heat on low/medium-low, stirring often, until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth.
Preparation in the microwave
Put all the ingredients in a microwave safe dish or bowl.
Heat on high for 1 minute, stir, and repeat until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth.
Use additional beer to adjust consistency, if desired. I prefer my queso a touch on the thinner side rather than real thick.
I let my kids eat this up as much as they want. I cook with beer or wine all the time and never worry about it as an ingredient.