Queso Blanco Dip

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.

hand holding a scooped up bit of white cheese dip in a chip

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.

top down view of a bowl full of white queso dip, cilantro scatter on top, bowl is on a marble surface

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.

top down view into the slow cooker with rotel and queso blanco velveeta before heating

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 in my experience, but if not available you can substitute a 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes plus a 7 or 8 oz can diced green chiles. Another option is to use another brand of diced tomatoes and green chiles, but in this case I recommend adding an additional 4 oz can green chiles.
  • 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.
view of the beer being poured into a crock pot with the queso blanco recipe

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.

  • Jalapenos
  • Onion
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Black Beans
  • Corn
  • 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.

tostitos scoop filled with queso

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top down view of a bowl full of white queso dip, cilantro scatter on top, bowl is on a marble surface

Queso Blanco Dip

White queso dip with tomatoes, green chilies, and beer that is ready quickly for a perfect party food.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: queso blanco dip, queso blanco recipe, white cheese dip, white queso dip
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Authur: Erica
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 152kcal


  • 1 lb Queso Blanco Velveeta
  • 1 10 oz can Original Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles undrained
  • 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.


Calories: 152kcal

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