Queso Dip with corn tortilla chips around the bowl.

Homemade Queso Dip

There’s no mood or occasion that cheese can’t improve, am I right? This Homemade Queso Dip recipe is perfect for an evening at home with your family or a gathering amongst friends. 

4.43 from 14 votes
Queso Dip with corn tortilla chips around the bowl.
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Homemade Queso Dip

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Snack
Servings: 10
Calories: 110kcal


  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes , finely diced
  • 1 (4-ounce/113-gram) can green chilies
  • ½ teaspoon (1.5 g) onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon (1 g) cumin
  • ½ teaspoon (1 g) cayenne pepper (more or less, to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon (0.75 g) garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon (7.5 g) cornstarch
  • 1 (12-ounce/354-milliliter) can evaporated milk (regular, not low fat)
  • 8 ounces (227 g) extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons (7.5 g) chopped fresh cilantro
  • Fine sea salt , to taste


  • Add the butter to a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat.
  • Once the butter is melted and hot, add the garlic and sauté 20 seconds to 1 minute or until fragrant. Do not brown.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, green chiles, onion powder, cumin, cayenne, and garlic powder to the saucepan. Mix well and cook until the tomatoes are softened, about 2 minutes.
  • Once the tomatoes are soft, stir in the cornstarch and then whisk in the evaporated milk. Bring to a boil, whisking occasionally.
  • When the milk has come to a boil and has slightly thickened, turn off the heat. Add the cheese and whisk until smooth. Stir in the fresh cilantro and season with salt, to taste.
  • Serve immediately with gluten-free tortilla chips.


• Shred your own cheese from the block. The anti-caking ingredients in pre-shredded cheese may prevent the cheese from melting properly, resulting in a cheese sauce that isn’t smooth.
• Store leftovers in the refrigerator. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave. If the queso becomes too thick after reheating, thin it with a little milk, as needed.


Nutrition Facts
Homemade Queso Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 157mg7%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 414IU8%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 168mg17%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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