Appetizer | October 19, 2018

Queso Blanco (White Mexican Cheese Dip)

Prep: 10 min | Cook: 20 min | Yield: 8 servings

Easy, creamy, and flavorful queso blanco white Mexican cheese dip. All this savory dip takes is a frying pan and a microwave.  Whip up this tex-mix favorite in under 30 minutes for an appetizer everyone will love.

Queso Blanco Mexican White Cheese Dip on a wooden cutting board with chips, veggies, and chicken.

What Cheese Should I Use To Make Queso?

Queso is generally made from American cheese. The name  Queso Blanco is used to describe the appearance of this dish, but the appetizer does not include queso blanco cheese, which is a soft crumbly Mexican cheese. So for this dish – use American!  You can pick up White American Cheese by the pound at the deli counter.

Queso Blanco Mexican White Cheese Dip on a wooden cutting board with chips, veggies, and chicken.

What Do I Need To Make Queso Blanco?

The most important ingredient in queso blano is the queso! You will want to select white American cheese as your base.  American cheese melts like a dream and is smooth and creamy.  The other ingredients you’ll need are:

  • bell pepper
  • jalapeno
  • poblano pepper
  • bunch of cilantro
  • purple onion
  • whole milk
  • salt
  • paprika
  • cayenne pepper

Pro Tip: Purchase White American Cheese at the deli counter of your grocery store.

Ingredients for making Queso Blanco Mexican White Cheese Dip on a wooden cutting board.

How Do I Make Mexican Cheese Dip?

  1. Start by heating a few tablespoons of oil in a frying pan.  Add peppers and onion and cook on each side until slightly charred and softened.
  2. Transfer peppers and onion to a high powered blender and pulse until peppers resemble a large mince.
  3. Place minced pepper mixture in a large bowl along with minced cilantro.
  4. Melt cheese and milk in the microwave for about 3 minutes – stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Pour cheese over top of peppers and cilantro and stir until combined.

Step by step photos for making Queso Blanco Mexican White Cheese Dip

What Do I Serve Queso Blanco With?

Queso blanco goes great with:

Queso Blanco Mexican White Cheese Dip on a wooden cutting board with chips, veggies, and chicken.

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Queso Blanco Mexican White Cheese Dip on a wooden cutting board with chips, veggies, and chicken.
Queso Blanco
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Creamy and smooth white cheese with a kick of poblano, jalapeno, and bell peppers.  Perfect for chips or veggies!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cheese dip, white queso dip
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 193 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 12 oz. white American cheese
  • 3/4 c whole milk
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red bell pepper stem and seeds removed
  • 1/2 poblano pepper stem and seeds removed
  • 1/2 jalapeno stem and seeds removed
  • 1/4 purple onion
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
Instructions
  1. Preheat frying pan with 1 tbsp oil over medium heat. Grill bell pepper, poblano pepper, jalapeño pepper, and onion until softened

  2. Place in a high power blender and pulse until peppers are a small dice.

  3. Place diced veggies and minced cilantro into a medium sized bowl.  Add salt, paprika, and cayenne.

  4. Chop white American cheese and place into bowl. Pour milk in. Microwave until melted (about 3 minutes), stirring every 30 seconds.

  5. Pour melted cheese over pepper mixture. Stir until well-combined. Serve in heated crock pot, or other warmer to keep warm.

Recipe Notes

White American Cheese can be purchased at the deli counter of your grocery store.

Nutrition Facts
Queso Blanco
Amount Per Serving (4 tbsp)
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 794mg 33%
Potassium 120mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 2g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 15.2%
Vitamin C 20.3%
Calcium 47%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I love cheese dips. And Mexican cheese. And Mexican anything. I had planned to buy this blender when someone have me a nutribullet a belated wedding gift. It’s great that it’s free but it’s no Blendtec! This recipe looks delish.

  2. Thanks for posting this. I’ve been on the lookout for a good queso recipe that doesn’t include Velveeta so I’m excited to try this!