Appetizer | April 25, 2019

Easy Queso Dip (Cafe Rio Copycat)

Creamy and easy queso dip – flavored with tomato, jalapeño, onion, garlic, and green chilies. This Cafe Rio copycat is the perfect dipper for your next fiesta.  Pair it with veggies, chips, and tortillas for the ultimate party platter.  Made in minutes, this queso will be your new go to appetizer.

This post is sponsored by La Tortilla Factory – all opinions are my own.

easy queso dip on a sheet pan surrounded by carrots, tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, and chips.

What Is Queso?

The name of this dip is a little confusing – because the meaning of the word “queso” is literally “cheese”.  But queso as a recipe – refers to the tex-mex dish of melted cheese with spices or salsas mixed in.  Queso is usually made from cheeses that melt well – like American cheese.  Which is what we will be using for this recipe.

easy queso dip on a sheet pan surrounded by carrots, tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, and chips.

What Do I Need To Recreate Cafe Rio Queso At Home?

You’ll need:

  • american cheese
  • cream cheese
  • canned diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • cilanto
  • lime
  • jalapeno
  • roma tomato
  • onion
  • garlic
  • salt
  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • cayenne

Easy queso dip ingredients.

How Do I Made Easy Queso Dip?

  1. In a blender combine onion, garlic, jalapeño, cilantro, tomato, lime juice, and canned tomatoes with green chilies.
  2. Pulse until blended, with small chunks remaining.  Add salt to taste.
  3. Combine American cheese and cream cheese in a medium bowl.
  4. Microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds – strirring every 30 seconds – until smooth.
  5. Add 1 cup of the contents of your blender (save the rest as a yummy salsa!), cumin, and chili powder. Stir until smooth.
  6. Return to microwave and cook 30 seconds to marry flavors.

Easy queso dip being made.

What is Queso Served With?

Queso is most commonly served with tortilla chips, but is is also great with veggies and as a topping on burritos, tacos, and salads.

easy quest dip on a sheet pan surrounded by carrots, tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, and chips.

One of my favorite things to serve with queso are tortillas!  Particularly La Tortilla Factory Handmade Style.  La Tortilla Factory are our absolute favorite because of their handmade taste and because they are non-GMO.  They also don’t break like other tortillas – these guys are soft and flexible.  We love eating them as is with our queso – this a trick I learned from a local Mexican restaurant.  But they are also perfect for making your own chips!  I cut them up, spray with a little avocado oil, sprinkle with salt – and then crisp in the oven or air fryer.  Delicious!

You guys need LTF in your life – check out their store locator to find where you can pick up their tortillas – available in 5 flavors and 3 sizes.

easy queso dip on a sheet pan surrounded by carrots, tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, and chips.

If you want to impress your guests – serve this queso alongside our fresh salsa, our healthy guacamole – and load up your tray with dippers.  We PROMISE you will have a room full of happy tummies!

easy queso dip on a sheet pan surrounded by carrots, tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, and chips.

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Easy Queso Dip (Cafe Rio Copycat)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
13 mins
 

Creamy and easy queso dip - flavored with tomato, jalapeño, onion, garlic, and green chilies. This Cafe Rio copycat is the perfect dipper for your next fiesta.  Pair it with veggies, chips, and tortillas for the ultimate party platter.  Made in minutes, this queso will be your new go to appetizer.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cafe rio queso, easy queso dip, queso with rotel
Servings: 10
Calories: 132 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 roma tomato
  • 1 jalapeno seeds removed
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 10 oz canned tomatoes with green chilis
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt to taste
  • 8 oz american cheese like velveeta
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
Instructions
  1. Combine onion, roma tomato, jalapeno, cilantro, canned tomatoes with green chilis, and garlic in a blender. 

  2. Pulse until blended, but small chunks still remain.  Add salt to taste.

  3. Dice American and cream cheese into 1 inch cubes.  Place in a medium sized bowl

  4. Microwave cheeses for 2 minutes 30 seconds - stirring every 30 seconds - until smooth.

  5. Add one cup of blender mixture to melted cheese.  Add chili powder and cumin.  Stir until smooth.

  6. Return to microwave and cook 30 seconds to marry flavors.

  7. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

What is Queso Served With? 

Queso is most commonly served with tortilla chips, but is is also great with veggies and as a topping on burritos, tacos, and salads.

One of my favorite things to serve with queso are tortillas!  Particularly La Tortilla Factory Handmade Style.  La Tortilla Factory are our absolute favorite because of their handmade taste and because they are non-GMO.  We love eating them as is with our queso - this a trick I learned from a local Mexican restaurant.  But they are also perfect for making your own chips!  I cut them up, spray with a little avocado oil, sprinkle with salt - and then crisp in the oven or air fryer.  Delicious!

Nutrition Facts
Easy Queso Dip (Cafe Rio Copycat)
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cups)
Calories 132 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 421mg18%
Potassium 121mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 535IU11%
Vitamin C 5.8mg7%
Calcium 258mg26%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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