easy quest dip on a sheet pan surrounded by carrots, tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, and chips.
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
  • 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
  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*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 421mg 18%
Potassium 121mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 2g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 10.7%
Vitamin C 7%
Calcium 25.8%
Iron 2.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.