Best Texas Queso Recipe: A Cheese Dip Recipe With Roots in Two States Appetizers

Katie Smith
a year ago

Born and raised in TexasCalifornia became my home last year. Queso is a staple in Texas homes and restaurants, but it's hard to find here. 

When I get homesick and need some cheese dip in my life, this is my go-to queso recipe. With ground meat, three cheeses and cream, it's a Texas two-step above most Mexican cheese dip recipes. Buy plenty of tortilla chips because you won't be able to stop eating it. 

Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 12


  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey (I used ground turkey)
  • 1 packet (1 ounce) taco seasoning 
  • 1/2 diced red onion
  • 16 ounces processed cheese (I used Velveeta)
  • 1 can (10 ounces) tomatoes with green chiles, undrained (I used Rotel)
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • pico de gallo, for serving
  • fresh chopped cilantro, for serving
  • tortilla chips, for serving

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Brown the meat in a skillet. Add the taco seasoning packet and following package directions. Set aside.
  2. In the same pan, cook the red onion until soft. 
  3. Add the processed cheese and tomatoes with green chiles. Stir until melted. 
  4. Add the pepper jack and white cheddar. Stir until melted.
  5. Add the meat back into the pot. 
  6. Pour in the heavy cream. Cook until heated through. If too thick, add more heavy cream until desired consistency.
  7. Transfer to a serving dish and top with pico de gallo and cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips.

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Comments (3)

Donna John
This sounds absolutely delicious! Will have a big bowl in front of me during the next playoff games. Katie Smith
Elisa Schmitz
What a crazy delicious recipe, Katie Smith ! My mouth is watering just looking at it. Thanks for sharing the YUM!
Perfect game-day indulgence...
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