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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 8 ounces white American cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
  • Sliced jalapeños, for garnish
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

Recipe Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add diced onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in minced garlic and diced jalapeño, and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add shredded white American cheese, white cheddar cheese, half-and-half, ground cumin, and chili powder to the saucepan. Stir continuously until the cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Transfer the queso dip to a serving bowl and garnish with chopped cilantro and sliced jalapeños.
  6. Serve immediately with tortilla chips for dipping.

Kitchen Equipment Needed

  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Serving bowl

How to Store Leftovers

If you have any leftover White Queso Dip, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave until warmed through, stirring occasionally to maintain the creamy texture.

Food and Drink Pairings

This White Queso Dip pairs perfectly with a variety of foods and beverages. Try serving it alongside:

  • Freshly sliced vegetables such as bell peppers, carrots, and cucumbers
  • Crisp tortilla chips or homemade pita chips
  • Cold beer or a refreshing margarita for a festive touch

Recipe Tips and Variations

  • For extra heat, leave the seeds in the jalapeño or add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the dip.
  • Want to make it extra indulgent? Add cooked crumbled chorizo or diced cooked bacon to the dip for a flavorful twist.
  • Feel free to customize the cheese blend based on your preferences. Monterey Jack, pepper jack, or mozzarella cheese would all work well in this recipe.


Can I make this dip ahead of time? Yes! You can prepare the dip up to a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Simply reheat it gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

Can I freeze leftover queso dip? While you can technically freeze queso dip, the texture may change slightly upon thawing. It’s best enjoyed fresh, but if you do decide to freeze it, store it in an airtight container and thaw it in the refrigerator before reheating.


With its creamy texture, bold flavors, and easy preparation, this White Queso Dip is sure to become a staple in your entertaining repertoire. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply indulging in a cozy night in, this irresistible dip is guaranteed to be a hit. So gather your ingredients, whip up a batch, and get ready to impress your guests with this deliciously addictive appetizer. Don’t forget to share the recipe and subscribe to our blog for more mouthwatering recipes and entertaining tips!