Restaurant-Style Queso

restaurant style quesoI love a good copycat recipe. Whenever I go out to eat at a Mexican restaurant, I love ordering the queso. Does anyone out there not love a big bowl of gooey melted cheese?

Okay, well our grandmother doesn’t love a big bowl of gooey melted cheese. She doesn’t like cheese at all. She’s weird.

Most people enjoy queso like I do, though, so I decided to modify this queso blanco dip pin from Pennies on a Platter (pinned by Linda Henderson).

I liked the end result, but be warned – this recipe makes a ton of queso. It would be perfect for a party, just like this crab dip recipe, but for me, a lot of it went to waste because there’s only so much cheese one person can eat!

To make this recipe you need, about a pound block of cheese cut into small chunks, a small can of diced green chiles, milk, water, and cumin. Add all of the ingredients to a microwave-safe bowl.

Queso ingredients

The originally recipe called for chopped jalapenos and jalapeno juice, so if you like your queso spicy, you could add that in. I’m just a giant wuss when it comes to heat.

Microwave the mixture on high for a minute, stir, and repeat five times. So, essentially, you want to microwave for five minutes, stopping to stir every sixty seconds or so. About half-way through the process, this is what it will look like:

melting the queso

It’s chunky and does not look good at all. Have the faith! It gets smoother and starts to come together at the five minute mark. Go a minute longer if you need to.

Then simply get out the chips and dive in! I actually had some leftover chips from a recent trip to Chili’s, and they were perfect.

Restaurant Queso

Here’s the recipe to print:

Restaurant-Style Queso
  • 1 lb. block of cheese, cut into small chunks
  • Small can of chopped green chiles (or about ¼ cup)
  • ⅔ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup cold water
  • Pinch of cumin
  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on high for one minute. Stir.
  3. Repeat this process four to five more times.
  4. Serve immediately with chips.
If you like spicy food, you could add chopped jalapenos or jalapeno juice.


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One thought on “Restaurant-Style Queso

  1. I haven’t ordered a bowl of queso at a Mexican restaurant before. I do like that kind of cheese on nachos but with other things loaded on the nachos as well.

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