The Best Queso Dip Recipe Ever

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Delicious, Quick, and Easy Queso Dip

Learn which two ingredients you can easily add to the classic Velveeta and Rotel tomatoes recipe to take your queso above and beyond all others.

Queso dip made with Velveeta cheese and Rotel canned tomatoes is a classic, casual party dish. Despite its humble ingredients, which are nothing but a hunk of "processed cheese food" and a can of tomatoes, queso dip (or just plain "queso," as it is often called) is usually the most popular dish in the room. I was attending a party once where the hostess had hired a chi-chi restaurant to provide gourmet catering. A neighbor walked in with a crock pot of this and a bag of tortilla chips, and suddenly the guests were huddled in the kitchen, scarfing down chips and dip, while the gourmet food on the buffet went cold and uneaten.

Add Just Two Extra Ingredients for the Best Queso Ever!

I have taken the classic queso recipe just two ingredients further by adding cilantro and green onions. My "improved" recipe may take an extra five minutes or so to make, but the dip is still super quick and easy to throw together. The addition of cilantro and green onions is so simple, but it makes a big difference in the taste of the queso.

Among my friends I am known as the one who makes the "best queso ever." I don't believe in keeping secret recipes, or handing out recipes with certain important steps or ingredients conveniently missing. I am happy to give recipes out to anyone. I have shared this simple queso trick with so many friends, but for some reason they insist that they don't make queso as well as I do, and that only I should make and bring queso to parties. I've tried telling them the secret, but they think because it tastes so good it must be difficult or time consuming to make. They don't seem to realize that truly anyone can make this queso in a snap. Try this recipe for yourself and see if your friends start thinking you have magical queso powers as well.


  • 1 lb. Velveeta cheese, either regular or 2%
  • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions


  1. Cut the Velveeta cheese into chunks, about 2" each.
  2. Place cheese chunks in a large glass or ceramic bowl, and add the can of Rotel (undrained), the cilantro and the green onions.
  3. Microwave at 50% power for 2 or 3 minutes, then stir. Repeat this step 2 or 3 more times until cheese has melted and all ingredients are evenly blended.
  4. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.


Rotel tomatoes with green chilies, or just plain "Rotel" as we call it here in Texas, are available in mild, original, or hot. I usually use mild; choose your preference.

As the queso cools, it will harden. To remedy this, add a splash of milk, reheat at 50% for a minute or two, and stir until milk is evenly blended.

Did you make this queso? If so, please rate it!


Diana F. King-Fyre :: DECEASED, 1962-2014, Rest in Peace from Cuzco, Peroo on January 20, 2014:

A mission-style burrito has cilantro-lime rice, plain cooked beans, seasoned shredded meat, fresh salsa, fresh corn, lettuce, cheese, and some other taco-type condiments if you want, like sour cream, regular salsa, guacamole. They're huge when you roll them up, you really need to have a completely empty digestive tract before you eat one. Do you have the chain restaurant Chipotle? They serve these. Sometimes I order them vegan without the meat and dairy. We make them at home sometimes and do it like a taco bar, everyone goes to the counter and fills up their burrito with what they want.

Writing all that really gave me a craving so I'm gonna have to fast for a few days to prepare.

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on January 19, 2014:

So what is a mission-style burrito? We don't got no fancee Californy Mexican food here. My poor neighbor from California. She is Jonesing bad.

Diana F. King-Fyre :: DECEASED, 1962-2014, Rest in Peace from Cuzco, Peroo on January 19, 2014:

I love California-style Mexican food like the mission-style burritos. I don't care if it's not real Mexican. It's funny that when you eat in Asian restaurants in the US, a lot of the cooks are Latin Americans. But when you go to a Latin American restaurant up in Canada, the cooks are usually Asian.

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on January 19, 2014:

Good or bad, I am crazy for Tex-Mex. I could eat Taco Bell every day. I'm sure it is disgusting compared to true Mexican food, but even bad Tex Mex is good in my book. My newest obsession is something called El Viajero Mexican Dipping Cheese. It is made in Wisconsin, LOL. If you live where it is available, you should try it! My friends still love this queso recipe best, but I am liking the El Viajero better these days. You have to get the jalapeno version, though. It is the best. With the Julio's tortilla chips (https://hubpages.com/hub/Julios-Tortilla-Chips-Rev... it is to die for.

Diana F. King-Fyre :: DECEASED, 1962-2014, Rest in Peace from Cuzco, Peroo on January 19, 2014:

I always wondered why they call it queso or queso dip when the primary ingredient isn't eaten outside the US and Canada. An indignant Latin American once told me "Do not call THAT queso!" You'll have to use your imagination to supply the sexy accent.

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on September 05, 2013:

Thanks for the positive comments, everyone. I don't mean to blow my own horn, but everyone always tells me this is the best! I hope you all love it!

bestentryDSLR on September 05, 2013:

Good recipe. I love the queso at Chili's. I think I'll have to try my own.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on January 23, 2012:

another great recipe.. I love your recipes. You cook like I do.. thanks.. book marking

AlmostLola on March 22, 2011:

This sounds so good! Thanks for sharing!

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on September 03, 2010:

Thanks Patd, I was eyeing your porkchops recipe. They sound delish!

patdmania from waterford, mi on September 03, 2010:

This sounds very easy and good! I can't wait to try it out. Thanks!!!!

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