This crockpot white queso dip is smooth, creamy and super easy to make! It's the perfect appetizer for game day, or just any weeknight that you're craving nachos!
What is Queso Dip?
The literal translation of "queso" in Spanish is just "cheese". But in Tex-Mex cuisine, queso dip is melty, cheesy, liquid gold that has a chokehold on millions of Americans (myself included). It's a staple appetizer at Mexican restaurants all over the US and now you can finally make it at home!
Sometimes it's called nacho cheese dip, sometimes queso fundido (which often has chorizo), but sometimes it's just called queso. No matter what you call it, it's absolutely delicious!
You just need a few simple ingredients to make this crockpot queso dip!
Cheese - A combo of white American cheese and pepper jack cheese is my favorite! It's the perfect balance of creamy and flavorful. Also, make sure to use blocks of cheese as opposed to pre-grated cheese! Pre-grated cheese contains additives to keep it from clumping together, but that also prevents it from melting smoothly in a dip.
Evaporated milk - Evaporated milk is the best for making cheese dip because it adds a concentrated flavor without too much extra liquid.
Green chilies - Mild diced green chilies are the perfect way to add tons of flavor and just a tiny bit of spice to the queso.
Pickled Jalapenos - These are optional (I prefer to leave them out) but if you want a spicier queso dip, you'll definitely want to add them in for a little extra heat!
Spices - I like to use a mix of garlic powder, cumin, and ancho chili powder. But you can use whatever you like!
Lime Juice - Both the green chilies and pickled jalapenos are preserved in acid, so they add a nice tang to the queso. So don't add lime juice until the very end after you've tasted it because you might not need anymore acid!
- Crockpot - I love using a small 3 quart crockpot for dips, but you can use a larger one if that's all you have.
- Slow cooker liners (for easy cleanup)
How to Make Crockpot Queso
Add the cheese, evaporated milk, green chilies, and spices to a small crockpot.
Cook on high for 2 to 3 hours, stirring every hour until it's melted and creamy.
Taste and add lime juice if desired.
Top the white queso dip with cilantro and enjoy!
What to Serve with White Queso Dip
This white queso dip is delicious as a game day snack or topping for tacos or nachos! I love to serve it over my chipotle beer braised beef tacos, or just dig into it with a big bag of tortilla chips!
Cook it low and slow and stir it often! I also recommend using a crock pot liner or spraying the insert with nonstick spray before cooking to ensure the cheese doesn't stick and burn.
Store the leftover queso dip in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Reheat in the microwave in 30 second intervals, until melty and heated through.
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Crockpot White Queso Dip
White Queso Dip
- 8 ounces white American cheese, cubed
- 8 ounces pepper jack cheese, cubed
- 12 ounce can evaporated milk
- 4 ounce can green chilies
- ¼ cup pickled jalapenos, optional
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon ancho chili powder, substitute regular chili powder
- 1-3 teaspoons lime juice, optional
- fresh cilantro
- green onions, sliced
- Add the cheese, evaporated milk, green chilies, jalapenos, and spices to a small crockpot.
- Cook on high for 2 to 3 hours, stirring every hour until it's melted and creamy.
- Taste and add lime juice if needed.
- Top the white queso dip with cilantro and enjoy!
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