This Mexican white cheese dip recipe is similar to white cheese sauces served in many delicious Mexican restaurants.  It is so delicious and so versatile.

A large white platter filled with tortilla chips with a small bowl of the Mexican white cheese dip in the middle topped with diced tomatoes and fresh cilantro

You are going to love this super simple Mexican Restaurant White Sauce.

The Best White Mexican Cheese Dip Recipe

Our family loves this easy queso blanco recipe. It has become a tradition to serve it during any football game and on Taco Tuesdays around here. If I don’t serve this Mexican white cheese dip recipe with our tacos I’m going to have some upset children.

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Mexican White Queso Dip Recipe:

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This queso blanco recipe is very kid friendly and will be a nice surprise to your family gatherings. It is a nice change from the normal velveeta cheese dip.

If you cannot find American cheese, I suggest you go to the deli counter at the grocery store to buy it.

Ask them to slice it for you, so you can break it into your saucepan and help it melt faster.

White American cheese is actually better priced than Velveeta, and it makes an amazing creamy white queso dip.

A small bowl of white cheese dip topped with tomatoes and cilantro with tortilla chips next to the bowl

What type of pan do you need for this recipe?

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Now to make your life easier, I highly recommend a double boiler to melt your cheese. It will go much smoother and will melt more evenly and you don’t have to stress about the cheese accidentally burning.

You don’t have to use a double boiler for this recipe. You can use a small saucepan, just make sure to watch it closely as you’re preparing this cheese to ensure that the cheese does not burn on the bottom of the pan.

Ingredients to make this easy white cheese dip recipe

Ingredients for White Queso Recipe:

  • White American Cheese – I find this at the deli counter at my local grocery store. If you cannot find it, you can use Velveeta Blanco in this recipe instead.
  • Milk – I usually use milk as it makes this cheese dip creamier. You can use heavy cream or half and half as well.
  • Butter – Don’t skip the butter and make sure to use a high quality butter not margarine for this recipe. I prefer Land O Lakes butter but any 100% butter will work great in this recipe.
  • Green Chiles – I use the canned ones and they work awesome. You can use fresh diced fresh green chiles as well if any are available in your area.
  • Cumin – Don’t skip the cumin in this recipe. It’s add the perfect flavor to this dip recipe that you will miss! If you don’t have cumin, check out Best Substitute for Cumin.
  • Garlic Salt – Garlic powder would work as well. If you use garlic powder, I recommend using ¼ of the total amount.
  • Cayenne pepper – I just use a pinch and this recipe and it adds a little zip. You can use more or less depending on how spicy you enjoy your dip recipe! If you don’t like cayenne check out our Best Cayenne Pepper Substitute.
A tortilla chip dipped into the white cheese dip

How to make Mexican White Cheese Dip

  1. Place cheese, milk, and butter in a sauce pan. Heat over low heat.
  2. Heat until melted – stirring frequently to ensure that the cheese doesn’t stick or burn to the bottom of the pan.
  3. Stir in the green chillies, cumin, garlic salt, and just a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  4. Add more milk if you want the dip to be thinner or if the dip is too thin, you can continue to heat it on low until the sauce thickens to your prefer.
  5. Serve immediately with tortilla chips, tortillas, and your favorite Mexican dish.

What kind of cheese is needed for Queso Blanco:

To make the traditional Mexican restaurant style queso blanco, use white American cheese.

It melts the best. You can also mix in a small amount of Mozzarella, pepper jack, or Monterey jack to enhance the flavor. Buy the block and then hand shred it for a spicy but smooth cheese dip.

Close up of a small bowl full of Mexican white cheese dip topped with diced tomatoes and chopped cilantro

Tips for this White Cheese Dip:

  • Heat on Low – You don’t want the milk to over cook in this recipe as this will cause your cheese dip to be grainy so ensure that you are simmering the dip and watching it closely so that the milk does not over cooke.
  • Stir, Stir, Stir – This cheese dip does need to be stirred frequently so that the dip does not burn and melts evenly.
  • Control your Spice Level – Everyone likes different level of spice in this cheese dip recipe. If you like spicier foods, add more cayenne or stir in some diced jalapeños to increase the spice level of this dip.

Can this dip be made in a crock pot?

Yes, this dip can be made in a crock pot. Crock Pot White Cheese Dip is great to make for parties as the crock pot will keep the dip warm for you.

A bowl of white cheese dip with chips next to it

Variation ideas:

  • Mix in 1 cup cottage cheese for a different flavor to this cheese dip recipe.
  • Consider topping with ½ cup queso fresco before serving.
  • Replace the green chilies with a can or Rotel to add in some diced tomatoes.
  • Top with diced tomatoes and jalapeños right before serving.
  • Add in brown ground beef or sausage to add some meat to this delicious dip recipe.

How to Store this Dip:

If you have any dip leftover, you can refrigerate the dip in an air tight container for up to 3-4 days or freeze the dip in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.

To reheat, defrost the dip out if frozen in your refrigerator, then add a splash of milk and microwave in 20-30 second intervals stirring between each interval until the dip is heated through and warm.

Print this queso blanco recipe below:

The Best Mexican White Cheese Dip

4.87 from 576 votes
This is the Best Mexican White Cheese Dip recipe. An Authentic queso dip that tastes just like the Mexican Restaurant white sauce. Your entire family is going to love this queso blanco.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 10
Cuisine American, Mexican
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Calories 100
Author Carrie Barnard

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound white american cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk maybe more if you want it thinner
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 4 oz can of green chili’s
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • .125 tsp cayenne pepper – a pinch

Instructions

  • Place cheese, milk, and butter in a sauce pan over low heat.
  • Heat until melted – stirring frequently.
  • Stir in the green chillis, cumin, garlic salt, and the cayenne pepper. Remember, it doesn’t take much cayenne.
  • Add more milk if you want it thinner.
  • Serve immediately with chips, tortillas, and your favorite mexican dish.

Nutrition Facts

Serving 10z, Calories 100kcal, Carbohydrates 1g, Protein 4g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 26mg, Sodium 494mg, Potassium 50mg, Vitamin A 285IU, Vitamin C 3.9mg, Calcium 248mg, Iron 0.3mg

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  1. I used mostly american cheese, but put some pepper jack also. I also did a couple of pinches of cayenne pepper. It was good, but I’ll add more cayenne when I heat the leftovers and add some chopped serrano peppers. I just thought it would be spicier.

  2. Could this sauce be used for Mac and cheese. Leadbelly has an awesome queso Mac and cheese and this sounds like it could work. Any thoughts? Much appreciated

  3. Any tips to prevent it from hardening up after it’s been served and out on a table?

  4. 5 stars
    I am a queso fanatic! I love chips and dip of any kind. I have followed many recipes and tried my own variations and hands down THIS IS THE ONE!! I love it! Who would have thought white American would be the best cheese?! So many recipes call for a different versions of Mexican melting cheeses, but they have no Flava! Love it! Thank you thank you!!

  5. Delicious! Love love love this cheese. I’m not a cheese eater bye any mean’s, yet this recipe is delicious. Thank you for sharing ?

  6. This recipe sounds delish! I’m having a Mexican fiesta bday party and will be making.
    For a crowd of 15-20 ppl. Should I 3X the recipe?!

    Thanks in advance for you response!

  7. About to make and realized it doesn’t say whether or not to drain the chili’s. Do you drain or no?

  8. 5 stars
    My mom was really wanted Queso and chips…my son looked up this recipe and made it for her. Fortunately I had all the ingredients….this is truly amazing…she loves it…

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