Chile Con Queso Cheese Dip

Cheese dips with tortilla chips
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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6 Cups (24 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
80 Calories
6g Fat
3g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 Cups (24 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 80
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 158mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 4g
Calcium 112mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This chile and cheese dip is always a hit. It's the perfect dip to serve along with tortilla chips or vegetable sticks. 

The dip is made with two kinds of cheese along with diced tomatoes, mild chile peppers, and some cream. It's best served hot from a slow cooker or chafing dish.


  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with liquid
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped mild green chiles, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces American cheese, cubed
  • 8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Steps to Make It

  1. In a saute pan or medium saucepan medium-low heat, melt butter. Cook the onion until tender and translucent, stirring frequently.

  2. To the pan, add the tomatoes, chiles, and salt, mashing tomatoes with a fork. Simmer, stirring a few times, for about 15 minutes.

  3. Add the cheddar and American cheeses to the pan, stirring until cheese is melted. Stir in cream.

  4. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes.

  5. Serve the dip hot from a chafing dish, slow cooker, or fondue pot.

  6. Serve chile con queso dip with corn chips or vegetable dippers.


  • Saute a few tablespoons of chopped jalapeno or serrano pepper with the onion for a hotter dip.

  • Instead of cheddar cheese, add 8 ounces of a Mexican blend of cheeses or taco-seasoned shredded cheese.

  • Replace the diced tomatoes with about 1 1/2 cups of chunky salsa or a can of tomatoes with chile peppers.