Chile Con Queso Cheese Dip

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  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6 Cups (24 servings)

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.

What You'll Need

  • 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

How 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.
  1. Serve the dip hot from a chafing dish, slow cooker, or fondue pot.
  2. 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.

Reader Comments

"This dip is amazing. We actually ended up using the Ro*Tel Tomatoes with Chilis, and then added some diced jalapenos. Huge Success!! Thanks." Jill

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 80
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Unsaturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 16 mg
Sodium 158 mg
Carbohydrates 3 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 4 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)