Chipotle Pumpkin Queso Dip

Chipotle pumpkin queso dip recipe

​The Spruce Eats / Victoria Heydt

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 4 mins
Total: 9 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
247 Calories
17g Fat
11g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 247
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 1184mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 24mg 121%
Calcium 372mg 29%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 391mg 8%
*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.)

Chipotle, pumpkin, and cheese come together in the deliciously spicy, and velvety dip. It's the perfect fall party snack, with pumpkin puree perfectly complimenting the smoky chipotle peppers.

Some may sneer at Velveeta, but it really makes the perfect base for any Mexican style cheese dip. You can also substitute with American cheese. They both will maintain a creamy texture without separating.


  • 1 pound Velveeta cheese

  • 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained

  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree

  • 2 canned chipotle chile peppers

  • 2 teaspoons canned adobo sauce, from chipotle chiles

  • Tortilla chips, for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Chipotle pumpkin queso ingredients
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  2. Cut the Velveeta cheese into roughly 1-inch cubes and place the cheese into a microwave-safe bowl.

    Cut cheese
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  3. Add the can of Rotel tomatoes and chiles, including the juice from the can, to the cheese. Then, add the pumpkin puree. Stir gently to just combine.

    Add can of rotel
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  4. Chop the chipotle chiles into a fine dice and add them, plus 2 teaspoons of the adobo sauce from the can, to the cheese mixture. Stir the mixture.

    Chop chipotle
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  5. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat for one minute. Remove from the microwave carefully and stir. Microwave for one minute intervals, stirring in between until the cheese has completely melted and is hot.

    Place bowl in microwave
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  6. Serve the queso with tortilla chips or vegetable sticks. If the cheese becomes firm after serving, simply microwave for another minute. 

    Queso and chips
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  • You can easily find canned chipotle peppers in most grocery stores. Check the imported aisle if you can't find it with the taco ingredients. The chipotles are packed in a smoky adobo sauce that has a delicious and unique flavor that tastes amazing in this cheese dip. A little goes a long way, so you only need 1 to 2 teaspoons of the sauce. Some chipotle peppers are hotter than others and there is really no way to tell when you buy the can. Taste them before adding if you are worried about them being too spicy. You can also avoid adding the seeds from the chile if you want to cut down on the heat.

Recipe Variations

Canned pumpkin puree tastes delicious in this recipe, but you can also make a homemade one as well. Roast the pumpkin, scoop it out and add to the cheese sauce. You can also replace the pumpkin for butternut squash puree or even sweet potato. They all have similar textures and flavor profiles.