Spicy Christmas Queso

Christmas Queso Recipe

 The Spruce

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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 pot of queso (12 servings)

Queso may just translate to cheese, but here's it's a spicy, smooth, and highly addictive cheese dip. It is so simple to make and is a staple on many holiday appetizer table. 

The gooey dip is typically made from Velveeta and a can of Rotel tomatoes, but this Christmas version uses the queso blanco version of the cheese and extra diced green chiles are added in for a festive pop of red and green. If you can't find the queso blanco, regular old white American cheese can be used. Just buy the kind that does not have the little wrappers around them so you don't have to spend time peeling them off.

A crock pot is a great tool for this dip. When it's on the warming setting, it will keep the queso hot and smooth. A microwavable dish or a cast iron skillet will also do the trick. Serve this cheese dish up with tortilla chips or warm tortillas. Or you can just cover some tacos with it—it's hard to go wrong no matter how you serve it.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Velveeta Queso Blanco
  • 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and chiles (Rotel, hot, regular, or medium)
  • 1/2 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon diced jalapenos

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Christmas Queso Recipe
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  2. Chop the cheese into large square chunks. 

    Christmas Queso Recipe
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  3. Combine the cheese with the diced tomatoes, chiles, and lime juice. Do not drain the tomatoes unless you want the cheese dip to be extra thick. 

    Christmas Queso Recipe
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  4. Place the cheese mixture in your desired cooking vessel. This dish can be made using a crock pot, microwaveable casserole dish, or a cast iron skillet. If using a crockpot set it on low or high, depending on how fast you need that cheese in your mouth. Simply cover it and stir occasionally until it has been warmed through and no chunks remain. It should be very smooth. Keep the crock pot on "warm" and the queso will stay smooth for an entire party!

    Christmas Queso Recipe
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  5. If using a microwavable dish, microwave on high for 2 minute increments, stirring between each increment. Continue until the cheese is smooth.

    Christmas Queso Recipe
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  6. If using a cast iron skillet, heat it on medium heat, add in the cheese mixture, and stir frequently. The cheese will brown the easiest using this method, so keep a close eye on it and stir to prevent burning. 

    Christmas Queso Recipe
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  7. For additional spiciness, add freshly diced jalapenos. 

    Christmas Queso Recipe
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  8. Serve with tortilla chips!