No need to visit your favorite Mexican restaurant to enjoy delicious queso dip! This creamy white queso dip only has five ingredients, and is so easy to make.

We eat at Mexican restaurants several times each month! I know it’s not authentic. But, I always crave the white cheese dip that you can find at Mexican restaurants here in the Midwest. I’ve been experimenting at home to make an easy white queso dip recipe like this one for several years!

an overhead photo of white queso dip

This Easy White Queso recipe uses white American cheese, which you can find at your deli counter! The deli will be happy to cut you the perfect hunk of cheese to make this smooth cheese dip.

I like to bring this queso dip to parties and serve it alongside taco dip or cowboy caviar salsa and a BIG bowl of tortilla chips. Delicious!

an overhead photo of queso blanco dip with sliced jalapenos

This recipe is a queso blanco dip, hence the white American cheese. But, if you want to make a yellow cheese dip, you can use high quality American cheese from the deli!

separated ingredients for white queso dip

I know what you’re thinking. “This lady is telling me to use American cheese in this Mexican cheese dip?” Well, yes, I am. And you’ll have to trust me that it makes a smoother cheese dip!

Need more recipes for upcoming Taco Tuesdays or Cinco de Mayo? I like to serve this easy queso blanco dip with these recipes: The Best Pollo Asado Tacos | Baked Baja Fish Tacos | Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas with Green Sauce | Fried Egg Chilaquiles Verdes

An overhead photo of white queso dip with tortilla chips

There are so many ways to enjoy this white cheese sauce! Here are a few of my favorites:

If you need to accommodate a vegan guest, don’t stress! This Vegan Queso recipe is pretty easy to make, and tastes fantastic.

an overhead photo of diced jalapenos being sauteed in a pan

Recipe Substitutions:

When making this cheesy dip, there are several substitutions you can try!

  • Substitute heavy cream for the half and half
  • You can also substitute 8 ounces cream cheese and 8 ounces milk for the pint of half and half
  • Use half white American cheese and half Monterey jack cheese OR half pepper jack cheese
An overhead photo of white american cheese being melted for Mexican Cheese Dip

Serving Suggestions

I love to serve this yummy homemade queso with tortilla chips, of course! Add to the festive feeling by making a Mezcal Margarita, or this Cantitos cocktail that is kind of like a Paloma!

Optional Additions

This is YOUR homemade queso dip, so feel free to experiment with it! The simple ingredients in this recipe will give you a great base! I especially love adding green chilies to the mix. Here are a few additions that I’ve tried:

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3.5 ounces green chiles
  • 1/2 cup fresh pico de gallo or chunky salsa
  • a can of the original Rotel tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound of cooked, crumbled ground beef to make a simple chile con queso
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or onion powder
A photo of a tortilla chip being dipped into queso dip

Storing Leftovers

Store in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator

an overhead photo of white queso dip topped with jalapenos

5 Ingredient White Queso Dip

Yield: Roughly 3 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

No need to visit your favorite Mexican restaurant to enjoy a delicious queso dip! This creamy white queso dip only has five ingredients, and is so easy to make.


  • 1 tablespoon fresh jalapeno peppers, diced fine
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeno juice (from jar of jalapeno slices)
  • 1 pint half and half
  • ¾ pound white American cheese, cubed
  • ½ teaspoon taco seasoning

For garnish (optional)

  • fresh jalapeno slices and/or fresh cilantro
  • diced tomatoes
  • crumbled queso fresco


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add fresh jalapenos and sauté for 2-3 minutes until they begin to soften.
  2. Add the jalapeno juice. Cook until it just starts to begin to boil, then turn the heat to low.
  3. Add the half and half and stir.
  4. Add the cheese and allow it to melt into the half and half on low heat. Whisk constantly to keep it from scorching, until melted through, 3-5 minutes. 
  5. Remove from heat and add taco seasoning. Stir and taste.
  6. Serve warm with your favorite tortilla chips for dipping.


Yes, you can make this in the slow cooker! Just add all of the ingredients to your crockpot, then heat on low heat for 3-4 hours before serving.
If the dip is too thick, add a splash of milk. You may need to do this when reheating leftovers.

Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 91Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 22mgSodium 256mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 0gSugar 3gProtein 4g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app and may be incorrect.

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