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Velveeta Queso – (Cowboy Queso!)

This Velveeta Queso is loaded with smooth Velveeta and everything a Cowboy dreams of, including Beef, Beer, Black Beans, and more.

Pair this with my homemade salsa and guacamole, and try my easy White Queso recipe next!

A hand dipping a tortilla chip into a skillet filled with Queso Dip with black beans, beef, and tomatoes.

Velveeta Queso

We have been making this Velveeta Queso dip for years, it instantly became one of our favorite recipes when we first made it.

Of all of my appetizer recipes, I think I’ve made this one the most.  You can even make this in the Crock Pot AND up to 2 days ahead of time. Score.

How to Make it

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Brown the ground beef and drain any excess grease.  Add beer and simmer for 4-5 minutes.

Ground Beef in a skillet with beer being added to make queso dip.

Add Velveeta and Cheddar Jack Cheese, let it melt and stir until smooth.

Add Black Beans, Cilantro, and Red Onions. Stir to combine.

A skillet with cheese being melted and cilantro, onions, and black beans being added to make queso dip.

Add Rotel tomatoes and any excess tomato juice until desired consistency is reached.  Stir to combine and serve!

Tomatoes being added to a skillet full of Cowboy queso dip.

PRO TIP: I like to use my 10-inch cast iron skillet for this recipe. Cast iron conducts heat really well and makes everything super flavorful.

Meat Variations

  • Ground Turkey, Ground Sausage, and Bacon are all great meat variations!
  • OR- You can go meatless if you’d like!

Beer Substitutes

  • Chicken or beef broth make great beer substitutes in this recipe.
  • Root beer or coke adds interesting flavors in place of beer as well.

Crock Pot Method

Can you make Velveeta Queso in the Crock Pot? Absolutely!

  • Brown the meat first, then add all remaining ingredients. Heat on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-5 hours.

This is the Crock Pot that I have which allows you to sear/brown meat on the stove top within the crock pot dish which eliminates cleaning an extra pan. It also automatically switches to warm if once the time is up!

Make-Ahead Method

This is an excellent dip to fully prepare ahead of time.

  • After it’s prepared, let it cool, and refrigerate it in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 
  • Reheat it over low heat on the stove top and serve once heated through.
  • This dip also fits perfectly in this 1.5 quart crock pot. Be sure to stir it on occasion if reheating in this crock.

A bowl filled with queso dip with black beans and tomatoes, with a hand dipping a tortilla chip in it.

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A hand dipping a Tortilla Chip into Velveeta Queso

Velveeta Queso

4.99 from 69 ratings
This Velveeta Queso recipe is filled with smooth Velveeta cheese, Rotel tomatoes, black beans, beer, beef, and so much more! Otherwise known as Cowboy Queso, this loaded dip is sure to please!


  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes, optional
  • 3/4 cup Pale Ale, I use Tuckerman Pale Ale
  • 1/2 cup Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
  • 16 oz Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1 14.5 oz. can Rotel Tomatoes, partially drained
  • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  • Cook and crumble the ground beef over medium-high heat in a large, high-walled skillet. Drain any grease once cooked through.
  • Add in the crushed red pepper flakes, salt/pepper, and beer. Let the beer reduce for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Add in the cheese and let it melt, stirring occasionally.
  • Once the cheese is melted, stir in the beans, red onions, and cilantro.
  • Add the tomatoes. You may also add some of the juice if you prefer a thinner consistency.
  • Let it continue to heat through for about 5 minutes, then serve!

Crock Pot Instructions

  • Brown the meat and drain the grease, then add all remaining ingredients to the Crock Pot. Heat on high for 2 hours or on low for 4-5 hours.
    This is the Crock Pot that I have which allows you to sear meat on the stove top within the crock pot dish which eliminates cleaning an extra pan. It also automatically switches to warm if once the time is up!


Beer Substitution Options:
  • Chicken or beef broth make great beer substitutes in this recipe.
  • Root beer or coke adds interesting flavors in place of beer as well.


Calories: 352kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 66mg, Sodium: 1276mg, Potassium: 489mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 860IU, Vitamin C: 0.7mg, Calcium: 519mg, Iron: 1.5mg
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259 comments on “Velveeta Queso – (Cowboy Queso!)”

  1. Substituted chorizo for beef, used Monday Night Blind Pirate IPA for the beer, and put the whole thing in our slow cooker on low for about an hour. Result was amazing, another winner from one of my favorite cooking sites.

  2. With the beer, can kids eat this or is it a strong alcohol flavor? Wanting to make a Queso for my kids bday party (4 & 1). 

    • Hi Haylee!! There isn’t a strong flavor in my opinion, I’ve had readers comment that their kids really loved it! There are alternative options to beer as well, in case you didn’t see those, just as another option! Enjoy!! 🙂

      -Chicken or beef broth make great beer substitutes in this recipe.
      -Root beer or coke adds interesting flavors in place of beer as well.

      • Or “zero” beer can be used, just to give it the authentic flavor. There are many nonalcohol beers to choose from these days.

      • Yup! But this reader was wondering about the flavor of the beer itself, which would be a concern with non-alcoholic beer as well.

  3. This recipe replaced my other crock pot queso recipes. It’s so delicious!

  4. Best queso EVER! Love love love! Thank you! 

  5. Made it for the first time and it’s a hit!

  6. Loved this recipe!  Can u freeze it?

  7. We use Gardein beef crumbles and beef broth and it’s so good!

  8. Hi. I only could find diced tomatoes 14/5 ounces hunt company or Rotel tomatoes with green chiliesv10 ounces. Which one should I use? Thank you!

  9. Best dip, my family loved it, will be in my game day and party rotation recipes. YUMMY!

    • I’m so happy your family loved it Stephanie! It really is such a great game day/party food. We make it every year for the Super Bowl. Thanks so much for the review!❤️

  10. Absolutely amazing! Best queso recipe I’ve had! My husband and my son and his friends love it! 😊

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