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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!

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. (Along with my sweet cream cheese wontons.)

You can even make this in the Crock Pot AND up to 2 days ahead of time. Score.

Ingredients

  • Ground Beef- See below for other meat options. You can also go meatless if you prefer.
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes – Optional
  • Pale Ale– I like to use Tuckerman Pale Ale. See below for beer substitution options.
  • Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Velveeta- If you try to substitute another cheese it won’t be as creamy, stick with Velveeta if you can.
  • Rotel Tomatoes- Can sub regular diced tomatoes
  • Black Beans
  • Red Onion

How to Make it

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

4.98 from 35 votes
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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • In a large, high-walled skillet over medium heat, brown and crumble the ground meat, adding in desired amounts of salt and pepper.
  • Once it’s nice and brown, drain any excess grease, toss in the crushed red pepper flakes and add the beer. Let the beer reduce for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add in the cheese and let it melt and simmer, stirring occasionally.
  • Once the cheese is melted, stir in the beans, red onions, and cilantro. Add the tomatoes and some of the juice from the can, only if you want it to be a little thinner in consistency. If you've already reached your desired level of thickness, don't add any juice.

Crock Pot Instructions

  • Brown the meat and drain the grease first, then add all remaining ingredients. 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!


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Notes

Crock Pot Method

  • 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.

Nutrition

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

Recipe Adapted from The Cookie Rookie

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142 comments on “Velveeta Queso – (Cowboy Queso!)”

  1. I just wanted to thank you for this recipe. Our 17yr. old is so addicted to this. If she had her way we would have it every night I think.

    • Hey Heather! I’m so happy to hear that, I feel the SAME way about this dip, hahaha! I can’t even think about it, I just want to go make a batch! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this nice comment! -Stephanie

  2. Could this be made in the oven? 

    • Hi Avery, this recipe requires that you brown the meat which needs to be done on the stove top as it cooks and crumbles. From there the beer needs to be added and needs to reduce as the other ingredients are added. The mixture should be stirred as the cheese melts as well. That being said, if you do that on the stove top until the mixture is combined and melted, you could cover an oven-safe skillet with foil and place it in the oven to keep warm until ready to serve. I would probably keep the oven on at 200 degrees or so.

  3. Can this be frozen? Thank you!

  4. This is my go to dip and the one I’m always asked to bring.  I do use cheddar cheese sauce instead of velveeta and add in some shredded cheese that I have on hand.  I love the flavor the beer adds and to combat some of the spicy (cause we love spicy)  I add in a can of corn.  So glad I found this recipe!

  5. I just made this at my husband’s request for cheese dip after he came home from Costco with an absurd amount of Velveeta blocks. After reading through a few recipes I decided on this one, but did have to use a few substitutions.
    I used some spicy chicken sausage in lieu of the ground beef and (because the meat was already spicy) I omitted the red pepper flakes – and my family doesn’t appreciate spicy as much as I do. I used the beef broth suggestion instead of the beer and subbed in cheddar for the pepper jack. It came out great! Despite using spicy sausage and Original Ro-Tel, the dip came out very mild. If I want to make a medium spicy version next time I would use the hot Ro-Tel and maybe extra red pepper flakes. 

    • I’m happy to hear the Queso was a hit!😀 I’m glad you were able to adjust the spiciness. My husband loves spicy and me and my daughter not so much so we always have to make adjustments. Thanks so much for the review!

    • Can I use any beer or is there something else I can substitute for the beer. 

      • The info in the post has to is info, I’ll paste it here-

        “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.”

  6. Couple of things. This is really good. Word to the wise, check your box of Velveeta as it’s most likely a 2 lb. box. I also added another half box. So, what I thought was 1.5 lbs was 3 lbs. Cheesy!!!! Still really good. I also went ahead and put the whole can of beans in. This was even better reheated.

  7. How many servings is this recipe? Thanks I’m advance!

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