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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

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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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Recipe Adapted from The Cookie Rookie

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

  1. Do you have to use the beer? Can you leave it out?

    • Hi Molly- Here’s the information from the blog post! 🙂
      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.

  2. How could I do this in a 3qt. crock pot?

    • Hi Colleen! Browning the meat and reducing the beer needs to be done on the stove top. You could transfer the finished product to a crock pot and keep it warm though 🙂

  3. This is my  5th or 6th time making it. We devour it every time. The best batch I made was with deer meat. Oh my gosh it was next level! I also add a touch of cumin. Thanks for the recipe!

    • I’m so happy you’ve been enjoying the Velveeta Queso Katherine! I bet it’s so good with deer meat. My husband loves venison, he’d definitely be into that! Thanks so much for the great comments!🩷

  4. This dip is delicious. Definitely a keeper. The only change I made was I used Velveeta white queso cheese instead of the regular Velveeta. I also doubled the recipe and I am so glad I did because everyone loved it and was going back for more. I put out tortilla chips and pretzel bites with it.

  5. Made this today, I subbed Johnsonville ground chorizo for the beef, used fresh(from dry) black beans. I left out the red pepper flakes as I used chorizo ,and subbed Blue Moon light sky for the beer. Great recipe!!! Simple,easy and quite tasty! Thanks for posting-this one’s a keeper!

  6. Can you use white queso already made in place of the velveta? Thank you!

    • Hi Linda, it’s hard to say without testing it and knowing exactly what the consistency of the queso is that you’re planning on using. If it’s a similar consistency to Velveeta, you should be good! 🙂

  7. Hi, can you substitute the beer for a different kind like miller lite? Thanks!

  8. Looks like a great cookbook.

  9. This is one of my absolute favorite dips! I’ve made it several times and am obsessed! It’s great for football weekends. Then add it to a baked potatoes during the week! Yummy! Thank you!

  10. Very easy recipe added sausage with the ground beef and pepper jack and beef broth instead of beer… over all would make it again.

    • Adding sausage and Pepper Jack make such great additions, my husband would really appreciate the heat from the pepper Jack! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review!💗

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