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A hand dipping a tortilla chip into White Queso Dip garnished with Pico De Gallo and cilantro.
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White Queso Dip (Quick & Easy!)

Learn how to make White Queso Dip in just 15 minutes for an easy appetizer idea with just a few simple ingredients!


  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 2 Tablespoons yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 Tablespoons red pepper, finely diced
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, I use salted
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 lb. American cheese, high quality-see notes


  • ¼ cup Pico De Gallo
  • ¼ cup Cilantro, roughly chopped


  • Note: Heating this over a double boiler (which you can easily make yourself at home) is the best way to achieve a consistently even temperature for super smooth results. You can then transfer it to a cast iron skillet, serving bowl, or mini warmer prior to serving. (Affiliate links to double boiler and mini warmer in Notes section below.)
  • Sauté the peppers and onions in 1 Tbsp. butter over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  • Add the half and half to a skillet or double boiler over medium heat. Gradually add the American cheese, (feel free to cut them into smaller squares for easier melting). Stir the cheese as it melts.
  • Once melted and smooth, stir in the sautéed vegetables. Remove from heat. Garnish with Pico De Gallo and cilantro and serve immediately.


This double boiler is perfect for making this dip as it provides consistently even heat for melting without burning or cooking too quickly. This mini warmer is great for serving it.

I recommend using a high quality brand of American cheese. Boar’s Head is great in this dip. You can use sliced cheese or ask the deli for a pound that you can cut into cubes at home.

For even faster dip, skip the sautéed vegetables and stir in about 1/3 cup of drained Rotel Diced Tomatoes with Green chilis prior to serving.

This dip is great alongside some guacamole and homemade salsa.


Calories: 357kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 96mg, Sodium: 1363mg, Potassium: 170mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1079IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 835mg, Iron: 1mg