Appetizer Recipes

Queso Dip

Here’s a philosophical quandary for you: if there’s no queso at a game day party, is it even a game day party? For us, no sports-related snack spread would be complete without a vat of cheese for our crunchy dunkables, whether it’s a traditional queso fundido, the jarred stuff — or this hot, bubbly number.

We make it with Velveeta (naturally), as well as pepper Jack cheese, Cholula hot sauce, green chiles, and diced tomato. It’s everything a queso should be: savory, creamy, and decadently melty. For garnish, we like cilantro and green onion — those bright pops are the perfect foil to the rich, salty cheese.

Of course, queso dip is awesome with tortilla chips (we like Chicas, the winner of our tortilla chip taste test). And it pairs marvelously with just about any game day drink (though we especially love it with a nice, frosty cerveza with lime). The best part? Queso simmers up in a hot 15 minutes, so you can make it right before everyone shows up. That way, the cheese will still be bubbling when you set it on the snack table. Score!

Servings: 8 to 10

Queso Dip



Queso Dip


1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
​​1 yellow onion, small-diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño, seeds removed, small-diced
16 oz Velveeta cheese, cut into 2” pieces
½ cup whole milk
8 oz shredded pepper Jack cheese
2 Tbsp Cholula hot sauce
4 oz canned, diced green chiles
1 tomato, seeded, small-diced
¼ cup minced cilantro, plus more for garnish
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground Gelson’s black pepper, to taste
2 green onions, thinly sliced, for garnish
Tortilla chips, for serving


  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add the onions, garlic, and jalapeños, and sauté until fragrant and tender, 3 to 4 minutes.

  2. Add the Velveeta cheese and stir continuously until the cheese is melted.

  3. Add the milk, stirring until incorporated.

  4. Stir in the pepper jack cheese, a handful at a time, making sure it’s melted and smooth between each addition.

  5. Stir in the Cholula hot sauce, green chiles, tomatoes, and cilantro. Season with salt and black pepper, and garnish with green onions and additional cilantro.

  6. Serve warm with tortilla chips.

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