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Homemade Queso Dip

This easy to make Homemade Queso Dip is packed with flavor. With red onion, tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeños combined with pepper jack and sharp cheddar cheese, you’ve got a delicious dip that will be a crowd favorite.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Homemade Queso Dip
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 154kcal
Author Wendy Polisi


  • ¼ cup diced red onion divided
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 serrano chile pepper minced
  • 1 red jalapeno pepper minced
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon gluten free flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¾ cup grated pepper jack cheese
  • 1 ¼ cup grated sharp cheddar


  • In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon red onion, tomatoes and 2 tablespoons of the cilantro. Set aside.
  • Melt the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add remaining red onion, serrano pepper, jalapeño and salt. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and cook for one more minute, stirring often. Whisk in the milk and bring to a simmer. Continue cooking for 5 more minutes, until the sauce starts to thicken. 
  • Add the cheese and cook over medium low heat until it is melted. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with the tomato mixture.
  • Serve warm with chips and vegetables.


Variations for Homemade Queso Dip

  • Top with a drizzle of Sriracha.
  • Stir in 8 ounces of cooked and crumbled sausage.
  • Add in a can of drained green chiles.
  • Add in 7 ½ ounces of fire-roasted diced tomatoes.

Serving Suggestions for Queso Dip

  • Organic Chips
  • Cut up vegetables - Jicama, radishes, cauliflower, and celery are good options.
  • If you have leftovers, pour them over a piece of toast.
Inspired by the Food Network

Tips for Making Queso Dip

  • If you are serving a crowd, you will want to double this recipe.  It doesn't make much to start with, and it is one of those things that goes very quick.
  • If we are having something as heavy as this Homemade Queso Dip on game day, we will very often do appetizers only instead of a traditional meal.


Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 255mg | Potassium: 128mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 5.8mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 0.5mg