Queso Blanco

I don’t think it’s much of a secret that I’m a fan of cheese. Cheese pizza, cheesecake, cheese fries, grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese, cheese and crackers…the list goes on and on. But melted cheese in particular definitely holds a special place in my heart.

This dip takes only minutes to prepare and it is an addicting appetizer, snack, or side dish to your dinner. Better yet, pass on dinner and just munch on this dip. It’s irresistibly good. I have never ordered Queso Blanco from a mexican restaurant before, but without fail, I scarf down enough chips and salsa to be too full for dinner. This is along those same lines-so good that you can not stop eating it!

The heat from the jalapeno is subtle, definitely not too intense. The blend of Monterey Jack and White American cheeses is absolutely perfect, velvety smooth. The tomatoes, onions and cilantro are great components and add just the right flavors to the cheese. Believe me it would be a hit at any party.

Note: You’ll see that one of the ingredients is white American Cheese. If white American Cheese was foreign to you too, don’t let it throw you for a loop. You can find it in most local grocery stores in the deli section. Ask them to slice it thick so that it’s easier to grate.

Here’s what you’ll need. I accidentally got thinly sliced white American Cheese. No biggie, cheese is cheese.

Start by dicing an onion.

Then seed and devein your jalapeno, the heat is mostly in the seeds and ribs. Finely dice that too

Remove the seeds from a tomato. Every last one. There are very few things I dislike more than tomato seeds!

Chop the tomato up

Ok now it’s time to grate the cheese.

Heat oil in a pan and start cooking the onion and jalapeno until tender, about 5 minutes

Then pour in the milk

Add in the star of your show next- CHEESE!

Roughly chop some cilantro. A few tablespoons worth will do ya

Once the cheese is melted, add the tomatoes and cilantro. Add milk, a little at a time, until you reach the right consistency

This looks just about right!

Serving it in a warm bowl helps to keep the cheese gooey and melty. Eat up!


  1. Carolyn says

    Trying to think of the next possible excuse I can find to make this. It looks amazing!! Hmm… I think the next Bulls game is reason enough!

  2. Stephanie says

    I’m going to make this for this awesome 4th of July party and I know it says it makes 2 cups but about how many people do you think that would serve?

    • says

      Steph- One batch should be enough, it makes quite a bit. Make sure you put it in a microwave safe bowl because it gets kinda hard after it sits out, but is fine once you melt it in the microwave a little.

  3. Mara says

    This is so tasty! Just made some, along with some salsa…now if only we had enough tortilla chips! lol

    Thanks for the recipe! :)


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