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The Best Jalapeño Queso

Homemade queso is life changing, it's also surprisingly easy to prepare. If you've only ordered queso when eating out, this recipe will change that!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Cheese
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: cheese dip, party food, spicy cheese
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 310kcal
Author: halfbakedharvest


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 12 ounces Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, finely minced
  • mango salsa, red salsa, avocado, and chips for serving


  • 1. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, jalapeños, garlic, cumin, and a pinch of salt. Cook until the onion is fragrant, about 5-10 minutes. Add the cream cheese and milk. Cook over medium heat until the sauce is smooth and the cream cheese has melted. 
    2. In a bowl, toss together the shredded cheese with the flour. Little by little, add the cheese to the warm milk, whisking until the sauce is smooth. Stir in the chipotle peppers. 
    3. Serve the queso warm topped with salsa and avocado. Use chips for scooping. EAT.


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 611mg | Potassium: 163mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 730IU | Vitamin C: 5.3mg | Calcium: 558mg | Iron: 0.8mg