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How to Make Homemade Queso/Cheese Dip

Updated February 21, 2017

Queso dip is a classic party appetizer when served alongside tortilla chips. While you could just open a jar of store-bought cheese dip and microwave it, making your own from scratch will allow you to customise the flavour. Queso dip typically features a Mexican twist, such as the addition of hot peppers or salsa. Serve the cheese dip warm for the best flavour and a creamy texture. If you want to keep the dip warm over a long period of time, place it in a fondue pot and allow party guests to spoon some onto their plates.

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  1. Melt 2 tbsp of butter in a non-stick saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Stir in 2 tbsp of cornflour to create a paste. Next, incorporate 3/4 cup of sour cream into the mixture by blending well with a spoon.

  3. Pour 1 cup each of shredded sharp cheddar and shredded Monterey jack cheese into the pan. Reduce the heat to low and stir the mixture until the cheese melts.

  4. Add 1 cup of canned green chillies, 2 tbsp of chopped, fresh cilantro and 1 cup of mild, medium or hot tomato salsa, depending on your preference.

  5. Stir all of the ingredients together until the cheese dip is smooth and creamy. Serve warm with tortilla chips.

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Medium non-stick saucepan
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 3/4 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1 cup of shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 1 cup canned green chillies
  • 2 tbsp chopped, fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup salsa

About the Author

Elizabeth Arnold has written for a wide variety of publications and websites. Her experience includes writing travel features for "Recommend" magazine and packaging marketing copy for both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. consumer products. Recently, Arnold was a staff writer for "Special Events" magazine. Arnold studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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