Ridiculously Easy Queso Blanco Dip with White Cheddar
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Ridiculously Easy Queso Blanco Dip with White Cheddar

Cooks in 10 Minutes Difficulty Easy 0 comments

If you want a smooth cheese dip made from real white cheddar cheese, this Queso Blanco dip is ideal. It’s straightforward to make this cheesy dip with canned jalapeno peppers. Rich and velvety, the real cheese adds the perfect bite to the white queso dip recipe. Make a batch of this for your next movie night, and enjoy dipping your favorite corn chips. 

This recipe will beat anything you can get at your favorite Mexican restaurants. It’s fresh and creamy with just enough heat for a white queso recipe. Best of all, the homemade Queso Blanco dip can be made ahead for company and reheated. It keeps for a few days in the fridge, which is excellent when prepping for entertaining. Make a batch for your next game day get-together. 

If you’ve made white cheese sauces before, you can make this. It’s a simple variation on a simple white sauce that results in the best Queso Blanco dip.

queso blanco with roasted tomato salsa and air fryer pita chips

Why you will love this easy appetizer dip.

It’s fast. The sauce comes together in minutes, so you can enjoy it within half an hour. 

Spiced just right. The only heat in the creamy white queso dip comes from the canned jalapeno peppers, making it a traditional low-heat dip. 

It makes a lot! This sharp white cheddar cheese dip recipe makes approximately two cups worth. Meaning you can dip lots of your favorite chips!

How to prepare the homemade Queso Blanco dip recipe:

Making this dip is straightforward, but you will want to be fully prepared. To do so, open the can of green chilies first and have them ready to mix in, which is the last step. 

Next, grate your cheese and set it close to the working saucepan. This ingredient must go in seamlessly because you are stirring the mixture the whole time. Measure out the cayenne pepper, salt, and cumin and have it ready to add. 

Get a medium-sized saucepan ready for this and heat it on low-medium heat. Whenever you have to start with a roux (flour-butter mixture), you don’t want the heat too high, or it can quickly burn. We use a non-traditional roux with cornstarch and butter in this recipe. You will have to stir that roux constantly, and when it pulls together, add the evaporated milk in slowly, stirring all the while. Allow the milk to heat up while continuing to stir it. You can then add in the spice.

The cornstarch in the roux will thicken the canned milk, and you don’t want it to scorch the pan. After the milk mixture has heated up, it’s ready to add in the grated cheese. Taking it off the burner now is crucial because it may want to stick. You can always put it back on the burner if further heating is necessary to melt the cheese. 

We chose aged white cheddar from Castello, which is a Canadian brand. The extra mature cheddar packs a great flavor punch and holds up well in this dip. You want an old cheddar because of the nippy flavor it adds to the white sauce, creating that excellent con queso flavor. 

You can dump in the canned jalapeno chiles when the cheese has fully melted into the milk mixture. Mix the whole pot well and then pour into a serving dish if you are serving right away.

If you have chosen to make this recipe ahead of time, be sure to cool it fully before covering and storing it in the fridge. It reheats well in the microwave or on the stovetop. If reheating on the stovetop, be sure to stir that constantly. 

Ingredients:

Aged White Cheddar Cheese: Aged white cheddar offers a significant nippiness when used in a heated cheese dip. It also melts smoothly, making it an excellent choice for this easy white queso dip. 

Evaporated Milk: Sold in cans, this milk product has a lot of the natural water content removed, making it ideal for white sauces and dips. It also stabilizes the dip and prevents it from separating or curdling during heating, making it smoother and creamier. 

Butter: It has long been used in the culinary world for making roux, which is French for the heating of butter and flour together. This recipe uses a mix of cornstarch and butter to make a simpler, faster, non-traditional roux for our thickening agent.

Cornstarch: This thickening ingredient pulls the milk and cheese mixture into a cohesive blend. 

Canned Jalapeno Chiles: These are generally heated in the canning process and, therefore, are milder than their fresh counterparts. The canned jalapenos are also cooked and come in small pieces, making them ready for blending in the queso dip. 

queso blanco with pita chip

Substitutions and Add-Ins For the Queso Blanco Dip:

Aged White Cheddar: We used a Canadian brand of cheese. Castello Tickler Mature Cheddar Cheese for this recipe. If you are not in Canada or cannot get this particular cheese in your area, you can substitute it with another aged sharp white cheddar cheese. Consider the aging process, flavor profile, and personal preferences when looking for alternatives. Different brands and varieties may offer variations in taste and texture, so finding the extra-mature cheddar that suits your palate best can be a fun and tasty exploration into the world of cheeses.

Evaporated Milk: This product has a reduced water content, making it easier to create that rich smoothness a queso dip is known for. However, you can choose to use a heavy cream or milk. Remember that you may want to cook the milk mixture longer to reduce its water content through evaporation. Once you’ve cooked it down, you can then go ahead and finish the recipe. It will change the consistency of the finished dip. 

Butter: While butter is a popular choice for making a roux or non-traditional roux, as we did, you can still get away with using margarine. I don’t recommend using Becel as it is too high in water content to be effective. 

Cornstarch: Our non-traditional roux uses it to speed up the cooking process and thicken the finished dip. If, however, you would like to make a traditional roux with flour instead, note that it needs to be cooked for a longer length of time. Generally, for a white roux (flour and butter), cook it for two to five minutes over medium heat. The key is to stir the roux constantly to prevent it from burning. 

Canned Jalapeno Chiles: We used Old El Paso chopped green chiles, which are easy enough to find in most taco sections in the local grocery store. If, however, you find that they are too mild and you want to up the heat in your queso, try using fresh jalapeno seeded and diced or fresh Serrano peppers.

Add-Ins: If you want to switch it up even further, add a few diced onions and garlicFor added flavor, sauté diced onions and garlic in butter or oil before adding them to the Queso Blanco. Or add a dash of garlic powder or onion powder to the recipe. Another add-in you can try is adding a bit of cilantro. Chopped fresh cilantro can bring freshness and herbaceous flavor to your Queso Blanco. 

Expert Tips and Serving Suggestions:

Tip #1: Stir! Stir! That mixture. If you stop, it’s going to stick and burn. I don’t know about you, but scrubbing scorched milk products from a pot is not a favorite of mine. Plus, the more you stir, the more you can ensure it has an even cook to the thickening agent, and it will prevent any clumping from forming. 

Tip #2: Don’t use too high of heat. When making a white sauce or cheese sauce, using too high of a temperature for your burner can result in burning and scorching and lead to curdling and overall loss of creaminess.

Tip #3: Store unused dip thoroughly cooled in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. 

Dip away and feel transported to your favorite Mexican restaurant in the comfort of your home! This creamy dip is great served with our 15-minute air fryer pita chips! Or serve this creamy, rich, flavorful dip with tortilla chips, veggies, crackers, and bread cubes, or even drizzle some on your next taco for Taco Tuesday. Anyway, you have it; it is a delicious cheesy addition you will want to make again and again!

If you tried this tasty Queso Blanco, we hope you’ve enjoyed its richness as much as we do. Leave a comment below the recipe card if you test this recipe. As always, we love hearing from you, our readers!  

Ridiculously Easy Queso Blanco Dip with White Cheddar (1)

Ridiculously Easy Queso Blanco Dip with White Cheddar

Amber Bondar
This ridiculously easy Queso Blanco dip with white aged cheddar comes together in under ten minutes! It's so creamy and rich perfect for dipping your favorite pita chips or tortilla chips in. Try drizzling some of this Mexican flavored cheese dip over your next taco or quesadilla for your next weekday meal idea!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 10

Equipment

  • 1 Medium Saucepan
  • 1 Whisk
  • 1 measuring cup
  • 1 Tablespoon
  • 1 Teaspoon
  • 1 Cheese Grater
  • 1 bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 7 oz Old White Cheddar CASTELLO® TICKLER™ MATURE CHEDDAR CHEESE Grated- 200 grams
  • 1 can Chopped Green Chiles Old El Paso Chopped Green Chiles- 127ml or 4 oz
  • 1 can Evaporated Milk Carnation- 354 mL or 12 oz
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Cumin Powder

Instructions
 

  • Grate cheese and set aside in bowl.
  • Measure the butter and cornstarch and add them to a heated saucepan over low-medium heat.
  • Stirring constantly with a whisk until bubbles form.
  • Slowly stir in the evaporated milk and continue to heat until almost a rolling boil and mixture has thickened. 2-3 Minutes on low-medium.
  • Remove from heating element and add in the cheese. Stir until all the cheese has blended in and add in spices.
  • Return to heat only if necessary to melt cheese fully.
  • Add in the canned chili peppers and serve.
  • Store unused cooled Queso Blanco in airtight container in fridge for 3-4 days.
Keyword appetizer, Cheddar, cheesecake, dippers, Queso

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