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Homemade cheese queso in a white dish on a gray platter with sliced jalapeno, cilantro and a tortilla chip dipped into it.

Easy Homemade Cheese Queso

Skip the restaurant and make this easy homemade queso dip next time the mood hits! It's always a hit from a family taco Tuesday to a Cinco de Mayo party!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 260 kcal


  • 1 TBS Avocado Oil
  • 16 OZ Milk
  • 2 TBS Tapioca Starch
  • 1 LB Cheddar Cheese Shredded
  • 8 OZ Queso Fresco Cheese
  • 1 Jalapeno small diced
  • 1 TSP Chili Powder
  • 1 Small White Onion
  • ½ C Fresh Cilantro Chopped
  • 2-3 Roma Tomatoes small diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • ½ TSP Pepper


  •  In a saucepan, over medium heat add the avocado oil and diced onions. Saute the onions about 2-3 minutes just until the onions start to soften but do not let them start to caramelize. You want to take the crunch out of the onion.
  • Once the onion has softened, add the garlic and jalapeno to the pan and let it cook for about a minute with the onions.
  • Add the tapioca starch to the vegetables and stir, let the starch coat the vegetables, and no clumps of flour remain. This will help prevent clumps in the final cheese dip.
  • Add the milk and allow the mixture to simmer about 5 minutes. The sauce will start to thicken slightly at this point.
  • Once the sauce has started to slightly thicken, add the cheese and stir until all the cheese is melted, and the sauce becomes creamy.
  • Remove from the heat and add in the tomatoes, cilantro, and remaining spices. You might need to adjust the spices depending on the spices in the cheeses used, and the desired level of spice. Some brands of cheese can also contain more salt in particular, than other brands.
  • Serve it warm and enjoy!


Because this recipe is made with real ingredients, it does harden as it cools a little faster than the cheese dips made with processed cheese products. However, you can keep it warm in a slow cooker after making or reheat as you’re enjoying it. It reheats beautifully! Add a bit of milk when reheating if necessary. You can also leave the initial dip a little thinner than you would want to eat since you know it will thicken as it cools as well.
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