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White Queso Dip Recipe

8 servings


5 minutes

active time

20 minutes

total time


12 ounces evaporated milk ((1 can))

1 tablespoon cornstarch

3/4 lb white american cheese (buy it sliced at the deli counter at your grocery store. Then chop into small squares, finely chopped)

4 ounces mozzarella cheese (freshly shredded)

2 tablespoons canned jalapenos (chopped, or chopped green chiles)

1 teaspoon chili powder (you could also use cumin if you prefer that taste)

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional. SEE NOTE ***)

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

chopped cilantro (tomatoes, and jalapenos for garnish)


Heat evaporated milk over medium-high heat in a small saucepan. Stir in the cornstarch and whisk to combine.

Once simmering (bring it to just before boil--when it starts bubbling up the sides, it's ready), immediately reduce heat to low.

Immediately stir in the cheese in batches, starting with the white american cheese. As you stir in the cheese, increase heat to medium/low and whisk CONSTANTLY while the cheese melts. Once each batch is melted and creamy, add more. Don't stop stirring--you have to whisk the entire time while adding cheese.

Once done with the white American cheese, add in the shredded Mozzarella. Again, whisk CONSTANTLY while the cheese melts, insuring you have a creamy blend. If you prefer the cheese a bit thicker, add a bit more Mozzarella.

Once all the cheese is melted, stir in the jalapenos, chili powder, nutmeg, red pepper, and salt and pepper. *** (see note)

(Optional) If you want the queso to be a bit browned (as pictured), pour the queso into a skillet and place in the oven. Broil for 3-4 minutes, or until cheese begins to bubble and brown.

Top with cilantro, tomatoes, and more jalapenos if desired.

Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!


Serving Size



263 kcal

Total Fat

20 g

Saturated Fat

11 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat



66 mg


925 mg

Total Carbohydrate

7 g

Dietary Fiber


Total Sugars

5 g


13 g

8 servings


5 minutes

active time

20 minutes

total time
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