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Perfect for game day, holiday appetizers, and late-night snacks, this is the absolute best Homemade Queso Fundido Dip you’ll ever taste! Use it as a dip for chips, pour it over nachos, or even eat it straight with a spoon for a hearty and spicy everyone will love. 

overhead image of cubed velveeta cheese, lean beef, cream cheese, gouda cheese, diced red onion, canned tomatoes, and cilantro in a white baking dish

Why You’ll Love this Queso Fundido Recipe

Honestly, we’re huge fans of this queso fundido recipe for so many reasons! To begin, it’s incredibly simple to make and requires just one dish. That means that cleanup is a breeze, too! Not to mention, it’s creamy, flavorful, and packs a bit of heat. Basically, this queso dip is everything you’ve been missing in life. It’ll become your new go-to for football season, holiday parties, weekend treats, and everything in between! 

What Is Queso Fundido? 

Also referred to as queso flameado, queso fundido is a type of queso dip that consists of warmed melted cheese and spicy meat such as ground pork sausage. Most commonly, it also contains hot jalapeño peppers that have been carefully folded in. 

Is There a Difference Between Queso Fundidio and Queso Dip? 

Both queso and queso fundido start with a base of melted cheese. However, homemade queso is thinned out with milk or cream and typically has a much more mild flavor. Meanwhile, fundido is not thinned out, meaning it has a much thicker consistency. It also contains veggies and meat not found in plain queso. 

What Is Traditional Queso Made Of? 

The ingredients found in queso depend on what type of dip you’re eating. For instance, In most recipes, queso blanco is made with cow’s milk. Meanwhile, queso fresco can be made from a combination of cow and goat milk. Furthermore, queso fundido is most often created with Oaxaca cheese. 

Using a combination of Velveeta, cream cheese, and Gouda, our homemade queso isn’t exactly authentic, but it sure is tasty!

ingredients for homemade queso fundido dip in a white baking dish including chopped cilantro, canned tomatoes, rex onions, gouda cheese, cream cheese, lean beef, and velveeta cheese

Ingredients You’ll Need

Admittedly, the ingredients in our queso fundido dip aren’t exactly authentic. However, they are easy to find and create an incredible flavor that even the pickiest of guests will love! Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Cheese – A combination of Velveeta, cream cheese, and Gouda cheese, makes for a liquid sauce that’s rich and filled with a slightly smokey flavor. 
  • Ground Beef – Because there’s already plenty of fat, lean beef works best. Or, you could use ground turkey instead! 
  • Seasonings – Salt, black pepper, minced garlic, paprika, oregano, and cilantro combine to create a taste that’s both hearty and refreshing. 
  • Veggies – Red onion, jalapeños, and chopped tomatoes add a pop of color, extra nutrients, and a hint of spice. 
  • Evaporated Milk – This helps thin out the cheese sauce without watering down the flavor. 

How to Make the Best Homemade Queso Dip

This recipe for queso stip requires a few separate steps, but don’t worry! It’s still super easy and fairly quick to make. 

  1. Preheat your oven. 
  2. Brown your beef in a skillet over medium heat. 
  3. Drain the fat, and add the meat back to the pan along with the seasonings
  4. Then, add everything to a baking dish, give it a good stir, and pop it in the oven. You’ll want to let your queso dip bake until everything has melted and is starting to turn golden -brown on top. 
  5. To finish, garnish with scallions and sour cream, and serve warm! 

Pro-Tip: If you want a thinner consistency, continue to add more evaporated milk until your desired texture has been achieved. 

overhead image of baked queso in a white bowl surrounded by tortilla chips

Serving Suggestions

This queso dip is so good, we don’t blame you if you eat it with nothing more than a spoon! Been there, done that. However, it also tastes great paired with: 

  • Tortilla chips
  • Warm tortillas
  • Veggies

Storage

This baked queso fundido dip is best served fresh from the oven while still warm. However, leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. To reheat, add a splash of milk, and warm it in the microwave in intervals of 30 seconds, stirring in between. 

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overhead image of homemade queso fundido dip in a white bowl surrounded by tortilla chips

Homemade Queso Fundido Dip

Alia and Radwa
Perfect for game day, holiday appetizers, and late-night snacks, this is the absolute best homemade queso fundido dip you’ll ever taste! Use it as a dip for chips, pour it over nachos, or even eat it straight with a spoon for a hearty and spicy everyone will love.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, tex mex
Servings 12
Calories 215 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 8 ounces cubed Velveeta cheese
  • 6 ounces block smoked Gouda cheese
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 large jalapeño (chopped and seeded for less spice)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup red onion
  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes with chilis (such as Rotel)
  • 6 ounces evaporated milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven at 375° Fahrenheit.
  • In a pan on medium-high heat, cook the ground beef until no longer pink. Drain excess fat.
  • Return the beef to the pan, and add salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and oregano. Sauté for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant.
  • In a 13 x 9 baking dish, add Velveeta cheese, Gouda, cream cheese, cooked ground beef, jalapeño, cilantro, red onion and diced tomatoes.
  • Drizzle the evaporated milk on top. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until everything is melted. Stir to combine.
  • Note: For a thinner dip, add a splash of evaporated milk until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Garnish with scallions, and sour cream. Serve with a side of tortilla chips!

Nutrition

Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 604mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 643IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 282mg | Iron: 1mg
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9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe. Made this for “Poprawiny” (sp)( day after party) for my daughters wedding. It was a hit. I will be making it again during football watching season I couldn’t bring myself to use velveeta tho. I used mild cheddar cut in cubes. Came out great.

  2. 5 stars
    I have made this baked queso 5 times in the past month. Every time I bring it to a party, people rave about it and ask for the recipe. This one is a winner!

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious! I added a 16 oz can of refried beans to the mix as well and it was amazing! I will make this for hors d’oeuvres next time I have people over for dinner and drinks! Thanks for the recipe!