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Baked Queso Dip

If you’re getting ready for the big game on Sunday and on the prowl for an excellent recipe, or just having a hankering for some delicious dip to go with your chips — boy, have we got the recipe for you!

This baked queso dip is a treat for the taste buds. Check it out!

Why we love this baked queso dip

We’re huge fans of this recipe for so many reasons. It’s incredibly simple, requiring just one dish which holds all the ingredients before you bake it and mix it together. It’s so tasty, too, extremely creamy and packed with bursting smoked cheese flavor. 

This dip has a kick to it as well, thanks to the jalapeño, and the green chili peppers in the Ro-tel. We love that! 

What is Ro-tel?

Ro-tel is the brand name for a can of tomatoes mixed with green chili peppers. The brand has been around since the 1940s, when Carl Roettele opened a canning plant in Texas and mixed tomatoes with green chili peppers. The product grew in popularity and though they initially only shipped within Texas, the cans are now ubiquitous.

Lately, Ro-tel has become a popular ingredient in queso, especially recipes like this one that use Velveeta. It’s called “Texas queso.” What is “Texas queso”? Well, it’s an American twist on queso fundido, really! We love being a part of this tradition. 

How to store queso bake leftovers

On the off chance you actually have leftovers of this delicious queso, here’s some tips on how to store them!

First of all, use an airtight container — you want to make sure the dip stays sealed off from any molecules that might slip in. This dish is best refrigerated, but make sure you use it up within three days! 

How to make baked queso

  1. Preheat oven at 375 degrees F.
  2. In pan on medium high heat cook ground beef until no longer pink.  Drain the excess fat. We like to use a nice meat masher to break up the beef!
  3. Return to pan and add salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and oregano. Sauté for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant.
  4. In a 13 x 9 baking dish add Velveeta cheese, gouda, cream cheese, cooked ground beef, jalapeño, cilantro, red onion and diced tomatoes.
  5. Drizzle the evaporated milk. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until everything is melted.
  6. Give everything a good stir until it comes together and is nice and creamy.
    • Note: If you don’t like your dip too thick, feel free to add a a splash of evaporated milk to get it to your desired consistency.
  7. Garnish with scallions, and sour cream. Serve with a side of tortilla chips!

Baked Queso Dip

Alia and Radwa
This easy baked queso is so simple to put together. It's cheesy, creamy, and spicy! Perfect cheese appetizer!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 12
Calories
Ingredients
  
  • 8 oz cubed Velveeta cheese
  • 8 oz lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ cup red onion
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 large jalapeño (chopped and seeded for less spice)
  • 6 oz block smoked gouda cheese
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes with chilis (such as Rotel)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 6 oz evaporated milk
Instructions
 
  • Preheat oven at 375 degrees F.
  • In pan on medium high heat cook ground beef until no longer pink. Drain the excess fat.
  • Return to 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. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until everything is melted.
  • Give everything a good stir until it comes together and is nice and creamy.
  • Note: If you don't like your dip too thick, feel free to add a a splash of evaporated milk to get it to your desired consistency.
  • Garnish with scallions, and sour cream. Serve with a side of tortilla chips!
Keyword baked queso, easy queso dip, easy smoked queso, homemade queso, queso hack recipe, smoked queso recipe
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  1. 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!