Thursday, July 16, 2015

Restaurant-Style Queso Blanco Dip

My husband is a big fan of queso dip. His favorite used to be Tostitos® Salsa Con Queso, until he discovered Tostitos®  Queso Blanco a few months ago. It is the only thing he will eat with tortilla chips.

During a Walmart shopping trip two weeks into our marriage, Mr. Handsome picked up a bag of chips and a container of Tostitos® Queso Blanco. I quickly glanced at the ingredients and cringed. I checked the shelf for healthier alternatives but found none.

A few days later, I set out to make a healthier, homemade version of this product that would have my husband drooling. After scouring the internet and taking bits and pieces from various recipes, I came up with this one. It takes about five minutes, and it's sure to make you drool (if you like queso, that is).

After one bite, Mr. Handsome was sold. He said it was the best queso dip he has ever tasted and that it knocks Tostitos® out of the park.

Restaurant-Style Queso Blanco Dip

Ingredients
1/2 lb white American cheese*
1/4 cup cold water
1/3 cup whole milk

Directions
Cut cheese into bite-sized chunks, and put in a microwave safe bowl. Add water and milk, and stir. Microwave for one minute, and then remove and stir. Continue microwaving (stirring every minute) until cheese reaches desired consistency (approximately 4-6 minutes). 

Dip can be refrigerated and reheated, but be careful not to burn it.

*I used Land O' Lakes, but it contains a few artificial ingredients (still much better than Tostitos queso dips), so I am on the lookout for an alternative.

23 comments:

  1. Wow! So simple there is not reason not to use homemade :0)

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  2. Can't it be made with Skim milk instead of whole milk.

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    1. Hi Beth,

      I have thought about making it with skim milk instead of whole but haven't gotten around to it. I'd say go ahead and give it a try. Let me know how it turns out. :)

      ~Ellie

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  3. annmous7/16/2015

    Thanks for sharing. ELLIE?

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  4. This sounds good! I'll bet it's way better than the jarred. I have a Texas Queso recipe that's wonderful, too. :)

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  5. Anonymous7/17/2015

    Are there really only three ingredients? I don't know anything about queso, but it seems maybe there should be some spices??

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    1. I make it with only three ingredients, but you can always experiment with spices. Chunks of hot pepper might make a tasty addition.

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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  6. Anonymous7/18/2015

    Does your husband cook too ? Do you still work Ellie? Nice greetings Ana

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  7. Anonymous7/18/2015

    Yum! Simple and easy...I like that. :D

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  8. Anonymous7/18/2015

    Can you use Skim Milk instead of Whole Milk.

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    1. I have thought about making it with skim milk instead of whole but haven't gotten around to it. I'd say go ahead and give it a try. Let me know how it turns out. :)

      ~Ellie

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  9. Raquelle7/18/2015

    Hi:) can I use another cheese or does it have to be American? :)

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    1. Hi Raquelle,

      I have heard of people using Monterey Jack, and I hope to try that soon. If you do, let me know how it turns out.

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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  10. Anonymous7/19/2015

    No spices?

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  11. Nope, I didn't use any spices. Just cheese, water, and milk. :)

    ~Ellie

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  12. Anonymous7/21/2015

    Ellie, check the Mexican food section of stores, you will find some regular and some with jalapeños really easy to make that tastes just like restaurant one. Not sure how healthy though

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  13. Anonymous7/31/2015

    It's so fun to hear from newlyweds as they discover new things about each other. I really appreciate how you cringed, but didn't scold your husband about his unhealthy snack. Then, most inspiring is how you set out to make a healthier version and succeeded!! Good for you! God bless you as you encourage through this blog!

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  14. I've made this for years for my family. We prefer a little spice to ours, so i use 3 pepper cheese from the deli. I cook chicken and shred it. I put chips, chicken, then cover with cheese sauce. Chicken Cheese Nachos! :-)

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  15. Anonymous8/06/2015

    Would be even healthier if you heated it on the stove instead of the microwave, Ellie.

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  16. Anonymous8/18/2015

    My Dad loves dips so I'll be sure to try it . Thanks a lot!

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  17. I've tried this adding jalepeona juice from a jar and it was pretty good, not too hot. Has anyone put chili powder in it. I cooked mine on the stove, probably easier than the micro wave. It's a great topping for Trader Joe's chicken burittos.

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    1. Hi big jer,

      I haven't tried adding chili powder, but I would be curious to hear how it tastes. Just be sure to add it slowly so you can control the taste. :)

      Ellie

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