Easy Baked Queso

  • By KJ

What’s better than a bubbling pan full of spicy, gooey, beefy queso?

This Easy Baked Queso is everything a queso dip should be: Cheesy and salty, with just the right kick of spiciness.

This one-dish queso is sure to satisfy your cheese cravings and is perfect for dipping chips, drizzling over nachos, or devouring by the spoonful.

Making queso in the oven is a great cooking method if you don’t have a slow cooker — or if your slow cooker isn’t large enough for the number of servings you need.

Simply mix a few ingredients, and you’re on your way to queso bliss.

Easy Baked Queso

What’s better than a bubbling pan full of spicy, gooey, beefy queso? 

This Easy Baked Queso is everything a queso dip should be: Cheesy and salty, with just the right kick of spiciness. 

This one-dish queso is sure to satisfy your cheese cravings and is perfect for dipping chips, drizzling over nachos, or devouring by the spoonful. 

Making queso in the oven is a great cooking method if you don’t have a slow cooker — or if your slow cooker isn’t large enough for the number of servings you need.

Simply mix a few ingredients, and you’re on your way to queso bliss. 

Why KJ Loves

Easy Baked Queso

Easy Baked Queso

I love how quick and easy this delicious appetizer is! Who doesn’t love a vat full of liquid, golden, cheesy goodness? Grab a chip (or the whole bag) and dig in! The perfect appetizer to feed a crowd!

Easy Baked Queso Ingredients

Velveeta cheese

There’s no other way around it: We need this liquid gold. There’s a reason it’s the gold standard for queso dip. Its smooth texture and even melting make it great for baking and dipping.

Tomatoes with green chiles

The most popular type is Rotel, but any brand will do. I love the subtle heat that comes from the green chiles. 

Ground beef

Use any fat content that you would like. I used 94% lean ground beef. Since the cheese already provides some fat, you don’t need as much from the beef. 

Taco seasoning

You can buy packets of taco seasoning or make the seasoning on your own.

cubed velveeta cheese spread out

How To Serve Easy Baked Queso

Tortilla chips are an obvious option. 

But there’s so much more you can do with queso. (Don’t underestimate this melty miracle).  

Try it with or over:

  • Soft pretzels
  • Baked potatoes
  • Hamburgers
  • Burrito bowls
  • Tacos
  • Chili
cubbed velveeta cheese with rotel spread over it

Easy Baked Queso FAQ

How do I make my baked queso spicier?

If you want extra heat, try dicing some jalapeño peppers and throwing them in. 

What cheese is queso dip made from?

This queso dip is made from Velveeta. Other queso dip recipes may use different types of cheese, like Monterey Jack or white American cheese. 

What can I add to queso to make it better?

We love cooked ground beef in our baked queso. It adds delicious depth and heartiness.

How do you reheat leftover queso?

You can reheat queso in the microwave, stovetop, or oven. Make sure to stir the queso occasionally to reheat more evenly and prevent burning. 

queso topped with chives layered over chips

More Cheese, Please!

If you’re craving more melty, gooey goodness, try one of these cheesy recipes out!

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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

What’s better than a bubbling pan full of spicy, gooey, beefy queso? 

This Easy Baked Queso is everything a queso dip should be: Cheesy and salty, with just the right kick of spiciness. 

This one-dish queso is sure to satisfy your cheese cravings and is perfect for dipping chips, drizzling over nachos, or devouring by the spoonful. 

Making queso in the oven is a great cooking method if you don’t have a slow cooker — or if your slow cooker isn’t large enough for the number of servings you need.

Simply mix a few ingredients, and you’re on your way to queso bliss.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 32 oz Velveeta cheese, cubed (pasteurized cheese product)
  • 10 oz can tomatoes with green chiles 
  • Green onion for garnish, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a sauté pan, brown the ground beef over medium heat and cook with the taco seasoning packet according to package instructions. 
  2. Transfer the prepared taco meat to a 3 quart baking dish. Top with the cheese cubes along with the tomatoes and green chiles. 
  3. Cover and bake for 15-20 minutes or until melted and bubbly. Use a spoon to gently swirl and stir the dip together. 
  4. Garnish with chopped green onions, serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

Notes

  • Easily keep this dip warm for serving by transferring it to a slow cooker and keeping it on the “Warm” function.
  • If you have a stovetop and oven-safe skillet, make this whole dip only in one pan!
  • Amp up the heat in this dip by using spicy taco seasoning.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baking

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 438
  • Sugar: 8.2g
  • Fat: 27.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.6g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Protein: 37.3g

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