White Queso Dip

  • By KJ

White Queso Dip is a decadent cheese dip featuring Monterey Jack cheese, cream cheese and green chiles. Creamy and dreamy. Grab some tortilla chips and dig into this White Queso!

White Queso Dip is a decadent cheese dip featuring Monterey Jack cheese, cream cheese and green chiles. Creamy and dreamy. Grab some tortilla chips and dig into this White Queso!

What is White Queso?

If you have tried any sort of beloved queso dip, then you know the goodness it beholds! White queso isn’t any different – it just features white cheeses! A heavy cream base holds together shredded Monterey Jack cheese and cream cheese for a decadent dip. Swirl in some diced green chiles, cumin and white pepper and the dip is ready to go!

A similar comparison for white queso to reqular queso is white chicken chili to regular chili. The flavor profiles of white chicken chili are white queso are on the same wavelength…just minus the chicken and the beans!

Ingredients Needed

When the queso need calls, it’s time to jump to action! That means we need simple ingredients that come together quickly. You never know when you are going to need a decadently cheesy dip! Keep these ingredients on hand to whip up a batch whenever queso calls your heart:

  • Heavy cream – whole milk could also be used here. It is the base for the queso so don’t skimp!
  • Monterey Jack cheese – it’s creamy and melts beautifully. Use freshly shredded if able to as it will melt better than pre-shredded.
  • Cream cheese – this gives the dip that extra decadence that you can’t miss out on! Make sure that it is softened so that it melts into the dip vs. clumping into the dip.
  • Diced green chiles – the perfect amount of heat and chile flavor! Green chiles also pair wonderfully with the white cheeses used in this recipe.
  • Cumin – this spice gives the recipe an un-replaceable flavor profile. Definitely don’t leave out!
  • White pepper – it doesn’t have such a bite as black pepper has and gives a nice, mild pepper flavor.

I like to make this dip in a cast iron skillet as I can go from stovetop to serving and have it still look festive. The queso can also be transferred to a serving bowl or small slow cooker to keep it warm.

An appetizer that is easy to make and everybody loves is a winner to me. When I first made this dip, my mom and I couldn’t stop eating it! Grab a bag of tortilla chips and dig in. But, be careful, it’s hard to exhibit self control around this queso! Well, around any queso, really. 

PS: what’s your favorite tortilla chip shape? Triangles, rounds or strips? We usually grab both triangles and strips!

Serve this White Queso Dip as the perfect appetizer, game day snack, or party favorite. Either way, it will disappear before you know it!


Looking for other Appetizer Recipes? Check these out!

Cheesy Garlic Bread
Spinach Artichoke Dip
The Best Simple Guacamole
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White Queso Dip

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3.9 from 7 reviews

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


White Queso Dip is a decadent cheese dip featuring Monterey Jack cheese, cream cheese and green chiles. Creamy and dreamy. Grab some tortilla chips and dig into this White Queso!


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese, freshly shredded
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 7 oz diced green chiles, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper


  1. Pour the heavy cream into a large skillet over low heat. Gently bring to a low simmer, avoiding boiling.
  2. Whisk in the Monterey Jack cheese and cream cheese until melted and smooth, about a few minutes. Add in the diced green chiles, cumin, salt and white pepper and whisk to combine.
  3. Allow to simmer on low for 5-8 minutes, or until the dip has thickened and become the desired cheese dip consistency.
  4. Top with additional shredded cheese and chopped cilantro if desired and serve immediately with tortilla chips. Enjoy!


  • Whole milk can be used instead of heavy cream if needed, but may need a few more minutes to thicken.
  • The cheese dip with thicken as it cools.
  • Serve immediately in the skillet, transfer to a serving bowl or keep warm in a small slow cooker.
  • 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: 20 minutes
  • Category: Appetizers


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 267
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 378mg
  • Fat: 24.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.1g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 8.6g
  • Cholesterol: 82mg

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