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A black bowl of queso dip by tortilla chips. A striped dish towel is in background.

Chili con Queso

This delicious dip is easily customizable to your personal taste and ready in under 30 minutes!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 servings


  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter 4 tablespoons
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • ½ cup diced jalapenos 2 to 3 jalapenos that have been seeded and diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 8 ounces pepper jack cheese shredded
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 Roma tomatoes seeded and diced (about 1 cup diced)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • Tortilla chips for serving


  • Whisk together cornstarch and milk in a large measuring cup until smooth.  Set aside.
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium high heat.  Add onion and jalapeno.  Cook (stirring frequently) until onions are translucent (about 4 to 5 minutes).  Add garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  • Give the cornstarch and milk another whisk to combine and pour into saucepan.  Stir to combine.  Bring to a boil, while stirring often.  Cook, while stirring constantly, until thickened (about a minute).
  • Reduce heat to low and gradually add cheeses, a handful at a time, stirring in-between.  Continue to stir until cheese is melted.
  • Add salt, red pepper and cumin.  Stir to combine.
  • Stir in diced tomatoes.
  • Sprinkle with cilantro before serving and serve with tortilla chips.


  • This recipe yields about 5 cups.
  • Adjust the amounts of salt, red pepper and cumin to your personal preference.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.
  • Reheat in a saucepan on the stove top over medium-low to medium heat, stirring often.  Do not allow to come to a boil.  Add milk as needed for desired consistency when reheating.
  • Nutrition facts do not include tortilla chips.