Smoked queso dip: A simple recipe to make at home

My memories of smoked queso dip go back decades. Many years ago, I was taken by a simple cheesy dip that I had at a local Mexican restaurant. The silky smooth hot cheese, blended with just enough chilli to make its presence known was like liquid gold on my crunchy corn chips.

After going back and forth more than a few times, I started to wish I hadn’t ordered a main meal. It was so incredibly tasty though and made from just a few simple ingredients.

From that point on, it was always a part of any Mexican meal we had. Years later, when that favourite little hole in the wall Mexican restaurant closed down, I decided I needed to find a recipe that I could make at home.

This is my version of a smoked chilli con queso. It’s not made in a smoker, but given that intense smoky flavour from the smoked paprika. It can of course be made over a BBQ or even a campfire. It’s simple to make, still has only a few ingredients, can be made ahead of time, and can be whipped up in a flash.

What is Chilli Con Queso?

Queso means cheese so it goes without saying that this recipe for smoked queso dip has cheese front and centre. Originating in Mexico, Chilli Con Queso has become a modern blend of a few authentic Mexican dishes. Usually made with yellow or white cheese, common types are Monterey Jack, Asadero and various cheddars. It always includes capsicum (peppers).

Ingredients for smoked queso dip

It couldn’t be any easier to make this dip, with only a handful of ingredients required.

  • Small amount of oil, approx 1-2 teaspoons
  • 1 capsicum (pepper), finely diced
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • Minimum 1 tbsp jalapeno chillies, chopped finely
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 spring onion, sliced finely
  • 1 tin diced tinned tomatoes
  • 250 grams cream cheese
  • 2 heaped teaspoons of smoked paprika (at least)
  • Ground chillies
  • Chilli, chopped finely
chilli con queso ingredients

Note: You can use any type of oil you like but make sure it had a mild flavour so as to not influence the other ingredients. This chilli con queso recipe can take as much heat as you want to give it, which is why I haven’t given a lot of measurements for them above. I do recommend just adding these ingredients slowly and tasting often, to ensure that the spices cook out properly and that you can test the level of chilli for your taste.

How to make smoked queso dip

This recipe can be made in a matter of minutes and it’s ready to eat immediately.

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and cook the onion, spring onion, capsicum, chilli and garlic until the onion becomes transparent. Add the spices and mix through well.

Taste test along the way to ensure you have the correct level of smokiness and heat.

Add the tinned tomatoes and mix through thoroughly.

Add the cream cheese and stir until it becomes smooth.

Note: Mixing in the cream cheese is much easier if you use it at room temperature. Even then, it can be a bit tricky mixing with a whisk. If this is the case, use a wooden spoon first until it is broken down and then use a whisk for the final step.

chilli con queso final dish
The final smoked queso dip
chilli con queso final dish

Smoked queso dip

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 11 minutes

A simple smoked queso dip to make at home. Requiring only a few ingredients, it can be adapted to suit your love of chillis, and with basic ingredients from your pantry. Great for a quick snack or party dip.

Ingredients

  • Small amount of oil, approx 1-2 teaspoons
  • 1 capsicum (pepper), finely diced
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • Minimum 1 tbsp jalapeno chillies, chopped finely
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 spring onion, sliced finely
  • 1 tin diced tinned tomatoes
  • 250 grams cream cheese
  • 2 heaped teaspoons of smoked paprika (at least)
  • Ground chillies
  • Chilli, chopped finely

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and cook the onion, spring onion, capsicum, chilli and garlic until the onion becomes transparent. Add the spices and mix through well.
  2. Constantly taste test along the way to ensure you have the correct level of smokiness and heat.
  3. Add the tinned tomatoes and mix through thoroughly.
  4. Add the cream cheese and stir until it becomes smooth.
  5. Serve hot with corn chips.

Notes

You can use any type of oil you like but make sure it had a mild flavour so as to not influence the other ingredients. This chilli con queso recipe can take as much heat as you want to give it, which is why I haven't given a lot of measurements for them above. I do recommend just adding these ingredients slowly and tasting often, to ensure that the spices cook out properly and that you can test the level of chilli for your taste.

Always serve hot.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 300mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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