Spicy Queso Dip for Two

2 servings
30 min

This Spicy Queso Dip For Two is a simple and crowd-pleasing snack! Make it in less than 20 minutes and serve with crunchy tortilla chips!

I love queso dip, but sometimes I don’t want a huge batch of leftovers. All that melty, cheesy goodness - why waste it? This recipe is the perfect amount for just 2 or 3 people. You’ll be lucky if you end up with leftovers!

What is queso?

The word queso translates to “cheese” in Spanish. So basically it’s a cheese dip!

There are a couple of ways to make queso. This small-batch recipe is made with a simple roux (a mixture of butter and flour), milk, and cheese. You’ll find many different versions in jars at the grocery store or in restaurants, but I feel that the best queso is homemade.

A Texas staple

You might be surprised to learn that queso is not a traditional food from Mexico! While it does use flavors popular in Mexican dishes, like jalapenos and chipotle chili, queso happens to be the unofficial food of Texas.

For step-by-step photos and extra tips check out the post on CupofZest.com!

Watch the video on the Cup of Zest YouTube page!

Recipe details
  • 2  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot about 1/2 shallot
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno about 1/2 jalapeno, seeded if you want it less spicy
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder regular chili powder works too!
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, divided
  • 1 ounce cream cheese, room temperature & cut into small pieces
  • 3 ounces block pepper jack cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons seeded and finely chopped tomato
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • chips to serve

Melt butter in a small skillet over medium-low heat.
Add shallot, jalapeno, garlic, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until slightly softened, about 3 minutes.
Add flour and stir constantly for 1 minute.
Add ¼ cup of milk and cream cheese. Whisking constantly, cook until thickened and smooth, about 2 minutes.
Slowly whisk in remaining ¼ cup milk and cook until combined and starting to steam.
Remove from heat, and add in shredded cheese. Whisk constantly until the cheese is melted, about 4 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes and cilantro and serve immediately with chips!
  • *If your dip isn’t hot enough, place over low heat, whisk constantly until desired temperature, adding a little more milk as needed.
Cup of Zest - Michelle
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