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Real Cheese Queso Dip

A creamy and supremely cheesy queso dip made with real cheddar cheese and a flavorful kick from Pace Picante Sauce. Serve with tortilla chips and all your favorite fixings. Ready in 20 minutes!
Course Appetizer, side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 cups of cheese sauce
Calories 239kcal


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 ½ cups whole milk plus more if needed, slightly warm
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Pace® Picante
  • Tortilla chips for serving
  • Optional garnishes: avocado, cilantro, sour cream, jalapenos, chopped tomatoes


  • In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and whisk until combined. Slowly add the milk, whisking as you pour. Whisk until the mixture starts to simmer and thicken (several minutes). Reduce heat to low and add cream cheese followed by ½ cup shredded cheese at a time, stirring until each ½ cup is melted before adding the next. Continue until all cheese is added. Stir in Pace Picante and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately (see note) with tortilla chips for dipping.


Because this queso is made with real cheese it will thicken as it cools. You have to keep it warm in order for it to stay creamy. Keep it over a low burner on your stovetop or place it into a warm slow cooker set on the lowest setting. Periodically stir it and add more milk if it begins to thicken.


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 424mg | Potassium: 172mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 715IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 341mg | Iron: 0.5mg