Chili Con Queso Dip Recipes

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A wonderful Mexican style appetizer or meal can be created with the addition of a great dip. This page contains chili con queso dip recipes.


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I love deep frying or baking my own tortilla chips made from corn tortilla's rather than store bought pre-made chips ;-)



Place cheese and salsa in a saucepan over medium low heat. Stir constantly until cheese is melted, transfer to a bowl and serve. Or you can place in a microwave safe bowl on high in one minute increments, stirring after each minute, until cheese is melted and serve.

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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August 5, 2012
We like to sit down every once in a while and just eat chips and salsa for a meal. It's an easy and simple indulgence. I created this as an addition that has just a bit more "food" in it.

It's a different sort of bean dip or a meal served over baked potatoes, fries, or Fritos/tortilla chip boats. Fast, simple, and delicious. Once made up it freezes very well in small containers. A minute or two in the microwave and you are ready to eat. A little lime, sour cream, and guacamole on the side make it simply heaven.

Feel free to vary just about any of the building block components. Examples: you could use spicy andouille style sausage or chorizo instead of the bacon, or pepper jack or Mexican style cheese instead of the Velveeta.

About the only way you can go wrong is to let it burn on the bottom of the pot. Stirring that into the rest of the dip adds a bitter flavor I really don't like. Though, if that were to happen you can just change pots and salvage most of your work! Three steps to prepare, 25 minutes tops! Makes about 5 cups. Double the recipe for a freezer full of meals and snacks. Use a large heavy pot. A 6 quart cast iron Dutch oven is ideal, but you can use a large heavy frying pan if that's what you have.



  • 1/4 lb. chopped sliced bacon, ham, or salt pork. So easy, just freeze the package and slice it perpendicular to the lay of the slices.
  • 1/4 cup dehydrated or 1/2 cup fresh chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite salsa, or Ro-tel tomatoes and green chilies for zip
  • 1 (16 oz.) can Rosarita traditional refried beans - tastes better with the fat:=)
  • 1 (16 oz.) can Rosarita premium seasoned whole black beans
  • 1 to 2 tsp. McCormick ancho chili pepper for a mild smoky flavor
  • or 1 tsp. regular chili powder for a more "taco" taste.
  • 3 to 4 inch chunk of Velveeta cheese cut into 1 inch cubes or sticks


To the heavy pot add: the minced bacon, garlic, onion, pepper, and the most of the liquid off the top of the salsa or chilies and tomatoes.


Simmer over medium heat until the water has evaporated and then medium/low until the bacon has fried a bit. No need to brown just cook it through; you don't want to scald the onion or garlic. Cook about 10 minutes, stir twice.

Spoon off any bacon fat. Now add everything else except the cheese.

Bring it up to temperature medium, for a minute or two while stirring from the bottom with a flat spoon, then simmer on very low, for five minutes.

Spread the cheese across the top and use the spoon to push it down into the bubbling beans. Cover while you prep the plates, about three minutes.

Stir in the now melted cheese, salt to taste, and serve.

Add fresh or chopped jalapenos or your favorite chili peppers.
Add a can of drained hominy.
If you use dehydrated onions, garlic powder, and Kirkland bacon bits, then just do it all in the microwave. Be sure to use the liquid from the salsa to hydrate the onions so it's not too soupy.


Servings: 5 Cups
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 25 Minutes

By TWB from Tigard, OR

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This is a great dip for chips. Most everyone loves it! Great for teen parties. Brown ground beef and onion in skillet and drain. Mix with remaining ingredients except cheeses in bowl.

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February 20, 2008

Does anyone have a recipe for Con Queso Dip with cream cheese?

Mary from ON, Canada


February 20, 20080 found this helpful

I love Con Queso Dip! I have never made one with cream cheese though.

Here are a few online:


These have cream cheese as well but also have a can of chili included:

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By Diana (Guest Post)
February 21, 20080 found this helpful

8 oz cream cheese
1 pkg velveeta with chiles
1 can rotel tomatoes
10-oz frozen spinach, drained


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February 21, 20080 found this helpful

Go to there are quite a few recipes there, just type in Cream Cheese Con Queso Dip

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By Jill (Guest Post)
February 2, 20090 found this helpful

This recipe is a hit with my friends and so good!
2 cans Chili No Beans
2 pkgs. of Cream Cheese
1 can Green Chiles
shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Mix in bowl and microwave for 5 minutes. Stir. Put in crock pot on warm. Enjoy!

I also experimented with a few artichoke hearts in the dip and it was DELICIOUS!

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March 1, 2010


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes or stew 3 of your own fresh tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 4 cups Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup light cream
  • tortilla chips


Heat olive oil in a skillet and saute' the onion until tender. Add the tomatoes and jalapeno pepper. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Add the cheese and cream and continue to heat for several minutes, stirring continuously. Serve warm with tortilla chips.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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September 8, 2009


  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 3 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 can tomatoes, undrained (16oz.)
  • 1 can hot green chilies
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 can tomato paste (4 oz.)
  • 1 lb. cheddar cheese, shredded
  • corn chips


Saute' onions in oil. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 1 1/2-2 hours. Serve with corn chips.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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September 8, 2009


  • 1 tsp. chopped onion
  • 1/4 stick margarine, melted
  • dash garlic powder
  • Tabasco sauce, to taste
  • 1 jar taco sauce
  • 1 lg. package Velveeta cheese, cubed


Saute' onion in margarine in skillet. Add garlic powder, Tabasco and taco sauce, mixing well. Add cheese gradually, stirring constantly until melted. Serve warm with tostados.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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