Creamy Queso Dip (with Veggies!)

I told my husband I wanted to make queso dip, and he said, “how are you going to make a cheese dip ‘healthy?'” Well, here’s the answer! Along with all the flavorful spices you simply add peppers, tomatoes and spinach to the mix AND offer veggies on the side for dipping in addition to the chips. So just in time for Super Bowl – give it a go and let me know what you think! :) Oh, and if you are going to serve this on Sunday I would highly recommend trying to keep it warm in something like this.

Creamy Queso Dip with Veggies on 100 Days of #RealFood

Creamy Queso Dip with Veggies on 100 Days of #RealFood

Creamy Queso Dip (with Veggies!)

I told my husband I wanted to make queso dip, and he said, "how are you going to make a cheese dip 'healthy?'" Well, here's the answer!
4.9 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Print Recipe
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup onion diced
  • 1 poblano pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper (cayenne pepper)
  • 2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups cheese freshly grated (like Monterey Jack, Grand Cru, or another mild white cheese)
  • 1 tomato finely diced
  • 1 cup spinach fresh, cut into ribbons

Instructions
 

  • Melt the butter in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and both diced peppers and cook while stirring occasionally until the veggies soften, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and other spices to the pan and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Sprinkle in the flour and stir vigorously until the mixture begins to darken but does not burn, about 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk, continue whisking to break up any lumps, allow it to thicken just slightly, and then turn off the heat. Sprinkle in the cheese, stir with a spoon until it melts completely, and then gently mix in the diced tomato and chopped spinach. Serve warm with veggies and/or chips. Enjoy!

Notes

If you accidentally thicken the cheese sauce too much you could mix in a little extra milk, but I wouldn't recommend overdoing it since it takes away from the flavors.
We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Queso Dip (with Veggies!)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 251 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 59mg20%
Sodium 508mg22%
Potassium 221mg6%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 1470IU29%
Vitamin C 23.9mg29%
Calcium 332mg33%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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57 thoughts on “Creamy Queso Dip (with Veggies!)”

  1. 5 stars
    I will definitely be adding this to my recipe book! Can’t wait to try it out! I will most likely be adding more garlic and maybe some paprika too. =] This will be a perfect appetizer.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this tonight (I did not add the peppers to make it toddler friendly) and it was so quick and easy to whip up. My kids like it liquidy so I also added a little more milk to our desired consistency. Kids and adults all raved about it! Definitely an immediate HUGE hit. Reminds me a lot of what Chipotle serves now, but even better! So incredibly delicious.

    1. 100 Days Admin

      Thanks so much for sharing. I’m glad that you were able to adjust it to meet your families needs. :) – Nicole

  3. The recipe calls for an “1/8 teaspoon red bell pepper” that seems like a very small amount of red bell pepper. Is this supposed to be 1/8 of cayenne or red pepper flakes? Just wanted to check.

    1. Hi Sandi,
      While we haven’t tried it, it should be just as tasty. If you make it, let us know how it turns out! – Nicole

  4. 5 stars
    Have made this half a dozen times and am loving it again on this snowy day! Thanks for being an incredible cook and sharing it with the rest of us!

  5. 4 stars
    I thought this was pretty good, but both my husband and I felt that there was something lacking. It needed more oomph, but we weren’t quite sure what. I tried adding more salt and some paprika and that seemed to help a bit, but still not right. Anyone have any suggestions?

  6. This looks fantastic! I love queso dip, but most of the ones I’ve had are just cheese and some spices. I like the addition of the veggies in this one. Can’t wait to try it!

  7. 5 stars
    This is exactly what I was looking for to bring a Super Bowl party! So many queso dips use Velveeta that I almost gave up trying to find one that used real cheese until your email popped into my inbox this morning. Thank you! I plan on adding chili to this as I love chili queso dip :)

  8. I just made it for my friends and we absolutely loved it. So cheesy!!!
    Did you ever try freezing it? I would love having small servings ready when craving for cheese dip
    Greetings from Germany, Anna

  9. 5 stars
    SERIOUSLY – my 13 year old son just told me he can’t stop eating this. This is a WIN! Took it to work today for a World Series (yes our team is in) potluck and luckily I doubled it. Love this healthy queso dip!

  10. Do you think you can reheat this in the microwave, or possibly keep warm in a crockpot? I want to take this to a work Cinco de Mayo party but those would be my only “appliances” available to reheat.

  11. 5 stars
    I made this dip yesterday for my hubby and I to have for the Super Bowl. It was DELICIOUS!! He didn’t like it as much as he loves his Velveeta dip – but I liked it more. He’s willing to make the switch though, as he knows how much healthier this is for us and in his words “it’s not bad at all”. :) He’s a tough cookie, very picky, so I’m taking this as a success! It was soo yummy. I can’t wait to eat up the leftovers.

  12. I thought this was a great base recipe and awesome for my “velveeta loving” family. Mine did turn out a little grainy so not sure if maybe that was because the cheese I used. It also had a little bit of a flour taste so will make sure I cook it off a little more next time.

  13. My store never has poblano peppers, so I picked up a yellow bell pepper. Since I lose the flavor of the poblano, I’m using cilantro instead of spinach and will most likely up the spices. I can’t wait to dig in.

  14. I love the idea of adding veggies to this, and using them to dip! This is something I have been working on, adding more veggies to every bite. I bet kids would love this, and picky husbands!

  15. been wondering about nutritional yeast and if it is safe then told to stay away from yeast extractand autolyzed yeast because it really just another name for msg. I have a braggs nutritional yeast but haven’t used since I was unsure. Anyone know since some are recommending?

  16. Sounds Delish! I think I’ll make it by the recipe and dump it in a crock pot for a super bowl app. Crock pot warming shouldn’t affect it, correct? I hate velveeta, thanks for this!

    1. This turned out great in the crock pot! Super easy. I followed the recipe instructions and poured it all into the crockpot and left it on warm most of the day. The consistency was great over Costco organic tortilla chips. I used sharp white cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. Added a few more peppers to spice it up (we like heat!). It was a hit :)

  17. Terese,
    If you use nutritional yeast that will act as thickener. I would at a little at a time until you get the right consistence.

  18. Looks great and will definitely try. My cousin’s daughter needs to have food gluten free. Any suggestions on how to thicken it without the flour? I’d love to have a snack that she can enjoy too. Thanks!

  19. Thank you so much! I have been looking for a simple something to bring to a Superbowl party so I could have something to munch on! This will do the trick, cannot wait to make it this Sunday! This will be so helpful in keeping me from eating too poorly during the game.

  20. Lisa – I’ve only just discovered your blog. Inspirational! Don’t forget about nutritional yeast as a good cheese / cheese flavor substitute too: although sometimes these kinds of ingredients can be a bit daunting for those new to healthy eating.

    1. I second that! I immediatly recognized the Roth name. Haven’t tried the recommended cheese, but Roth’s Butterkase is delicious. I buy it at Brennan’s Market, a fruit and cheese store in Madison.

  21. 5 stars
    I just tried this tonight and it was delicious. To beef it up for dinner I added 2 cans of beans, 1 can of corn and a bell pepper, then doubled the spices and added cilantro. We served it nacho style. Yum!

  22. We order something like this at our local Mexican restaurant. I am sure it is made with a processed cheese food. We like the peppers and tomatoes in all the cheesy goodness. I can’t wait to give this a go at our next Mexican night! Thanks Lisa!

  23. Ooh…cheese dip with peppers and spinach looks even better than regular cheese dip! I might make this next Sunday too.

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