Chili’s Queso Dip

This is a copycat version of Chili’s Queso Dip which is one of my family’s favorites. Throw together in the slow cooker or heat on the stove, either way it’s a quick crowd pleasing appetizer.

Chili's Queso - a copycat version of the famous cheesy dip. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comWe don’t go out often with all five kids mainly because we aren’t masochists. Until our kids get a little older there’s just no reason to take them out. I want them to appreciate going out – for it to be a special event that they don’t take for granted. The one place we’ve started eating at recently is Chili’s mainly because they have little consoles that the kids can play games on at the table while you wait for your food.

I’m not going to lie, a little piece inside of me dies everytime we go there because it means I’ve given up on having family conversations during mealtime and surrendered to technology. But sometimes, it’s so worth it for a quiet meal. And we have plenty of family convos at home around our own dinner table.

My friend asked me to bring a queso dip to a Mexican pool party and I looked for the easiest one I could find. It has Velveeta. I realize I might get some lots of hate mail for that but hey, if you don’t like it come back tomorrow for a different recipe. We can still be friends. I will say this dip is spot on in my opinion. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser!

Chili's Queso Dip
Serves: 12 servings
  • 16 oz. Velveeta Cheese
  • 1 cup milk (or half and half for an even creamier version)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (15-oz) can no-bean chili (like Hormel)
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • tortilla chips, for serving
  1. Cut Velveeta cheese into cubes. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker (can also be heated on the stove without a slow cooker). Cover and cook on low for 2 hours or on high for 1 hour.
  2. Stir together and keep on low until ready to serve. Serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy!
I happen to have a 1.5 quart slow cooker that worked perfectly for this. You can use a bigger one, it just won't fill the slow cooker as much. This can also be prepared on the stove top. Just heat up the ingredients and enjoy!
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Christy is the voice behind The Girl Who Who Ate Everything! She is no stranger to making meals that kids and adults will love. She grew up in Mesa, Arizona as the youngest of ten kids. She can always be found in her kitchen with music playing and cooking with her kids. She published her first cookbook in 2014. She loves party food that gets the conversations going!

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  1. OMG – that looks SO good! I could just eat it with a spoon… forget the chips. Definitely adding this to my list to make this week.
    Oh, also wanted to let you know that I just love your blog. I actually featured it on MY blog today as one of my favorite food blogs! ๐Ÿ™‚
    “The Busy Brunette”

  2. While I am pretty selective about cheese, nothing melts like Velveeta. Like many tasty things in life, a little now and then isn’t going to kill you. Not even in what looks like a killer dip. Yum.

  3. Thanks for sharing just in time for Cinco de Mayo. I fully support your use of Velveeta, because it simply is best in some recipes. This looks delicious.

  4. Yummy!! That looks great! I love dip!

  5. Doesnt chilis queso have ground meat?

  6. It’s just, WOW, this Chili’s Queso dip is amazing. I made one and it just taste great with chips. Your site is just packed with easy and delicious recipe thank you!

  7. No matter where I went, I could NOT find no-bean chili… Tried using ‘Manwich’ instead and it worked great!
    Have yet to be disappointed with a ‘Girl Who Ate Everything’ recipe!

  8. YUMMO. It tastes exactly like Chilis. Making it for Christmas Eve this year for the family. They will LOVE it!!

  9. I just made this dip and it was really good I used a 32 oz of cheese and just diluted it with half and half. Came out perfect

  10. I think it’s a good base but incredibly salty that I could only eat a few chips.

  11. Used the white queso velveeta because I already had it in my fridge. It was delicious!

  12. This dip is delicious!!! Every time I serve it I am asked for the recipe. Thanks for another wonderful recipe! Me and my daughters love your blog!!!

  13. I make this with smoked paprika…..elevated YUM!!!!