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Cooked queso dip in a cast iron skillet with cilantro on top and tortilla chips on the side

Spicy Queso Dip for Two

This Spicy Queso Dip For Two is a simple and crowd-pleasing snack! Whip it up in less than 20 minutes and serve with crunchy tortilla chips.
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Author: Michelle Ferrand
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, quick, small batch
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 2 servings


  • 1 ½ teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot about ½ shallot
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno about ½ jalapeno, seeded if you want it less spicy
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder regular chili powder works too!
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ 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!
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  • *If your dip isn’t hot enough, place over low heat, whisk constantly until desired temperature, adding a little more milk as needed.

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Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 602mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1062IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 400mg | Iron: 1mg