Taco Queso Dip Recipe

Joshua Bousel

Recipe Facts

Active: 25 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 8 to 10 servings

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  • 1/2 pound Monterey Jack cheese, grated

  • 1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion

  • 1 small jalapeño, stemmed, seeded, and finely diced

  • 1 teaspoon garlic (about 1 medium clove)

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 pound ground beef chuck

  • 1/4 cup salsa

  • 5 ounces evaporated milk

  • 1/4 cup sour cream

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

  • 1/2 teaspoon zest from 1 lime

  • Kosher salt


  1. Place monterey jack and cheddar cheese in a medium bowl and toss with cornstarch until evenly coated. Set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add in onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned around the edges, about 5 minutes. Add in jalapeño, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and oregano and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in ground beef and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in salsa, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in evaporated milk, scraping bottom of pan to release any fond, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add in cheese. Stir constantly until cheese is melted and smooth. Stir in sour cream, cilantro, and lime zest. Season with salt to taste. Transfer to a bowl and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
290 Calories
23g Fat
5g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 290
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 497mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 392mg 30%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 199mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)