Moe's Queso Dip Recipe (2024)


Contrary to what a majority of recipes on this blog may imply, I’m not vegan.

Case in point:

Queso dip.

I think it’s a great way to eat, and 95% of the time, I do end up eating that way. Vegan, that is. However, the label “vegan” leaves out one very important component of a healthy diet: lack of freedom. I don’t like restriction. I like to be able to choose what I eat with each bite.

To me, healthy eating is two things:

1) Eating for health

2) Eating for enjoyment

And there’s easily room for both.

Take for example my love of Moe’s nachos. The husband and I both love Moe’s carryout, and often turn to it on football days, after long trips, or just when we feel like a treat. There’s nothing like the delicious cheesiness that is Mexican queso, especially when it’s smothered all over nachos.

So while I don’t eat cheese on a regular basis {neither my tummy nor my feet agree with it much}, there’s always room for a little queso.

The problem isn’t the cheese, really. The problem is Moe’s has started skimping on their portions. {!!} When you only put lettuce, black beans, and jalapenos on your nachos, you end up going home with a half-full take out box. No bueno.

The nacho-making isn’t the hard part. It’s mastering that gooey, oozy, slightly spicy queso blanco. Well, I’ve finally mastered it.

You can thank me later.

Queso Dip

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by with a Side of Sneakers


  • 1/4 pound white American cheddar {available at the deli counter}
  • 1/8 pound {a couple standard slices} pepper jack cheese {use Monterey jack if you don’t want a lot of kick to your dip}
  • 1/4 cup white onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno, diced
  • 1/16 tsp smoked cumin {or regular}
  • 1/8-1/4 cup almond milk {or any milk}
  • 1/8 cup amber or dark beer {optional..and go ahead, drink the rest;)}
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil


In a small sauce pan, sauté finely diced onion over medium heat until the onion starts to brown. Stir in jalapeno and cook a few more minutes.

Rip the cheeses into smaller pieces and add to pot.

Slowly pour in a small amount of milk and whisk into melting cheese. Add beer if using. Slowly add milk/cheese until desired consistency is reached. Remember cheese will thicken quickly as it cools.

Stir in cumin and olive oil. Don’t skip the oil- it helps it not solidify so fast when you’re using it as a dip.

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Don’t do cheese? Try this veganqueso blanco recipe instead.

If you liked this, try:

Cilantro Lime Rice

Sweet Potato Chicken Patties

Healthy Cinnamon Rolls

Right now on tiny sneakers: the potentially dangerous debate on who has it easier- working moms or stay at home moms. Go weigh in with your take.


  1. Moe's Queso Dip Recipe (11)

    Kristen @ The Concrete Runneron October 9, 2011 at 11:19 am

    OMG, yum! I will be making this soon! Or heading over to Moe's to get some b/c I'm too lazy to get the ingredients at the store.Reply

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    Kellyon October 9, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I wish I had read this before I went to Moe's! That's what we had for dinner tonight bc I was wanting queso :) Your nachos look better than theirs!Reply

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    Liz @ iheartvegetableson October 9, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    My man friends are going to FLIP when I make this!!! THANK YOU!!!Reply

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    Heatheron October 10, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I love Moe's - my husband always gets the Queso dip! I will have to make this for him.Thank you for posting!Reply

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    Nicholeon October 10, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Be still my heart! We don't get mexican here so this is officially rocking my socks. brilliant!! MMMM!! Craving these now.Reply

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    Natalie @MamaTrackon October 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Love, love, love queso. Will definitely try this out!Reply

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    Dwija {House Unseen}on October 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Oh my word....the mouth is WATERING. Delicious. Amazing!Reply

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    aquariannon October 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I adore queso dip! Yours looks divine. *drool*Reply

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    brandion October 12, 2011 at 11:48 am

    oh man. this looks so good! perfect football food :)Reply

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    Danielle Budauon November 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I'm confused. I'm allergic to almonds & all tree nuts for that matter. How is there almond milk in this? I eat it at Moe's every time I go there. Is this a different recipe or is it actually from there?Reply

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      Heatheron November 18, 2012 at 10:31 am

      This is a copycat recipe- you can use any kind of milk for this, I just used almond because that's what I drink at home.Reply

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    Brittany Tayloron April 7, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    This is exactly what I have been searching for. Taste straight out of a Mexican restaurant. Delicious!Reply

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    Cheryl E Wonnellon January 16, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    I don't want beer in mine, will it make that much difference to leave it out?Reply

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    Hollyon January 23, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    How would you make this in a crockpot?Reply

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Moe's Queso Dip Recipe (2024)


What is Moe's queso made of? ›

6 Slices (19g) White American Cheese. 2 Slices Pepperjack Cheese. 1 Cup Heavy Cream. ¼ Cup Jalapeno Juice from the Jar.

What is Mexican queso dip made of? ›

The Mexican cheese dip I know about is queso fundido, which means simply melted cheese. Typically, chopped tomatoes, onions, and chiles are sautéed in a skillet, often with chorizo and sometimes with mushrooms or other vegetables.

Is Moes Queso fresh? ›

Each queso flavor is created in-house by adding fresh ingredients to Moe's Famous Queso – it's like adding diamonds to liquid gold.

Does Moe's queso have jalapenos? ›

Moe's Famous Queso

Blended with 3 cheeses and diced jalapeños, our Famous Queso is a must have.

Is Moe's queso made with pasteurized milk? ›

Is your cheese pasteurized? Our Famous Queso, shredded cheese and sour cream are all made with pasteurized milk.

Did Moe's change their queso? ›

“In our first side-by-side test comparison, the new recipe sold three times more frequently than the original recipe. We're really excited about that.” But one thing isn't changing at Moe's Southwest Grill—the tried-and-true recipe of their famous queso won't be changing.

What makes queso taste like queso? ›

If you're wondering what is queso made of, you needn't look much further than the name. It's mostly cheese. Beyond that, there is usually tomato, onion, and jalapeños or chiles for some added heat. Add in evaporated milk and cornstarch for thickening, and viola!

What kind of cheese do you use for Mexican queso? ›

Authentic Queso Dip is easy to make. Cicique Asadero Cheese works because it's the perfect Mexican melting cheese with a mild flavor.

What cheese is authentic queso made of? ›

Asadero cheese firmly answers the question: “What types of cheese do Mexican restaurants use for queso. If Oaxaca cheese looks like mozzarella, then asadero cheese tastes like it. It elicits a subtle tanginess that offers a little more dimension than Oaxaca cheese.

Did Moe's stop selling queso? ›

About Moe's Southwest Grill®

Whether you visit one of our 700 franchised locations or have us cater your next event, free chips and salsa come with every order, and each restaurant has a salsa bar and serves our famous queso.

What is in Moe's chili con queso? ›

Chili Con Queso. The perfect mix of our Famous Queso, ground beef and jalapeños. Get it on the side to dip your chips or upgrade your entrée.

Does Moe's use fresh ingredients? ›

We chop about 34 pounds of tomatoes every day in every Moe's for our fresh pico and salsas. Every hour, we cook all-natural proteins on the grill. And every day, our seasonal salsas and pico de gallo are freshly made in house.

When you order queso from Moe's does it come with chips? ›

Moe's Famous Queso

Comes with bottomless chips.

How long is moes queso good for? ›

In general, store-bought queso can be stored in the fridge for about a week or two before it starts to go off. By keeping track of when you opened the jar and giving any leftovers a sniff before plating up a new dish, you can avoid spoiling your next queso-centric meal with expired cheese.

Is moes queso spicy? ›

"Moe's queso is everything it should be — cheesy, silky, with a nice fiery kick at the end.

Can you eat queso from Mexican restaurant while pregnant? ›

Queso, a favorite dip for many, can continue to be enjoyed throughout pregnancy, whether it's on your nachos, burritos, or simply paired with chips. Because queso is a cheese dip that's fully cooked, the risk of lingering bad bacteria is quite low.

Is queso fresco just queso? ›

No. Queso fresco ("fresh cheese") and queso blanco ("white cheese") are often considered interchangeable because of their similarities. However, despite their parallels, queso fresco and queso blanco are different cheeses—the former is made with rennet and culture, while the latter is made with just milk and an acid.

Is there a difference between queso and cheese dip? ›

Scanning the internet and the supermarket shelf, we realized that the cheese sauces are divided into two basic categories: Queso Dips, which include some amount of heat, spices, and other flavorings, and Cheese Dips, which are cheese and little else.

What is the difference between queso and regular cheese? ›

Queso fresco has a different way of creating it, and that's what sets it apart from other well-known cheese. Queso fresco has a bolder, tangier flavor than mozzarella cheese but is smoother and saltier than that of goat cheese. It is used in several classic Mexican dishes such as tacos and bean dishes.

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