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Green Chile Queso Dip

A skillet of green chile queso topped with cilantro and a chip being dipped.

Hello from Sunny California (for real it’s 90 degrees outside). 

Today at Trader Joe’s the cashier looked at me and was all “Gosh, it’s just so hot out” I seriously wanted to throw watermelon at him and dance with joy. I LOVE the heat! 

I know you probably think that I’m cray but I truly believe my body just does better in warmer temperatures. I’ve never really been tested but I’m quite certain that my body runs on low blood pressure or I am slightly anemic because I have been cold like this my WHOLE life and I grew up in sunny southern California. Crazy, I know. 

I have been recipe testing this week (which means I’m at Trader Joe’s like every day!) and also started a new project with Purely Elizabeth! We have done two shoots with them to launch some of their new products. You can check them out here and here!  We (by we I mean Abbie and I) are going to start shooting a months worth of content for them each month! It’s an exciting opportunity and I’m thrilled to add another client of stable work!

A lot of bloggers don’t chat about this but it provides a great deal of security in this freelance world and I couldn’t be happier to take it on. Plus, those Purely Elizabeth ladies are some serious gems! I love working with them and creating beautiful work together! 

A skillet with sautéed red onions and a wooden spoon

Between client work and some other spring recipes, I have also dove HEAD first into Cinco De Mayo recipes!

I have got so much goodness coming to you. If you didn’t already know I’m kind of guacamole and margarita obsessed. Like, if I was stranded on a desert island those two things would get me through. I can’t remember the exact point where I fell in love with tequila but just smelling a good Anejo makes me so happy.

I sound like an alcoholic but seriously, it’s my favorite. I love the aroma when you cook with tequila, the citrus based cocktails and just generally the taste. Which means Cinco De Mayo is my FAV. If you want to get started early be sure to try these blood orange margaritas or these lime and chili mezcal beergaritas

I may be jumping the gun just a tad but this green chile queso was just too good not to spread to the masses. It is taco Tuesday after all?! This queso recipe seems 100% appropriate 😉 

I think I love queso almost as much as I love guacamole. The margin of love is quite small. The only thing that holds me back is queso makes me feel mega bloated and once I start I have a real hard time stopping. Anyone else?! 

Queso is an absolute must at any Mexican gathering and ESPECIALLY on Cinco De Mayo! 


  • Unsalted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 red onion
  • All purpose flour
  • Milk
  • Green chilis
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground cumin
  • Jalapeno
  • Monterey jack cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • chopped cilantro + chips for serving

A skillet filled with cheese being whisked.

If you are a green chile enchilada lover, this is the queso for you. The queso starts off with a standard red onion/jalapeno flavoring base.

The onions and jalapeno break down to ensure super creamy queso. If you don’t like spicy you can omit the jalapeno and if you LOVE spicy you can totally add in some more! 

Next, you will make a simple roux to thicken the queso up. This helps the queso become super creamy without having to add anything in like Velveeta.

This queso consists of shredded cheddar and Monterey jack cheese. Both of these cheeses are great melters and set this melty dish up for a classic flavor. 

My favorite addition and the ultimate easy flavor boost is a can of green chilis! Canned green chilis are one of my pantry secret weapons.

Whenever I am making a Mexican dish I usually sneak in a tiny can for an extra boost of flavor! Just add in the green chilis right before your shredded cheeses!

I love to serve this queso up with freshly chopped cilantro and salty restaurant style chips!

A skillet of green chile queso being whisked.

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If you make this Green Chile Queso Dip, be sure to tag me on Pinterest and Instagram! I seriously love seeing what you guys are making and sharing your creations with the College Housewife community!

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Green Chile Queso Dip

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Mexican


This easy green chili queso dip is the perfect party food! This easy appetizer recipe is just like mexican restaraunt style queso with a fun and zesty green chili twist!



2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 red onion, diced

2 tablespoons of all purpose flour

1 cup of milk

1 4.5 ounce can of green chilis

1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin

1 jalapeno, minced

1 cup of shredded monterey jack cheese

1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

chopped cilantro + chips for serving


  1. In a small cast iron or heavy bottom skillet heat unsalted butter on medium heat until melted, 1-2 mins.
  2. Add in red onion and cook for 2-3 minutes or until translucent.
  3. Add in minced garlic and continue to cook for 1 minute.
  4. Sprinkle flour over onion/garlic mixture and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Pour milk to onion/butter mixture slowly. Whisk mixture continuously for 2-3 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken.
  6. Whisk in salt, cumin, jalapeno and green chilis to queso base. Remove from heat and whisk in cheeses until everything has melted.
  7. Serve with freshly chopped cilantro and thick blue corn chips! 

Keywords: green chili, queso, happy hour, cheesy

A skillet filled with green chili queso dip topped with cilantro.

A girl eating green chile queso dip with a margarita in hand.

Don’t forget to save this pin for your next gathering! 


  1. Megan
    April 24, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    I have been searching for a reliable, easy, delicous queso for ages. I’ve already maid this one twice and plan on making it for a good friends bridal shower this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

    • Elizabeth Van Lierde
      April 30, 2018 / 4:54 pm

      Hi Megan! This made me so happy to hear! I couldn’t be more excited that you found your ‘old faithful’ of quesos’! Enjoy!

  2. Serena
    April 16, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    Hey there! Great recipe! I was wondering which marble contact paper you used to cover your countertop when you renovated your rental kitchen ??

  3. April 12, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    I think we could be marg mates. Is that a thing? Let’s make it a thing k? I too live for anything to do with salsa, margs, guac, and cheese. I literally have 4 bowls of dip to go with our chips at a mexican place. No shame. And this queso? YAAAUUUMMMM. I need this in my life like yesterday. Going on the must try list ASAP.

    • April 12, 2018 / 2:35 pm

      I was typing too fast and I spelled my own freakin name wrong….LOLHappy Thursday!

    • Elizabeth Van Lierde
      April 30, 2018 / 4:55 pm

      Queso and margs are my love language.

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