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Real Cheese Queso Dip

Make real cheese queso dip for your next football party.  This rotel queso with real cheese dip is made with cheddar, Monterrey jack, cream cheese and seasonings.  

real cheese queso dip


Are you eating too much processed food in your diet?  I know we certainly are, we try to get away from it but it tends to sneak into our house.   And especially when the family is gathered around the Television for a big event, like Super Bowl, it just screams processed food or frozen this, frozen that or packaged this, packaged that.  Every commercial shows us how to make a fast breakfast, a fast lunch, a fast dinner or an easy microwave snack for that big game.  I know we are busy people but shouldn’t some of the excitement of the day be in preparing for our party or whipping up some healthier snacks?

This is a real cheese queso dip recipe with Rotel ™ and  three different cheeses .  This recipe requires only a minimal amount of work like shredding cheese and chopping a few onions.  And it’s totally worth it because who doesn’t love snacks made with real ingredients. 


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rotel dip with real cheese


I have a tendency to always serve some form of Queso dip for any Football or tailgating party.   I could have and have in the past, just heated up that cheese that hangs out on the shelf in your local grocery store and throw a can of tomatoes and green chiles in it and called it, “good” and it is good, but it’s not “special”.    Now this Queso Dip made from real cheeses and rotel is special and so fresh and delicious. 


Real Cheese Queso Dip Recipe:


  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 pint Half and Half
  • 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 10 ounce can of Rotel™
  • 4 Jalapeños
  • chili powder, for garnish
  • Additional chopped green onions, for garnish
  • Tortilla Chips



  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Fondue Pot or small crockpot


How to make this real cheese queso dip:


  • Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat add green onion s and jalapeños and sauté for about 2 minutes. Stir in flour and cumin, cook for one minute stirring constantly until very well blended. 
  • Slowly pour in half and half, continuing to stir and bring to a simmer.  Remove pan from heat and add cream cheese stirring until completely melted.
  • Return pan to low heat and add the real cheeses, stir until completely melted and blended.
  • Stir in the Rotel™ and cook until heated thoroughly.  Do not allow it to boil
  • Transfer to a serving bowl or heated fondue dish (or small crockpot).
  • Serve with tortillas chips or veggies. 


real cheese queso dip


And part of the fun and memories of any gathering should not only be eating the snacks but the time in the kitchen together plating up a great smorgasbord.  

This cheesy concoction is a cool spin from the norm with the  added benefit of  real cheeses.  It really doesn’t take that long to make and the prep work is minimal. It’s an opportunity to take a step away from prepared foods and prepare your own real cheese queso.    We believe you will me glad you did. 



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5 from 1 vote

Quarterback Dip

Cheesy Queso Dip made from Real Cheeses
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dips, Football Party Food, Football themed party, real cheese queso, Rotel cheese queso
Servings: 8
Calories: 231kcal
Author: Evelyn



  • Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add green onions and saute for 2 minutes.   Stir in flour and cumin, cook for 1 minute stirring constantly
  • Slowly pour in half and half, continuing to stir and bring to a simmer. Remove pan from heat and add cream cheese stirring until melted
  • Return pan to low heat and add cheeses, stir until completely melted and blended
  • Stir in Rotel and jalapeños and cook until heated thoroughly. (Do not boil)
  • Transfer to serving bowl, garnish with chili powder and optional green onions.
  • Serve in a heated fondue dish with tortilla chips and/or veggies


**Note- can be made ahead of time and transferred to a microwavable safe dish, covered with clear wrap and refrigerated. To reheat microwave 3-4 minutes on high heat, stirring once per minute until hot)


Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 276mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Recipe Rating


Sunday 20th of November 2022

that thing looks amazing


Sunday 20th of November 2022

Thank you very much.

KC the Kitchen Chopper

Tuesday 13th of January 2015

This dip would be awesome at any party!

Jamie Sherman

Tuesday 13th of January 2015

Perfect for game day!! :)

Kecia'sFlavor Breakthrough

Tuesday 13th of January 2015

This dip looks creamy and delicious! Perfect for game day or any other party!

Dan from Platter Talk

Tuesday 13th of January 2015

Awesome dip here; hoping this will help send the Packers all the way this year!