The Best Queso Blanco Dip Recipe you HAVE to Try | Color Me Meg

the best queso blanco dip recipe

this queso blanco dip is filled with spinach and flavor and a little kick. it’s a party favorite and a must-have for cinco de mayo!

queso blanco dip recipeThe Best Queso Blanco…

Here in Arizona, there is a Mexican restaurant that is one of the best there is, in my opinion. It is ALWAYS busy, and has one of the best versions of Queso Blanco Dip I have ever tried. I was determined to figure out how to make it. We asked around and got some of the ingredients from the waiters and the husband and I spent the entire week making and remaking it. 

This recipe was originally posted in January 2013, and since then, I have added and changed the recipe at least twice. I wanted it to have the right kick. We whip this one back out of the archives when it is near Cinco De Mayo, which, as it turns out is also the day before my birthday. So it’s only fitting to share one of my favorite appetizers of all time! 

spinach queso blanco dip recipe

The Making of a Queso Blanco Dip…

When I originally posted this recipe, it grew to be one of my top visited and tried recipe on the blog. We had a LOT of questions about how to make it. One tip you must know (that I sadly learned the hard way) is that you MUST use full fat half and half or cream. Anything less will make it disgusting. Don’t try it.

We use this cheese dip in quite a few Mexican recipes and like to make it when we do tacos with family. Here is the video to help you know how to make it (and some great throw together tacos). Some have said they had a hard time getting it to mix, so be sure to take it slow and mix in each layer until melted… AND be sure you are using the full cream or half and half, low f

If you are a Queso Blanco or even Mexican food lover, you may also love these other recipes!

Mexican food ideas for Cinco De Mayo

Fried Avocado Tacos

Green Chicken Avocado and Black Bean Enchiladas

Pulled Chicken Tacos

My Mexican Recipes

queso blanco cheese dip with spinach

Queso Blanco Dip

This Queso Blanco Dip Is Filled With Spinach And Flavor And A Little Kick. It’s A Party Favorite And A Must-Have For Cinco De Mayo!




Servings 10
Author Meg


  • 1
    canola oil
  • 1/2
    white onion
  • 1
    red bell pepper
  • 2
    diced and with most seeds IN
  • 1
    half and half (or milk if you don’t have it)
  • 1
    white american cheese
    thinly sliced or shredded
  • 1
    pepper jack cheese
    thinly sliced or shredded
  • 2
    fresh spinach
    roughly chopped
  • 1/2
    fresh cilantro
  • salt and white pepper to taste


  1. Heat up the oil in a large sauce pan on med-hi heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno. Cook until pretty soft, and even a little carmelizedish. 

  2. Add half-n-half and reduce heat to low. Layer your strips or shredded cheese gradually {waiting until each layer melts before adding another} and keep it moving until all of the cheese is melted. 

  3. Add half-n-half and reduce heat to low. layer your strips or shredded cheese gradually {waiting until each layer melts before adding another} and keep it moving until all of the cheese is melted. add spinach, cilantro, and salt & white pepper to taste. if you need more heat, add crushed red pepper, or even a few hits of tapatio.

Recipe Notes

Reheating: If you should have any left over, it does reheat. Small increments, low heat, until melted again without cooking the sides. Or you could spoon it back into your saucepan and let it get naughty the right way. I’m going to go ahead and bet you won’t have too much left over though! 😉

NOTE: You HAVE to use full fat 1/2 and 1/2, or full cream. If you sub milk or low fat anything, the cheese will not melt and incorporate, and the texture will be disgusting! Trust me on this.

queso blanco dip recipe


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About Meg

I am Meg. A health and fitness coach, a color lover, and a wish-i-owned-a-house-er. My husband and I are self-declared foodies and LOVE cooking together and doing home projects. We blog about our [mostly] healthy food and DIY adventures from sunny Arizona with our 3 cutie kids. Email me at colormemegblog at gmail dot com to work with me!

9 comments on the best queso blanco dip recipe

    January 15, 2013 at 8:05 pm (6 years ago)

    Somehow I ended up following you on Facebook. I think it had to do with Mandy's Recipe Box – each one of these blogs you follow gives you an entry. Whatever the case may be I catch your occasional FB post and keep meaning to check out your blog for the real. Well, today is the day. Pretty much when I saw the Queso Dip – oh my! I checked out your blog including your "bloggin" page

    • Meg @ BigRedClifford
      January 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks! What a kind comment! 😉 I went and just read through yours like a magazine, how fun! I follow right back. 😉

  2. keri @ shaken together
    January 15, 2013 at 11:35 pm (6 years ago)

    This looks AMAZING … love the addition of spinach in this dip! Pinned!

  3. Lisa Michelle
    January 16, 2013 at 9:57 pm (6 years ago)

    Consider yourself pinned…again. 🙂

  4. Beth Baumgartner
    January 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm (6 years ago)

    Yum! I saw you featured at Watch Out Martha!<br />I am co-hosting a link party today called Tell Me Tuesdays! I&#39;d love for you to come check it out and link up!!<br /><a href="; rel="nofollow">Beth @ The First Year Blog</a>

  5. Sarah E.
    January 26, 2013 at 10:12 pm (6 years ago)

    Stopping by from Totally Tasty Tuesday – your dip looks incredible. Can&#39;t wait to try it out. Pinned to share 🙂

  6. Glory/ Glorious Treats
    January 31, 2013 at 1:05 am (6 years ago)

    Yum, looks amazing! I may need to add this to the Superbowl menu!

  7. Stacy
    February 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm (6 years ago)

    OK what did I do wrong?? I followed the directions exactly except I didn&#39;t have half n half so I used milk. Mine looked like a big lump of cheese with a saucy liquid on top. It would not mix! I tried draining off the liquid and melting it but it just is not smooth and creamy! I shredded the cheese, added it gradually and stirred while it melted. It never would mix with the milk.