Queso sauce

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Queso Sauce or spicy cheese Mexican dip! This spicy cheese sauce is different from Cheese dip which is cheese sauce without peppers.

The traditional name for queso sauce is Queso con Carne and it is popular in restaurants in the American South West and along the Mexican border.

Its history is about as clear as the sauce itself! One report says that the sauce originated in 1900 in an restaurant creatively called the ‘original Mexican restaurant’! A man called Otis Farnsworth opened it in San Antonio, That’s San Antonio Texas, not San Antonio Town on the Spanish island of Ibiza! Guess which item was the most popular on the menu, the queso sauce of course!


The earliest written record of Queso sauce is in a cookbook published in 1920. (Again creatively named!) The San Antonio women’s organization cookbook. The recipe uses American cheese. This cheese is processed. Kraft created Processed cheese in 1910. So I’m going to guess that the recipe in this cookbook probably isn’t the recipe that was originally used in the Orginal Mexican restaurant!


Nowadays, you usually find queso sauce served with tortilla chips as a starter or a appertizer. It is served along other side dishes such as Pico de gallo, rice and guacamole.

It is however, awesome as a side dish for lots of Mexican dishes, Fajitas, tacos, quesadillas to name a few! I use it for my Enchilada recipe and the spices in tomato sauce complement the rest of the dish beautifully!

There are lots of Queso sauce recipes out there, many of which have milk and butter as the base ingredient. I prefer to use double cream instead of these because I like a thicker and creamer sauce! Definitely don’t use processed cheese either! Use a good quality Mature cheddar cheese.

Recipe for Queso sauce

My Queso sauce recipe is a quick and easy one, prepare all of the ingredients before you start cooking and you will be fine!

I also like to mince my garlic and chilli, this is so there are no hidden spicy surprises! Another key point is to use freshly grated nutmeg! You will need a good quality extra fine grater to do this though. If you find that your queso sauce is a little too thick, add a little milk in until you get the sauce to the thickness that you like!

For my Queso sauce recipe you will need the following;

  • 150 grams of extra mature cheddar cheese,
  • 100ml of double cream
  • 1 Jalapeño
  • A clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • freshly grated nutmeg.
  • sea salt to taste.


In a warm pan add your cream and cheese. Heat the mixture up until the cheese starts to melt.

When your cheese has melted. Add everything else in and stir your queso sauce until it all comes together. Season with salt. Add milk to the queso sauce if you find it a little too thick.

That’s its! It is really simple to make this Mexican cheese dip and it tastes amazing!

Catch the video below for the step by step instructions of this queso sauce!

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