Steak Queso Dip

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Creamy, spicy, cheesy Steak Queso Dip is a hearty appetizer that everyone loves! Get the recipe at

Steak Queso Dip is creamy, spicy, smooth, cheesy and fully loaded with tender bites of steak. This queso is better than anything they’re serving at your favorite Mexican restaurant.

What is Queso?

In Spanish, “queso” translates simply to “cheese.” However, in the United States, queso usually refers to a hot cheesy dip. It’s often made with Mexican spices and served as an appetizer or party food alongside tortilla chips.

Queso Dip

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We devoured this cheesy dip with tortilla chips the first time we made it and I couldn’t resist making it again a few nights later. The first time I made it we dipped the tortilla chips directly into the bowl, scooping up plenty of gooey cheesy goodness and flavorful bites of steak.

The next night, we poured the Steak Queso right overtop of the chips to make some of the best Nachos ever.

There is just enough heat in this Steak Queso Dip to keep you coming back for one more bite. If you like it extra hot, I recommend doubling up on the jalapeños.

How to Make Queso

We still absolutely love the original Restaurant-Style Queso I’ve shared here before. That recipe is a wonderful place to start if you’re looking for a queso that mimics the kind served at many Tex-Mex restaurants.

Steak Queso, however this is a very hearty queso that can easily be a meal along with some chips on the side.

Aside from grilling the steak, this queso is made entirely in the microwave! You simply combine white cheese with chiles, jalapenos, milk and dried cumn in a bowl and nuke the whole thing for a few minutes.

Be sure to pause cooking every minute or so to stir the ingredients. Don’t worry if it looks watery at first. I promise the dip will thicken as it cooks.

Slices of tender steak get mixed into the finished cheese dip before serving.

Steak Queso Dip

Easy homemade queso is a wonderful way to use leftover steak! Next time you’re grilling, set aside an extra steak so that you can make this Steak Queso Dip. You will not regret it.

I recommend cooking the steak no more than medium or medium rare. The more tender the steak, the better it will taste when combined with the cheese dip.

Also make sure you’re using plain white American cheese slices (like the ones found in the deli section of your grocery store), not the shelf-stable product with a similar name.

Steak Queso Dip is hearty and filling enough for a meal and is also a spectacular party food. I can’t wait to bring it to my next gathering and watch it disappear from the buffet table!

Creamy, spicy, cheesy Steak Queso Dip is a hearty appetizer that everyone loves! Get the recipe at
Sharing a bowl of warm dip with a table while you gather for meal is one of life’s little joys. If you like this queso recipe, you’re also likely to enjoy my Elote {Hot Mexican Corn Dip} recipe and my Cheesy Sriracha Chicken Dip.
I love making dips dreamed up by other bloggers, too. Creamy Hot Reuben Party Dip by I Wash You Dry, Hot Caprese Dip by Rachel Cooks and this Black Bean Fiesta Dip by Aggie’s Kitchen are fantastic recipes to meet your dip needs!
For fans of nachos, check out my spins on the typical Tex-Mex favorite. BBQ Chicken and Cheese Nachos are cheesy, tangy and irresistible to everyone in my family. Breakfast Nachos  are a new favorite as well.
Of course, we all still go wild for a classic nacho meal, like these Black Bean, Beef and Corn Taco Nacho recipe. If tortilla chips and cheese are involved, chances are my family’s on board.
Kitchen Tip: I use this knife, this bowl, and this spatula to make this recipe.

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Steak Queso Dip

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Creamy, spicy, smooth, cheesy and fully loaded with tender bites of steak, this Steak Queso Dip is better than anything they’re serving at your favorite Mexican restaurant.
Servings: 2 cups


  • ½ pound sliced white American cheese roughly torn or chopped into 1" pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green chile frozen or canned will work fine
  • 1 tablespoon pickled jalapeño slices diced fine
  • 1 tablespoon juice from the pickled jalapeños
  • cup milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • teaspoon cumin
  • 8-12 ounces grilled steak warm or room temperature


  • Combine the cheese, green chiles, jalapeños, jalapeño juice, milk, water, and cumin in a medium size glass bowl. Microwave for five minutes, pausing to stir after every minute. The dip will be very watery at first, but it will thicken as it finishes cooking.
  • While the dip is cooking, slice the steak as thinly as possible and then cut into bite-size pieces. Add the steak to the queso when it finishes cooking. Stir to combine and let rest 3-5 minutes before serving. Serve hot with chips for dipping. Enjoy!


The recipe is made with simple white American cheese (not to be confused with another cheese product that is shelf stable). You should be able to find plain white American cheese in the deli at any grocery store.
I recommend grilling the steak to medium rare or medium. The more tender the steak, the better it will work in the queso.
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Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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