Chili con Queso dip is cheesy & full of chili & Mexican spices making it totally irresistible. It’s our daughter’s absolutely favorite thing. Here, let me have her pop in and say hi…

“Hey guys, it’s Peyton! There’s this queso dip that I am literally obsessed with! We have been making it for years and I always ask my mom if we can make it on the weekends. It’s such an easy recipe that anyone can make, and once you try it you will be addicted to it just like me!”

And I can vouch for that! I am a self-proclaimed dipper. I love all dips and sauces and dipping almost everything into something. In fact, we have a whole dips section on the blog. Sweet dips, savory dips, spicy dips, cold dips, hot dips, healthy dips and not so healthy dips – we seriously have them all!
Rip open that bag of tortilla chips and dig into this Chili’s copycat queso dip with us!

A bowl of chilis queso dip. It is cheesy and thick with a few parsley flakes scattered on top. A tortilla chip is being dipped into the cheese dip.

What Ingredients are Needed for Queso Dip?

  • Velveeta Cheese – I know there will be some haters out there, but trust me on this one. It melts perfectly and makes the best dips.
  • Chili – I buy the no bean variety, but you could buy it with beans if you want more texture.
  • Whole Milk – Don’t go with a nut milk or skim, the flavor and texture won’t be right.
  • Lime Juice – The acidity cuts through the richness and adds a needed pop.
  • Chili Powder – Flavor
  • Smoked Paprika – Flavor
  • Cumin – Flavor
  • Cayenne Pepper – Increase or decrease for your preferred level of heat.
  • Tortilla Chips – Use whatever your favorite brand is. Pita chips work well too.

How to Make Chili’s Queso Dip

There is literally one step for making this recipe….dump all the ingredients into a slow cooker, stir it all together and cook on low for 2-3 hours.

A slow cooker full of chilis queso dip. there are a few parsley leaves scattered on top.

Tips for Making Queso Dip

Here are a few tips for making this dip:

  • Cut the Velveeta into about 1 inch cubes before adding it to the slow cooker. It helps it melt easier and more evenly.
  • Usually you can get about 1-1.5 tablespoons of lime juice from a single lime so you’ll need about 2 limes for this.
  • Try dipping veggies into this dip too. So yum!
  • We use a mini slow cooker for our dips. It’s the perfect size for warm dips, and you can keep it plugged in on warm while you are eating it.

What is Queso Dip?

Queso is a cheese-based dip eaten with tortilla chips.

A bowl of chilis queso dip. A tortilla chip is being dipped into the cheese. and more chips are around the bowl of dip.

How Long Will Queso Dip Keep?

Queso will keep for up to a week covered in the refrigerator.

Can You Freeze Queso?

Queso can be frozen for up to 3-6 months.

How to Reheat Queso

Queso can be reheated on the stove top, in the microwave or in the slow cooker.

A bowl of queso dip. It is thick and cheesy and a tortilla chip is being dipped into the queso dip.

It is easy enough that kids can make it, and it’s delicious enough that every single person I know can’t resist it! Who is going to get “literally obsessed” with this copycat Chili’s queso dip? Peyton wants to know if there is anyone out there who loves it more than she does!


More DELICIOUS DIPS You Can’t Resist:

Chili’s Queso Dip

4.25 from 8 votes
Servings: 20
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes


  • 16 oz. Velveeta Cheese, cut in cubes
  • 15 oz. Chili, no bean *see notes
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 3 Tablespoons Lime Juice, about 2 limes
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • Tortilla chips for serving


  • Add all ingredients to a slow cooker for 2-3 hours on low.


* You can use the bean-in chili if you love beans in your dip
Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 1 week, reheating on the stove, in the slow cooker or microwave as needed.


Serving: 0.25cupsCalories: 71kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 5gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 377mgPotassium: 190mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 809IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 153mgIron: 1mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 30+ Easy Dip Recipes You Can't Stop Eating
Cuisine: American

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A bowl of queso dip. It is thick and cheesy and a tortilla chip is being dipped into the queso dip.