Make this Cast Iron Queso for your next game day party! It is loaded with flavor and the cheese melts perfectly in a cast iron skillet. Serve with your favorite dippers for a crowd pleasing dip.

Skillet Queso topped with slice jalapenos, diced tomatoes and fresh cilantro
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We love making recipes in our seasoned cast iron skillet and this skillet queso dip is no exception. We love to make it and serve it with out Taco Tuesday meal or for our family gatherings. My entire family loves when we make this cheese dip for an easy side dish.

If you love making queso as much as I do, check out these recipes – Grilled Queso Recipe, Smoked Queso Recipe and Blackstone Queso Recipe.

Why This Recipe Works

This is the best queso recipe and even better served on nachos. Melting the shredded cheese with the tomatoes, milk, onions and diced jalapenos makes this cheese dip a family favorite.

We love that this queso can be made in a variety of ways and perfect to serve for any occasion.  

Ingredients 

Queso ingredients - velveeta cheese, pepper jack cheese, diced tomatoes, onion, minced garlic, picked jalapenos, milk

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Variations Ideas

  • Cheese – Feel free to change the cheeses to what you prefer. Velveeta cheese, pepper jack cheese are a delicious combination, but you can also add in cheddar cheese. Cream cheese and Monterey Jack Cheese are another great addition.
  • Meat – For a hearty queso dip add in cooked sausage, chorizo, or ground beef.
  • Other Additions – This queso can be made with additional ingredient. Try adding in chopped red pepper, green bell peppers, and green chilies.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Preheat a grill over medium high heat (approximately 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit).  
  • Step 2 – Add all the ingredients to a cast iron skillet.  
Cubed cheese, onions, picked jalapenos, garlic and diced tomatoes in a cast iron skillet
  • Step 3 – Place the skillet with the ingredients on the grill and close the lid.  
Placing the cast iron skillet with the cubed cheese, diced onions, pickled jalapenos and diced tomatoes on the grill
  • Step 4 – Allow the mixture to cook for 15-20 minutes until the cheese has melted and the mixture starts to bubble around the rim of the pan. 
Queso in a cast iron skillet
  • Step 5 – Carefully remove the skillet from the grill.  Stir until all the ingredients are well combined.  
  • Step 6 – Serve immediately with tortilla chips and your favorite toppings.  Enjoy! 

Recipe Tips

  • Cutting Cheese – Make sure to cut the cheese into about the same size of cubes. This allows the cheese to melt easily.
  • Pre-Shredded Cheese – We recommend using cheese products that are fresh cheese. Pre-shredded cheese does not melt as evenly and has added ingredients.
  • Cooking Time – Cooking Time will vary based on your grill. Make sure to check to make sure the cheese does not burn.
Dipping tortilla chips in the cast iron skillet queso

Serving Suggestions

Serve this delicious queso with your favorite dippers. We like to serve with fresh vegetables, tortilla chips, and small pieces of bread.

When serving, here are some great optional toppings for this queso

  • Salsa
  • Tomatoes
  • Fresh Jalapeños
  • Red Onions
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Hot Sauce

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftover Queso

Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5-7 days.

How to Reheat Queso

Reheat in the microwave, stovetop or on the grill.  You will likely need to add more milk as the cheese will thicken as it sets.  

Queso in cast iron skillet topped with slice jalapenos, diced tomatoes and cilantro

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Cast Iron Queso

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Make this Cast Iron Queso for your next game day party! It is loaded with flavor and the cheese melts perfectly in a cast iron skillet. Serve with your favorite dippers for a crowd pleasing dip.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 30
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer
Calories 139

Ingredients

  • 32 oz. Velveeta Cheese diced
  • 18 oz. Pepper Jack Cheese diced
  • 10 oz. Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles
  • 1/2 Onion finely diced
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons Picked Jalapeños diced
  • 1 cup Milk
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Instructions

  • Preheat a grill over medium high heat (approximately 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Add all the ingredients to a cast iron skillet.
  • Place the skillet with the ingredients on the grill and close the lid.
  • Allow the mixture to cook for 15-20 minutes until the cheese has melted and the mixture starts to bubble around the rim of the pan.
  • Carefully remove the skillet from the grill.  Stir until all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Serve immediately with tortilla chips and your favorite toppings.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Here are some great optional toppings for this queso: salsa, tomatoes, fresh jalapeños, red onions, cilantro, etc. 
Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5-7 days. 
Reheat in the microwave, stovetop or on the grill.  You will likely need to add more milk as the cheese will thicken as it sets.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 139kcal, Carbohydrates 5g, Protein 10g, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 29mg, Sodium 586mg, Potassium 153mg, Fiber 0.1g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 452IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 315mg, Iron 0.3mg

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