Grilled Queso Recipe is the ultimate way to make your favorite dip. Melty cheese combined with simple seasoning makes this a crowd favorite.

Queso Dip in foil pan
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We love making our favorite side dishes on the grill. This cheese dip is loaded with smoky flavor and simple ingredients. It is perfect to serve while you are hanging out by the pool or for your game day party.

If you are looking to kick your queso dip up a notch, make this Grilled Queso. It pairs perfectly with Grilled Smash Burgers or this Grilled Chicken Recipe.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Staple Ingredients – This dip is easily made with simple seasoning. You may just have to run to the store to grab Velveeta cheese.
  • Amazing Texture – After slow cooking this queso on the grill, the texture is thick, creamy and so delicious.
  • Crowd Favorite – This queso is a must anytime I am hosting a party. Prep time is easy as everything is easily cooked in a disposable pan.

Queso Ingredients

  • Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • Rotel tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
  • Whole Milk
  • Fresh Cilantro, finely chopped
  • Ground Cumin
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

For the full list of ingredients and recipe, scroll to the bottom for the recipe card.

Variations Ideas

  • Cheese Addition – This queso is even better with added cheese. Add in Pepper Jack Cheese, Monterey Jack Cheese, or White American Cheese. We have even added in cheddar cheese for the best smoked queso dip recipe.
  • Add Meat – For a different variations, add a ton of flavor by adding in meat. Add in ground beef, Chorizo Sausage, or Italian Sausage. Make sure the meat is cooked before adding it in.
  • Diced Tomatoes – We love the flavor of the Canned Rotel, but you can add in diced tomatoes.
  • Smoked Queso RecipeIf you have a smoker, you can make this dip in the smoker. We have a wood chip electric smoker and use hickory wood chips for amazing smoke flavor. You can also use an wood pellet smoker or a big green egg to make this smoked cheese dip recipe.

Step by Step Instructions 

  • Step 1 – Prepare the grill for medium heat.
  • Step 2 – In a disposable aluminum pan, combine the cubed Velveeta, Rotel tomatoes, whole milk, and cilantro. Add in ground cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir to mix the ingredients together.
  • Step 3 – Place the aluminum pan on the preheated grill away from direct heat. Making sure the grill lid is closed to help circulate the heat.
  • Step 4 – Stir the queso mixture occasionally to ensure even melting and prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Cook for about 10-15 minutes or until all the cheese has melted and the ingredients are well combined.
  • Step 5 – Once the queso is melted and smooth, remove it from the grill using grill-safe tongs or oven mitts. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Step 6 – Serve immediately with tortilla chips for dipping.

Expert Tips 

  • Foil Pan – Make sure the disposable aluminum pan is sturdy enough to hold the queso without folding or spilling. You may want to suggest stacking two disposable pans together for extra sturdiness.
  • Indirect Heat – The queso is cooked indirectly, meaning it should be placed on the cooler side of a two-zone grill or away from direct flames.
  • Stir Queso – Frequent stirring is necessary to ensure the cheese melts evenly and doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
Queso in a disposable pan

Serving Suggestions

Queso dip can be served with many different dippers. These are some of our favorites.

  • Tortilla Chips
  • Raw Vegetables
  • French Bread
  • Crackers

Frequently Asked Questions

How to make without a Grill

This queso can also be made in the slow cooker, cast iron skillet on the stove top, or the microwave. We suggest adding ½ teaspoon liquid smoke to add to the delicious smoky flavor.

What if Queso is to Thick?

If your smoked queso on the grill is to thick, start by adding in a tablespoon of milk until it is your desired consistency.

How to Store Leftovers?

Store Velveeta queso leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days in an airtight container.

How to Reheat?

Reheat leftovers in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave. Heating in 30 second intervals until heated thoroughly.

Queso in a disposable pan

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Grilled Queso

5 from 2 votes
Grilled Queso is the perfect appetizer to make on the grill. Simple, easy, and delicious!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer
Calories 190

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Velveeta cheese cubed
  • 1 cup Rotel tomatoes with green chilies undrained
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Tortilla chips for serving

Instructions

  • Prepare the grill for medium heat.
  • In a disposable aluminum pan, combine the cubed Velveeta, Rotel tomatoes, whole milk, cilantro, ground cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir to mix the ingredients together.
  • Place the aluminum pan on the preheated grill away from direct heat, making sure the grill lid is closed to help circulate the heat.
  • Stir the queso mixture occasionally to ensure even melting and prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Cook for about 10-15 minutes or until all the cheese has melted and the ingredients are well combined.
  • Once the queso is melted and smooth, remove it from the grill using grill-safe tongs or oven mitts. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately with tortilla chips for dipping.

Recipe Notes

Make sure the disposable aluminum pan is sturdy enough to hold the queso without folding or
spilling. You may want to suggest stacking two disposable pans together for extra sturdiness.
The queso is cooked indirectly, meaning it should be placed on the cooler side of a two-zone grill or away from direct flames.
Frequent stirring is necessary to ensure the cheese melts evenly and doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 190kcal, Carbohydrates 12g, Protein 16g, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g, Cholesterol 34mg, Sodium 1212mg, Potassium 381mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 8g, Vitamin A 871IU, Vitamin C 4mg, Calcium 476mg, Iron 1mg

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