This Smoked Queso Recipe is loaded with flavor and can be made in a variety of ways. The perfect game day or holiday cheese dip.

Smoked queso dip in a bowl with a platter of tortilla chips
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Easy Smoked Queso Dip Recipe:

We love using our electric smoker for many different recipes but this smoked queso dip is always a crowd favorite. This recipe is perfect for game day and your holiday gatherings. There are many ways to make it and different ingredients can be added.

This queso recipe can be served with your favorite dippers or over tacos and nachos. Smoked queso easily cooks in a foil pan but you can also be cooked in a Dutch oven. We also have made it on a charcoal grill for a creamy and delicious appetizer.

This delicious smoky flavor dip is recipe that you will be making all year long. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips or fresh veggies for a delicious queso dip recipe.

Make sure to also check out this Grilled Queso Recipe.

Ingredients for queso dip - velveeta cheese, pepper jack cheese, ground beef, rotel, onion, jalapenos, minced garlic

Queso Ingredients: 

  • Velveeta Cheese (32 ounces, diced) 
  • Pepper Jack Cheese (16 ounces, diced) 
  • Ground Beef (cooked and chopped) 
  • Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles  (20 ounces) 
  • Onion (diced) 
  • Jalapeños (finely diced) 
  • Minced Garlic 

How to Make Queso in the Smoker: 

  • Step 1 – Heat Smoker – Preheat a smoker with a water pan to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Step 2 – Add Ingredients – Add all the ingredients to a 9×13 disposable aluminum pan or a large cast iron skillet. 
Combining the queso ingredients in a foil pan and placing in the smoker
  • Step 3 – Add pan to smoker – Place the pan on the grill grates over indirect heat and close the smoker.  Cook for 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. 
  • Step 4 – Serve and Enjoy – Once done, serve with chips and enjoy.
Smoked queso dip in a boil with a platter of chips

Chips and Queso Tips:

  • Adding Wood Chips – Make sure to add chips to the smoker every 15 minutes. Add wood chips if your smoker does not have an automatic feature.  
  • Dip desired Consistency – If your dip is too thick, gradually stir in milk. Continue adding until the queso is the consistency that you prefer.  
  • Adding Meat – This recipe calls for ground beef. Make sure that it is cooked and chopped before adding to the pan. If it is not cooked prior to adding to the pan, it could result in a greasy queso dip.
  • Cooking Dip – We cooked the dip for about 2 hours because we love the smoky flavor. But if you prefer less of a smoky flavor, you can reduce the cooking time. Make sure to stir every 15 minutes while cooking in the smoker.
  • Cheese – Make sure to shred or dice the cheese before adding to the foil pan. We recommend not using pre-shredded cheese as it has added ingredients and does not melt as well. We like add a ton of cheese for the creamiest dip.
  • Serving dip – To keep the dip warm, you can easily serve out of the foil pan. But we like to move it to a slow cooker for serving.
Smoked queso dip in a foil pan

Smoked Cheese Dip Variations:

  • Meat – You can easily change the meat in this queso dish. Add in breakfast sausage, pork sausage, or chorizo sausage for a delicious variation. Jimmy dean sausage is one of our favorite brands.
  • Cheese – Change or add in additional cheese for added flavor. We recommend mexican blend cheddar cheese, monterey jack cheese, cream cheese or gouda cheese.
  • Toppings – After you queso dip is done cooking top with cilantro, slice jalapenos and drained rotel tomatoes.
  • Add-ins – Get creative when making this queso and feel free to add in other ingredients. You can add in green chilis, black beans, or slice black olives.
  • Queso on the Grill – Feel free to make this delicious queso dip on the grill or oven over medium heat. We love to smoke queso. But if we already have the grill fired up, it is easy to cook this recipe on it.
  • Cast Iron Skillet – If you prefer you can make this queso dip in a cast iron skillet. Place the skillet in the smoker and allow it to cook with all the delicious ingredients.
Smoked queso dip in a foil pan with a chip in dipping in.

What to Serve with Smoker Queso Dip Recipe?

  • Tortilla Chips – We like to use tortilla chips to eat with this delicious dip. The kids really like the scoops because they can hold even more dip and they make it easier to eat. Feel free to choose a tortilla chip that fits within your diet.
  • Corn Chips – You can also use corn chips or whatever you like. This is the best dip recipe and so creamy and delicious.
  • Vegetables – For a low carb option, we like to serve this cheese dip with raw vegetables. We recommend carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and celery.
  • Crackers – Have a platter with different types of crackers for a delicious side.
  • Bread – Grab some bread from the bakery and serve with this queso dip.
Smoked queso dip in a foil pan

How to Store Leftovers:

Refrigerate any leftover dip in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. When you are ready to serve leftovers, reheat in the microwave in 30 second intervals.

Smoked queso dip in a bowl with a platter of tortilla chips.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do you keep Smoked Queso from Hardening?

As the queso begins to cool it begins to harden. Feel free to add in evaporated milk to keep it smooth and creamy even as it cools. We also like adding to the slow cooker to keep it warm.
Continue stirring as you are serving it.

What wood do you use to smoke queso?

The best wood to use when smoking queso is a strong wood such as a hickory, mesquite or oak wood.

What is a good substitute for Velveeta Cheese?

If you do not have Velveeta or prefer to not use it, we recommend using Swiss cheese. It is versatile cheese that melts well and a great substitute for Velveeta.

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Smoker Queso

5 from 2 votes
This Smoked Queso Recipe is loaded with flavor and can be made in a variety of ways. The perfect game day or holiday cheese dip.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine Mexican
Course Appetizer
Calories 425

Ingredients

  • 1 Block Velveeta Cheese 32 ounces, diced
  • 1 Block Pepper Jack Cheese 16 ounces, diced
  • 1 pound Ground Beef cooked and chopped
  • 2 cans Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles 20 ounces
  • 1/2 Onion diced
  • 2 Jalapeños finely diced
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic

Instructions

  • Preheat a smoker with a water pan to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add all the ingredients to a disposable 9X13 aluminum pan or a large cast iron skillet.
  • Place the pan on the grill grates over indirect heat and close the smoker.  Cook for 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Once done, serve with chips and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Make sure to add chips to the smoker every 15 minutes if your smoker does not have an automatic feature.  
Refrigerate any leftover dip in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. 
If your dip is too thick, gradually stir in milk until the queso is the consistency that you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 425kcal, Carbohydrates 14g, Protein 31g, Fat 27g, Saturated Fat 16g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 7g, Trans Fat 0.5g, Cholesterol 92mg, Sodium 1461mg, Potassium 589mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 9g, Vitamin A 1169IU, Vitamin C 12mg, Calcium 756mg, Iron 2mg

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