White queso dip fondue recipe

A tortilla chip is the perfect way to eat our white queso fondue.

We made an awesome white queso dip fondue recipe. 

Generally I wouldn't want to brag about making anything with American cheese, but you can't argue with results. And I can't argue with the facts: I love me some American Mexican food, and that stuff is drowning in American cheese and salsa. (I'm usually drowning in margaritas the size of my head when I eat it, too.) 

Quick fact: The "fundido" in "queso fundido" means "melted" like "fondue".

Check out our other cheese fondue recipes for more ideas and inspiration. 

Researching this recipe put me off a bit because so many people recommended using water and American cheese to get the right consistency. My goodness, that just sounded like adding insult to injury. But I did as I was told, and I have to admit that I was not disappointed in the least.

If you need more convincing than I did, you can substitute beer or broth for the water and maintain your cool points. 

Things you might need to make queso fondue:

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I can't be pretentious, except I'm calling this a fondue and not a "crockpot dip". (Use your crockpot if you want to, though. I don't judge!)

It was also very cool that we got to use our earthenware donabe on our gas burner as a fondue pot. We haven't had any luck finding fondue pots to replace our enameled cast-iron Le Creuset pot or our electric Cuisinart fondue pot–at least for less than double what they retail in the US. Not even The Tabletop Cook has a stomach for that nonsense. But as predicted, a Japanese donabe is very like a ceramic Swiss caquelon and it worked perfectly. 

Using our donabe as a ceramic fondue pot.

Conclusion: Japanese donabes make excellent fondue pots.

Besides fondue, you can also use a donabe to make Japanese hot pot and Chinese hot pot. If you want to do more cooking at the table, a donabe is a versatile thing to have. 

Who has two thumbs and a damn fine fondue pot? This chick.

Also, the nice thing about the gas burner is that it's super easy to adjust and control the heat, just like the burner on a stove. To be honest, we had more control using the gas burner than we did using the gel burner with the Le Creuset pot, or the heating element of the Cuisinart (which I prefer not to use for cheese or dessert fondue, anyway). 

Fondue queso dip recipe


  • 1 1/4lbs (1.25lbs) White American Cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes (or a bag of cheese cubes)
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup cold water OR dark beer or wheat beer OR no-salt-added broth
  • 1/4 cup diced green chiles (from a can)
  • 2 pickled jalapenos (from a can), chopped (or chop up a dozen or so pickled jalapeno rings)
  • 1 ounce pickled jalapeno juice (from the can)
  • Cumin to taste (up to a teaspoon won't be too much) 
  • Optional: add cooked chorizo, fried bell peppers and/or onions, or some tomato salsa to make your queso extra chunky and delicious

Suggested dippers

  • Tortilla chips (obviously)
  • Vegetable crudites, like carrot and celery sticks and mushrooms, quartered
  • French bread, cubed
  • Soft or hard pretzel pieces
  • Popcorn
  • Smoked sausage or kielbasa
  • Sliced apples

Check our cheese fondue dippers page for more ideas and inspiration!


  1. Put the milk, water, and cheese in your pot on low heat. Melt the cheese on the stove if you're using a cast-iron pot or a pot heated with a gel burner, or do it right at the table in your fondue pot if you are using an electric pot or a gas/electric burner with an appropriate pot. 
  2. Stir with a wooden spoon while the cheese melts. Don't let it get too hot or the cheese will separate and you won't be able to recover it. When it's all melted, add the chiles, jalapenos, and cumin to taste. Add any of the optional ingredients at this point, too. 
  3. Serve your queso fondue with plenty of dippers at a table with room for everyone to dig in. 

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