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This is the easiest, cheesiest crock pot queso dip ever and the best part is there's NO VELVEETA! Just throw everything in the slow cooker for a couple hours and voila - the perfect party appetizer to serve with pretzel bites or tortilla chips!
Why you're going to love this dip:
- It's got just 4 ingredients! Monterey Jack cheese, cream cheese, green chiles, and milk. It's simple, delicious and filled with real ingredients!
- There's no Velveeta! Pasteurized cheese product is not high on my list of things I want to feed my family. And it's just not necessary in this recipe! You can get a perfectly creamy cheese dip without it - so skip the cheese "product" and opt for real cheese!
- It's the perfect party appetizer! Whether it's game day, a friend's baby shower or a grad party - this queso dip is a serious crowd-pleaser so you can bring it to any occasion. It pairs well with tortilla chips or my personal fave, pizza dough pretzel bites.
- It travels well! You can heat it up at home and then bring the whole crock pot wherever you're headed. That way you've got a warm appetizer ready to go!
How to make this recipe:
Add all ingredients to a small crock pot. Cook on high for 2-2.5 hours, stirring every hour so until it's melted and creamy.
Tips for making this recipe:
- You can use a variety of other cheeses in place of the Monterey Jack. Havarti, Munster, American, Gouda or even Cheddar would work just fine in this dip also. I like the mild flavor of the Monterey Jack and love the way that it melts, but American will give you a very close flavor and texture.
- Please don't use Velveeta! It can be tempting to use Velveeta as it gives you a great smooth, creamy texture however, after reading the ingredient list you might think twice about why it's so smooth and creamy. I much prefer the texture of real cheese to the "pasteurized cheese product".
- Feel free to add more milk to help loosen it up. As the cheese sauce sits it will likely thicken up a bit so don't be afraid to add a tablespoon at a time of milk as needed. This will keep it loose and creamy.
- If you're looking for something meatier, you can add cooked ground beef, sausage or chorizo to this dip! It's nice to have a vegetarian option but if you know your friends will be missing the meat, go ahead and add a half pound or so of cooked your favorite cooked meat. I'd be sure to jazz the meat up with some cumin and chili powder too so it's got a little Mexican flavor too!
If you loved this cheese dip, check out these other appetizers:
- Baked Spinach & Artichoke Dip
- Jalapeno Popper Potato Skins
- Baked Jalapeno Poppers
- Slow Cooker Whiskey BBQ Meatballs
- Baked Korean Beef Meatballs