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No Velveeta Queso Cheese Dip

You don’t need any velveeta to make this slow cooker queso cheese dip recipe. Make queso dip without any of the processed junk!

creamy queso cheese dip

Crockpot creamy queso cheese dip is one of our favorite snacks for a special occasion!

We made this dip to enjoy while watching the big game.

Really any football game is an excuse to make this and devour it!

Sunday football has never been more delicious.

This queso dip is made with simple ingredients and no processed junk.

Just plain old delicious cheese dip with mega delicious flavor!

So easy to make that you will be whipping it up on repeat.

creamy queso cheese dip

Whether it’s game day, graduation day, or a family get together, this queso dip is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

How to make queso dip without velveeta

You’ll need the following ingredients to make the queso dip.

  • cream cheese
  • sharp cheddar cheese
  • colby jack cheese
  • salsa
  • jarred jalapenos
  • milk
  • paprika

Add all ingredients to a slow cooker and cook until melted and cheesy. Serve with chips!

crockpot creamy queso cheese dip (no velveeta!)

Most queso recipes on the internet call for one common ingredient: processed cheese block (aka velveeta.)

No thank you.

I’m all about real food recipes that taste amazing, and I’m not about to eat a block of that processed junk anymore.

This recipe uses no velveeta, and tastes 100 times better than any queso dip I have had with velveeta in it!

You can tell the flavor of real delicious fresh cheese, and it does not disappoint in this crockpot queso!

creamy queso cheese dip

This recipe is just as thick, creamy, and cheesy as it should be, but without the added processed junk!

It is made using real ingredients without compromising the flavor.

Freshly grating your cheese makes this next level amazing!

Jarred jalapenos add a nice little bit of spice without it being overwhelmingly spicy and I love them in this recipe.

creamy queso cheese dip

I’m all about finding little ways to make your favorite foods a little more healthy.

While I wouldn’t consider this dip to be a healthy meal overall, it is made using no processed ingredients which is WAY better than other dips made with velveeta.

But honestly, healthy or not, this is one of the best cheese dips out there.

You will love how much flavor this has and how simple it is to make!

No fuss, tons of flavor, and guaranteed delicious. It doesn’t get any better than that!

creamy queso cheese dip

If you love cheese sauces, be sure to also check out this homemade queso blanco, 5 minute Nacho Cheese Sauce and my easy cheddar cheese sauce!

Just dump it in the crockpot and let it all start to melt together!

creamy queso cheese dip

Once the dip is hot and bubbly, serve it up with tortilla chips to dip.

This is definitely one of my guilty pleasures. I can’t wait to make this again!

Try this for your next football game and leave a comment to let me know what you think!

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Queso Cheese Dip Recipe

No Velveeta Queso Cheese Dip

No Velveeta Queso Cheese Dip

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

The best easy crockpot queso cheese dip made with no velveeta!


  • 1 block cream cheese
  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ cups shredded colby jack cheese
  • 1 cup salsa (we used medium, you can use spicy for more of a kick)
  • 14 (or ¼ cup) diced jarred tamed jalapeno peppers (be sure to buy tamed, as these are milder than normal jalapenos)
  • ½ cup 2% milk
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika (optional - we added for more of a kick since we used medium salsa)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a 1 ½ quart slow cooker
  2. Cook on low for 1-2 hours, or until melted and hot (stir every 20 minutes or so)
  3. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 521mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 13g

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Saturday 30th of September 2023

Is it possible to make this without the milk ingredient? I don't have milk!


Saturday 25th of March 2023

How long will this keep. Can it be frozen.

Joy Shull

Thursday 30th of March 2023

I would not suggest freezing it. It will keep in the fridge for around 3 days.


Saturday 11th of July 2020

Found this recipe now in 2020 looking for a queso recipe with no velveeta. This was fantastic!! We gave it an extra level of flavor by cooking it in the smoker. So so good! Its a keeper


Wednesday 29th of September 2021

@Melissa, what temp and how long did you smoke it for?

Joy Shull

Sunday 12th of July 2020

so glad you enjoyed the recipe!


Friday 6th of July 2018

Do you think you could make this on the stovetop? Mi don’t have a crockpot - maybe I should invest?


Saturday 12th of August 2023

@Anikka, You can get pretty cheap ones. Like $30, $40. Standard ones, you know. I have one and it works just fine.

Joy Shull

Sunday 8th of July 2018

You could make it on the stovetop, but I don't know how long it would take as it has not been tested this way. I personally love my crockpot and think it's a great investment!


Friday 22nd of June 2018

HI Do you know how many servings this is? Do you think you can double it with no problems? Thanks! Natalie

Joy Shull

Tuesday 26th of June 2018

It's easily 6 - 8 servings as a side I believe. You could definitely double it, just plan to use a bigger slow cooker!

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