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3-Ingredient Spicy Jalapeño Queso Dip

​​​​​​​This 3-Ingredient Spicy Jalapeño Queso Dip is the best queso recipe that you will ever taste! Plus, it can be made in a slow cooker, in the microwave, or on the stovetop!
Course Appetizer, Snacks
Cuisine American
Keyword easy crockpot queso, queso dip, queso recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 48 servings
Calories 47kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 32 ounces Velveeta cheese cut into large cubes
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies, NOT drained
  • 2-3 jalapeños, seeded and finely diced, plus extra for garnish*
  • For serving: tortilla chips


For the Slow Cooker:

  • Combine cheese, tomatoes, and jalapeños in a 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 2-3 hours or on HIGH for 1 hour, or until cheese is melted.

For the Microwave:

  • Combine cheese, tomatoes, and jalapeños in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high for about 5-6 minutes, stirring halfway through.

For the Stovetop:

  • Combine cheese, tomatoes, and jalapeños in a large pot. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring regularly, until cheese is melted (about 7-9 minutes).


*Use gloves when slicing the peppers or wash hands very well immediately after touching. Do not get your fingers near your eyes!
This recipe yields about 6 cups of dip (or 48 2-tablespoon servings).
Tip: If you’re serving a smaller crowd, you can cut the ingredients in half and prepare the dip in a 2 ½ - 3 quart slow cooker (or use a smaller bowl or pot).
How to Adjust the Heat in this Spicy Dip: Keith has complained that regular queso recipes are "bland" and lacking in spice or flavor. That's why he suggested that our recipe include fresh jalapeños to kick it up a notch! That said, we have little kids in the house who also love a good party dip, so we need options to keep the recipe kid-friendly. I suggest that you remove the seeds from the peppers for a mild recipe. You can also decrease the number of jalapeños that you use. Try just one pepper instead of two or three, and then offer additional sliced jalapeños as a garnish for those who like more heat!
How to Make Queso Dip with Meat: For a heartier snack, try adding 1 lb. of sausage or 1 lb. of ground beef to the rest of the ingredients. Just be sure that you cook the meat in a skillet and drain off any fat before adding it to the queso.
How to Reheat the Leftover Queso: Any leftovers keep well in the refrigerator and can be reheated in the microwave on high heat in just a couple of minutes!


Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 117mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 2.4mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 0.3mg