2-Ingredient Queso Dip

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I love the guys in my life.  But I have to admit, there’s nothing quite like a full-on girls night.

A few weeks ago, my friend Sara a group of friends up to her new house for just that.  Boyfriends and husbands were swapped for beach towels and bottles of wine.  And a group of girlfriends congregated for “happy hour” on Sara’s neighborhood lake.  It was a lovely end-of-summer evening, and we spent it floating on noodles, sipping cold drinks, watching the sun set over the water, and getting wonderfully lost in the moment and one another’s stories and laugher and smiles.  So many relaxed, happy smiles.

Afterwards, we toweled off and retreated to Sara’s house, where we feasted on a smorgasbord of random appetizers that everyone had brought along.  I mean, lounging on a noodle in the middle of the lake can work up an appetite.  ;)  So we rewarded ourselves accordingly by going back for seconds and thirds.  Then we brought our dessert into the living room as we clustered around to watch an episode of the show Sara fell in love with while living in England, The Great British Bake-Off.  (Sidenote: SO GOOD.)  Which was followed by a few hours of girl talk, which nowadays ranges from everything to dating to literature to international politics and everything in between.

Basically, it was a great night.

And a reminder of how important (and inspiring and strong and encouraging and awesome) these women are in my life.  I’m pretty sure I won the girlfriend lottery with this crew.

But yes, this is a recipe post.  So as such, I need to tell you about the monumentally important recipe that I snacked on basically the entire night.  This amazing 2-Ingredient Queso Dip.

2-Ingredient Queso Dip -- ready to go in 5 minutes, and so irresistibly good! | gimmesomeoven.com #appetizer #gameday

Ok, actually I wasn’t quite sure what to call this one.  Salsa queso?  Creamy salsa dip?  2-Ingredient Wonder?

Well, whatever you call it, I basically made a meal out of this dip that Sara’s friend, Angela, brought to our girls night.  And even though I’m sure many of you have made it before, it was new to me.  And the two ingredients in it?

Salsa verde and cream cheese.

2-Ingredient Queso Dip -- ready to go in 5 minutes, and so irresistibly good! | gimmesomeoven.com #appetizer #gameday

I’m pretty sure that I’ve had this dip before when made with traditional red salsa.  But when I saw Angela pull out the green jar, my tastebuds immediately went on high alert because who doesn’t love a recipe with salsa verde?

Not I, said the cat food blogger.  :)

As it turns out, this 2-ingredient queso dip could not be easier to make.  Angela simply added the salsa verde and cream cheese to a microwave-able bowl, and then zapped them for a few minutes until the cream cheese was completely soft and melted.

2-Ingredient Queso Dip -- ready to go in 5 minutes, and so irresistibly good! | gimmesomeoven.com #appetizer #gameday

 

Then the whisked the two ingredients together until smooth and combined.  (It’s ok if this salsa is still a slightly lumpy.)  And then — voila — a delicious queso dip was ready to go!

And oh man.  We didn’t waste a second diving in.  Of all the appetizers there that evening, this queso dip was most certainly the hit.  Or at least, it was the main attraction on my plate.  I couldn’t get enough!  It was tangy, spicy, creamy, slightly sweet.  And it paired perfectly with salty chips for dipping.

My kind of appetizer.

I have since made it a handful of times, and it usually disappears instantly.  Everyone loves it because it is that perfect combination of creamy and tangy and spicy and slightly sweet.  But I love it because it literally takes less than 5 minutes to prepare, and easy to customize with your favorite kind of salsa.

So if you love dips, trust me, this one should be in any queso-lover’s recipe repertoire.  Perfect for game days, perfect for appetizers, and perfect for girl’s nights.  Thanks, Angela, for the inspiration!

2-Ingredient Queso Dip -- ready to go in 5 minutes, and so irresistibly good! | gimmesomeoven.com #appetizer #gameday

2-Ingredient Queso Dip

This 2-Ingredient Queso Dip recipe only takes minutes to make, and it is RIDICULOUSLY easy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 ounce) brick cream cheese (I recommend either full-fat or low-fat, not fat-free)
  • 2 cups (or 1 16-ounce jar) salsa verde, homemade or store-bought

Directions:

Cut the brick of cream cheese into four pieces, and stir them together with salsa verde in a microwave-proof bowl.

Microwave for 3-4 minutes, stopping to whisk the mixture after each minute, until the cream cheese is melted and smooth.  Serve warm.

(If you don't want to use a microwave, you can also heat up this dip on the stove.  Just place the cream cheese and salsa in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat, whisking every minute or so, until the cream cheese is completely melted.  Remove from heat and serve warm.)

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 24, 2014 @ 5:25 am (#)

    Yep, I need to make this NOW! So yummy.

  2. Maryea {happy healthy mama} — October 24, 2014 @ 5:33 am (#)

    It’s funny how simple dips like this are usually the ones people rave about the most and request the recipe for.  This looks perfect for a low-key girls night!

  3. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes — October 24, 2014 @ 5:36 am (#)

    I love how simple this is. How can you go wrong with two ingredients! What a fun idea for girls night. 

  4. Melissa from HungryFoodLove.com — October 24, 2014 @ 7:31 am (#)

    Oh wow! is really that simple. Love it! Thanks for the idea.

  5. Yvonne @ Tried and Tasty — October 24, 2014 @ 7:42 am (#)

    No way!!! Two ingredients?? I’ve got that salsa verde in the fridge as we speak – it’s my favorite! This looks so delicious, can’t wait to try!

  6. kelley {mountain mama cooks} — October 24, 2014 @ 7:57 am (#)

    You can’t go wrong with 2 ingredients, especially when one of them is cream cheese. And I have to agree, nothing is better or better for my emotional well being than a night out with my best girlfriends! xo

  7. Karly — October 24, 2014 @ 9:18 am (#)

    I’m going to go dig through my pantry right now for a jar of salsa verde. This is going to be today’s breakfast. ;)

  8. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl — October 24, 2014 @ 9:47 am (#)

    This sounds delicious and sounds SO simple!  I love this idea :)

  9. dixya@food, pleasure, and health — October 24, 2014 @ 11:12 am (#)

    this is such a great idea!!!! 

  10. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — October 24, 2014 @ 11:35 am (#)

    Two ingredient queso that DOESN’T involve processed Velveeta cheese?? Sold!

  11. Shaina — October 24, 2014 @ 1:12 pm (#)

    I love a good girls night too! Especially when there is lots of yummy food involved. This dip sounds fantastic.. I’ll definitely be giving this a try!

  12. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy — October 24, 2014 @ 2:11 pm (#)

    Gotta love girls night :) Sounds like it was perfect! I have a really similar recipe that I grew up eating, but I’ll have to try this twist! :)

  13. Millie l Add A Little — October 24, 2014 @ 2:38 pm (#)

    I love that you love GBBO!! Virtual high five! This dip looks awesome and easy too!

  14. Audrey @ Audrey's Apron — October 24, 2014 @ 6:00 pm (#)

    This is genius!! Do you think it would work to put it in a crock pot to keep warm at parties?

    • Ali — October 28th, 2014 @ 8:58 pm

      Oooh yes, I forgot to include that in the instructions. That would definitely work!

  15. sally @ sallys baking addiction — October 25, 2014 @ 7:00 am (#)

    I have to try this Ali! Love DIPS!

  16. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — October 25, 2014 @ 9:11 am (#)

    Absolutely genius! Perfect for the football season! Sharing!

  17. Kat — October 25, 2014 @ 3:37 pm (#)

    This looks amazing!  I’ll definitely be trying it out soon!

  18. Jenni — October 26, 2014 @ 9:28 pm (#)

    The Herdez folks make some seriously  delicious salsas! I’ve not tried this verde (yet) but I adore their medium heat red salsa. I am a huge fan of verde and of tomatillos in general, and cream cheese is its own food group as far as I’m concerned. This will be happening here too, with or without pool noodles!

  19. Mary Beth — October 28, 2014 @ 12:10 pm (#)

    I didn’t have cream cheese, but used salsa verde, goat cheese and some shredded chicken I had on hand – super quick and SO good! Thanks for the idea!

  20. Jenny @ The Peachy Pair — October 29, 2014 @ 11:52 am (#)

    Was not expecting cream cheese! Looks delish!

  21. AlmostThereDC — October 29, 2014 @ 4:45 pm (#)

    This looks delicious and SO easy! Can’t wait to try it. 

    Xx
    Momo

  22. Krista — November 3, 2014 @ 5:56 pm (#)

    Saw this on Foodgawker this morning and made it this afternoon. SO good. Looks kinda gross as you’re stirring it up though and my teenager wouldn’t try it. His loss. More for me! :D

  23. rebecca — November 21, 2014 @ 4:23 pm (#)

    we’ve done this forever, except without the mixing up…we plate the cream cheese, microwave that for maybe 15 seconds, just so its soft, and then pour salsa over the top. generally we make our own fire roasted red salsa and its extra spicy, but the cream cheese makes it addictive…like spicy creamy crack that you eat, not smoke. soooo gooood.

  24. Sara — December 20, 2014 @ 12:41 am (#)

    That was a great dip and a GREAT night. 

  25. Lauren — February 4, 2015 @ 9:37 pm (#)

    This 2 ingredient wonder was SUCH  lifesaver for a last minute Superbowl party I attended. I have had this pinned for a while, and while trying to figure out what I could possibly make in 30 minutes, I noticed I had a block of cream cheese and a jar of salsa verde. Appetizer = totally done! In order to stretch it for a party, I also added a block of goat cheese, a diced jalapeno and a can of green chiles. All of which I already had on hand, and it took less than 10 minutes from start to finish. It sounds so simple, but I never would have thought of this myself. Thank you!

  26. Ashley — June 23, 2015 @ 10:25 am (#)

    Once the ingredients have been melted, cooked, and combined, could this be served cool or at room temperature? I will have to make it beforehand at work and may not have a chance to reheat later. I was thinking using whipped cream cheese may help with consistency if I can’t warm it up later? Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 25th, 2015 @ 9:25 pm

      Hey Ashley! We recommend serving this warm, or at least at room temp, but not cool. Whipped cream cheese sounds like it would be lovely! We hope that helps, and that you enjoy! : )

  27. Cheryl — October 11, 2015 @ 9:47 am (#)

    Making this for Sunday Funday! Looks yummy ;)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 11th, 2015 @ 6:56 pm

      We hope you loved it Cheryl! :)

  28. Jacqueline — November 21, 2015 @ 11:05 pm (#)

    Our favorite dip is just like this but a can of chili and a block of cream cheese. Can’t wait to try this as we are salsa verde fans. Yummy!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 23rd, 2015 @ 9:14 am

      Awesome Jacqueline, we hope you love it! :)

  29. sherylnl — December 31, 2015 @ 8:09 pm (#)

    Made it ……Loved it! Easy and delish!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 1st, 2016 @ 10:14 pm

      Thanks, we’re happy you enjoyed it! :)

  30. Carey — January 29, 2016 @ 11:45 am (#)

    If i made this ahead of time and reheat it will the consistency stay the same?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 29th, 2016 @ 3:22 pm

      Hi Carey, we would reheat this gradually in the microwave (stirring every 30 seconds). We hope that helps, and that you enjoy the queso!

  31. Bethany — February 6, 2016 @ 1:02 pm (#)

    If planning on taking this to someones house would I first melt in the microwave and then transfer to a small crockpot to keep warm or could I put it all in a small crockpot and just heat it up completely in there?  My 6 year old is making this on her own tomorrow and she’s excited to be bringing her own “special football snack” to our friends :)  Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 8th, 2016 @ 10:45 am

      Hi Bethany, we think the microwave to crockpot option would probably work best. We hope you guys enjoyed it!