Chorizo Queso

August 29, 2014 by Ali

Chorizo Queso (Chorizo Cheese Dip) |

Just when you thought chips and queso couldn’t get any better…

chorizo joined the party.

Oh, and not just any party. The homemade, creamy, flavorful, perfect-for-dipping and nacho-ing queso party. The all-natural, made-with-actual-factual-cheddar-and-fresh-ingredients party. The ready-to-go-in-20-minutes, easy-to-make, and perfect-for-serving-at-an-actual-party party.

NOT, mind you, the usual processed cheese party. No way, Jose. Our old, mysterious friend Velveeta was not invited to this one. So you can rest easy knowing that natural cheeses and ingredients are getting scooped up on those delicious chips.

So what do you think? Ready to partaaaaay?

Chorizo Queso (Chorizo Cheese Dip) |

If you’ve never made homemade all-natural queso before, it’s super simple!

Just begin by sauteing up a pan of crispy chorizo. (Yes, it really is that red in person!)

Chorizo Queso (Chorizo Cheese Dip) |

Then while the chorizo is cooking up, begin making your cheese sauce.

This particular recipe calls for a cornstarch and butter and evaporated milk base, which helps to make it extra smooth and creamy. Then sharp (or extra-sharp) cheddar cheese, fire-roasted tomatoes and Old El Paso chopped green chiles are added in to provide maximum flavor…with no Velveeta in sight. (Hallelujah!)

For an extra smooth and creamy queso, just be sure to use freshly grated cheese. As in, buy the block and grate it yourself. (Or use a food processor to grate it at lightening-fast speeds if you have one.) The pre-shredded cheese has a special coating on it to keep it from clumping, which doesn’t bode especially well for melting into cheese dips. So grate away!

Chorizo Queso (Chorizo Cheese Dip) |

Once your queso base is ready, stir in most of the cooked chorizo…

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…and if you want bonus points for presentation, save a little of that chorizo to add on top as a garnish. And get ready, because this stuff is sure to disappear before you know it.

Party time!!!

Chorizo Queso

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: About 8 servings


  • 7-8 ounces chorizo, casings removed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly shredded
  • 1 (4-ounce) can Old El Paso chopped green chiles
  • ½ cup diced tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or more/less to taste


Saute chorizo in a large saute pan over high heat until cooked through and crispy, about 10 minutes, crumbling and stirring with a spoon constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.

While the chorizo is cooking, melt the butter in a separate medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Whisk in the cornstarch until combined and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the evaporated milk, and whisk until combined and smooth. Add in half of the cheese, and stir until melted. Repeat with the second half of the cheese. Stir in the green chiles, tomatoes, and cooked chorizo until combined.

Taste the queso, and season with your desired amount of salt. Serve immediately with chips.

Chorizo Queso (Chorizo Cheese Dip) |

This is a sponsored post in my partnership with Old El Paso, where I will be developing all sorts of fresh and tasty Mexican recipes to share with you. All opinions are 100% my own as always. Big thanks for helping support the brands which make this site possible.

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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22 thoughts on “Chorizo Queso

  1. And I’m immediately reminded of one of the best quesos ever, at Frontera. And then of a wonderful lunch I shared with you there. ;) Your recipe looks awesome, Ali.

    - Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

  2. Your recipe may be delicious, but real queso is only made with Velveeta. No other cheeses will do. Sorry, not nasty enough to be queso ;-)

    - Paul

  3. Very delicious & mouth watering recipe. So yummy

    - foodgigo

  4. Just made this and its just what I imagine. Thank you

    - Bellabee

  5. Made this today for a party. It was delicious, super easy, and a real crowd pleaser. It vanished fast, so I ended up making a second batch (which went just as quickly as the first!). Everyone loved it. Truly a fantastic recipe. I will be making this over and over again forever!! Thank you, Ali! ; )

    - Danielle

  6. I didn’t think Queso dip could get any better either, but Chorizo?!! Woah, amazing!

    - Annie @ Annie's Noms

  7. Love all kinds of dips, this one looks easy and delicious, Pinned!

    - Cathy Perez

  8. This is a fabulous idea. I don’t normally eat queso, but I like that this is really fresh, and includes my absolute most favorite sausage. So I am saving it. Just realized that it would be a perfect dish to take to the Christmas party we go to every year (when we’re at home). I am certain that I will love this, especially if I put my homemade chorizo in it… I think I will feel like I died and went to heaven when I eat this. :-)

    - Susan

  9. These pictures made my mouth water! This looks so much better than queso in a jar. And the chorizo! What a win.

    - A Young Wife

  10. Love, love, love that this is made with real cheese! The addition of chorizo really makes this a pretty dip. Can’t wait to try it, especially with football season upon us! Have a great weekend:)

    - Heather @ Shards of Lavender

  11. Wow, you’re an absolute genius Ali! This look perfect for a party…. for one!

    - Millie | Add A Little

  12. I’m all about coming to this party, especially if chorizo queso dip is a guest lol! Looks so yummy!

    - Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog

  13. Yep, this will be a hit with football season starting. Love new dip recipes!

    - Amanda

  14. This looks so wonderful!

    - Amanda

  15. This looks perfect to eat during football games this Fall!

    - Julie @ Girl on the Move

  16. Dangerously delish!

    - danielle

  17. This looks super fantastic, perfect for our Sunday afternoon football parties! Thanks for sharing!

    - Lindsey @ Sneaks and Sweets

  18. Wow–this looks outstanding! My parents made queso dip with Velveeta growing up and I’m not going to lie, that was some mighty good dip. This looks pretty fantastic and that you made with without Velveeta is a huge bonus. No sketchy ingredients. :)

    - Maryea {happy healthy mama}

  19. Bring on the fiesta! I have never made my own queso…but I have some fond memories of the stuff in Mexico.
    And then you added chorizo…what the what? AMAZING! Pinned :)

    - Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness