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.
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.
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.
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!
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.)
Yep, I need to make this NOW! So yummy.
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!
I love how simple this is. How can you go wrong with two ingredients! What a fun idea for girls night.
Oh wow! is really that simple. Love it! Thanks for the idea.
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!
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
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. ;)
This sounds delicious and sounds SO simple! I love this idea :)
this is such a great idea!!!!
Two ingredient queso that DOESN’T involve processed Velveeta cheese?? Sold!
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!
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! :)
I love that you love GBBO!! Virtual high five! This dip looks awesome and easy too!
This is genius!! Do you think it would work to put it in a crock pot to keep warm at parties?
Oooh yes, I forgot to include that in the instructions. That would definitely work!
I have to try this Ali! Love DIPS!
Absolutely genius! Perfect for the football season! Sharing!
This looks amazing! I’ll definitely be trying it out soon!
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!
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!
Was not expecting cream cheese! Looks delish!
This looks delicious and SO easy! Can’t wait to try it.
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
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.
That was a great dip and a GREAT night.
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!
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!
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! : )
Making this for Sunday Funday! Looks yummy ;)
We hope you loved it Cheryl! :)
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!
Awesome Jacqueline, we hope you love it! :)
What are you dipping in the first picture? Looks so yummy!
Made it ……Loved it! Easy and delish!
Thanks, we’re happy you enjoyed it! :)
If i made this ahead of time and reheat it will the consistency stay the same?
Hi Carey, we would reheat this gradually in the microwave (stirring every 30 seconds). We hope that helps, and that you enjoy the queso!
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!
Hi Bethany, we think the microwave to crockpot option would probably work best. We hope you guys enjoyed it!
I’ve never had this dip but I ? Herdez green sauce on my eggs. Yummy!
I made this dip for a potluck and now every potluck people beg me to bring it. If only they knew how easy it was, haha :)
I can’t belive I never thought of this! I have been making a green salsa for years from the Herdez jars. We add chopped fresh cilantro, garlic powder, minced onion, and ground cumin as well. You can add more heat with minced jalapeños too! Omg it’s even better now with softened cool and creamy cream cheese ❤️
OMG, I made this for the 4th of July BBQ it was a hit and of course I already made another batch cause as the host I didn’t get to gorge on it then,……..I love “Just A Pinch Recipe Box” to save and share recipes, you should think about adding the Recipe Box Plugin* link to your website posts, it has a terrific organizational folder system to compile favorite recipes.
It’s a great recipe. Something different from the norm. First time trying it and my family loves it..
I use this same salsa + cooked shredded chicken + plain Greek yogurt, corn tortillas and cheese. And I make a layered chicken enchiladas. Everyone loves them!
We love this dip. I make it for my husband coworkers on occasion and they rave about it. He is a teacher and I try to send yummy things couple of times a month. The last time I added parsley and hot sausage to it. It was wonderful. Thanks.