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Smoked Queso Dip

The Best Smoked Queso Dip – Use your smoker to make the most outrageously cheesy, spicy, and delicious Mexican chorizo queso dip at home. This easy one-pan recipe is perfect for game days and parties!

hand scooping smoked queso with jalapeno for a large pan of dip

Smokey Queso Dip with Chorizo

Game days and casual get-togethers are synonymous with food parties… Everyone comes together and gathers around a buffet of tasty finger food munchies to cheer and chat. And nothing brings guests to the table quite like a warm bowl of gooey, rich, and cheesy queso dip.

But let’s be clear: There’s queso (yum) and then there is QUESO (OMG).

If you’ve got a smoker, and a party on the horizon, this is the cheese dip for you! Our recipe features a delightful combo of Velveeta and pepper jack cheeses, Rotel, onions and jalapenos, and Mexican chorizo. Melted all together these staple ingredients become a roller coaster of bold, spicy, savory, and unbelievably delicious flavors.

Simply load everything in a baking dish, and let the smoker work its magic! Before you know it you have a hot pan of Smokey Queso Dip just begging to be scooped up with your favorite dippers.

top view smokey queso dip with hand dipping in a tortilla chip

Ingredients You Need

  • Velveeta cheeseessential for that perfectly melty queso (You can choose the white Velveeta if you prefer!)
  • Pepper jack cheeseor Colby jack for more mild flavor
  • Rotel tomatoes and chiles your choice of mild or spicy
  • Mexican chorizouncooked, casings removed
  • Onionpeeled and diced
  • Jalapeñossliced, with seeds removed for less spiciness

Plus your favorite snacks to dip!

ingredients you needs: canned rotel, velveeta cheese, pepper jack cheese, and jalapenos

How to Make Queso Dip on the Smoker

First, preheat the smoker to 250°F. Set out a 9 x 13-inch metal pan. Alternatively, you can use a disposable foil pan for easier cleanup.

Chop the Velveeta and pepper jack cheese into 1-inch chunks. Dice the onion and slice the jalapeños. Then place all the ingredients in the pan.

Pro Tip: I lined them up pretty for the photo, but you can just dump them in for faster prep!

top view metal pan with rows of pepper jack cheese, rotel, sliced jalapenos, Mexican chorizo, onions, and velveeta cubes

Set the pan in the smoker and close the lid. Smoke the queso, undisturbed, for 60 minutes. Stir to mix all the ingredients evenly.

Get the Complete (Printable) Smoked Queso Dip Recipe + Video Below. Enjoy!

metal pan in a smoker, dip being stirred by spatula

Smoke the queso for another 10 to 15 minutes. This helps to really lock in that deep, smokey flavor.

Serve the spicy cheese dip warm as an appetizer or side dish with your favorite dippers.

top view smoked queso chorizo dip in a metal pan

Frequently Asked Questions

What dippers go best with smoked queso dip?

Classic snacks to serve with queso are tortilla chips, potato chips, crackers, or sliced fresh veggies like bell peppers and carrots.

What other dishes does cheese dip go well with?

Spoon warm queso on nachos and hot dogs for a delicious kick of deluxe flavor. Or go BIG and make chili cheese dogs or queso burgers!

How do I make this a vegetarian recipe?

Simply skip the chorizo to make vegetarian queso.

How can I make less spicy smoked queso?

You can remove the seeds from the jalapeños to dial back the spice a bit, or omit them entirely to really reduce the heat. Use mild Mexican chorizo or sub with a spice-free fresh sausage. Also, sub pepper jack cheese with mild Colby jack cheese.

How long do leftovers last?

Homemade smoked cheese dip will keep well for up to 4-5 days in the refrigerator. Let the leftovers cool completely before transferring to an airtight container. Reheat in short bursts in the microwave or low and slow on the stovetop, stirring frequently.

hand with tortilla chip scooping Mexican chorizo queso cheese dip from a metal pan

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Smoked Queso Dip Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Use your Traeger smoker to make the most outrageously cheesy, spicy, and delicious Mexican chorizo queso dip at home. This easy one pan smoked cheese dip recipe is perfect for game day and parties!
Servings: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 32 ounces Velveeta cheese
  • 16 ounces pepper jack cheese
  • 20 ounces Rotel tomatoes and chiles
  • 6 ounces Mexican chorizo casings removed
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2-4 jalapenos sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat the smoker to 250°F. Set out a 9 x 13 inch metal pan. (You can also use a disposable foil pan.)
  • Chop the Velveeta and pepper jack cheese into 1-inch chunks. Dice the onion and slice the jalapeños.
  • Place all the ingredients in the pan. (I lined them up pretty for the photo, but you can just dump them in!)
  • Set the pan in the smoker and close the lid. Smoke the queso for 60 minutes. Stir to mix all the ingredients evenly, then smoke the queso another 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot with tortilla chips or a veggie dippers.

Video

Notes

Skip the chorizo to make a vegetarian queso!
Leftovers will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.3cup, Calories: 161kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 703mg, Potassium: 203mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 557IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 367mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Dip, Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican, southwest, Tex-Mex
Author: Sommer Collier

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6 comments on “Smoked Queso Dip”

  1. What would you add to thin out queso if it is too thick?

  2. Truly the best queso dip recipe ever!! The flavor is outstanding and the whole fam loved it!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

  4. This Queso is so smoky and delicious, I am going to make this for my friends the next time we get together! 

  5. Can you make this without a smoker? Oven or stove top?

    • Hi Leslie,

      You can certainly follow the same instructions, including time and temperature, in the oven. Consider adding a touch of liquid smoke to replicate the smoky flavor.