The Best Queso (Cheese Sauce) Recipe
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The Best Queso Recipe

Cheese sauce makes or breaks any nacho recipe. The Best Queso recipe is easy and flavorful, with sharp and smoky notes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8
Calories: 280kcal
Author: Sommer Collier


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
  • 1 1/2 cups half & half, or evaporated milk
  • 2 chipotle chiles, diced (canned in adobo sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes and softened
  • 2 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 8 ounces smoked cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


  • Place a medium sized pot over medium heat. Add the butter, shallots, garlic and jalapeño. Saute for 3-4 minutes to soften, then add the half & half and chipotle peppers.
  • Whisk in the cornstarch. Allow the mixture to come to a simmer, so the half & half can scald (not necessary with evaporated milk). Then lower the temperature to medium-low. Next stir in the cream cheese and mustard.
  • Slowly start adding the shredded cheese. Stir and add by the handful, until the sauce comes together. If you prefer your cheese sauce a little thinner, add an extra splash of half & half. Serve immediately, or keep warm in a slow cooker or fondue pot.



NOTE: If you don't like smoky flavor, use all sharp cheddar.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 439mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 790IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 377mg | Iron: 0.5mg