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How to Make Torchy’s Green Chile Queso Dip Recipe

By Rachel
June 8, 2024

Ever wondered how to make Torchy’s green chile queso dip recipe at home, now you can! Velveeta, cream cheese, red onion, garlic, jalapenos, green chiles, and seasonings blended together. This queso is creamy and flavorful with the perfect spice. Serve with lots of fresh limes, cilantro, and tortilla chips. If needed this queso can be made and kept warm in a crockpot. This dip is also great with tacos, over chicken or steak, in a grain bowl, or along side salsa and guacamole!

a big bowl or Torchy's queso with jalapenos and cilantro

This queso goes good served along side other appetizers like Crispy Nashville Hot Chicken Taquitos, The Best Ground Beef Taquitos in the Air Fryer, Creamy Hatch Green Chile Dip, 3 Ingredient Crockpot Chili Cheese Dip, or Easy Loaded Doritos Nachos with Beef!

Highlights Torchy’s Green Chile Queso Dip Recipe and why you’ll love it:

  • Customizable flavor: customize the heat and flavor of this queso by adding in desired spices and seasonings or hot sauce you can easily make this to your liking – or for a more kid friendly version, leave out the spices and peppers. You can also omit the onion if you do not prefer those. Can us other types of Velveeta cheese as desired.
  • Simple ingredients: queso is made using fresh jalapenos, garlic, red onion, canned green chiles, diced tomatoes, Velveeta cheese, and cream cheese. Seasonings and hot sauce are mixed in for additional flavor.
  • Creamy texture: this dip has a super rich and creamy texture, it melts up perfectly and stays melty. The cheese does not get clumpy or stringy. It is thick enough to coat a chip but not too thick that you could use it like a sauce.
  • Reheats well: This queso can reheat on the stove top or in the microwave. Let leftover queso cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Take out your desired amount of queso and transfer into a microwave safe bowl on saucepan. Simply heat over medium heat or in 30 second intervals if using the microwave, until the cheese starts to melt. If it is too thick, add in a splash of milk to thin back out.
  • Great for gatherings or weeknight dinner: this queso will be a crowd favorite, serve at your next taco night or game day gathering! Perfect for dipping, on tacos or enchiladas, over grain bowls, or with grilled chicken or steak. This cheese dip will elevate your next meal!
  • Crockpot friendly: this queso is crock pot friendly, make on the stove and transfer to the crockpot to stay warm or made entirely in the crockpot on high, make sure to stir occasionally.
bowl of queso with cilantro and chips

Serving Ideas & Recipe Variations:

  • Serve over sheet pan nachos or alongside tacos.
  • Use to make walking tacos or a taco salad – this queso would also be great over grain bowls or taco casseroles.
  • Use different types of Velveeta cheese (see above for ideas).
  • Serve as part of a fajita bar alongside bowls of guacamole, salsa, and sour cream.
  • Mix in a little salsa Verde instead of hot sauce.
  • Use for breakfast burritos.

How to Make Torchy’s Green Chile Queso Dip Recipe (with step by step instructions):

Quick overview:

  • Prepare onion, jalapenos, and garlic
  • Sauté veggies with tomatoes and green chiles
  • Add in Velveeta and cream cheese
  • Mix in hot sauce and seasonings
  • Heat until melted
  1. Firstly, start by finely dicing red onion, jalapenos, and garlic. Add to a sauce pan or Dutch oven with olive oil and sauté until tender.

2. Secondly, cube up Velveeta and cream cheese.

3. Once veggies are soft, add in diced green chiles and roasted tomatoes.

4. Fourthly, combine and cook for a few additional minutes.

5. To the pot, add in the cubed Velveeta and cream cheese. Additionally, add in the hot sauce and seasonings.

6. Melt over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until queso has a creamy consistency.

7. Lastly, serve hot queso immediately or keep warm in a crock pot.

8. Afterward, let cool and store in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

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Ingredients Used & Substitutions:

  • Fresh jalapenos: can certainly substitute pickled jalapenos or omit if desired. For more heat, add a spicier pepper, like serrano peppers or Anaheim peppers.
  • Red onion: white onions or yellow onions work as well, leave out for non-onion lovers.
  • Garlic cloves: add as much garlic as desired, jarred minced garlic or roasted garlic works as well.
  • Roasted diced tomatoes: fire roasted tomatoes add the best flavor to this recipe, you can find roasted tomatoes with chiles those work great. Plain canned diced tomatoes work as well. However, if you don’t have canned tomatoes, you could use fresh Roma tomatoes, chopped finely.
  • Diced green chiles: add as many green chiles as preferred, use the juice or drain.
  • Velveeta cheese: traditional Velveeta works, likewise, you can use the queso Blanco, Mexican cheese with jalapenos, sharp cheddar, or any variation of Velveeta cheese.
  • Cream cheese: regular cream cheese works best but you could substitute low fat cream cheese.
  • Seasonings: I like a mix of salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder. Add paprika, dried oregano, cayenne, or garlic salt for more flavor. Fresh lime juice adds extra flavor.
  • Hot Sauce: generally, any preferred hot sauce can be used for a hint of spice or omit if desired. Diablo sauce or rojo sauce can be added as well.
  • Toppings: I like topping my queso with chopped cilantro and more jalapenos or green chiles. Pico de Gallo can be a good topping, cotija cheese, queso fresco, shredded cheese, or a small scoop of guacamole.
Torchy's Green Chile Queso Dip Recipe

I like to top my green chile queso with lots of fresh cilantro and thinly sliced jalapenos. Serve with home made or store-bought corn or flour tortilla chips and lots of fresh lime. Just like the restaurant version this cheese sauce is delicious!

Recipe FAQ’s:

What is Torchy’s queso recipe made of?

Torchy’s queso is made with Velveeta, cream cheese, seasonings, green chiles, hot sauce, jalapenos, onion, and garlic. The green chiles are the star of the show.

Can I make this queso in the slow cooker?

Yes, you can. I would start by sautéing the onion, garlic, and jalapenos in a sauté pan, add in the tomatoes, and green chiles. Then transfer that to a crock pot and add the Velveeta, cream cheese, hot sauce, and seasoning. Let the crockpot do the work and stir often until melted, than keep on medium heat for serving.

How can you make the queso more creamy?

A bit of heavy cream and milk can be added to thin the queso out and make it more creamy. Additional cream cheese could also be added.

Tools I used for this copycat torchy’s queso dip recipe:

  • Rubber Spatula – a must have! Easily combine the queso mixture with a rubber spatula. I like these because they don’t come apart so I don’t have to worry about water getting inside the spatula and causing mold.
  • Pyrex Mixing Bowl Set – I love this set of nesting bowls. I use them for everything, Pyrex glass does not break easily so you can trust on these bowls for years, plus they come in 3 useful sizes and can be stacked!
  • Ceramic Serving Bowl – perfect for serving this dip! I love keeping medium sized ceramic serving bowls on hand for serving dips, soups, toppings, or anything you need for a gathering!
  • Le Creuset 5 1/2-Qt. Dutch Oven – enamel cast iron is great for even heat and this pot is large enough to hold all the queso. My go to! You could also use a heavy-bottomed stock pot.
homemade tortilla chips with queso on top

This amazing queso is surprisingly easy to make and undoubtedly goes great with homemade tortilla chips and it’s also a great vegetarian option!

How to Make Torchy's Green Chile Queso Dip Recipe

How to Make Torchy’s Green Chile Queso Dip Recipe

Velveeta, cream cheese, jalapenos, onions, green chiles, and seasoning make up this easy dip.
Servings 12 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 Qt. Dutch Oven


  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 small Red onion, finely diced
  • 2 small Jalapenos, finely diced
  • 3-4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1, 10 oz. can Roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2, 4 oz. cans Diced green chiles with liquid
  • 2 lbs. Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 8 oz. Cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tbsp Hot sauce
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt


  • In a large Dutch oven heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in red onion, jalapeno, and garlic. Sauté for 3-4 minutes until soft and fragrant. Add in diced tomatoes and green chiles. Mix to combine.
  • Add in cubed Velveeta cheese, cream cheese, hot sauce, and seasonings. Continue to heat over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until melted, 10-12 minutes. Reduce heat to low to keep warm or serve immediately.
  • Store leftover dip in an airtight container for 4-5 days.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 252kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 17gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 1513mgPotassium: 331mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1175IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 472mgIron: 1mg
Author: The Hearty Life
Calories: 252kcal
Cost: $
Course: Appetizer, Condiment, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Cheese dip, Copycat Recipe, Crockpot, Queso

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bowl of Torchy's Green Chile Queso

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