Chili’s Copycat Skillet Queso Recipe

This Chili's Copycat Skillet Queso Recipe is quick, simple, full of flavor and the perfect appetizer. If you are more of a savory person, you will go crazy for this dip. You can make it as mild or as spicy as you'd like.

 If you liked our Chili’s Copycat Salsa Recipe, then you will love this recipe.  It is so good warm so the cheese is all gooey.  This makes a great appetizer or snack.

This is our go to for any family get together. Whether it’s a holiday, game night, game day, or just a family party, this dip is always made.

We make it all year long. It’s fun for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, taquitos, or any Mexican dish you are making.

If you have any leftovers (noticed I said if) you can definitely use it again on meals throughout the week. It also saves well in the fridge for a few days. You will love this simple and quick appetizer.

what could i use in place of velveeta cheese?

This recipe calls for Velveeta Cheese. I am personally a big fan of it. I know it’s considered not a “real” cheese, but I do think it is delicious, especially in this dish.

If you are looking for a replacement, we have an easy switch.

Here is what we recommend:

  • 3-4 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Bring the ingredients to a small boil over the stove top, at medium heat, stirring constantly.

Continue to make the recipe as directed, in the instructions. This will be a little thinner of a substance, so you may need to add more sharp cheddar cheese, depending on how thick you want the sauce.

We made it using 4 cups and it was thick, but still delicious. For the best results we recommend using Velveeta cheese.

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what can I dip in this queso?

I am a huge queso lover. I can dip just about anything in it, and it tastes delicious.

If you are looking for more options to dip into this queso, here is what we recommend:

  • Vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, celery, sweet peppers, olives, etc.).
  • Spread it over burritos, enchiladas, nachos, quesadillas, etc.
  • Bread sticks
  • Pita Bread
  • Doritos (one of the worlds best combinations).


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Serves: 8-10

Chili's Copycat Skillet Queso Recipe

Love Chili's Queso Dip? Now you can make it right at home. It's the perfect party appetizer.

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • 1 (16 ounce) box Velveeta Cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chili (No Beans)
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (14 ounce) bag tortilla chips - optional


  1. Cut the Velveeta cheese into cubes.
  2. Combine the cheese with the remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Stir frequently until cheese melts.
  4. Enjoy with tortilla chips or bread.



1931 cal


103 g


112 g


137 g
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22 Responses to “Chili’s Copycat Skillet Queso Recipe”

  1. i made this and it was very very good. however i changed a few things and eyeballed alot. but instead of hormel, i used ground beef seasoned with quite a few things, all mexican. i used 12 ounces velveta, 3/4 cans of rotel tomatos to give it some tomato bits( i dont like salsa.. wierd right? or else i would have added a little bit of that), a splash of milk and all the spices you mentioned, just less. it was the bomb! way better than chili's. thank you so much for the great idea! even though i didnt make it exactly how you did, im so happy! the cheese was the perfect texture and stayed the right consistency as it cooled down. thanks so much for posting this! my husband says its one of the best things he's had.. so I guess I will be cooking this until im 99 years old and bed ridden. :)
  2. i made this and it tasted the exact same as our chills queso (i work at chilis) the only problem was is that i had to dump the 1st batch because the 1 cup of milk was too watery. so the second time i made it i only used 1/4 cup of milk. 1 cup is way too much and i was wrong in my 1st comment. chills queso does not have beans. its only chili and velveeta. just like you wrote it.
  3. Just whipped up a batch exactly as you have it written here. I think the 1 cup of milk is perfect. Any less, and it gets too thick to quick. It also helps cut down the spice kick. I think this version has a little more kick than the Chili's version, so I might cut down on that next time. But it is a great knock of version! Thanks for posting.
  4. My grandkids LOVE Chili's Queso so they were excited to try this. We made it today and they all loved it, they said it was better than Chili''s. I did put about a half can of refried beans in with the chili. Will be making this often.

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