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Queso Ranch Dip Recipe

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Are you looking for a delicious, unique cheese dip to wow your guests? Look no further! This Queso Ranch Dip recipe is a crowd-pleaser that’s easy to make and reminiscent of the famous Chuy’s queso recipe they drop off at the table while you are reading your menu.

This cheesy, creamy dip combines Chihuahua cheese, Rotel, and ranch seasonings, making it a standout appetizer or snack. Let me share how I make this dip and why it’s a must-have at your next gathering.

tortilla dripping with cheese dip.

My Love for Chuy’s

I absolutely love Chuy’s! Their queso is one of my all-time favorite dips. While I don’t know the exact copycat recipe, this Queso Ranch Dip tastes incredibly close to the traditional queso mixed with a hint of ranch.

Since I don’t have a Chuy’s near me, I created this at-home version to satisfy my cravings. It’s not just good—it’s fantastic, and it brings a little piece of that restaurant quality taste right into my kitchen. Now keep in mind, I am not 100% sure of their exact recipe, this is just what my taste buds are telling me. Either way, I think you will love it!

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Chihuahua cheese
  • 1 can (10 ounces) Rotel
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • Tortilla chips for serving

Queso Ranch Dip Recipe

Combine Ingredients: In a large stock pot, add the cream cheese, pepper jack cheese, Chihuahua cheese, Rotel, sour cream, chili powder, dry chives, dry parsley, dry dill weed, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, cumin, and ground black pepper.

Heat and Stir: Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until the cheeses are melted and the mixture is smooth. This will take about 10-15 minutes.

Queso Ranch Dip Recipe ingredients.

Adjust Consistency: Stir in the chicken broth to thin the cheese mixture to your desired consistency. I find that 1/2 cup works perfectly, but you can add up to 1 cup if needed, especially if reheating leftovers.

Some people like thin queso and some people like really thick queso, so I will leave this ingredient choice up to you.

Serve: Remove from heat and serve the cheese dip warm with tortilla chips.

stirring ranch and queso in a stock pot.

Why Queso Dip with Ranch Seasoning is a Must-Have

I love having a great dip recipe in my arsenal, especially for summer parties and gatherings.

This Queso Ranch Dip makes a lot, perfect for feeding a crowd, and any leftovers make an excellent nacho cheese for dinner the next night—a win-win!

large bowl of queso with a side of chips.

The combination of cheeses, spices, and creamy texture creates a unique dip that’s sure to be a hit. I also have some other amazing different queso recipes, and you can click and check out some other versions below.

Tips and Serving Suggestions

  • Dipping Options: Besides tortilla chips, you can dip veggies like bell peppers, cucumbers, raw broccoli, and carrot sticks. Pretzel pieces and breadsticks are also fantastic options for cheese.
  • Complementing Dishes: This cheese dip pairs wonderfully with dishes like Chopped Italian sliders and bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers. Cheese itself is fairly heavy, so keeping a light appetizer style dish to serve with it is usually more than fine.
  • Can this dip be made in the crockpot? Because this dip recipe needs so much stirring to start, I would recommend at least melting it in a stockpot and transferring to a crockpot on low or warm to stay melty for a party.
dip recipe with queso and ranch perfect for a summer party like july 4th.
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Queso Ranch Dip Recipe (Like Chuy’s)


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
How to make a delicious queso ranch dip that tastes similar to Chuy’s famous queso. Chihuahua cheese, Rotel, and ranch seasoning makes a deliciously perfect cheese appetizer!

Equipment

  • Large stock pot

Ingredients
 

  • 12 ounces cream cheese cubed
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Chihuahua cheese
  • 10 oz. Rotel Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth to thin dip as necessary

Seasonings

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a large stock pot, add the cream cheese, pepper jack cheese, Chihuahua cheese, Rotel, sour cream, chili powder, dry chives, dry parsley, dry dill weed, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, cumin, and ground black pepper.
  • Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until the cheeses are melted and the mixture is smooth. This will take about 10-15 minutes.
  • Stir in the chicken broth to thin the cheese mixture to your desired consistency. I find that 1/2 cup works perfectly, but you can add up to 1 cup if needed, especially if reheating leftovers.
  • Remove from heat and serve the cheese dip warm with tortilla chips.

Notes

Tortilla chips are an obvious way to serve this dip, but pieces of bread, chunks of pretzel bread, veggies like bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, and even small cooked potatoes work really well as a cheese fondue style dip.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 200kcal

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