Chilled Queso Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Apr 08, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Oct 18, 2017 | By: Julie Blanner

This Whole Foods copycat queso recipe is served chilled, making it easy for entertaining and the best creamy queso dip recipe for entertaining or tailgates.

This Whole Foods copycat queso recipe is served chilled, making it easy for entertaining and the best creamy queso dip recipe for entertaining or tailgates.

I always seem to find myself coordinating with my bi-weekly runs to Whole Foods around lunch time. I wish it was for the salad bar, but if you know me, you know that I crave chips and queso. I never realized how much I could love a chilled queso though!

I’m usually pressed for time on Mondays and Wednesdays when Isla goes to school…I try to squeeze in a week’s worth of work in just over 7 hours.

It got me started on a bad habit that resulted in a delicious chilled queso recipe that’s great for entertaining. When I’m out of time, I call this chilled queso lunch. I decided it was time to start making it myself.

Every time I make this queso it’s gone in minutes! I often have to come with a double batch because it’s that popular. So, if you want to have the office, or tailgate buzzing about your dish, you have to make this chilled queso. It’s a stress-free easy make-ahead appetizer that I know you’re going to love.

This time of year there are so many events where it’s hard to bring a warm dish to, like tailgates, or office parties. In these situations I turn to make ahead recipes that don’t require a lot of effort, but are also a little-unexpected {and maybe a little addicting!}

Chilled queso is also great for entertaining at home – a little snack or an easy appetizer that you can just pull out of the fridge and serve.

Dips are also the perfect icebreaker. Even the strongest willed can hardly resist a dip, encouraging everyone to gather around and mingle. This queso dip will do just the trick! If you try this copycat Whole Foods queso recipe, please rate it below, I’d love to know what you think!

Below you can find all of my favorite tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas relating to the recipe. If you’d rather get right to the point and skip all of that you can go straight to this sweet and savory cornbread recipe. Simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

Chilled Queso Ingredients

  • Cream Cheese – Regular or low fat, your choice.
  • Sour Cream – Regular or low fat, your choice.
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Cheddar – Freshly shredded, if possible.
  • Garbanzo
  • Green Onion – Fresh, if possible.
  • Black Beans
  • Garlic Powder
  • Minced Onion
  • Red Pepper
  • Cayenne
  • Salt
copycat whole foods queso recipe

How to Make Chilled Queso

  1. Combine Ingredients
  2. Serve with tortilla chips, raw vegetables or crostini.

Tips

  • Soften Cream Cheese – Make sure your cream cheese is completely room temperature. When cream cheese is not properly softened, it can add a weird lumpy texture and look to your dish. I highly recommend leaving the cream cheese on the counter for several hours, as opted to softening it in the microwave. Learn how to soften cream cheese here.
  • Good Quality Cheese – Freshly shred from a block for the creamiest texture.
  • Mix it Up – Feel free to play with the amounts to customize the flavors to your liking. Cooking should be fun, so don’t be afraid to make it your own to some extent.
  • Store – Refrigerated covered up to 5 days.
easy chilled queso recipe great for entertaining

My favorite thing about tailgate and party season is it gives me a great excuse to search for the best new appetizer recipes. Here are some of my favorites in my rotation right now. Be sure to check them out!

If you try this copycat Whole Foods queso recipe, please rate it below, I’d love to know what you think!

best cheese dip recipe for entertaining and tailgate

Chilled Queso Recipe

Julie Blanner
This Whole Foods copycat queso recipe is served chilled, making it easy for entertaining and the best creamy queso dip recipe for entertaining or tailgates.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 228 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cup cheddar
  • 1/4 cup garbonzo
  • 1/4 cup black beans {canned}
  • 2 teaspoons minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons green onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Combine ingredients.
  • Serve with tortilla chips, raw vegetables or crostini.

Notes

  • Soften Cream Cheese – Make sure your cream cheese is completely room temperature. Learn how to soften cream cheese here.
  • Freshly Shredded Cheese – Freshly shred from a block for the creamiest texture.
  • Store – Refrigerated covered up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Serving:1ozCalories:228kcalCarbohydrates:5gProtein:8gFat:20gSaturated Fat:12gCholesterol:61mgSodium:291mgPotassium:127mgFiber:1gSugar:2gVitamin A:766IUVitamin C:1mgCalcium:200mgIron:1mg
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