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Chilled Queso Recipe

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!

best cheese dip recipe for entertaining and tailgate

I find myself 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.

copycat whole foods queso recipe

This time of year there are so many events that are challenging to bring a warm dish to, like tailgates and office parties. 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!}

easy chilled queso recipe great for entertaining

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. One of my favorite features in our new kitchen is the oversized island. I’ve longed for one for years and love gathering around it with family and friends. It makes our previously closed off home feel entertaining friendly.

Dips are also the perfect ice breaker. 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!

Chilled Queso Recipe

Prep Time 10 mins Total Time 10 mins
Serves 8


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 c cheddar
  • 1/4 c garbonzo
  • 1/4 c black beans {canned}
  • 2 tsp minced onion
  • 2 Tbsp green onion
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/8 tsp salt


Combine ingredients and serve with tortilla chips, raw vegetables or crostini.

Recipe Notes

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entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner



5 comments on “Chilled Queso Recipe”

  1. Julie, do you necessarily have to add garbanzo and the black beans to this recipe?

  2. Hi Julie, where did the bread board come from? LOVE.

  3. I like reading your blog, thanks for another great recipe!

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