best cheese dip recipe for entertaining and tailgate

Chilled Queso Recipe

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.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author Julie Blanner


  • 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.


I highly recommend leaving the cream cheese on the counter for several hours, as opposed to softening it in the microwave.
Buy a good quality cheese, you'll notice a difference.


Serving: 1oz