Easy Fiesta Queso


Easy Fiesta Queso

With only a couple ingredients, Easy Fiesta Queso can be whipped together and served in just a couple minutes … and it’s spicy, tasty and versatile. It can be served as either a spread or a dip


This Easy Fiesta Queso is spicy and super tasty … yet it has only 2 ingredients and can be whipped up in a minute or two. Plus it is versatile. You can use it as a dip for chips, a spread for crackers, hors d’oevres or sandwiches. And I have a confession … after serving some to family with chips, I ate over a cup of it by myself straight out of the bowl. Didn’t even put it on crackers or tortilla chips or anything.

Rotel Chili Fixins

Rotel Chili Fixin’s

One thing I discovered here – originally I was making this as a dip for chips. I stirred it up in a couple minutes, dipped tortilla chips in and it was awesome – perfect for game day parties. Then I left it sitting a few feet from a window for about an hour and I found it had become more solid, more suitable to spread on crackers than dip chips in. The room was probably around 60 degrees rather than 70+. It tasted great either way, it’s just a matter of how you want to serve it. That means you might want to heat it and serve it warm as a dip. Or at room temperature you can spread it on bread or crackers or perhaps dip chips in it.

If you definitely want it viscous enough to dip chips into, adding liquid works great. I just added diced tomatoes with juice from a can. Tomato juice or V8 work great, or you can always add milk or cream to get the desired consistency. You can also add mild salsa, keeping in mind that it can increase the spiciness some.

Now I usually buy several 8 oz packages of cream cheese about a month before the holidays since cream cheese is often in so many holiday dishes; it keeps well in the fridge in the sealed wrapper for about a month after opening.

Hope you enjoy this … it’s an amazing dip or spread for almost no work!

Easy Fiesta Queso
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Recipe type: Dip or Spread
Cuisine: Southwestern
Serves: 12 servings
  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 1 10 oz can of Rotel Chili Fixin's
  • Paprika or chili powder for garnish
  • optional: additional tomato juice, V-8, tomato sauce, or milk or cream for desired consistency
  1. Leave packages of cream cheese out for 2+ hours so it reaches room temperature.
  2. Dump cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl and stir in 1 can of Rotel Chili Fixin's. Stir with a fork to blend well (or a hand mixer).
  3. If desired, warm in oven at 200 degrees for 20 minutes (or microwave a minute or two), sprinkle with paprika or chili powder and serve with chips.
  4. Note: This dip can be served warm or cold but will become more solid the colder it is. If more viscous consistency is desired, you can also stir in liquid such as tomato sauce or milk as above. Or heat it in oven; of course you can do both to get desired result.



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