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10 Quick Queso Dip Upgrades

Ready to upgrade the basic, beloved queso dip? The home team always wins with these clever queso dip mix-in and meal ideas.

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1. Pepper It Up

Top your queso with jalapeños, serranos, cayennes or other hot peppers, like we did in this Chili con Queso recipe. Leave the seeds and membrane intact, as shown in the sliced peppers, for more heat; discard them and chop peppers for a milder result.

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2. Sprinkle on Pizza-zz

Spread a mild queso dip in a baking dish, add pizza toppings and bake until golden brown. Serve with breadsticks, garlic bread, or toasted Italian bread.

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3. Take It to Buffalo

Spice up your cheese dip with Louisiana hot sauce and cooked chicken, and you get this heavenly dip. Serve with celery, chips or crackers.

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white beansPhoto: Shutterstock / Gayvoronskaya_Yana

4. Stir in Beans

Add a can of warmed kidney, white, black or refried beans to make a satisfying dip.

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5. Start with Chili

Reach for a simple can or a good, homemade chili, then melt in Velveeta. This chili cheese dip does just that.

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Three color bell pepper strips in a potPhoto: Shutterstock / Kostiantyn Ablazov

6. Toss in Cooked Veggies

Saute veggies such as chopped onions and bell peppers and add them to your queso dip.

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7. Go Sweet & Smoky

Drizzle your favorite dip with taco or barbecue sauce, then pile on chopped veggies, more cheese and crumbled cooked bacon. You get a masterpiece like this.

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8. Beef It Up

Meat lovers go loco for queso con carne, a cheesy dip loaded with cooked taco meat. It’s delicioso!

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9. Sauce up Your Nachos

Bake nacho fixings until hot, then douse ’em with queso dip. Grab the forks for unrivaled game-day grazing.

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10. Make It a Meal

Ladle hot queso dip over these Sloppy Joe Dogs, or onto po’boys, Philly cheesesteaks, or even scrambled eggs tucked into a burrito.

Christine Rukavena
Christine loves to read, curate, sample and develop new recipes as a senior book editor at Taste of Home. A CIA alumna with honors, she creates cookbooks and food-related content. A favorite part of the job is taste-testing dishes. Previous positions include pastry chef at a AAA Five Diamond property. Christine moonlights at a boutique wine shop, where she edits marketing pieces and samples wine far higher than her pay grade.