Copycat Pappasito's Queso

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is my version of queso that is familiar with Pappasito's in Houston, TX. I found this copycat from with my adjustments of more onion, garlic, and tomato.. and this is fairly close..but not quite there.. it's really good all the same!! Hope you think so too!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 lbs process American cheese (I use Land O' Lakes, not Velveeta)
  • 1 (4 ounce) can green chilies, do not drain
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (the kind from a jar)
  • 34 cup diced white onion
  • 13 cup milk
  • 34 cup diced ripe tomatoes, seeds discarded
  • 12 teaspoon garlic salt


  1. Melt cheese with milk and stir until blended.
  2. Add chilies with liquid.
  3. Add garlic, onion and stir until onions are transparent.
  4. Remove from heat and add tomatoes before serving.
Most Helpful

We thought this queso was VERY good. I'm trying to duplicate Uncle Julio's cheese dip actually. This is far superior to Rotel and Velveeta. I used Hatch hot chilies in the can, and Trader Joe's minced garlic out of the jar which I won't do again - will use fresh garlic next time. Next time I'll regular chop half the onions and mince the other half. One large tomato was perfect. I added at least a cup of milk - it was very thick. We will be making again and again.<br/><br/>Just made again. Used double boiler this time - makes all the difference. Using fresh garlic was a game changer too.

KelliSueQ July 25, 2014

My daughter made this as an appetizer for our Christmas Eve dinner. We live in Houston and have had this often. It was really good and as far as I'm concerned, its a great copycat recipe.

stephanie s. February 11, 2015

Never been to Pappasito's...but this stuff is addicting! Yummy - thanks!!

Hot Cooking Mama March 28, 2012