Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

Just goes to prove that Queso can be made with almost any cheese. The important factor in making good queso is to use a processed cheese (like Velveeta) for at least one of the cheese choices. A mixture of smoked Gouda and regular Gouda is recommended and gives this a subtle smoke flavor that really adds depth. If necessary, this can be made using 8 oz of regular Gouda. Developed for RSC #11.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in a medium size pan, saute the shallots and garlic until soft, stir in the chili peppers.
  2. Add the milk starting with 3/4 cup and adding the additional 1/2 cup as needed for proper consistency; add tomatoes, cayenne pepper, and cheese.
  3. Heat over low heat until cheese melts; season as desired with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve warm with tortilla chips, hamburger patty, hamburger steak or chicken.


Most Helpful

Loved this queso variation! I skipped the salt and pepper at the end, as we found there to be plenty of flavor without them. I used all smoked gouda for the gouda cheeses, as we just love smoked cheese, and it was perfect here. Thanks for sharing!

Starrynews May 31, 2010

This was a great tasting dip and a good alternative to the traditional queso that is made. I didn't have any sun-dried tomatoes but it was still good. I loved the taste of the smoked Gouda and will probably use more of that when making it next time. My guests loved it, too!!

Peytonsmom215 June 24, 2008

This was very good and easy to make. The next time I will use all regular Gouda, as I don't care for the flavor of the smoked kind. The name of this recipe also puzzles me. As far as I know "Queso" means cheese. Gouda is a cheese so basiclly cheese with cheese? I think there needs to be a descriptive word following queso in the title.

Steve P. February 23, 2008

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