Chili’s Copycat Skillet Queso

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Chili’s Copycat Skillet Queso


Chili’s Copycat Skillet Queso: Restaurant Favorite at Home!

This cheesy dream come true is a dead ringer for Chili’s Skillet Queso, but made in the comfort of your own kitchen! It’s the perfect party pleaser or weeknight dinner enhancer.

The creamy Velveeta melts like magic into a symphony of flavors thanks to the chili and warm Mexican spices. It’s ridiculously easy to make and disappears faster than you can say “cheese!”

Looking for more copycat restaurant favorites to enjoy at home? Try these:

  • Spicy Cajun Chicken Pasta (inspired by Chili’s)
  • Gooey White Chocolate Blondies with Maple Cream Sauce (just like Applebee’s)
  • Crispy Avocado Egg Rolls (straight out of the Cheesecake Factory)
  • Cheesy Cheddar Bay Biscuits (Red Lobster’s secret is out!)

Queso Perfection in Every Bite

This skillet queso is more than just a dip. It’s a flavor chameleon! Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Classic dip: Pair it with tortilla chips for the ultimate game day or movie night snack.
  • Tex-Mex Twist: Spoon it over rice, home fries, or breakfast hash for a delicious Mexican-inspired meal.
  • Get Creative: Stuff it into tacos, burritos, enchiladas, or taquitos for a cheesy explosion.

No matter how you serve it, this queso is so addictive, you’ll be tempted to make it every week. Leftovers are rare, but if you manage to save some, they’ll keep well in the fridge for a few days.

Making Magic in the Kitchen

The beauty of this recipe is its simplicity. You’ll never need to order queso out again!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Velveeta cheese (it melts like a dream!)
  • Milk (skip the nut milk for this one)
  • Paprika (for color and a touch of sweetness)
  • Cayenne pepper (adjust the amount for your spice preference)
  • Canned chili without beans (because beans have no place in queso!)
  • Chili powder (smoked chipotle adds a nice kick)
  • Lime juice (to balance the heat)
  • Cumin (a must-have in any Mexican dish)

Here’s how to whip it up:

  1. Cut the Velveeta into cubes for even melting.
  2. Combine all the ingredients (except maybe the cayenne pepper if you’re cautious!) in a saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Stir frequently until that cheesy goodness melts completely. Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to taste if you like things spicy.

Cheese Lovers, Rejoice!

Velveeta is the star of this dish, but if you’re not a fan, here’s a substitute:

  • 3-4 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Simply bring these substitute ingredients to a boil in a saucepan, then continue with the recipe as directed.

Queso Beyond the Chip

This queso is a dipping dynamo, but don’t stop there! Get creative and explore these other delicious options:

  • Veggie Platter: Ditch the ranch dip and use queso for dipping carrots, cucumbers, celery, peppers, or olives.
  • Breadtastic: Pair it with crusty French bread, breadsticks, or pita bread cut into triangles.
  • Flavor Explosion: Take your tastebuds on a ride with flavored corn chips like Doritos.

So ditch the delivery menu and impress your friends and family with this outrageously easy and delicious Chili’s Copycat Skillet Queso!

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Chili’s Copycat Skillet Queso

Chili’s Copycat Skillet Queso

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  • Author: Mekar Official
  • Total Time: 20 minutes


This cheesy dream come true is a dead ringer for Chili’s Skillet Queso, but made in the comfort of your own kitchen! It’s the perfect party pleaser or weeknight dinner enhancer.


  • 16 oz Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (15 oz) can Hormel Chili No Beans
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (adjust for spice preference)
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin


  1. Combine cubed cheese, milk, chili, and spices in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir often until cheese melts and mixture is smooth.
  3. Serve hot with tortilla chips!
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American, Mexican


  • Serving Size: 8
  • Calories: 150kcal
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 929mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 9g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 12g
  • Cholesterol: 27mg


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