Moe's Famous Queso (Copycat Recipe)

whisking copycat Moe's queso dip in bowl

After my dad retired from over 40 years of paper mill management, he did a short stint working at Moe's Southwest Grill before he and my mom moved down here to Maryland. After working a shift, he would often bring home Moe's famous queso and heat up their fresh tortilla chips in the microwave. I started craving Moe's queso, this unique white cheese dip packed an addicting heat that I had never had at any other Mexican restaurant. I started searching the web looking for the best copycat recipe and found the closest replica at Seeded at the Table. I think it's right on the money!

Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Serves: 12
Difficulty: ⭑⭑⭑


1lb white American Cheese, cut in cubes
2/3 cup milk
½ cup water, optional for thinner dip
4 oz can green chiles
2 pickled jalapenos (from a can), chopped
1 ounce pickled jalapeno juice (from the can)
Pinch of cumin (optional)

In The Kitchen

Using a microwaveable bowl, combine cheese cubes, milk, and optional water. Place bowl in microwave and cook on high for approximately 5 minutes, stirring mixture after every minute (I like to use a whisk).
Add remaining ingredients to the mixture and combine.
Serve immediately with Tortilla chips.

GNG’s Tip

You can usually find a block of White American cheese at the deli counter of your local grocery store. My go-to brand is Land o Lakes. In a pinch I have successfully used the pre-packaged Land o Lakes slices found in the refrigerated section but removing the individual wrappings is time-consuming and wasteful.

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  1. This recipe was spot on and soooo delicious. I followed the receipe to the T. To buy 6 oz. at Moe's you have to spend about $3.50. I have my own batch of queso and only paid 8 bucks for material..that includes leaving over several pickled jalapenos for later. I love this recipe. Very easy and delicious and I feel like a spoiled brat having it right now

  2. Your comment totally made my day! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave one. If you like Chipotle, you should definitely try my Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa recipe.

  3. Tried this recipe today and it is delicious! I did diverge from the recipe ever so slightly. First, I added a pinch of salt. Second, instead of microwaving it, I heated it up on the stove over medium heat. I think this results in a creamier sauce, and because microwaves tend to evaporate the water in any dish, I didn't need to add any water at the end. It was the perfect consistency. I tried it without the cumin and it was good, but then I added a pinch and BAM! Perfect.

    The directions didn't mention anything about it, but I did remove the seeds from the jalepenos. I think this resulted in the right amount of heat, but if you want to kick it up a notch, you could throw a pinch of seeds in the dish.

    1. Awesome! Glad you liked the recipe! Thank you so much for taking the time to write a comment!


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