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Smoked Queso

Smoked queso dip is the smoked appetizer we all need in our lives! This delicious cheese dip is loaded with cream cheese, spicy tomatoes, and flavor.

How strong is your queso game?

This smoked queso recipe will blow you away. It is a perfect dish for any barbecue, summer celebration, or July party, and it's easy to make!

Fire up the Traeger for this easy-to-make smoked appetizer. The process of cooking it on the grill adds an extra layer of delicious smoky flavor to each cheesy bite.

It's easy to make, too! What are you waiting for? Try it today!

This smoked queso recipe is dedicated to delicious smoky flavor.

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Tips + tricks

No. 1 --> Just say no Velveeta! This recipe is made without Velveeta cheese. Instead of Velveeta, this recipe owes its creaminess to cream cheese!

No. 2 --> Don't use pre-shredded cheese, it is coated with starches and anti-caking agents to prevent the shredded cheese from clumping together in the bag, but it also affects the sauce quality. Grab the box grater!

No. 3 --> I use my little shallow half-size chafing pan for this recipe. Not only is this stainless steel dish incredibly easy to clean, it's also the perfect size! If you don't have one, use a disposable aluminum pan for easy clean-up!

3 tostitos scoops filled with smoked queso.

Key ingredients

Cheese: This recipe owes it's deliciousness to cheese. Tons of cheese. Cream cheese, shredded cheese, mixed cheese if you want.

Veggies: While loaded with cheese, this recipe also has a bunch of delicious veggies in it. This is why we cook the queso for so long, the veggies need to soften. It's got bell pepper, onion, and a can of spicy Rotel tomatoes.

Meat: Can't beat smoked meat! I used leftover smoked brisket, but see the substitutions and variations section for more ideas.

Ingredients for smoked queso dip.

How to make smoked queso dip

  1. Preheat your smoker to 225f.
  2. Meanwhile, dice the onion and bell pepper. Coarsely chop the cream cheese and shred the cheddar.
  3. Combine all the ingredients into a smoker-safe baking dish, a tin foil pan works great.
  4. Smoke the queso dip for 1 hour at 225f, then stir well. Not all the ingredients will be melted yet, and that's ok, just give it a good stir.
  5. Increase the temperature of the smoker to 350f for another hour, stirring every 20 minutes or so.
  6. Remove from smoker, transfer to a serving dish, if desired, and serve with tortilla chips.

What to serve with smoked queso dip

In my snackaholic opinion, nearly anything would be a good dipper into this dish. The key is to find something that is sturdy and can hold on to the delicious queso! Here are some ideas:

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Make ahead information

Smoked queso can be made ahead quite easily! Simply prepare all the ingredients and toss the veggies and cheese into separate airtight containers up to 2 days ahead. When ready, simply assemble just before cooking.

Batch + storage information

Batch:

This smoked queso dip recipe yields about 4 cups of glorious dip. I find this to be the perfect amount for 8-10 people!

Storage:

Leftover smoked queso can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container. If you've got too much queso to eat as a dip in a couple of days, turn it into mac and cheese, or use it to top tacos, burgers, or wraps!

Leftover queso can be frozen, but the texture can change a bit. To mitigate that, thaw it slowly at room temperature, and reheat it slowly in the oven at low temperatures.

Substitutions + variations

There are a few different ways to customize this recipe to suit your tastes.

Overhead view of a bowl filled with smoked queso dip.

Which wood pellets?

This recipe is plenty flavorful on its own, so the pellets, while they matter aren't going to make or break your dip.

Anything that's universal will work great! There's no need to empty your hopper and go through a pellet change unless you're running mesquite or something super strong. We usually run Lumberjack Competition Blend unless I'm smoking cheese, which is a blend of cherry, maple, and hickory.

If you're running a charcoal grill, don't forget to soak your wood chips!

Smoker: Kevy and I purchased a TRAEGER TIMBERLINE 1300 in June 2019. Our life has changed! It's such a great machine - we've run thousands of pounds of pellets through our Traeger grill and would buy it again and again! Check out all the great SMOKED RECIPES we've developed.

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Smoked queso ingredients layered in a chafing pan.
Yield: 4 cups

Smoked Queso Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

A deliciously smoked queso dip that's loaded with cream cheese, spicy tomatoes, and flavor.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes
  • 2 cups cooked shredded brisket point, taco spiced beef, spicy sausage etc
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat smoker to 225f.
  2. Meanwhile, coarsely chop one 8 oz block of cream cheese, dice 1 yellow onion and 1 bell pepper, and shred 2 cups of cheese. Add those ingredients, along with 1 can of Rotel diced tomatoes, 2 cups of shredded brisket point (or desired meat) and 1/2 cup heavy cream to a smoker safe baking dish.
  3. Smoke the queso dip at 225f for 1 hour, stir well to combine.
  4. Increase the temperature to 350f and smoke for 1 hour. Stirring every 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from the smoker, give it another good stir and serve with tortilla chips, celery sticks, carrot sticks, crackers, or sourdough bread spears.

Notes

make ahead information

Smoked queso can be made ahead quite easily! Simply prepare all the ingredients and toss the veggies and cheese into separate airtight containers up to 2 days ahead. Assemble just before cooking.

Batch:

This smoked queso dip recipe yields about 4 cups of glorious dip. I find this to be the perfect amount for 8-10 people!

Storage

Leftover smoked queso can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container. If you've got too much queso to eat as dip in a couple days, turn it into mac and cheese, or use it to top tacos.

Leftover queso can be frozen, but the texture can change a bit. To mitigate that, thaw it slowly at room temperature, and reheat it slowly in the oven at low temperatures.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 356Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 409mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 20g

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