Moe’s Queso Dip Uncovered

by Heather

Contrary to what a majority of recipes on this blog may imply, I’m not vegan.

Case in point:

moe's copycat queso recipe

Queso dip.

I think it’s a great way to eat, and 95% of the time, I do end up eating that way. Vegan, that is. However, the label “vegan” leaves out one very important component of a healthy diet: lack of freedom. I don’t like restriction. I like to be able to choose what I eat with each bite.

To me, healthy eating is two things:

1) Eating for health

2) Eating for enjoyment

And there’s easily room for both.

Take for example my love of Moe’s nachos. The husband and I both love Moe’s carryout, and often turn to it on football days, after long trips, or just when we feel like a treat. There’s nothing like the delicious cheesiness that is Mexican queso, especially when it’s smothered all over nachos.

So while I don’t eat cheese on a regular basis {neither my tummy nor my feet agree with it much}, there’s always room for a little queso.

The problem isn’t the cheese, really. The problem is Moe’s has started skimping on their portions. {!!} When you only put lettuce, black beans, and jalapenos on your nachos, you end up going home with a half-full take out box. No bueno.

cheese for queso dip

The nacho-making isn’t the hard part. It’s mastering that gooey, oozy, slightly spicy queso blanco. Well, I’ve finally mastered it.

queso dip

You can thank me later.

queso blanco


Queso Dip

by with a Side of Sneakers


  • 1/4 pound white American cheddar {available at the deli counter}
  • 1/8 pound {a couple standard slices} pepper jack cheese {use Monterey jack if you don’t want a lot of kick to your dip}
  • 1/4 cup white onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno, diced
  • 1/16 tsp smoked cumin {or regular}
  • 1/8-1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/8 cup amber or dark beer {optional..and go ahead, drink the rest;)}
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil


In a small sauce pan, sauté finely diced onion over medium heat until the onion starts to brown. Stir in jalapeno and cook a few more minutes.

Rip the cheeses into smaller pieces and add to pot.

Slowly pour in a small amount of milk and whisk into melting cheese. Add beer if using. Slowly add milk/cheese until desired consistency is reached. Remember cheese will thicken quickly as it cools.

Stir in cumin and olive oil. Don’t skip the oil- it helps it not solidify so fast when you’re using it as a dip.

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Equally delicious as dip…

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…or imitation Moe’s nachos.

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moe's southwest nachos recipe imitation


mexican cheese dip recipe


Take that Moe’s and your rapidly diminishing portions. Winking smile


Don’t do cheese? Try this vegan queso blanco recipe instead.


If you liked this, try:

Cilantro Lime Rice

Sweet Potato Chicken Patties

Healthy Cinnamon Rolls


Right now on tiny sneakers: the potentially dangerous debate on who has it easier- working moms or stay at home moms. Go weigh in with your take.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristen @ The Concrete Runner October 9, 2011 at 11:19 am

OMG, yum! I will be making this soon! Or heading over to Moe’s to get some b/c I’m too lazy to get the ingredients at the store.
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Brittany (healthy slice of life) October 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

You just made my husband a very happy man :) YUM!


Faith @ For the Health of It October 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Whoa whoa whoa, beer in queso? BALLER!


Kelly October 9, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I wish I had read this before I went to Moe’s! That’s what we had for dinner tonight bc I was wanting queso :) Your nachos look better than theirs!
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Liz @ iheartvegetables October 9, 2011 at 11:07 pm

My man friends are going to FLIP when I make this!!! THANK YOU!!!


Robin | Farewell, Stranger October 10, 2011 at 11:19 am

Oh, yum. I might have to try that!
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Heather October 10, 2011 at 11:19 am

I love Moe’s – my husband always gets the Queso dip! I will have to make this for him.

Thank you for posting!
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Nichole October 10, 2011 at 11:46 am

Be still my heart! We don’t get mexican here so this is officially rocking my socks. brilliant!! MMMM!! Craving these now.


Natalie @MamaTrack October 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Love, love, love queso. Will definitely try this out!
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Dwija {House Unseen} October 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Oh my word….the mouth is WATERING. Delicious. Amazing!
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aquariann October 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I adore queso dip! Yours looks divine. *drool*
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brandi October 12, 2011 at 11:48 am

oh man. this looks so good! perfect football food :)


amy May 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm

So I made this recipe over the weekend….and I have to say…..sadly it was nothing like Moe’s queso. From the consistency to the flavor, it was all wrong. :-( I’ll try the other copycat recipe which calls out asadero cheese. Wasted about $10 on ingredients to make this one.


Barbara August 4, 2012 at 2:20 am

Where’s the recipe? :(


Heather August 4, 2012 at 7:41 am

It’s there now- sorry, the recipe plugin I use wasn’t working!


Danielle Budau November 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I’m confused. I’m allergic to almonds & all tree nuts for that matter. How is there almond milk in this? I eat it at Moe’s every time I go there. Is this a different recipe or is it actually from there?


Heather November 18, 2012 at 10:31 am

This is a copycat recipe- you can use any kind of milk for this, I just used almond because that’s what I drink at home.


nick December 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm

This does NOT come out anything like Moe’s queso or the pictures. The cheese never loses its stringy consistency even after melting it for awhile. It hardens quickly and the oil that’s suppose to keep it melted ends up preventing proper dipping (the oil repels the chip so that the cheese won’t stick to anything easily!). It essentially turned into a mess. Not that tasty and too difficult to eat. Waste of time and money. Disappointed…


Mike January 8, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Pretty bummed about how this turned out. Did a test run so I could suprise my wife after work (we both love Moe’s). It turned into a mess, with a big ball of melted cheese floating around the almond milk (wish I had read the comments before buying a jug of almond milk, while I have a gallon of regular milk at home). Waste of ingredients


Tim March 10, 2013 at 11:16 am

If you don’t like how much they put on at Moe’s all you have to do is ask for more. Since you’re standing right there when they make it, you just say, can I have more lettuce on that please, and they are happy to oblige. I have even done that with guacamole that costs extra. Just don’t be shy about telling the person making it to add more.

Also, this recipe is probably the worst possible way you could make a cheese sauce or queso dip. You need to start with a roux from butter and flour and add REAL milk to that. Then you can melt the cheese in and it wont turn into a ball of stringy mess.


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