This is a quick Beef Queso Dip recipe, great for a crowd or last minute get together!

A quick and easy Velveeta queso dip loaded with beefy goodness. This shortcut recipe makes for an easy last minute dip!

Keep this appetizer recipe on hand since it needs just one pan and goes from stovetop to tabletop in less than 20 minutes!

dipping taquitos in Cheesy Beef Queso Dip

Favorite Shortcut Queso

  • This beef queso dip goes with anything, we especially love tortilla chips and taquitos for dipping.
  • Beef queso dip is a great make-and-take appetizer and needs just one pan!
  • Keep it warm in a mini Crockpot and serve with your fave dippables!
  • Make ahead and store it in the refrigerator until it’s ready for reheating and serving!
  • Keep it mild, or make it spicy by adding chopped green chiles, sliced jalapenos, or a jar of salsa!
  • Beef queso dip does double duty as a topping for Hamburgers, hot dogs, or Easy Ground Beef Tacos! And don’t forget the nachos!

Cheesy Beef Queso Dip Ingredients

Ingredients & Variations

Beef queso dip has few ingredients, but room for so many more delicious add-ins!

BEEF Ground beef gives queso dip its hearty texture, but ground sausage will do as well! Going meat-free? No problem! Replace the ground beef with a can of drained black beans!

CHEESE Velveeta processed cheese was made for recipes like queso dip! It melts easily and has a bright, tangy flavor! If you don’t want to use Velveeta, swap it for cream cheese and add some extra sharp cheddar.

SALSA is great in this recipe but swap it for a can or Rotel tomatoes (including the juices).

EXTRAS Add in other ingredients like a can of drained corn, sliced jalapenos or black olives, or finely chopped zucchini or spinach!

How to Make Beef Queso Dip

It doesn’t get any easier than these simple steps:

  1. Cook and drain ground beef.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except for shredded cheese and stir until the dip is melted.
  3. Stir in shredded cheddar cheese and optional milk (as per the recipe below). Serve warm with Jose Ole taquitos for dipping.

Crockpot Version: Brown the beef and add the remaining ingredients to a small Crockpot. Allow it to cook on low until it’s all melted and creamy and then switch it to warm.

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How to Store Leftovers

Keep leftover beef queso dip in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Heat up small portions in the microwave and larger portions on the stovetop before serving.

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Cheesy Beef Queso Dip

Easy and cheesy, this dip is perfect for dipping taquitos or chips!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
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  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • ½ medium onion chopped
  • 1 pound processed cheese cubed
  • ¾ cup salsa
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup tex mex shredded cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk optional
  • taquitos optional for servnig


  • Cook Taquitos in the oven according to package directions.
  • In a large pan, brown ground beef & onion until no pink remains. Drain.
  • Add processed cheese, salsa, cumin & chili powder and reduce temperature to low. Stir until smooth and melted.
  • Remove from heat and stir in shredded cheddar cheese and milk (optional).
  • Serve warm with taquitos for dipping.


Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. 
Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until heated through. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 224 | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 782mg | Potassium: 155mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 555IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 470mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Dip, Party Food
Cuisine American, Mexican
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  1. I teach cooking classes for high schoolers and this is a recipe we make in our class. The kids enjoy it and it is easy to make! The only thing I am changing for this semester is only using 8 ounces of velveeta cheese. The students felt it was a little too thick with the full pound.5 stars

    1. Hi Katie, you can make it in the crockpot by browning the beef and adding the remaining ingredients to a small crockpot. Let it cook on low until it’s all melted and creamy and then switch it to warm. This will keep it cheesy and warm throughout your party!

  2. This dip looks absolutely delicious and pairing it with taquitos is such a great idea. Perfect to serve on game days.5 stars

      1. What an awesome idea. I buy ground beef and chicken in 5lb bulk bags and have always divided it up ready to cook and stored in the freezer, but pre-cooking would save so much more time. Have you found that the cooked/reheated meat does or doesn’t absorb your spices as well? That would be my only concern, although I think you could avoid the bland meat scenario by putting some garlic, salt, pepper and some other “general” seasonings (parsley, minced onion) in there when you cook in the crock pot. I would think these are common enough to most things you do with the finished meat that you wouldn’t endanger the final dinner product.
        Ragerds:Moses Brodin

      2. Sounds delicious Moses! I find the meat is flavored perfectly in this dish!

  3. I buy those taquitos often to keep on-hand for my always-hungry 13 year old son! This dip would just take them over the top – and possibly keep him full, LOL5 stars

  4. I can never get enough queso in my life. Your recipe looks delicious! I’ll definitely try this soon. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  5. Wow. Looks so yummy and delicious. This will make a perfect game day appetizer. Love all the flavors added to gooey cheese dip. Great recipe5 stars

  6. First of Taquito beef Queso dip is one of the scrumptious food i have ever had in my life.Guys do spend u’r little time to make this awesome treat!

    Goahead guys and njoy your meal!

  7. Can’t seem to find Taquitos in any of our grocery stores. I live in Ontario Is there a substitute I can use. This sounds very good. I commented earlier today but some how my comment vanished. Would appreciate any advice.

    1. Make them yourself. Just get the corn tortillas or flour tortillas, mix your meat n spices. Bake 425 to 450 until crispy. Coat with oil to help crisp