Queso Blanco made with cottage cheese is warm, creamy and smooth. Perfectly spicy and flavorful this cheesy appetizer is a total crowd pleaser! Simple and easy, this restaurant style Mexican dip is pulled together with only five ingredients and five minutes.
Using blended cottage cheese this tasty appetizer is protein packed. Delicious and nutritious, packed with protein, Queso Blanco is sure to keep you feeling full and satisfied longer.
In case you are looking for other classic dishes made healthier with the addition of cottage cheese, you must try other favorites like easy Lasagna with Cottage Cheese, Buffalo Chicken Dip, and creamy Chicken Noodle Soup. All are equally yummy and nutritious, which makes them winners in our book!
With just five ingredients and five minutes, Queso Blanco is so simple and easy to prepare.
- Cottage Cheese - Go with reduced-fat or full-fat cottage cheese for the best texture and creaminess.
- White American Cheese - Land O’ Lakes is my go-to brand for white Queso.
- Diced Green Chilies
- Chili Powder
- Pickled Jalapeño (optional) - Canned or jarred jalapeños work great.
🍳 Step-by-Step Instructions
Firstly, in a blender combine the cottage cheese, sliced white American cheese, diced green chilies, cumin and chili powder for your Mexican white cheese dip.
You can find White American Cheese at most deli counters. However, Land O’ Lakes is my go-to brand when it comes to making white Queso. In fact, most restaurant style Quesos we know and love here in the States, use Land O’ Lakes cheese.
Then once everything is added go ahead and blend your Queso Blanco dip mixture till it is fully creamy.
However, if looking for a more flavorful or heated Mexican white cheese dip, add two or three pickled jalapeños or a tablespoon of the pickled juice, to the blender. Then allow the dip to blend for a few seconds to allow it to incorporate.
Then when done, you can go ahead and serve the Queso Blanco as a cold dip. Or instead if preferred it can be warmed slowly in the microwave or on the stove top. But let’s be honest, microwaving is quicker and easier.
So if choosing to microwave, transfer the Mexican white cheese dip into a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second bursts, stirring the dip in between.
Then be careful not to heat the dip for too long or too fast. If warmed too quickly the Queso Blanco will lose its creaminess when the cheese seizes up.
Afterwards, when the Mexican white cheese dip is warm serve it with your favorite crispy tortilla chips or other favorite Mexican and tex-mex dishes. Quesadillas, burritos and nachos are all the tastier with Queso Blanco.
The most used appliance in our kitchen hands down, is our Blendtec Blender. Having a good blender in the kitchen is a must! Used at least once if not sometimes two or three times a day we use our blender for EVERYTHING.
Another favorite way to serve healthier Queso Blanco is to drizzle it over a bed of tortilla chips. With the addition of your favorite meat and nacho toppings it is sure to make for a quick meal. Quesadillas, burritos and nachos are all the tastier with Queso Blanco.
Can you use cottage cheese to make Queso Blanco?
Cottage cheese is a fantastic, healthier way to make Queso Blanco. Warm, creamy and smooth it is perfectly spicy and flavorful. This cheesy dip appetizer is a total crowd pleaser!
Using blended cottage cheese makes this tasty appetizer protein packed. Delicious and nutritious, packed with protein, Queso Blanco will keep you feeling full and satisfied longer.
Is cottage cheese the same as Queso Fresco?
Both are mild, creamy, non-salty cheeses. Which makes cottage cheese a great Queso Fresco substitute. Cottage cheese works perfectly in salads, dips, entrees or baked goods. High in protein, cottage cheese makes for a healthier alternative.
- 16 ounces cottage cheese
- 5 ounces white American cheese, (roughly 5 slices)
- 4 ounces diced green chilies
- ⅛ teaspoon cumin
- ⅛ teaspoon chili powder
- 2-3 pickled jalapeños (optional)
- In a blender combine cottage cheese, American cheese, diced green chilies, cumin, chili powder. Blend mixture till fully creamy.
- Add pickled jalapeños if desired and let blend for a few seconds to incorporate.
- Transfer Queso to microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between till warm.
- Serve as a dipping sauce or over nachos and enjoy!
- For extra heat add pickled jalapeno or pickled jalapeno juice.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 95Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 462mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g