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This Copycat Cafe Rio Queso recipe takes you LESS time to make at home than it does to drive to Cafe Rio and get some! It’s a perfect companion for all your football parties.

Difficulty: Level 1 (easy peasy)

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Super Queso for the Super Bowl! Because cheese and football just go together. Don’t they? Cheese and football. Football and cheese. It just works people, it just works. Don’t try to mess with the cheese and football mojo.
That being said. Let me tell you about that little pot of golden deliciousness. I accepted a challenge from a friend who really wanted a copycat Cafe Rio queso recipe. So, I went to Cafe Rio to get some nachos, because duh, nachos. And then I went home, ate all the nachos, and all the queso and then…I made more queso.

This perfectly creamy wonderfully processed cheese dip is full of salsa, jalapeños and 3 kinds of cheese. All. The. CHEESE. Now you just need one thing.

FOOTBALL!!!!

15 Minute Copycat Cafe Rio Queso
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. ⅔ cup half and half
  2. 4 oz velveeta
  3. 2 cups cheddar cheese - grated
  4. 2 oz cream cheese
  5. 1 cup salsa
  6. ¼ cup chopped jalapeños
  7. ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  8. ¼ tsp cumin
  9. ¼ tsp chili powder
  10. Tortilla chips for dipping
Instructions
  1. Heat the half and half in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Add the velveeta, cheddar and cream cheese. Mix until all cheese are melted.
  3. Add in the salsa, jalapeños, cayenne, cumin and chili powder. Mix until combine.
  4. Serve immediately with your choice of chips
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22 Comments

    • I was actually thinking that just this morning! Or perhaps the fuego rojo or verde cheeses…that would be amazing. Now you’ve got me thinking about all sorts of cheese sauces I can make with Heber Valley Cheeses!

    • Hi Stefanie! Yes I think it would be just fine to reheat the next day. It would probably be easiest to heat it in the microwave for short bursts and mixing it occasionally 🙂

  1. Ohhh.. I completely understand your addiction to queso, because I myself have it! I could eat Mexican food daily, and not get sick of it. I live in CO now, and I’m surrounded by it, but no places had white queso dip like I had in Ohio, so I had to recreate it, and I was in heaven! 🙂 Will be trying this recipe!

    -Cianna (LaMode365)

    • White queso dip sounds amazing!! I’m going to have to look into that for sure. Always looking for new queso recipes for my queso addiction 🙂

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