Chili’s Copycat Skillet Queso

I have a blog BFF over at High Heels and Grills.  We became instant friends through our blogs and talk and Facebook all the time together about random things.  We even got to meet each other a couple of weeks ago!  She is such an amazing person and friend.  But we never seem to talk about what we are making on our blogs.  So a couple of weekends ago, I found this recipe for Chili’s queso.  And you already know from my cajun chicken pasta recipe that we are obsessed with Chili’s.  Their queso is so amazing that we even pay the extra 50 cents to get it in the 2 for $20 deal.  I HAD to try this recipe ASAP!  So I set out to find a skillet.  After 5 stores we had no success of finding one.  On that Monday Sarah posted the same recipe on her site!  So now not only is she awesome, she has good taste too!  I found the skillet on Amazon, of course and made this delicious recipe.  IT IS EXACT.  Me and the hubby were in Chili’s queso heaven.  We saw a glimpse of our future last night being able to make large amounts of queso at home and living fat and happily ever after.  

Rating: 5 stars Difficulty of Recipe: 1 star
Things that I changed: Nothing
Things that I would do differently next time: Nothing
Will I make it again?  OF COURSE!



Ingredients:
16 ounce box Velveeta cheese
1 cups milk
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
15 ounce can Hormel Chili (No Beans)
4 teaspoons chili powder
1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1. Cut the velveeta into cubes

2. Combine the cheese with remaining ingredients in medium saucepan over medium heat.
3. Stir Frequently until the cheese melts.  
4. Enjoy with tortilla chips!
Alyssa

Comments

      • Kristen says

        I used a sause pan to start then I poured it all into our skillet and popped in the oven on a low broil for a couple of minutes.
        I find it easier to use the sauce pan for all the mixing

    • Lanae says

      This is awesome! I’m eating it right now. Turned out just right. Tostito’s recently came out with a chip that is pretty close to the Chili’s chips. It’s Cantina Thin and Crispy or something like that. My husband and I both worked at Chili’s a long time ago. Thanks for this yummy recipe!

  1. says

    I love Chili’s queso!!! I used to be waitress at the Chili’s in Cambridge and then London restaurants. We had to learn every single ingredient for every single dish on the menu. I will defiantly want to try and make it myself at home, thanks for the recipe! I just wanted to say that the Chili’s queso definatly had meat in it and your recipe doesn’t! Is this because your vegetarian or did not think it had meat in it?

  2. Maria says

    If you put any tortilla chips in the microwave for 1 minute on high for a large bowlful, you’ll be amazed at how fragrant, fresh and crisp they taste!

  3. Rebecca says

    I just made this and my daughter and I are eating it. It’s really good! Not exactly like Chili’s but close enough. It has a little more heat than the Chili’s version but that is fine with me! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Alyssa says

      Ok so we went to Chili’s last week and I think their queso isnt as good anymore! My hubby said that he actually likes this version better!

  4. Shari Vestane says

    Made this today and both hubby and I thought it was a bit too cheesy. Next time I’ll only use 3/4 of the Velveeta brick. Other than that, it was very tasty and very much like the restaurant’s version!

  5. Laura says

    Yummy yummy in our tummies! It’s been a few years since I’ve had the Chili’s original but this is just as I remember it. The recipe is terrific. I cooked it on medium low so the velveeta wouldn’t burn. If you’re in a pinch for time, I’m pretty sure you could do this in the microwave. I’d suggest stirring it frequently.

  6. Meg says

    So happy I found this recipie! I didn’t use the whole block of velvetta probably about 3/4 of it and I added half of another can of chili. It all depends on your taste preferences. It’s easy to adjust as you go so I would add a little of everything and see how you like it!! It reheats so well too had it again the next day slathered on a hot dog!!! Thanks for the recipie!

  7. Much2sweet says

    Just made this. It was ok. It’s not quite exactly like Chili’s. Maybe my taste buds are a little more discerning but the Hormel taste was a bit strong. I wish I knew what Chili’s actually used :(

  8. Leah says

    So, at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon, I developed a craving for Chili’s skillet queso. Came out of nowhere. Naturally, I had to look for a recipe. I copied down all the ingredients, but then I got to thinking — I didn’t have any of these spices in my cabinet, so I would have to buy them in order to make the recipe. Spices can be pretty expensive, and it seemed silly to make that kind of investment without trying the recipe first. So I bought a store-brand packet of taco seasoning when I bought my chili and cheese. I mixed in the taco seasoning in the same amounts as listed for the spices above, and then gave it a taste. Phenomenal. I ended up mixing in a little more taco seasoning to taste, and I loved the results. So did my daughter! If you’ve run out of spices and you’re pressed for time, taco seasoning makes a great substitute!

  9. Jackie says

    Im in heaven! love Chilis queso and this is spot on and even better! Can barely write this comment because I cant stop eating!

  10. says

    Made this last night for Game 7 of the World Series – my kids practically licked the pan! Awesome recipe! Next time I would reduce the milk and increase the chili because we like it a little thicker. The flavor was right on! Thank you!

  11. AB says

    This recipe doesn’t taste anything like Chili’s recipe. I just ate there a few days ago and really wanted more, so I used this recipe to make my own. Such a disappointment and now I have a bunch leftover. I’d suggest to definitely cut back on the cheese, too.

    • Alyssa says

      Sorry it didn’t work out as well for you. My hubby prefers this recipe over chilis because he thinks that it is better. :)

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