Chili’s Copycat Skillet Queso

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!


Copycat queso in a black skillet with chips all around.

The process of making copycat queso.

Queso in a black skillet with a chip being dipped in it.


Chili's Copycat Skillet Questo

4.5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 8 people

Amazing queso that tastes just like Chili's!  

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American, Mexican


  • 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!

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Nutrition Facts
Chili's Copycat Skillet Questo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 929mg39%
Potassium 267mg8%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 1201IU24%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 363mg36%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Hi, Thank you so much for following my blog. I am now your new follower!! I can’t wait to try the slow cooker beef recipe, looks yummy.

      1. 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

    1. 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!

  2. 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?

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

    1. 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!

    2. Rebecca – knock it down to 3 or even 2 tsp of chili powder and that will clear up the heat issue. I found a bunch of copycat recipes and the most common variation was how much chili powder to use.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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 🙁

  9. 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!

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. Hi. My wife and I came over to America in November to visit family. They took us to Chili’s, and we had the Queso. It’s amazing! I want to make your recipe for it, but I don’t think we can get the cheese that they use here in the UK. I will have to look for an alternative. Can’t wait to try it out.

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  15. Thank you for the recipe. I followed the recipe exact and found it to be way too spicy compared to Chili’s. Next time I would leave out the cayenne and put less chili powder in. Although it was spicier than Chili’s, our kids age 7 & 10 ate it with a glass of milk on the side.

  16. just made this today and let me tell you it is fantastic! Only difference with my version is my skillet was used in a smoker to make baked beans with and added just a hint of smoke flavor and ohhh my…. much much better than chilis. add this as the secret ingredient???

  17. 3 stars
    I have made Chili’s queso several times using the ingredients in this recipe. What I did find out…… was too hot. Too much heat. So, after some experimenting, I cut the cayenne pepper to 1/16 of a teaspoon, and cut out one teaspoon of chili powder. The wife says it tastes just like what Chili’s makes.

  18. 5 stars
    This is a great crockpot recipe for a crowd when doubled…..the spices can be controlled by using canned refried beans instead of chili…..or you can ratchet up the spices by adding pickled or fresh jalapenos.

  19. Thank you! I am not chef, but was able to pull this one off, and I agree with others, who speak to the flexibility with this dish.

  20. 5 stars
    I cannot thank you enough for this recipe. I have been having such wild pregnancy cravings for this skillet queso dip but my hubby and I aren’t eating out because of the pandemic, plus there isn’t a Chili’s near enough to even justify getting the food to go. The cravings, however, would not listen to reason. I found this recipe and life was good until I discovered that Velveeta is just about impossible to come by right now. It took almost a month of trying and many false leads, but I just satisfied that craving… at least for a few hours. It was sheer paradise. I think it might even be better than what we would have had in the restaurant because our chips were sturdier and didn’t break in the dip! Thank you so much. You have made this pregnant woman very happy!

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