White Spinach Queso

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Melty white cheese, spinach, jalapeños, and diced tomatoes come together in this incredible dip! This is a must make dip that you won’t be able to get enough of!

White Spinach Queso in a white serving dish with 2 tortilla chips.

One of my favorite dips on the blog is this Chili’s Queso Dip. We recently visited Chili’s and they had a new dip on the menu. White Spinach Queso. Oh my heavens. It instantly became a new favorite with the first bite. I had to make it at home for our family.

We had a little get together this past weekend and I knew that it had to be made. This dip comes together easily. White cheddar and pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, diced tomatoes, and spinach all come together in this flavorful and cheesy dip. Before you know it, it is melted and ready for you to dip your chip into.

This is the best dip that you will make. I just couldn’t get enough of it. One chip turned into two and two turned into a million. I seriously could have eaten this entire dip myself! This is a must make dip and perfect for the upcoming football season. You are going to love it!

White Spinach Queso in a white dish with a tortilla chip dipping into it.

Recipe adapted from Bake your Day

White Spinach Queso

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Melty white cheese, spinach, jalapeños, and diced tomatoes come together in this incredible dip!  This is a must make dip that you won’t be able to get enough of!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 6 Servings


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and diced
  • 12 ounces white american cheese cubed or shredded
  • 4 ounces pepper jack cheese shredded
  • 2/3 cup half and half milk will also work
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained (also known as ROTEL) 15 ounce
  • 2 cups fresh spinach chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped


  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and jalapeño and salute until tender. Add the cheese and half and half and continue stirring until melted.
  • Add the canned tomatoes, spinach and cilantro and stir well. Transfer to a serving dish and serve with tortilla chips.


Serves: 6

Calories357kcal (18%)Carbohydrates8g (3%)Protein17g (34%)Fat29g (45%)Saturated Fat16g (80%)Cholesterol83mg (28%)Sodium1076mg (45%)Potassium336mg (10%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar4g (4%)Vitamin A1909IU (38%)Vitamin C14mg (17%)Calcium796mg (80%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Queso Recipe, Spinach Queso, White Spinach Queso
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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. I’ve made this dip twice and both times it was delicious. I used white American cheese. It was so creamy. My sister in law said she enjoyed it so much she wanted to put it on a baked potato. I want to take this to a chip and dip party at work. Can I put it in a crockpot to keep it warm?

  2. I just made this for the first time and my husband and I think it’s delicious. Great recipe, Alyssa. I came back to forward the recipe to my Sister. I am also shocked at the negative reviews. First, it’s a recipe. A guideline. If it’s too thick, reduce the amount of spinach a bit or add a bit more cream, or cheese or use a bit of the juice from the Rotel tomatoes. For those that said it was grainy or curdled, her directions say to saute at medium heat, ,and then add the cheese and stir till melted. She doesn’t say to boil it. Cheese will separate and curdle if you apply too much heat. Once I had everything melted I transferred it to a small crock-pot to keep warm and it’s perfect. Love a dip that uses REAL cheese, not processed cheese food product.

  3. I have made this two times already and each time it turned out perfect. This is absolutely my new favorite dip and it’s so easy to make. I used the white American cheese instead of the cheddar.

  4. I’m shocked by the negative reviews. I’ve made this recipe 20 times easily and it comes out perfect and is always a hit! I use American cheese and drain the Rotel.

  5. I made this. I used white American because I didn’t catch the white cheddar part. It turned out well. It was a little thick, but my boyfriend’s whole family loved it. It was gone in no time.

  6. I am not a fan of American Cheese. What would you recommend using in place of the White American Cheese in this recipe?

  7. Wow, this dip is amazing! I am so surprised by how many people mess up something this simple. You just combine the ingredients, how do you end up with anything curdled or watery. Mine looked exactly like the picture and tasted so good! Will definitely make this again!

    1. My thought exactly. Mine turned out so good. Not cuddled at all. I did drain my to tel as I always do unless I use in a roast or chicken recipe. But for a dip I drain. I used the half and half. But after I saute the first ingredients I cool a bit. Put all in crock pot. I also cut the spinach in half. I always double all my ingredients as we feed many people. 30+

  8. Hi, this looks great! I want to make it for a party and am wondering what if anything I should do differently if I want to bake it, instead of on a skillet, so it can stay warm in the oven until party time. What do you think? Thanks!

  9. Just made this for our Thanksgiving lunch and it turned out great. I will say that I only had 6 oz of the white cheddar and I used much less spinach, but it was terrific. It’s a bit runny at first, but begins to solidify more as it cools. The family enjoyed it and it was a tasty alternative to our usual salsa and chips.

  10. So I made this dip for National Dip Day at my job. Oh my goodness, a watery mess!! I ended up reading the comments and saw where the lady added flour…..what a lifesaver! I took the bonded cheese portion out the skillet, added flour in the watery portion and whisked until I had a roux then I added the cheesy portion back in and eureka!! A good tasting dip! Its the spinach and tomatoes I think that water it down and no binding agent. But it does have a nice spicy flavor to it.

  11. Great recipe, though needs flour to bind the milk and cheese so its not a cheese glob. I sprinkled some flour on the final product to fix. Delicious recipe.

  12. I tried this today, it was looking great but then I added the spinach and Rotel! It turned to a watery mess with a glob of melted cheese. I was so disappointed.

  13. I could not get the milk and cheeses to come together. The cheeses melted and stayed gooey while the milk just slushed around the side of the pan. I’m going to try and bake it to see if that will help before serving.

  14. Well, I made this for Super Bowl today and although it tastes very good, the consistency of the dip suffers. It’s very “grainy” tasting. Even though I added a small amount of white Velveetta, I think the use of CHEDDAR cheese is the cause of the graininess.

    Next time, I think I will use white American cheese, which is much easier to find in my local supermarket. I think it will make it a creamier consistency.

    All in all very tasty, but not the mouth feel I was expecting.

  15. Just wondering how this recipe did in the slow cooker? Also, I’m wanting to serve this at a Super Bowl party. Recommendations on doubling or tripling the recipe?

  16. My silly small town store doesn’t have white cheddar. But they do have quest fresco. I wonder if that Would that work in place of the cheddar?

  17. Do you think it could be transferred to a slow cooker (after it’s been cooked in the skillet) to keep warm for a party?

  18. Hi! This looks great, but I have a question. In the description you say it calls for white cheddar cheese and the ingredient list states white American cheese. Which is it? I prefer cheddar since it’s not as processed as American, but hey, cheesy goodness is hard to beat either way. Just wondering which is correct.

    1. This recipe was a complete fail. Rather then a dip it was a thick curdled mess. I was so embarrassed to go to a bbq empty handed because this dip did not work out. I also think the measurements are way off. Far too much spinach and canned tomatoes. Sorry but I would not recommend this recipe.

      1. I am sorry it didn’t turn out. It works out amazing every time for me and is not curdled at all!

      2. I agree. Mine turned out to be the same as your Kayla. Really disappointed, to be honest. Was looking forward to eating it.

      3. I agree, I will never use this recipe again. Just like you stated a curdled mess. What a waste of time and money.

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