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Skillet Queso Recipe (Chilis Copycat)

Enjoy the irresistible taste of homemade Skillet Queso, a perfect replica of Chili’s legendary recipe. Creamy, cheesy and utterly delicious!

A triangle shaped tortilla chip being dipped into a skillet of cheesy queso with slices of lime on top in the background.

Everyone loves a good dip. At least, it’s safe to say everyone in my family does! Dips are always a crowd pleaser and make the perfect appetizer for any occasion.

I make dips for game day, movie nights, and get-togethers of all kinds with friends and family. Today I am sharing another tasty dip with you that I know you are going to love.

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Copycat Chili’s Skillet Queso

This copycat Chili’s skillet queso recipe is such a great recipe because it uses such simple ingredients and only takes a few minutes to put together. Plus, you get to enjoy a restaurant-quality dish in the comfort of your own home.

I usually serve it up with bottomless chips (at least my family seems to think the bags are bottomless!) and raw veggies.

Cheesy dip in a cast iron skillet with three slices of lime, two round slices of jalepeno and fresh parsley for garnish in the center.

Besides being a wonderful appetizer, we also love having this yummy queso as a snack. Because of how easy it is to prepare, this recipe is a great option for serving last minute guests or when you just want a little something to munch on while you are bingeing Netflix.

With its creamy texture and great flavor, you and your family are going to love this cheesy dip.

A triangle shaped tortilla chip being dipped into a skillet of cheesy queso with slices of lime on top in the background.

What is Velveeta?

Velveeta is a processed cheese made from milk, modified starch, canola oil, and cheese culture among other things. It has a smooth consistency and mild flavor, making it a great base for dips.

Cheesy dip in a cast iron skillet with three slices of lime, two round slices of jalepeno and fresh parsley for garnish in the center.  The skillet is surrounded by fresh lime wedges and tortilla chips on a wooden table.

What can I substitute for Velveeta?

Both Monterey Jack and cream cheese may be used as a substitute because they both melt into a smooth and creamy texture.

What if I can’t find canned chili?

Ground beef, canned Rotel, or salsa may be used instead. Homemade chili would be amazing too!

A triangle shaped tortilla chip being dipped into a skillet of cheesy queso with slices of lime on top in the background.

What to serve with Queso?

The options are endless!

  • Pita bread
  • Your favorite tortilla chips
  • Corn chips
  • Fresh veggies
Skillet queso dip ingredients in clear glass bowls on a wooden table.

Ingredients

Start with a few simple ingredients from the grocery store.

  • Velveeta cheese
  • Canned chili
  • Half and half cream
  • Cayenne pepper, paprika and cumin
Ingredients for queso skillet dip in a cast iron skillet.

Instructions

1. Cut the Velveeta into cubes.

2. Combine the cheese with remaining ingredients in a large skillet over medium heat.

Queso ingredients of chili and cubed Velveeta mixed in a cast iron skillet.

3. Stir frequently until the cheese melts.

4. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping.

Cheesy dip in a cast iron skillet with three slices of lime, two round slices of jalepeno and fresh parsley for garnish in the center.

Variations

  • While I prefer using a bean-less chili in this recipe, you can use a bean chili as well. The dip will just be chunkier.
  • Instead of canned chili, use a homemade version.
  • Add ground beef for more protein.
  • Substitute some heavy cream for some of the milk for an even creamier result.
  • Throw in some sharp cheddar cheese. I think packaged pre-shredded cheese is a great time-saver for easy cooking.
  • Top your dip with sour cream and green onions.
  • Use this yummy cheese sauce on burgers, hot dogs, and nachos.
Cheesy dip in a cast iron skillet with three slices of lime, two round slices of jalepeno and fresh parsley for garnish in the center.

How to Store Queso?

Store any leftover dip refrigerated in an airtight container.

Tips and Tricks

  • Try taking this skillet queso dip on the road. It makes a great addition to your camping menu!
  • This easy appetizer recipe can be made in your slow cooker as well as on the stove top.
A triangle shaped tortilla chip being dipped into a skillet of cheesy queso with slices of lime on top in the background.

Add this quick and easy Chili’s copycat skillet queso to your recipe favorites today.

More Dip Recipes

Want to try some more of our favorite dips?

Chili cheese sauce with a chip being dipped in a hand in the Chili's Restaurant.

We were in Chicago recently for a blog conference and had the best meal at Chilis! Complete with this skillet dip. I have to say that our version is an improvement on the original!

A triangle shaped tortilla chip being dipped into a skillet of cheesy queso with slices of lime on top in the background with text overlay.

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Skillet Queso Recipe (Chilis Copycat)

Enjoy the irresistible taste of homemade Skillet Queso, a perfect replica of Chili's legendary recipe. Creamy, cheesy and utterly delicious!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Author: Heather Painchaud
Servings: 8 servings
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Ingredients

  • 16 oz Velveeta cheese
  • 10 oz canned chili
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin

Instructions

  • Cut the Velveeta into cubes.
  • Combine the cheese with remaining ingredients in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Stir frequently until the cheese melts.
  • Serve with tortilla chips for dipping.

Nutrition

Serving: 8servings | Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 1059mg | Potassium: 291mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 939IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 374mg | Iron: 1mg
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