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The Best Smoked Queso Dip

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Smoked Queso brings queso dip to a whole new elevation. Velvetta, pepper jack cheese, jalapenos, Rotel, and more all mixed together and tossed on your Traeger. Queso on the grill is such a winner for a party cheese dip.

This smoked queso recipe is so easy to make, it takes about 5-10 minutes to prep. Toss the queso ingredients into a pan, toss on the grill and let it handle the rest. Try my latest Blackstone Brats recipe as well for a tasty grill recipe.

queso dip in a throw away aluminum pan

A fun party food, game day appetizer, and more. I love how easy this party dip recipe comes together. It is loaded with cheesy goodness.

Why You Will Love This Smoked Queso…

  • Easy ingredients
  • Cheesy
  • Loads of flavor
  • Quick to assemble
  • Smokey layer to the cheese dip
  • Great for cooking on Traeger, Green Mountain, Gas grill, etc.
  • Party Friendly
  • Tailgate or Campfire Queso Recipe

Queso Ingredients

Here are the Traeger queso ingredients I used. But, know you can change up the ingredients of this loaded queso dip a bit.

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  • Velveeta – This is going to help add a ton of cheesy texture to the dish. Plus Velveeta is rich, so it adds a lot of flavor.
  • Pepper Jack Cheese – This adds a kick of flavor to your dip. If you are not a fan of spice, swap with a Monterey Jack instead.
  • Ground Beef or Breakfast Sausage or Chorizo – The meat is your choice. I did ground beef for this recipe.
  • Rotel – Canned tomatoes with green chili’s is what Rotel is. If you can’t find it just do 1 can of diced tomatoes and 1 can green chili’s leave the juice.
  • Pickled Jalapenos – Spice and tang is what comes from canned peppers. Now, if you really want it to be spicy add fresh and leave the seeds.
  • Minced Garlic – Jarred or fresh minced garlic works. It adds a nice flavor to the dip.
  • Diced Onion – White or yellow onion is recommended for this.

How to Make

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Step 1: Add all your ingredients into your pan. I used an aluminum throw-away 9×13 pan. You can use whatever you would like.

Step 2: Preheat the grill (I used my Green Mountain Grill) to 200-250 degrees, then place your queso dip mixture on and let it cook for 2 hours, stirring here and there.

Step 3: Once done, serve with your favorite dippers.

Expert Tips and Variations

Meat – You can use Chorizo, sausage, beef, or any meat you want. Or if you want a meatless cheese dip, go right ahead.

Cheese – I used Velveeta and Pepperjack. I recommend the velveeta cheese but the other you can use a Monterey Jack cheese, sharp, etc. Just buy a block of cheese and dice it up.

Jalapeno – I used jarred pickled jalapenos. You can skip this but I find it adds tons of flavor. If you want more heat use fresh jalapeno to toss in.

Stir The Dip – Make sure to stir the dip, otherwise you will find it cooks unevenly. Smoking the dip low and slow helps allow some of that smoky flavor to get into the dip.

pork rind with cheese dip

What To Dip Rotel Cheese Dip In

Not sure what to serve with this smoked cheese dip? Here are a few ides for this queso dip on the grill!

  • Pork Rinds
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Fresh Veggies – I love snap peas and carrot sticks
  • Bread
  • Etc


You can store your cheese dip for up to three days in the refrigerator. Just reheat in the microwave.

Or if you do a skillet on the stove or in oven, add a little milk. This will help thin up the sauce.

Due to the dairy used, this queso dip does not freeze well.

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queso dip in a throw away aluminum pan

Smoked Queso

Yield: 9x13 pan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Smoked Queso is a Smoked Queso dip made on the grill. Two types of cheese, Rotel, onion, garlic, and more all in one cheesy grill. This is also a great campfire dip, tailgating recipe, and party dip.



Smoked Queso Ingredients

  • 1 block of Velveeta (32 ounces)
  • 1 block of Pepper Jack Cheese (16 ounces)
  • 1 can Rotel (20 ounce)
  • 3/4 cup pickled jalapenos in a jar
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound ground beef, cooked and chopped


  1. Add in all the ingredients into your aluminum foil 9x13 pan. Velveeta, Pepper jack cheese, diced onion, garlic, can of Rotel with liquid, pickled jalapenos, and cooked ground beef.
  2. Turn the grill on to 200-250 degrees. There is wiggle room in the temperature. Place the cheese dip on the grill uncovered.
  3. Cook for 2 hours and stir every 15-20 minutes.
  4. Once the smoked queso is done, serve with your favorite dippers. Pork rids, corn chips, tortilla chips, veggies, etc.


Rotel is canned tomatoes with green chilis. You can also opt for a can of diced tomatoes and a small can of green chilis to replace.

You are welcome to use ground sausage, chorizo, etc to replace of ground beef.

The jalapenos add heat, if you want it to be milder, leave them out.

You can swap pepper jack cheese with sharp cheese or Monterey jack cheese as well.

If you don't have a grill, bake in the oven at 220 degrees, stirring until the mixture is fully cooked. Cook your onions and garlic with the ground beef on the stove.

Store the leftover dip in the fridge for up to 3 days.

If the dip is too thick, add a splash of milk to thin up the con queso dip.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 212mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 8g

This information is automatically calculated by third-party software, including but not limited to the Create or Bake Me Some Sugar. For accurate nutrition, I suggest running the ingredients in your own system to get a more accurate reading. Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

I love this recipe!! I cant believe how much flavor is added by smoking!!


Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

Right, it is a big change! Glad you stopped by!

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