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 offers a delicious smoky flavor, and perfect for cooking in a disposable foil pan. Give this queso dip recipe a try for a delicious dip any night of the week.
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. A new version of your favorite cheese dip you can make on a Traeger pellet grill, Big Green Egg, or any other smoker or smoke box style grill.
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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. This is a great appetizer for your next party or even coming up. This is the perfect dip for any occasion. There are different ways to serve it up that is a low maintenance recipe.
Why You Will Love This Smoked Queso…
- Easy ingredients
- 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
Here are the Traeger queso ingredients I used. But, know you can change up the ingredients of this loaded queso dip a bit.
- 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
Full directions on how to make smoked queso are in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. This is a quick walk-through on how it is made.
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.
Variations To Recipe and Tips
Here are different variations to this pellet smoker queso recipe. The smoke flavor really ramps up the addiction to this dip.
- Change up the type of wood chips used, hickory wood, apple, etc. these will alter the flavor a bit.
- Change up the type of cheese used. I did a mix but you are welcome to play around with the types of cheese used. Colby jack, sharp cheddar, etc.
- Chorizo sausage or pork sausage are a great change up in the protein used. Or leave out ground meats if you want a meatless dip.
- Slice up cheese and skip the pre-shredded cheese. It will make the dip extra greasy to use any kinds of cheese that are pre-shredded.
- Cook in a cast iron skillet instead of a disposable aluminum pan.
- Add the seeds of a jalapeno to make this hot cheese dip spicy. It will add great flavor.
- Stir in some pico de gallo to add more of a fresh flavor to the 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
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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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
- Add in all the ingredients into your aluminum foil 9×13 pan. Velveeta, Pepper jack cheese, diced onion, garlic, can of Rotel with liquid, pickled jalapenos, and cooked ground beef.
- Turn the grill on to 200-250 degrees. There is wiggle room in the temperature. Place the cheese dip on the grill uncovered.
- Cook for 2 hours and stir every 15-20 minutes.
- Once the smoked queso is done, serve with your favorite dippers. Pork rids, corn chips, tortilla chips, veggies, etc.