Slow Cooker Queso with Velveeta

It’s the one. The only. The classic. Queso dip made with Velveeta. This one’s done in the slow cooker making it easier than ever.

It's the one. The only. The classic. Queso dip made with Velveeta. This one's done in the slow cooker making it easier than ever.

There’s good reason why Velveeta is often referred to as liquid gold; it has magical melting power. Well, not really magical. It all comes down to the ingredient list and basic chemistry but essentially, Velveeta and other processed cheese products melt well because they don’t actually include real cheese. Modern day cheese-food creators have made a product from milk fat, whey, salts, and other additives that somewhat resembles cheese and melts extremely well.

If you’re in need of an easy dip to serve a crowd, this is it. It couldn’t be any simpler to assemble–just throw everything into the slow cooker and then let it do the rest of the work.

If you’re not a fan of processed cheese though, no worries. I posted here the other day with a recipe for a queso using real cheddar cheese instead of Velveeta. It’s actually just as easy to make as the Velveeta version but does contain actual cheese!

Slow Cooker Queso with Velveeta

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours and 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. Velveeta cheese (4 mini blocks)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can no-bean chili
  • 1 (10 oz.) can mild diced tomatoes & green chiles (like Rotel), drained
  • 8 oz. 2% milk
  • 1 tsp. chipotle chili pepper seasoning
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. salt

Directions:

  1. If using a large block of Velveeta cheese, cut into 2-inch cubes first to speed up the melting process. Add all ingredients to a slow cooker, cover and set on low to cook for 2 hours.
  2. Stir to combine ingredients and continue to cook, covered, for one more hour.
  3. Keep the slow cooker on warm for serving. Serve queso with tortilla chips.

Karman Meyer

Karman blogs at The Nutrition Adventure where she shares her cooking & travel adventures. Food has always been Karman’s passion, which is why she turned it into her career! As a nutritionist, she enjoys teaching others how to prepare healthier foods that tastes great---because there’s no sense in making it if no one wants to eat it! She also believes that there’s always room for the more decadent things in life.