This light queso recipe uses low-fat cheddar and bursts with flavor from fire-roasted tomatoes, jalapenos, and spices. Perfect for game day!
When a nachos and cheese craving comes along often the first thing that comes to mind is the store-bought Tostitos queso in a jar. This easy light queso recipe comes together so quickly with a few ingredients and is completely worth the extra effort. It’s lightened up with low-fat cheddar cheese and there are no artificial flavors or colors which is perfect in my book! This is a great dip to add to a game day spread as it’s lighter and then you and your guests can indulge in other favorites too!
- I really like fire- roasted tomatoes in this light queso recipe because I feel they have a bolder flavor but you can use any tomatoes you can find, be sure they are well drained!
- If you can use grass-fed butter I really recommend it as it has much more heart-healthy nutrition than butter from grain-fed cows.
- I used pickled jalapeno peppers but you can absolutely use fresh if you prefer.
How to make Light Queso Dip
- Saute the drained fire-roasted tomatoes in the grass-fed butter. Cook until thick about 10 minutes on medium-high heat.
- Lower the heat and add grated cheddar, jalapeno, and spices. Stir with a wooden spoon until melted.
- Serve immediately.
What to serve with Easy Queso
We love queso at our house served with any organic tortilla chips! We also found blue corn tortilla chips at our local grocery store that have flaxseeds in them for a delicious and healthy added crunch! I also like serving a light queso at parties as an appetizer especially before my Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos. For a game day spread this dip would also be a great accompaniment to a veggie platter!
Tips for Queso Recipe Success
- Ingredients for this light queso recipe can be prepped ahead and stored in the refrigerator but the dip must be made right before consuming. It is most delicious when served hot and fresh. If by chance you have leftovers you can reheat it in a small saucepan and add a small amount of your milk of choice just to bring the mixture back together as it separates when it gets cold.
- Be sure to drain your tomatoes really well so that you have nicer consistency to your dip, no one wants watery queso!
- If you like a spicy queso leave the seeds in. If the kids are eating queso at my house I tend to remove a lot of the seeds. The same goes for spices feel free to add as much garlic and chili powder as you like!
Light Queso Recipe
- 4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter *Grass-fed
- 1 14 ounce can Fire-Roasted Tomatoes
- 3 cups Light Cheddar Cheese *Grated
- 1/4 cup Pickled Jalapeno Peppers * Finely chopped. Seeded if desired
- Grate cheese and chop jalapenos. Drain tomatoes. Set all the ingredients aside.
- In a small saucepan saute the drained fire-roasted tomatoes in the grass-fed butter. Cook until thick about 10 minutes on medium high heat.
- Lower the heat and add grated cheddar, jalapeno and spices. Stir with a wooden spoon until melted. Transfer the dip to a serving dish and serve immediately!