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Ingredients to make smoked queso in a foil pan.
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5 from 11 votes

Smoked Queso

This creamy smoked queso dip appetizer recipe is perfect for game day, camping or any party. It's as easy to make as our smoked cream cheese
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Condiments, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grilled Recipes, Queso Recipes, Smoker Recipes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 536kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $15


  • 32 oz Velveeta Cheese, Cubed
  • 8 oz Pepper Jack or Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 lb Sausage, Chorizo or Ground Beef, Cooked and Chopped (*Note 1)
  • 2 10 oz Rotel, Any Flavor (*Note 2)
  • 1/2 cup Diced White Onion
  • 2 Jalapeños, Finely Diced (*Note 3)
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic


  • Evaporated Milk (For A Thinner Consistency) (*Note 4)


  • Pre-heat the smoker/grill to 250°F (medium-low). Add wood right before cooking.
  • Add all the ingredients to a skillet or disposable aluminum foil pan (size 9 x 13). Set aside.
  • GRILL: Place the skillet on the top rack of the grill and close the lid (do not put it directly on the grill grates). Check it after 15 minute to stir. If it's too hot, turn off one of the burners. If the cheese hasn't started to melt, increase the heat slightly. Stir every 15 minutes until the cheese is fully melted. Final cook time: 45-60 minutes.
    SMOKER: Place the skillet on the indirect side of the grill and close the lid. Check it after 15 minutes and stir to combine. Stir every 15-20 minutes, cooking for a minimum of one hour up to two hours.
  • OPTIONAL: After cooking, add 1/2 cup of evaporated milk to thin out the consistency. Add more until your desired consistency is achieved.
  • OPTIONAL: Immediately transfer to a slow cooker, set to warm, to keep the best consistency.


Note 1 - The meat must be browned and chopped before adding it with the other ingredients. If not too much grease will be added to the mix.
Note 2 - Feel free to replace with 3-4 fresh diced tomatoes.
Note 3 - Omit if spicy isn't your thing. No replacement is needed.
Note 4 - This queso dip recipe is on the thicker side. If you like thinner smoked queso dip, add evaporated milk. Start with 1/2 cup and work your way up until your desired consistency is reached.


Calories: 536kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 2330mg | Potassium: 583mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1412IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 872mg | Iron: 1mg