Chili’s Skillet Queso Dip Copycat Recipe

Chili’s is one of my favorite restaurants. If I have to pick a place to go it’s always Chili’s mainly because I’m obsessed with their Skillet Queso Dip. So. Freaking. Good. I was playing around on Pinterest (what’s new??), when I came across a Chili’s  Skillet Queso Dip copycat recipe, it took all I had not to immediately get in the car to pick up the ingredients. And I’ll be completely honest here. I did not win that battle. Within an hour I was on my way to the store to pick up the ingredients.

And o.m.g. this copy cat recipe was spot on, even with the change I made. YUM. The only thing I felt that was off was the color! But does the color really matter when the taste is so good? I think not!

Copycat Chili's Skillet Queso Dip

Chili’s Skillet Queso


16 ounces Velveeta cheese
1 (15 ounce) can Hormel No Beans Chili
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons paprika
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin


  1. Cut the Velveeta into cubes
  2. Combine the cheese with the remaining ingredients in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
  3. Stir constantly until the cheese melts and all ingredients have been incorporated. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Serve with Tortilla Chips for dipping
  5. Enjoy!!

Let me know if you try it! And what you think 🙂

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  1. says

    I love queso, and I eat at Chili’s often, but I don’t think I have ever had theirs. I will have to try this sometime! (And of course then have it at Chili’s to compare.)

  2. Diane says

    You mentioned that you made a change. What change did you make to the recipe? Skillet Queso is one of my favorites. I found a copycat of their honey mustard recipe and love it.

  3. says

    P.S. At the risk of comment spam, I had to write one more thing – NICE job on how you have the “printable” version formatted! Your blog has the best-programmed “print this recipe” I’ve ever seen! (and I print a LOT of recipes)

    Now I’ll leave you alone 🙂

      • says

        That made me giggle last night when I was falling asleep looking at Misty May-Treanor’s bottom. Thanks for that!

        And now I’m jealous you were at BlogHer! But if there’s any place that’s fun to get comments on your blog, it’s probably BlogHer 🙂

        • Christa says

          I was also looking at her bottom last night! That is one popular blog post. And now I’m never buying Old Navy/Gap jeans again. I own a pair of the divas! I didn’t even try them on again, I just donated them.

          BlogHer is always a blast! Come to Chicago!!

  4. Kendall says

    What if instead of Velveeta, make a Cheddar-Beer cheese dip and include the other ingredients listed? Can’t stand Velveeta.

  5. Angel says

    I make this all the time but I just use the chili, velveeta, some minced jalapeño and some sliced green onion. You melt the cheese and add the chili and veggies and just heat thru. Simple and quick and soooo good!

  6. says

    My partner is in love with chilli's skillet queso and seeing this recipe on pinterest made my day… Im on my way to get the ingredients to make it for him right now …"hmm maybe now i can get those pair of boots that i been asking for" … Oh how i love pinterest… <3 O:-)

  7. Joyce Watson says

    Made this for a family gathering. It was a hit! Taste's just like Chili's. I bought Juanita's tortilla chips (Winco has them). They were a perfect companion!

  8. says

    I would like to know how many people this will serve.. I need to make enough to serve 10 people. is this a big enough batch or do I need to double it. Also can I cook this in a crock pot?

  9. Darcy Kliphuis says

    I would like to know how many people this will serve.. I need to make enough to serve 10 people. is this a big enough batch or do I need to double it. Also can I cook this in a crock pot?

  10. Shannon says

    I made this tonight for the Super Bowl. Loved it. I have made this before but never with the spices and I think that is what makes this soooo excellent. I added some leftover hamburger to mine as well and just cooked it in my baby crockpot. Thank you for posting this.

  11. Andrea Darling says

    WONDERFUL! just had the chilis queso for the first time last week, and stumbled upon this recipe on pinterest. Just finishing up making it for the first time. Easy!

    • Christa Marie says

      You can find it at any grocery store. I’ve seen it at Food Lion (south), Walmart and Target!

  12. Tracy says

    This is so so so great…I just got married a few months ago and my husband loves it!!! I have played withe ingreadiants and made it a little spicy and used chilli with beans its great no mater how u do it!!!

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