One of my favourite recipes of all time is a good Chile Con Queso. This recipe is easy and is so delicious!
Chile Con Queso Dip in a black bowl with protein chips

I have to say Chile Con Queso Dip has been a favourite of mine for quite some time! This version is a crowd pleaser!

Mexican food has long time love of mine. Whether it is super spicy and hot and just a tasty fragrant seafood dish with Mexican flavours, I am happy. Chile con queso dip is basically a delicious combination of a mild amount of spice and cheese! Of course most chile con queso dips are just naturally a keto compliant side dish that can work with so many other meals.

The Ingredients

onion, garlic, peppers and spices

Very simple and easy to source keto ingredients are used in our Chile con queso dip recipe. You should be able to get all of this from your local supermarkets.

  • butter
  • onion and garlic
  • tomato
  • cheddar cheese – use whatever cheese you love. The stringer the flavour the more tasty your con queso will be
  • xanthan gum – I just use 1/4 tsp for thickening.
  • 300 g thickened or heavy cream
  • spices – onion powder, garlic powder, and ground cumin
  • pickled jalapeños and pickle juice (for those of you who do not like chilies you can substitute capsicum or omit completely).

How to Make Chile Con Queso Dip

Such a simple recipe in every way. I have included two methods with both a stove top method and a Thermomix Chile con queso recipe. It is just as easy in both and still a very quick dip to make. 

  1. Melt butter
  2. Sauté onion and garlic
  3. Stir through tomato and cook for a minute or two.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and cook until the cheese has melted and the mix is smooth and delicious. Extend the time if needed to get a nice melty gooey Chile Con Queso dip.

How to Serve Chile Con Queso

As pictured above a good keto Chile Con Queso Dip also goes great on a killer Mexican Beef Burger, but I asked a few of my low carb and keto friends to give us more recipes to serve with for some keto inspiration. Here are just a few of some tasty suggestions.

  1. Homemade Salsa
  2. Low Carb Mexican Shredded Chicken
  3. Low Carb Tequila Drinks
  4. Instant Pot Pork Carnitas 
  5. Carnitas Sweet Potato Tacos

Recipe FAQs

Can the Chile Con Queso be reheated?

Yes it can. It is best to do this over moderate heat and stir to combine. Like anything with cheese and cream it can split.

How long does it store in the fridge?

Store for a maximum of 2-3 days in an airtight container.

What Can I Use?

I recommend a strong cheddar or good melting cheese like Jack cheddar. Mozzarella can be very stringy but it is up to you. Feel free to mix up your cheeses for a tasty version. Even a blue cheese would make for a delicious Chile Con Queso.

Can I freeze Chile Con Queso?

You can freeze any leftover con queso in a ziplock bag or individual portions. Please refer to reheating FAQ’s for a successful revival.

For more DELICIOUS Mexican Inspiration

  1. Best Ever Keto Chicken Nachos | LCHF |Paleo
  2. Mexican Shredded Beef
  3. Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken
  4. Keto Chicken Enchiladas
  5. Keto Tortillas | Quick & Easy Low Carb, Paleo Tortillas
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Chile Con Queso Dip in a black bowl with protein chips

Chile Con Queso Dip | Keto

One of my favourite recipes of all time is a good Chile Con Queso. This recipe is easy and is so delicious!
5 from 55 votes!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Dips
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 492kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 4 serves
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  • 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) butter
  • 1/4 small (1/4 small) white onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove (1 clove) garlic finely minced
  • 1/2 small (1/2 small) tomato finely diced
  • 200 g (2 cups) cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.25 teaspoon) xanthan gum
  • 300 g (1.25 cups) thickened cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.25 teaspoon) onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.25 teaspoon) garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.25 teaspoon) ground cumin
  • 1 whole (1 whole) fresh or pickled jalapeño finely diced
  • 2 tbsp (2 tbsp) pickle juice from the jalapenos
  • Quest Protein Chips to serve and dip with Click for supplier



  • Melt butter over medium heat in a small saucepan. Sauté onion and garlic until onion is translucent but not browned.
  • Add tomato and cook for 1-2 minutes. Stir through remaining ingredients. Cook until sauce becomes smooth and cheese has melted.


  • Melt butter 3 min/90°C/speed 1. Add onion and garlic; cook 3 min/90℃/speed 1.
  • Place diced tomato into mixer; cook 2 min/90℃/speed 1. Add remaining ingredients; cook 4 min/90°C/speed 2.


  1. To reheat Chile Con Queso do it over medium heat gradually to avoid splitting.
  2. Store in fridge for up to 2 days.
  3. Serve as a dip on its own, over burgers or goes great with nachos.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 1g | Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 371mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1786IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 409mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 3g
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4 responses to “Chile Con Queso Dip”

  1. Helen Jack

    5 stars
    Yummo! This is soooo tasty and so easy to make! I actually prefer this to the cheese sauce! A winner here!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      I am with you Helen. So much better than regular cheese sauce.

  2. Deb

    5 stars
    Yum !!! . . . . and easy to make to too 🙂

  3. Deb

    Yum !!! And easy peasy to make too.

5 from 55 votes (53 ratings without comment)

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