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Queso With Evaporated Milk Copycat Recipe

Queso With Evaporated Milk Recipe

As a lover of all things cheesy and creamy, I have always been fascinated by the world of queso.
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: Appetier
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 120kcal



  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg optional
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tablespoons canned jalapenos chopped, or chopped green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small tomato finely diced
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • 2.5 cups Cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese freshly shredded
  • Chopped cilantro tomatoes, and jalapenos for garnish
  • 1 garlic clove minced


Step 1: Prepare The Queso Base

  • In a small saucepan, heat the 12 ounces of evaporated milk over medium-high heat until it begins to simmer.
  • While the milk is heating, mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with a little bit of water to create a slurry.
  • Once the milk is simmering, whisk in the cornstarch slurry and continue to whisk until fully combined.

Step 2: Add The Cheeses

  • Reduce the heat to low and gradually stir in the 2.5 cups of Cheddar cheese, a handful at a time.
  • Keep stirring constantly to ensure the cheese melts smoothly and forms a creamy mixture.
  • Once all the Cheddar cheese is melted and the queso is creamy, add in the 4 ounces of freshly shredded mozzarella cheese. Continue stirring until the mozzarella is fully incorporated and the queso is smooth.

Step 3: Incorporate Flavorings

  • Stir in 2 tablespoons of chopped canned jalapenos, 1 teaspoon of chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg (if using), 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
  • Add 1/2 tablespoon of butter for richness and depth of flavor.
  • Finally, mix in the minced garlic clove for additional taste.

Step 4: Garnish And Serve

  • Once done, remove the queso from the oven and sprinkle chopped cilantro, diced tomatoes, and additional jalapenos over the top for garnish.
  • Serve the queso hot with tortilla chips or as a topping for nachos.
  • Enjoy your delicious homemade queso with evaporated milk, rich with cheesy goodness and flavorful spices!


  • To achieve the perfect consistency, be sure to whisk continuously while adding the evaporated milk and cheeses.
  • For added flavor, consider incorporating additional spices such as cumin or paprika to personalize the queso to your liking.
  • If the queso becomes too thick, simply add a splash of milk or cream to thin it out to your desired consistency.
  • For a smokier flavor profile, substitute smoked Cheddar or mozzarella for a unique twist on the traditional recipe.
  • To enhance the presentation, garnish the queso with fresh cilantro, diced tomatoes, and jalapenos for a pop of color and freshness.
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