Chili’s Copycat Skillet Queso

Any other Chili’s fans in the house?? I absolutely love that place! When we lived in Texas last year, Chili’s was the only worthwhile sit-down restaurant in the whole town, so we frequented it a lot. Since leaving there, I’ve heard a lot of people say that they can’t eat at Chili’s because they went there so much in Texas, but not Zachary and I. We still eat there all the time! My favorite meal is the honey chipotle chicken crispers. Mmm, good. My favorite appetizer though, is their skillet queso, served nice and warm. I set out on a mission to find a skillet queso copycat recipe that could compare to the real stuff and guys – I’ve found it. This recipe is from Yummly and it tastes just like the real thing.
I could not stop eating this when we made it. It is so addicting! I guess there are worse things to be addicted to though, right? 😉
  • 16 oz. Velveeta cheese
  • 1 (15 oz.) can Hormel chili (no beans and not chunky)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 tsp. chili powder {I know – it seems like a ton, but just go with it.}
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juicce
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  1. Cut the cheese {Baha!} into cubes.
  2. Combine all ingredients into a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat.
  3. Let simmer for 20 minutes or so, until cheese is completely melted.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips.
The first time we tasted this, Zachary and I were both immediately sent into a coughing rage. It was so spicy and the kick was awful. But, I promise it gets better! It seemed like the longer we let it sit, the more it mellowed out. Let me know how you like it! Enjoy.
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  1. says

    Chili’s is our all time favorite restaurant…those honey chipotle crispers are awesome!!! And this queso dip is a favorite too! I love that you found a copy cat recipe for it. I’m pretty sure I would polish off that whole batch very very quickly:-)

  2. says

    I was taught a different version by some Hispanic women I used to work with. Brown 1 lb hamburger, add 1 can cream of mushroom soup, add cheese cubes until it is as cheesy as you like, add spices and chilies to taste. Yummy. I usually add garlic and finely chopped onion to the meat as it cooks. Very good. I’ll have to try yours. I can’t use that much hot spices so will adjust to what my stomach says is best.

  3. says

    I used your recipe for a Super Bowl party today and it was a huge success. Thanks for sharing this. Everyone had asked for the recipe after trying it.


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