Chili’s Queso (Slow Cooker Version)

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Copycat Chili’s Queso that tastes so much like the original everyone will think you bought it at the restaurant! Just 5 minute prep and made in the crockpot! 

Chili's Queso (Slow Cooker Version)

 Appetizers are taking over my kitchen you guys. I’m taking full advantage of football season to whip up new versions of all of my favorite classic finger foods. A couple of weeks ago I shared a slow cooker spinach artichoke dip that my family went absolutely nuts for. My sister swears up and down that it’s better than any restaurant version. And that’s really saying something because my family has probably tries spinach artichoke dip from at least 30 restaurants. Everyone loved it so much and it was so. darn. easy. that I decided to make another one of my favorites in the slow cooker and see how it turns out.

Oh it turned out good. (<—read: understatement of the century.)

Chili's Queso (Slow Cooker Version)

I think cooking this queso in the crockpot just helped to meld all of the flavors together even more and bring out their spicy goodness. This is a taste-alike for the famous Chili’s version and I’m convinced it’s even better than the original. So is my husband! And he is picky about copycat recipes so you know this has gotta be good. The best part is that you just throw everything in the slow cooker, come back in an hour and stir it all together! If that’s not a no-fuss recipe I don’t know what is!

Chili's Queso (Slow Cooker Version)

What people are saying about Chili’s Queso

“I have made this several times for family gatherings and everyone loves it. In fact, I bought a mini Crockpot just so I could make this dip! We are huge Chili’s fans in our house and this really does taste so much like the restaurant version. Everyone always asks me for the recipe!” – Brooke

Chili's Queso (Slow Cooker Version)

Chili's Queso (Slow Cooker Version)

Copycat Chili's Queso that tastes so much like the original everyone will think you bought it at the restaurant! Just 5 minute prep and made in the crockpot!
5 from 27 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
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Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 10 servings


  • 16 ounces Velveeta Cheese
  • 1 cup milk (preferably Half & Half if you have it)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 15-ounce can no-bean chili
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • juice of 1 lime juice (about 1 tablespoon)
  • tortilla chips, for serving


  • Cut velveeta cheese into cubes. (optional. If you don't, it will just take a little longer to melt, no biggie) Add all ingredients (except for tortilla chips) to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours or on high for 1 hour.
  • Stir until everything comes together. Cook on low for 30 minutes - 1 hour (As much time as you have before serving)
  • Serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy!


Pro tip: for restaurant-quality tortilla chips, bake your favorite tortilla chips in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes and serve warm!


Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 977mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 800IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 295mg | Iron: 1mg
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I am doublIng the recipe and using a crock pot. What heat and time do i use? And do i double everYthing?

    Double everything except the spices. Still use high heat as directed.

5 stars
Delicious! Much more flavorful than the queso thr Chili’s near my
House sells—making it even better than the original!

    Best compliment ever! Thanks, Lacy!

Can i make this ahead of time? Like day bEfore?

    I think that could work!

How to add beef into the recipe?

Too salty with chili plus added salt. Eliminate added salr if your choice of canned chili is high in sodium.

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