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A close-up image of a bowl filled with creamy yellow queso sauce, garnished with chopped cilantro and diced tomatoes, served alongside tortilla chips.

Cafe Rio Queso Recipe

This Cafe Rio Queso Recipe is a copycat version of the popular Cafe Rio Queso, a delicious and addictive dip or sauce often served with chips, vegetables, or as a topping for Mexican dishes.

Why Try This Recipe?

This recipe is a great option for those who want to save money by making their own queso at home, especially if you or your family are fans of Cafe Rio’s version. It’s also a fun and relatively simple recipe to make, perfect for snacking, gatherings, or a tasty addition to mealtime.

What Does This Recipe Taste Like?

The queso has a creamy, slightly spicy, and tangy flavor profile. The blend of cheeses provides a rich and smooth base, while the onions, jalapenos, garlic, and tomatoes add a savory kick. The cilantro gives it a fresh, herbal note, and the spices round out the flavor with a hint of warmth.

What is This Recipe?

This recipe is for a copycat version of Cafe Rio Queso, a popular Mexican-style cheese dip or sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 250
  • Fat: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Sodium: 500mg

Health Benefits:

While this recipe contains cheese and cream cheese, which are high in fat and calories, it also incorporates vegetables like tomatoes, onions, and cilantro, adding some nutritional value. However, it’s important to consume this dish in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Equipment Required:

  • Blender
  • Microwave
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Spoon

How to Make Cafe Rio Queso Recipe


  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Roma tomato
  • 10 oz diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 8 oz Velveeta cheese (or American cheese)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt to taste


  1. Cut up the onion, jalapeno, garlic, Roma tomato, and cilantro.
  2. Blend these ingredients together with the diced tomatoes and green chilies until smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the cream cheese and Velveeta cheese. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth.
  4. Add one cup of the blended vegetable mixture to the cheese mixture.
  5. Stir in the cumin, chili powder, and salt to taste.
  6. Serve warm with your favorite dipping items.

How to Serve This Recipe:

This queso can be served as a dip with tortilla chips, vegetables, or even fried foods like taquitos or nachos. It can also be used as a topping for dishes like burritos, enchiladas, or tacos, adding a creamy and flavorful element.

What to Serve with This Recipe:

This queso goes well with Mexican-inspired dishes and sides, such as:

  • Tortilla chips
  • Fresh vegetables (carrots, celery, bell peppers, etc.)
  • Burritos or tacos
  • Enchiladas or quesadillas
  • Mexican rice or beans

My Recommendations and Tips:

  • For a smoother blend, chop the vegetables into smaller pieces before adding them to the blender.
  • If you prefer a milder queso, reduce the amount of jalapeno or remove the seeds and membranes, which contain most of the heat.
  • If the queso becomes too thick, add a small amount of milk or water to thin it out.

Potential Ingredient Substitutes:

  • If you don’t have Velveeta or American cheese, you can use Monterey Jack, Colby, or a Mexican blend of cheeses.
  • Fresh chilies can be used in place of the canned diced tomatoes with green chilies.
  • If you’re not a fan of cilantro, you can reduce the amount or substitute with parsley for a similar herbal flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q: Can I make this recipe in large batches?
A: Yes, this recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to serve a larger crowd. Simply adjust the ingredient quantities accordingly.

Q: How long will this queso last?
A: Store any leftover queso in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Q: Can I freeze this queso?
A: Yes, you can freeze the queso in airtight containers for up to 2 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before reheating gently on the stovetop or in the microwave.

I hope this comprehensive overview provides a clear guide to creating and enjoying this delicious Cafe Rio Queso recipe!


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