Jess Pryles

The best ever queso recipe.

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Real quick, for anyone who has not been to Texas or the Southwest, you need to understand queso is not just a food snack, but a basic human right. Ok, maybe more of an obsession. Essentially, it is warm dip of melted, highly processed cheese blocks and a little bit of love.

There are some things in life that can benefit from being re-invented and improved – medicines, phone technologies and Johnny Manziel’s attitude. And then there are things that should have been left just as they were, before someone came along and tried to mess with them. The classics don’t always need help. Case in point: most movie prequels, Kenny Roger’s face and using trashy Velveeta in queso.

velveeta makes the best queso

For those who may not have first hand Velv-sperience, the blocks of this solid ‘dairy’ product feel like a latex foam sponge and do not require refrigeration. All that aside, it is the undisputed essential ingredient in most people’s home made queso recipes, especially when you want it to taste like the comfort food of your childhood.

sausage going into the queso

This is best made in a slow cooker to keep it nice and melty, but an enameled cast iron pot holds the heat well too. It’ll be a huge hit at parties, which is just as well because the recipe makes enough to feed a small cheese loving village.

queso, where one dip is never enough

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Tex Mex Queso dip with sausage

The pork sausage in this recipe can be substituted for ground beef or venison, just make sure whatever you use is really well seasoned to help flavor the final dip. If you can't get Rotel near you, you can use canned diced tomatoes and add in a fresh, finely chopped jalapeno.


  • 1 x 32oz pack of Velveeta original
  • 1 x can cream of mushroom soup
  • 16oz of spicy pork sausage
  • 1 x 8oz block of cream cheese
  • 1 x 10oz can of Rotel diced tomatoes with green chile
  • Tortilla chips for dipping


  1. Brown the sausage in a skillet - this is the only cooking it will see so make sure it's cooked thoroughly.
  2. In a slow cooker or heavy based pan, melt the Velveeta, cream cheese and mushroom soup, stirring frequently.
  3. Once melted, add the browned meat and canned tomatoes, stir until combined.
  4. That's it! you've made queso!


Jess Pryles is a full fledged Hardcore Carnivore. She’s a cook, author, and TV personality specializing in the field of meat, with a particular expertise in beef. She’s also a respected authority on live fire cooking and BBQ. Born in Australia, she now resides in Austin, Texas.

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