Smoked Queso

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Smoked Queso – a kicked up version of your favorite cheese dip! Loaded with sausage, three kinds of cheese, onion, jalapeno and tomatoes. Smoky, cheesy goodness that is great for any occasion.

When you think of firing up the grill or smoker, you most of the time think of making dinner – grilling Classic Hamburgers or Smoking Baby Back Ribs. But there is so much more you can do to take some of your favorite recipes to a whole new level.

This Smoked Queso will pretty much change the way you think of queso. It gets a hint of smoky flavor that takes it over the top, and makes it something special. Whenever we are having people over, this is the most requested recipe!

dipping a chip in queso dip


What’s In Smoked Queso

  • Velveeta
  • Sausage – I like Jimmy Dean Hot Breakfast Sausage, but any kind will work!
  • Onion
  • Jalapeno
  • Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Mexican Blend Cheese
  • Rotel Tomatoes
ingredients for queso in cast iron skillet

How To Make Smoked Queso

This cheese dip could not be easier to make. You literally dump everything in a pan and let it cook on the smoker for a couple hours.

  1. Brown the sausage and drain the grease away.
  2. Add all of the ingredients into a large cast iron skillet or a disposable aluminum tray that can go on the grill.
  3. Place the pan a smoker at 250º F and let it cook for 2 hours.
  4. After 1 hour you want to give it a good stir as the cheese has started to melt and you don’t want it getting baked in the bottom of the pan.
  5. Remove it from the smoker or grill after it is full melted and combined and serve with your favorite tortilla chips.
putting pan of queso ingredients on smoker

What If I Don’t Have A Smoker

You really can make this dip without a smoker. You can throw the pan on your grill, in the oven, in a slow cooker, or even in the microwave. All you are doing is melting the cheese and bringing it all together. The smoker does give it a hint of smoke flavor, but it is still absolutely delicious without it.

queso in a cast iron skllet

How To Serve Smoked Queso

This hot cheese dip is delicious with tortilla chips or Fritos corn chips. And it is great to make for get togethers. You can serve as an appetizer, take tailgating, or make for game day.

Make smoked queso ahead of time to get the smoky flavor and then put in your crock pot to keep it warm. That way it is perfect to take to your party or tailgating. You can also easily double the recipe to make it for a big crowd!

smoked queso ingredients and finished dip in a collage

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4.50 from 10 votes

Smoked Queso

By Erin
Smoked Queso – a kicked up version of your favorite cheese dip! Loaded with sausage, three kinds of cheese, onion, jalapeno and tomatoes. Smoky, cheesy goodness that is great for any occasion.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 2 hours 15 minutes
Total: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 pound hot breakfast sausage
  • 2 pound Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 10 oz cans Rotel tomatoes
  • 8 oz pepper jack cheese, cubed
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped


  • In a skillet brown sausage, breaking into small pieces. Once it is no longer pink and is cooked through, drain the fat away and set aside.
  • Preheat smoker to 250º F.
  • In a 13×9 inch aluminum disposable pan or large cast iron skillet add all of the ingredients. Mix until they are mostly combined.
    putting pan of queso ingredients on smoker
  • Place the pan on the smoker and cook for 2 hours, stirring half way through the cook time.
    queso ready to stir
  • Once it is hot and bubbly remove from the smoker and serve with your favorite chips.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 1755mg | Sugar: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 498
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