Cottage Cheese Queso

COTTAGE CHEESE QUESO

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I am seriously wondering how I have lived without this incredible cottage cheese queso! It is packed with protein and has an irresistible creamy, cheesy flavor. This delicious dip is a game-changer! The quick and easy preparation involves blending the ingredients, followed by a quick burst in the microwave, resulting in a lightened-up cheesy delight! This queso dip is a must-have for any snack or appetizer occasion. Once you try it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!

Why You Will Love Cottage Cheese Queso Dip

  • You can make this queso dip in five minutes!
  • It is super easy to make with four simple ingredients.
  • It is creamy, cheesy, and delicious!
  • This queso is low in fat and high in protein.
  • The cottage cheese reduces the shredded cheese you need while making this queso cheesy and creamy.

What Is Cottage Cheese Queso?

Cottage cheese queso is a queso dip made from cottage cheese! It went viral on the social platform TikTok and gained popularity. Our recipe consists of four simple ingredients and only takes about 5 minutes to make. All you need is cottage cheese, taco seasoning, salsa, and shredded cheese. It tastes like the classic cheesy queso we all know and love. You can’t even tell it is made with cottage cheese!

Ingredients Needed For Cottage Cheese Queso Dip

Ingredients for cottage cheese queso
  • Cottage Cheese: You can use fat-free, low-fat, or full-fat cottage cheese in this recipe.
  • Taco Seasoning: Use your favorite taco seasoning in this recipe.
  • Salsa: Add your favorite salsa to this queso.
  • Shredded Cheese: Use shredded cheese in this recipe.

How To Make Cottage Cheese Queso

Step 1: Add the cottage cheese, taco seasoning, and salsa to a blender or food processor. Then, thoroughly blend.

Step 2: Next, add the blended mixture to a microwave-safe bowl. After that, add the shredded cheese to the bowl and mix. Or, omit the shredded cheese.

Step 3: Microwave the queso for 15 seconds. Then, carefully remove it from the microwave and mix. After that, microwave it for another 15 seconds, carefully remove it, and mix again. Do not microwave any further, or the queso may separate. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Queso dip with cottage cheese

Queso Additions

This queso is incredibly delicious and flavorful. Enjoy it as is or with some additional mix-ins. Here are some of our favorite ingredients to add to this queso.

  • Your favorite salsa
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Rotel
  • Diced jalapeño
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Fire-roasted diced green chiles

What To Serve With Cottage Cheese Queso

There are so many delicious ways to serve this cottage cheese queso. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Tortilla Chips: Serve this queso with your favorite tortilla chips. We love blue corn tortilla chips.
  • Vegetables: Enjoy it with fresh vegetables. Sliced bell peppers, cucumber, celery, carrots, or carrot chips are great options.
  • Nachos: Make nachos with your favorite tortilla chips and add this queso. You could even add some cooked rotisserie chicken to your nachos for more protein.
  • Crackers: Serve this queso dip with your favorite crackers.
  • Tacos: Add some of this cheese sauce to tacos or burrito bowls.

Expert Tips

  • Don’t Microwave It Too Long: Don’t microwave this queso for more than 15 seconds at a time and for more than 30 seconds total. If you microwave it too long, the queso will start to separate.
  • Mix The Queso: Carefully remove the queso from the microwave after 15 seconds and mix. Then, microwave once more for 15 seconds and thoroughly mix once done. Mixing helps the cheese continue to melt and evenly distributes it.
  • Use A Microwave-Safe Container: Transfer the queso to a microwave-safe container before microwaving it.
  • Thoroughly Blend The Cottage Cheese: Ensure the cottage cheese is thoroughly blended so there are no lumps in your queso.
  • Make More Queso: If you want more queso, double this recipe and place it in a larger microwave-safe container.

Storage Instructions

This queso makes enough for two to four servings. Once heated, you can store leftover queso for later but don’t reheat it for more than 15 seconds, or it will start to separate. You can even double this recipe and store what you won’t be serving in the refrigerator until you are ready to enjoy it. We love having this queso already blended and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Then, when ready to serve, just add the shredded cheese and microwave it. Or, you can serve this queso dip cold. Store this queso in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy it within two days.

Variations

  • Use Any Cottage Cheese: Use full-fat, low-fat, or fat-free cottage cheese.
  • Add More Cheese: If you prefer, add more shredded cheese to your queso dip.
  • Omit The Shredded Cheese: You don’t have to add shredded cheese to this queso. You can just blend the cottage cheese, taco seasoning, and salsa. Then, enjoy it cold or warm it up for 15 seconds in the microwave.
  • Enjoy It Cold: You can enjoy this queso cold after blending it!
  • Use Your Favorite Cheese: Make this queso with your favorite cheese. Some cheese options are white cheddar, sharp cheddar, Pepper Jack, and light Mexican cheese blend.
  • Salsa Substitution: Instead of salsa, you can add pico de gallo. Or, add both salsa and pico de gallo! You can even try it with salsa verde!
  • Add Some Spice: To add some spice to this queso, add some of your favorite hot sauce. Or, use spicy salsa or taco seasoning.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does Cottage Cheese Queso Dip Last?

This cottage cheese queso dip will last 1-2 days from making it when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Can I Microwave Cottage Cheese?

While you can microwave cottage cheese, you can only microwave it for a short amount of time. If cottage cheese gets too hot, it will start to separate. You can microwave this cottage cheese queso for 15 seconds at a time and a maximum of 30 seconds. If you microwave it any longer, the cottage cheese will start to separate.

Can You Use Cottage Cheese To Make Cheese Sauce?

Yes! You can make a delicious cheese sauce using cottage cheese as the base! This queso consists of cottage cheese, taco seasoning, salsa, and some shredded cheese.

What Cheeses Are Good For Queso?

The base of this queso is cottage cheese. We also added shredded cheese for another dimension of flavor. Some great cheese options for queso are Pepper Jack, Monterey Jack, cheddar, sharp white cheddar, or Mexican light cheese.

Is This Queso Spicy?

This queso isn’t spicy and is very mild. Add some diced jalapeños, or your favorite hot sauce for spice. Or, use spicy taco seasoning or spicy salsa.

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COTTAGE CHEESE QUESO

5.0 from 3 votes
Recipe by Shawna Course: AppetizersCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

3

minutes
Cooking time
Calories

53

kcal

This cottage cheese queso is packed with protein and has an irresistible creamy, cheesy flavor. It is a must-have snack or appetizer you can make in 5 minutes.

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 CUP cottage cheese, fat-free, low-fat, or full-fat

  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons salsa

  • 2 tablespoons shredded light Mexican cheese or shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  • Add the cottage cheese, taco seasoning, and salsa to a blender or food processor. Then, thoroughly blend until smooth.
  • Add the blended mixture to a microwave-safe bowl. Then, add the shredded cheese to the bowl and mix. Or, omit the shredded cheese. It tastes delicious either way!
  • Microwave the queso for 15 seconds. Then, carefully remove it from the microwave and mix. After that, microwave it for another 15 seconds. Next, carefully remove it from the microwave and mix again. Do not microwave the queso for more than 15 seconds at a time and no longer than 30 seconds total. If you microwave it too long, it will start to separate. Once done, serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Video

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Notes

  • This recipe makes 3/4 cup of queso and serves 2 to 4. The calories and WW points are based on two servings.
  • Some optional additions are fire-roasted diced green chiles, diced tomatoes, and chopped cilantro. Some cheese options are Pepper Jack, light Mexican cheese blend, white cheddar, and sharp cheddar. If you prefer, omit the shredded cheese from this recipe and use cottage cheese, taco seasoning, and salsa.
  • You can serve this queso cold or warm. If served cold, you can blend the cheese with the rest of the ingredients or omit it.
  • WW Points™: 1 point per serving
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  • Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently. It could vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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Nutrition Facts

2 servings per container


  • Amount Per ServingCalories53
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 0.3g 0%
    • Saturated Fat 0.2g 0%
  • Cholesterol 6mg 2%
  • Sodium 370mg 16%
  • Total Carbohydrate 4.8g 2%
    • Dietary Fiber 0.4g 0%
    • Sugars 2.9g
  • Protein 7.7g 15%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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