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Recipe For Velveeta Nacho Cheese Dip

It Isn't Football Season Without This Nacho Cheese Dip

If someone were to ask me, "What's your guilty pleasure food?" there's only one thing I can honestly answer: Velveeta. It's so bad . . . yet it's so good! Technically Velveeta isn't a cheese, but a "processed pasteurized cheese product" that has a creamy texture, mild cheddar flavor, and characteristic artificial-orange color.

Velveeta's most endearing quality, however, is its wonderful ability to melt; once heated, it becomes as smooth as velvet. Since 1928, when Kraft first introduced it to America kitchens, Velveeta has been used to make macaroni and cheese and my personal favorite, nacho cheese dip.

While I enjoy the traditional queso dip (a mixture of Velveeta and Ro-tel, a line of canned tomatoes and green chiles popular in Texas), I prefer this jazzed-up rendition. The refried beans provide a nice meatiness and the cumin gives it an element of smoke.

Nacho Cheese Dip

Nacho Cheese Dip

Nacho Cheese Dip


  1. 1/2 cup beer, like Tecate
  2. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  3. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 fresh jalapeño (or 1/4 cup pickled jalapeño slices), minced
  6. 1 16-ounce can refried beans
  7. 1 10-ounce can Ro-tel diced tomatoes and green chiles
  8. 1 16-ounce package Velveeta cheese, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  9. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  10. 1 green onion, sliced, for garnish
  11. Tortilla chips


  1. In a medium-sized sauce pan, combine beer, cumin, dried oregano, garlic, and jalapeño. Bring to simmer over medium heat.
  2. Add beans and Ro-tel; stir until heated through.
  3. Add Velveeta cheese; stir until cheese melts, about 5 to 8 minutes. If the dip is too thick, thin with a little beer.
  4. Stir in cilantro. Transfer to bowl. Serve warm with tortilla chips.

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lauren lauren 4 years
Oh this looks simply amazing!
Sherellj Sherellj 8 years
My boyfriend absolutely loves Velveeta(mac n cheese)
AlexisSF AlexisSF 8 years
that is just what the doc ordered right about now.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
My mom used to buy Velveeta when I was a kid - I always thought it was odd that it wasn't in the refridgerated section with the real cheeses. Strangely - I love nacho cheese dip but have never actually bought Velveeta.
masonsmama masonsmama 8 years
I am so excited that football season is underway as this is one of our Sunday snack staples through the winter. Super healthy, I know!
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
ewwwwwwwwww hate velveeta
tiggerchick2 tiggerchick2 8 years
We used to take Velveeta and a can of chili and mix it together. Zap it in the microwave for a minute and it is delicious.
wolfjinx25 wolfjinx25 8 years
OMG! I love cheese dip, especially nacho cheese!
suziryder suziryder 8 years
I had to google ro-tel - I'd never heard of it before! I love velveeta too, and I havent' had it in forever. I mean, I know I'm supposed to be digusted by it or whatever, but it's sooo good. I'll have to make this dip, I bet my husband will go crazy for it.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
omg my arteries are clogging just reading this, looks AMAZING
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 8 years
Velveeta and Rotel- one of my ultimate guilty pleasures!
TinaDenali TinaDenali 8 years
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
The dip looks bomb!!!!!!!!!........and I use velveeta when I make lasagna (1/2 with mozzarella) and when I make my almost famous twice baked potatoes topped with bacon bits! It really is made to melt so well.
syako syako 8 years
mmm velveeta and rotel! Good times.
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