Is there anything more satisfying than freshly made tortilla chips dipped in a warm, gooey queso dip? Yes- it’s this simple copycat recipe for the delicious Torchy’s queso dip- you’ll make it over and over!
People, there is absolutely nothing that I love more than a delicious dip. Especially when I can accompany it with a nice, cold beer. And lots of good friends. And preferably on game day.
So when Torchy’s Tacos opened here in Denver, I was thrilled to try their queso. It’s basically the best I’ve ever had. So I HAD to replicate it at home for those times when no one wants to go out to eat but me.
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About Torchy’s Tacos
If you aren’t familiar with Torchy’s Tacos yet- let me tell you a bit about the restaurant. Their slogan is Damn Good Tacos- and I’d say that about sums it up. It’s an Austin-based chain that is starting to spring up all over the Southwest.
Torchy’s is a modern taco joint with a full bar and a full menu of tacos. The tacos have creative names- like The Barnburner or the Tipsy Chick. They also have super creative ingredient combinations like Jamaican Jerk chicken inside a taco.
I love that you can choose a corn or flour tortilla with every taco too- so you don’t just have to stick with the same type of tortilla every time. You can also choose a different salsa with each taco that you order, which is a super fun touch.
The drink menu is just as creative with a great combination of margaritas and mojitos. I think the kid’s menu is awesome too- there are quesadillas and tacos, but there’s also chicken tenders. The printed menu is a coloring sheet, which is also nice.
Torchy’s even has breakfast- and the breakfast tacos are awesome. You can also order breakfast all day, and my favorite breakfast taco is the Migas.
Migas in Spanish means leftovers- and the Migas taco is a cool combination. Scrambled egg with cheddar cheese sprinkled on top, smothered in salsa. They then add strips of fried corn tortilla on top to give a bit of crunch with every bite. So delicious- highly recommend.
Curious about Migas tacos? I’ve got that copycat recipe too!
Torchy’s Tacos Queso Dip
EVERYONE loves Torchy’s queso dip. Seriously. It so so so so SO good. It’s like regular queso dip on steroids.
The cheese is perfectly smooth- and not as cheesy are just regular nacho cheese dip like you get at sporting events. It’s garnished with hot sauce, chopped onions and cilantro, and some queso fresco. Hot sauce is drizzled on top to give a nice kick- but the dip itself isn’t too spicy so most kids still love it.
The secret ingredient? There’s a ball of guacamole dropped right into the center of the dip. It’s damn delicious.
Since everyone we know loves Torchy’s Tacos Queso Dip, I wanted to start serving it at parties and for tailgate events. That’s why I set out to re-create their queso at Casa Pura Vida.
I did a pretty “damn good” job of recreating Torchy’s queso dip- and it is so delicious with homemade tortilla chips!
What To Serve With Torchy’s Queso Dip
So I love to serve this dip as an appetizer before a taco night. Preferably a taco night that incorporates pork carnitas. I love pork carnitas because it’s a cheap recipe, it feeds a crowd, and there are tons of great sides that go along with it. For a party, I serve the following:
- Torchy’s Queso Dip (see below)
- Easy Pork Carnitas
- Queso Fundido (melted cheese dip)
- Costa Rican Bean Dip
- Easy Green Avocado Salsa
- Chile del arbol Salsa
- Skinny Paloma Margarita Recipe (100 calories)
- Mango Habanero Wings
- Sweet Habanero Wings
Let’s just say- stock up on tortilla chips and tequila before your party! Ok, so without further ado- the Copycat Queso recipe! And don’t forget to pin this recipe for later!
Torchy’s Queso Dip Copycat Recipe
Torchy's Queso Dip Copycat Recipe
- 8 oz Velveeta cheese
- 4 oz evaporated milk
- 2 oz canned green chiles
- 1 tablespoon minced white onion
- 1 tablespoon minced cilantro
- Hot sauce
- Tortilla chips!
- Guacamole optional
Combine Velveeta, evaporated milk and green chiles in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on half power, one minute at a time, stirring after each minute, until completely melted and combined. Transfer into dipping bowl, and garnish with onion, cilantro, and hot sauce.
We love to try all kinds of hot sauces- Tapatio, Cholula, (in this photo I used Melinda's Habanero Sauce and it was SUPER GOOD, we are eating it on everything now!) In true Torchy's style, you can also drop a ball of guacamole into the center of the dip. Yum!