Damn Good Torchy’s Tacos Queso Dip Recipe

torchys queso dip with hot sauce

This Torchy’s queso dip is the perfect dip for any party! I mean- is there anything more satisfying than freshly made tortilla chips dipped in a warm, gooey queso dip? You’ll make this dip recipe 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 one of my favorite restaurant recipes at home for those times when no one wants to go out to eat but me. 

torchys queso dip with hot sauce

Torchy’s Damn Good 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 Mexican restaurant 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. My favorite taco? The Migas Breakfast taco

torchys tacos queso with cilantro and queso fresco

Easy Queso Dip- So Good!

EVERYONE loves Torchy’s queso dip. Seriously. It so so so so SO good. It’s like regular queso dip on steroids. There is a combination of processed cheese and “real cheese” that gives the dip a fun kick and a lot of texture.

You could definitely make this queso dip recipe with shredded cheeses like pepper jack and cheddar cheese, but I think that it tastes more like a homemade queso dip when I use Velveeta, so that’s what I did! 

I use evaporated milk in this recipe to cut down on the saturated fat, and it makes the cheese sauce so smooth and creamy. 

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.

And- at the restaurant, you can upgrade the dip by adding a ball of guacamole dropped right into the center of the dip. It’s damn delicious.

torchys queso dip with homemade tortilla chip

What To Serve With Torchy’s Queso Dip

So I love to serve this dip as an appetizer before a taco night, or as part of a fun dip bar like for a New Year’s Party. It pairs super well with beer, wine, margaritas… I love to serve it in several little molcajete bowls that can be all over the table in different places.

You can serve any of the following recipes with Torchy’s Queso Dip:

torchys taco cheese dip i green bowl

Want more dip recipes from Pura Vida Moms? Yeah, I knew it. 

How To Make Torchy’s Queso Dip

(Printable recipe card below)

Ingredients: 

  • 8 oz Velveeta cheese
  • 4 oz evaporated milk
  • 2 oz canned green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon minced white onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons queso fresco (optional garnish)
  • Hot sauce for drizzling
  • Tortilla chips for dipping
  • Guacamole (optional)

Instructions:

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.

You can also make this on the stovetop, heating on medium heat and stirring until cheese is melted.

Transfer into a dipping bowl. Drizzle hot sauce over it. Garnish with onion, cilantro, and crumbled queso fresco. 

If you are adding the guacamole, you can either scoop it into a ball and put it in the bottom of dipping bowl and pour the queso dip on top. Or, you can drop it in from the top and then garnish afterward.

This recipe doubles, triples, quadruples… very nicely. No adjustments needed!

 

Yield: 1 cup dip

Torchy's Queso Dip Recipe

Torchy's Queso Dip Recipe

Torchy's queso dip recipe is one of the best copycat recipes! Delicious cheese dip with hot sauce, guacamole, and queso fresco- "damn good!"

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Velveeta cheese
  • 4 oz evaporated milk
  • 2 oz canned green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon minced white onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced cilantro
  • Hot sauce for drizzling
  • Tortilla chips for dipping
  • Guacamole (optional)

Instructions

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.

You can also make this on the stovetop, heating on medium heat and stirring until cheese is melted.

Transfer into a dipping bowl, and garnish with onion, cilantro, and hot sauce. 

If you are adding the guacamole, you can either scoop it into a ball and put it in the bottom the dipping bowl and pour the queso dip on top. Or, you can drop it in from the top and then garnish afterward.

This recipe doubles, triples, quadruples... very nicely.

Notes

You can also add salsa to this recipe- either from a can or homemade. I would add it when you add the green chilies.

Torchy's Tacos Queso Dip Recipe

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Erica Schwarz
    December 23, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    This dip looks divine! I am a sucker for a good queso, and I have all these ingredients. I’m intrigued to use evaporated milk with the Velveeta especially. Delicious!

    • Reply
      Christa
      December 26, 2019 at 1:36 pm

      I just found out that most quesos don’t use evaporated milk! Who knew- so yes, I think it makes the dip extra creamy. Thanks for stopping by! ~Christa

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