Easy And Cheesy Costa Vida Queso Recipe

I don’t think I need to say much here about Costa Vida queso. It’s mainly a cheesy dip. I’ll show you two versions of Costa Vida queso, one with standard American cheese and the other, obviously, with fancy cheese. Which one is the king of all quesos? Let’s see what you can find out here.

Easy And Cheesy Costa Vida Queso Recipe

Easy And Cheesy Costa Vida Queso Recipe

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Recipe by Lindsay G. Cabral Cuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This Costa Vida Queso Recipe is the perfect way to enjoy a delicious Mexican-inspired dish. The queso is made with a blend of cheeses, including cheddar and Monterey Jack, and is then flavored with green chilies, onions, and garlic. This dish is best served with tortilla chips, but can also be enjoyed as a dip for vegetables or crackers. Here is the process for making a costa vida queso recipe. Let’s start with the ingredients


  • Neutral Tasting Oil 2 Tbsp 

  • Diced Onion 1

  • Finely diced Jalapenos 2 

  • Salt

  • Roughly chopped garlic 3 Cloves

  • Diced Tomato 1  

  • American Cheese 3/4 lb

  • Pepper Jack Cheese 1/4 lb 

  • Milk 1 Cup

  • Finely chopped Cilantro 1/4 Cup

  • Ingredients Fancy Version
  • Unsalted Butter 2 Tbsp 

  • Finely diced Shallots 2

  • Optionally seeded and sliced Serrano Chilis 4

  • Roughly chopped Garlic 3 Cloves

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • All-Purpose Flour 2 Tbsp

  • Milk 1 Cup 

  • Cheddar Cheese 4.5 Cups

  • Gruyere Cheese 1 Cup

  • Sour Cream 1/2 Cup

how to make Costa Vida Queso

  • Take A Pan: Take a medium saucepan, add two tablespoons of oil and Set it into medium heat until very hot.
  •  Mix The Veggies: Add diced onion then add finely diced jalapenos. Add salt and Stir and let those sweat until Softened. 
    Mix The Veggies
  • Add Spices: Then add three cloves of roughly chopped garlic and saute that until everything is softened. Add one diced tomato and saute until the tomato is hot. 
    Add Spices
  •  Adding Cheese:  Then add grated American cheese, pepper jack cheese, and 1 cup of whole milk.
    Adding Cheese
  • Traditional Queso Serving: Continue in medium heat and stir constantly until silky smooth. Finish with salt to taste and finely chopped cilantro.
    Traditional Queso Serving
  • Fancy Method
  •  Take Another Pan: Take a medium saucepan and add unsalted butter. Put that in medium heat, just until the butter is melted.
    Take Another Pan
  •  Add Veggies: Next, add finely diced shallots and four serranos. Then add roughly chopped garlic, salt,  and freshly cracked black pepper. Stir it and cook until all of the vegetables are softened.
    Add Veggies
  • Add Milk: Sprinkle in all-purpose flour and stir i. Then whisk in 1 cup of whole milk. Keep whisking just until it thickens.
    Add Milk
  •  Cheese Time: In a bowl, mix shredded cheddar cheese and shredded gruyere cheese. Whisk that cheese mixture into your queso. Turn off the heat and continuously whisk until the cheese is completely melted.
    Cheese Time
  • spices and cream: Finally, add ½ cup of sour cream and whisk together. Adjust salt and pepper levels if necessary.
    spices and cream
  • Serving:  For serving slice ripe avocado and place it in the center of a bowl. Sprinkle flakey salt and pour your hot queso. Garnish with pickled onions, thinly sliced serrano chilies, and cilantro leaves.

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Final Word:

You’ll never find another queso recipe like this one. This blend of cheddar and pepper jack cheeses is so creamy, smooth, and satisfying that you won’t be able to stop eating it. In Costa Vida it’s all about the queso, this queso recipe is perfect for chips or burritos, or even tacos. The queso recipe is quick to make and it’s great for a school or office get-together.

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