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a photo of half a foil pan full of smoked queso dip topped with chopped cilantro and jalapeno slices next to a basket of tortilla chips

Spicy Smoked Queso Dip

This spicy smoked queso dip is an easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer that will be beloved by all. Serve with tortilla chips or veggies, & enjoy!

  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 servings 1x


  • 1 pound chorizo or hamburger meat, cooked and drained
  • 32 oz Velveeta, chopped in cubes
  • 12 oz pepper jack cheese cubes
  • 4 oz can chopped chiles
  • 4 oz can chopped jalapenos
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • Garnish- Jalapeno slices and cilantro
  • 1/4 cup beer or milk OPTIONAL*


  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder



  1. Preheat Traeger grill to 250.
  2. While the grill is preheating, brown the chorizo in a medium skillet over medium/high heat. Once cooked, remove and drain the meat.  
  3. To a large disposable aluminum pan, add the cooked chorizo, chopped onions, diced tomatoes, diced jalapeñoes, green chiles, seasonings, Velveeta, and pepper jack cheese to the pan.
  4. Place the pan on the Traeger at 250 for a minimum of 45 minutes. 
  5. Stir the cheese mixture and add either beer or milk to thin the cheese and smoke for 25 more minutes. 
  6. Garnish with jalapenos and cilantro. Serve with warm tortilla chips.


  1. Add all the ingredients except the beer or milk to the crockpot. Cover and cook on LOW for 2 hours, or until all the cheese has melted.
  2. Once cooked, reduce heat to the WARM setting and mix in the beer or milk to thin it out bit. Make sure to keep the setting to WARM so it will help keep the queso hot for serving. You can keep it on this setting for up to 4 hours.

Regular Grill

  1. Heat up your grill.
  2. Place a pan of water directly on the grate of your grill and fill about two-thirds full with hot water to add moisture inside the grill.
  3. Place the foil pan of smoked queso ingredients on the other side of the grill over a drip pan.
  4. Heat until it’s all melted together, stir, and serve!


Liquid Smoke: If you choose to use the crockpot or regular grill methods, use a couple of drops of this to add the smokey flavor. You can find these drops at most grocery stores or on Amazon.

Foil Pans: I like disposable foil pans because 1. You can cook in and serve from the same pan! 2. They typically come with lids so they’re easy to transport and store leftovers. Cover with foil before sealing with the lid for extra protection!

Serving: Serve this smoked queso with tortilla chips, veggie sticks, or if you prefer, low-carb chips or crackers!

  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish/ Appetizer
  • Method: Grill/Traeger/Crockpot
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: smoked queso dip, spicy queso