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How to make Microwave Copycat Chili’s Skillet Queso

by Stephanie

Do you love chili con queso? This Copycat Chili’s Skillet Queso is probably one of my favorites. It’s a huge family favorite every time I make it. I’ve made it in a skillet, in an instant pot, and now it’s even easier in the microwave!

Close up image of a chip pulling up through the skillet queso in a yellow bowl.

This recipe dip is perfect for movie night, snack time, or anytime. I frequently make it for game night.

It’s also a very quick recipe to put together when you have unexpected guests. You can have it ready to snack on in less than 10 minutes with a bag of chips or tortillas. Or, it’s perfect as a sauce to go over tamales.

What ingredients do you need to make Chili’s Skillet Queso?

Ingredients to make Microwave Copycat Chili's Skillet Queso
  • 15 oz cans chili with no beans
  • 16 oz Velveeta block cheese
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup milk (or half and half)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon¬†ground cumin

How do you make Copycat Chili’s Skillet Queso in the Microwave?

Velveeta cut into cubes in a glass bowl.

Cut the Velveeta into 1 inch cubes.

All the ingredients to make skillet queso in the glass bowl.

Add all the ingredients to microwave-safe bowl and give it a stir to mix up everything together.

The ingredients to make skillet queso mixed up and ready to cook

Heat in the microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes. Then, give it a good stir.

If there are still chunks of Velveeta, cook for an additional 2-3 minutes on HIGH. Stir it up until it’s completely melted and smooth.

The finished bowl of microwave skillet queso

Serve with tortilla chips or tortillas.

What substitutions can you use with this recipe?

I have switched out the milk for 1/2 milk and 1/2 cream and I have used 1 cup of half and half instead of milk.

I have also used lemon juice when I was out of lime juice.

I never substituted real cheese for Velveeta, so I have no idea how that would turn out.

Everything else is pretty necessary in this recipe to get that delicious flavor.

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Microwave Copycat Chili's Skillet Queso Dip
Yield: 10 servings

Microwave Copycat Chili's Skillet Queso Dip

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

Ingredients

  • 15 oz cans chili with no beans
  • 16 oz Velveeta block cheese
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup milk (or half and half)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon¬†ground cumin

Instructions

  1. Cut the Velveeta into 1 inch cubes.
  2. Add all the ingredients to microwave-safe bowl and give it a stir to mix up everything together.
  3. Heat in the microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes. Then, give it a good stir.
  4. If there are still chunks of Velveeta, cook for an additional 2-3 minutes on HIGH. Stir it up until it's completely melted and smooth.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips or tortillas.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 1100mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 13g

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