Who doesn’t love a good queso dip? This homemade Velveeta cheese dip is made with real ingredients and tastes good with EVERYTHING.
I have finally perfected a cheese dip that has the same velvety, delicious quality of the fake cheese, but made with better ingredients. It’s the best Velveeta substitute around!
Of course, there is nothing wrong with munching on fruits and veggies but why not add a new, healthier alternative to the party?
Test after test, 21 tries later, I am glad to introduce you to MOMveeta! Made with real cheese, milk, and spices this recipe can be made in your microwave or slow cooker.
This cheese sauce is the perfect recipe to keep on hand for lunches and dinners, so your picky eaters have a dip they love and try with new foods and veggies.
I often pack a container of this cheese dip for lunch for my middle son (my pickiest eater), because it helps him get the rest of his lunch finished.
Healthier Velveeta Cheese Sauce Ingredients
The goal idea behind making my own Velveeta dip was using simple ingredients to recreate the same creamy texture made with the fake block cheese. My recipe uses only four staple ingredients to give this appetizer the flavor of the original recipe:
- All Natural American Cheese
- Sharp Cheddar Cheese
And that’s it! Those simple ingredients come together for the perfect, dip-able, spreadable cheese sauce.
How to Pack Sauce for Lunch
You can pack this cheese dip or any of your favorite dips into a lidded sauce container.
These small storage containers have leak-resistant lids, making them great for dressings, yogurts, BBQ sauce, hummus, or your favorite trail mix. They’re also dishwasher-safe and perfect for the lunchbox.
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Best Cheese for Homemade Velveeta
This recipe has been on MOMables for a long time, and I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the best types of cheese to use for it over the years.
We know that not all white American cheeses are made equal. A simple test to be sure you’re getting the good stuff is to check the ingredients.
You don’t have to read everything on the list, but some American cheeses don’t really expire. YIKES. In that case, take a pass and move on to the next option.
Another hint that you should find a new cheese is if it says “cheese product” on the packaging. If you see that phrase, it’s probably not real.
For both recipes, I purchased cheese from the deli counter in a big chunk; don’t use sliced cheese.
How to Make Velveeta Sauce in the Microwave
While both methods of making your own Velveeta are easy, the microwave method is by far the quickest.
Place all the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 5 minutes, stopping periodically to stir the cheese.
Once the cheese is melted, stir to fully combine, and serve immediately with chips and veggies
It might seem a bit runny at first with all the milk, but don’t worry. As more of the cheese melts it will blend together into a gorgeous dip. YUM.
You can also watch how this cheese dip is made in the video below:
This microwaveable cheese sauce is what I pull out when guests are on the way over and I realize I’m serving veggies with no dip or I need a quick crowd-pleasing appetizer.
Homemade Make Velveeta in the Slow Cooker
The crockpot method for homemade cheese sauce is just as easy as the microwave method but will allow you to be in and out of the kitchen a little bit more. Here’s what to do:
Place all the ingredients in the pot and turn it on high for 2 and a half hours.
Every hour, give the ingredients a good stir to prevent the cheese from sticking to the sides.
Once the cheese is melted and has the right consistency, reduce the heat to the lowest setting and serve.
This is a great method to keep the cheese warm for a party or event, so you don’t have to keep running back ot the microwave to heat it up.
How Long Does Homemade Velveeta Last
This homemade Velveeta dip will last up to a week in the refrigerator. If you like to make extra dip so you can send it in a lunchbox or have it as a companion for veggies throughout the week, cool it in a glass loaf pan and refrigerate it for a week.
You can also cool and refrigerate or freeze in 1-cup microwave-safe containers if you want smaller servings of the sauce. Reheat, both the loaf pan or 1-cup portions, stirring every 30 seconds until creamy and hot.
Velveeta Queso Recipe
So now that we’ve perfected the ultimate Velveeta cheese substitute, let’s move on to the queso.
Yep, you can make amazing velveeta queso using this homemade recipe! This is one I pull out for taco night at my house a lot!
Simply add a 10-ounce can of diced tomatoes and green chilies (drained) to the mix before cooking. You’ll also want to drop the milk amount down by about half a cup to make sure that the consistency stays just right.
And that’s it! You’ll have the perfect kid-friendly Velveeta Queso Dip for your next family taco night!
Whether it’s for queso or using the pure, traditional dip, this homemade Velveeta Cheese Sauce is the perfect partner for chips, pretzels, veggies or anything else you love to dip in cheese.
So if it’s game day or your best friends’ daughter’s birthday, this is the perfect party food!Print