Easy Keto Queso
Whether you need a dish to whip up for a holiday party appetizer, or you just want a tasty weekend snack – this keto queso is where it’s at! It’s ultra-rich thanks to the heavy cream, cheddar, and cream cheese, and has the perfect little kick from the green chiles. My family devours this whenever we make it!
Is regular queso low carb?
Queso can be keto-friendly depending on how it’s made. However, many versions use a roux with flour to create the thickness you’re used to. Because of that, the carb count can quickly increase to a level that may not be optimal for your low carb diet.
With this queso recipe, we’re using heavy cream and cream cheese to act as the main thickeners, which not only keeps the carb count down but also adds a ton of filling fats.
How to make keto queso
To make this dish, you’ll only need a few simple ingredients:
- Heavy cream
- Cream cheese
- Cheddar cheese
- Can of Rotel tomatoes & chiles
You’ll start by melting your butter in a pot over medium heat, and then adding your onion. Yes, I know that onion adds a few extra carbs to this dish overall – but we only use a quarter cup and that little bit sautéed in butter adds quite a depth of flavor.
Next, you’ll stir in your heavy cream, cheddar, and cream cheese. Keep stirring this frequently so everything gets all melty and smooth.
Lastly, mix in a drained can of Rotel tomatoes with green chiles, and the salt, pepper, and cumin. Similar to the onion, I recognize that the Rotel adds a few extra carbs. You can leave this out if you’d like to nudge down the net carbs, but I love the flavor dynamic with the Rotel in there.
The result is a very thick, rich queso. I love it with the chunks of tomatoes and chiles and onion. It’s just so delicious.
If you want it to be a bit creamier or thinner, you can either a) leave out the Rotel, and/or b) use extra heavy cream. The flavor won’t be quite as good but it would give you more of a nacho-cheese style sauce rather than as-is which is more of a thick sauce/dip.
This keto queso makes about 8 servings. Each serving contains 20 grams of fat and just 3.5 grams of net carbs.
The macronutrient breakdown is as follows:
- 80% fat
- 13% protein
- 7% carbohydrate
Pretty nice breakdown for a keto dieter!
Keep in mind you’ll want to make sure you choose good, low-carb options for eating with this queso, and make sure to add those into the total net carbs for your snack/meal.
How to use keto queso
Here are some great options for items to dip or other ways to use this delicious low carb cheese dip. The carb counts listed after each option are for that food itself; it doesn’t include the dip as well.
- Slice 3 medium stalks of raw celery and dip that into this queso. (3 stalks = 4.2 g carbohydrate, 1.8 g fiber, 2.4 g net carbs)
- Dip with a sliced raw bell pepper (1 medium = 5.5 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3.5 g net carbs)
- Dip with raw cauliflower (1 cup = 5.5 g carbohydrate, 2.5 g fiber, 3 g net carbs)
- Scoop the queso with sliced cucumbers (1 cup slices = 4 g carbohydrate, 0.6 g fiber, 3.4 g net carbs)
- Use pork rinds as a dipper! (0 g carbs)
- Try it with these low carb tortilla chips (1 serving = 4.8 g carbohydrate, 2.9 g fiber, 1.7 g net carbs)
- Scoop the dip on these pepperoni chips(0 g carbs)
- Try the Spicy Nacho Better Keto Chips from Real Ketones as a great option for dipping (1 bag = 5 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g net carbs)
Other ways to use this:
- Drizzle the queso over cooked broccoli (1/2 cup cooked = 5.6 g carbohydrate, 2.6 g fiber, 3 g net carbs)
- Stir the queso into cooked cauliflower rice (1/2 cup cooked = 4 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g net carbs)
- Scoop the dip into lettuce wraps with chicken, pulled pork, or steak (4 large leaves = 1.2 g carbohydrate, 0.8 g fiber, 0.4 g net carbs)
- Make a bun-less burger topped with queso. (0 g carbs)
- Sub out the cheddar cheese and tomatoes for queso in our keto taco bowls.
Helpful Recipe Q&A
These are common questions that I came across for queso, so I thought you might find the answers helpful!
1. Can queso be left out?
You can leave queso out safely for up to two hours. Because it’s sitting in the temperature “danger zone”, bacteria can grow rapidly and you shouldn’t leave it out for longer than that. We recommend leaving out what you’re eating, and saving any leftovers for another day.
2. Can you refrigerate leftover keto queso?
Yep! Just put it in a food storage container and you can reheat it in the microwave later. We recommend using it within 3-4 days.
3. Can you add meat to the queso itself?
Sure! You can add cooked ground beef, chorizo, or sausage to this queso recipe.
4. Can you use a different type of cheese?
I love the bold flavor of a sharp cheddar, but you can certainly use Monterey Jack, Pepperjack, Colby Jack, or another shredded cheese of your choice.
More Keto Appetizers
If you’re looking for more low carb appetizers, be sure to try one of these other great options from the site:
I hope you enjoy this keto queso as much as my family does! If you get a chance to try it, be sure to drop a comment or recipe rating below.
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 ounces cream cheese
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 10 ounce can Rotel tomatoes & chiles drained
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- Heat butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-5 minutes, until tender.
- Add the heavy cream, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. Stir frequently until the cheese is melted and well combined (about 2-4 minutes).
- Add the can of drained Rotel tomatoes and chiles, salt, pepper, and cumin. Stir and cook for a minute or two until everything is warm and well combined.
- Serve with sliced celery, keto chips, pork rinds, or over chicken/steak. Enjoy!