Easy Copycat Monterey’s Little Mexico Queso

Monterey’s Little Mexico Queso is unique, packed full of cheese, green chilies, celery, and onion, it offers so much more than ordinary queso, you can’t pass this one by!

Queso with cheese, chilies, celery, and onions

I don’t think anyone should go into a Tex Mex restaurant and pass on the queso dip. Monterey’s Tex Mex is a chain and it looks like they have changed their name to Monterey’s Little Mexico. Whatever the restaurant’s name, there are few things that I enjoy more than Monterey’s Tex Mex Queso.

This is wonderfully mild queso that is tasty with tortilla chips, or even spread on a crisp corn tortilla as a side dish. This queso dip is delicious, and the onions and celery add a nice touch.


  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 2 large green peppers such as anaheim or hatch peppers, diced fine
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound American cheese
  • 1/3 cup milk


  • The real secret to a flavorful queso is sauteeing your vegetables until they are cooked almost all of the way through, you want there to be a touch of crunch when you begin to add in your American cheese. 
  • Place the chopped onion, thinly sliced celery and diced peppers in a saute pan over medium heat, add the two tablespoons of butter, and saute until the onions are translucent. In a medium pot add American cheese, sauteed vegetables, and milk. Heat on a low to a medium heat until the cheese is melted. 


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 874mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 730IU | Vitamin C: 30.1mg | Calcium: 545mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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