Pappasito’s Queso

 Pappasito’s Queso is wonderful full-flavored queso. Made with onions, garlic, green chilis, cheese, and fresh tomatoes, it’s perfect for nachos and so much more.

a bowl of copycat cheese queso made with garlic, green chilies, and more

You can make your queso in less time than it takes to go to the restaurant.

About Pappasito’s Cantina

You can easily find a Pappasito’s if you live in Texas, although you might be lucky enough to live near one in another location. When you step through the front door of a Pappasito’s Cantina, the sights, scents, and sounds of Pappasito’s hit your senses, and you know you are in for an original and wonderful Tex-Mex dining experience. The Pappasito’s story is a family story. It began with the grandfather, who came to the new world from Greece in 1897. He opened restaurants throughout Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas that were renowned for the quality of their food and service, and he passed these ideals down to his sons and grandsons. In 1976 his grandsons followed in their grandfather’s footsteps and opened their first Pappasito’s restaurant. A true American family success story.

What Is Queso?

If you are not familiar with Tex-Mex food, queso is a Mexican-inspired side dish or appetizer made with a base of creamy melted cheese. Pizzazz is added to the cheese by the addition of chile peppers, garlic, jalapeños, different kinds of meat, pico de gallo, etc. It would be fair to say that queso has taken over the world of Tex-Mex and could be regarded as the unofficial dish of Texas. Moreover, queso dip has become so popular it has inspired many other cultures to adopt their own version, for example – kimchi queso.

If you really love queso, you could even take a queso road trip! To inspire you, here’s an article telling you where to find the best queso in each state. And, why not begin your road trip on September 20, National Queso Day!

If you have fallen in love with queso, here are some more links for you.

Love Pappasito’s queso? Try these Queso Recipes


  • 1 1/2 pounds American cheese
  • 4-5 ounces canned Green Chilies with juice
  • 1 tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Diced Onion
  • 1/3 cup Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup Diced Ripe Tomatoes ( discard seeds)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Salt


  • Melt cheese with milk and stir until blended. Add chilies with liquid, garlic, onion, and stir until onions and transparent. Remove from heat and add tomatoes before serving.

Recipe Tips for the Cook

You may want to add additional milk/cream to the queso to make it thinner.  Should you need to reheat this, it is best if you reheat on a stovetop. 


Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 1498mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 850IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 904mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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