Simple queso fresco dip can be used as a dip for chips and veggies or a topping for tacos, enchiladas, and more!
What is queso fresco dip?
Queso fresco dip is made from queso fresco, crema Mexicana, lime juice, cilantro, and a little Greek yogurt to thicken it up.
It is different from classic queso dip which is made from American, processed cheese. Queso Blanco comes out much thinner, whereas queso fresco dip is thicker.
Is this dip served warm or cold? We recommend serving queso fresco dip cold. If you try and heat it up on the stovetop, it will curdle.
Why you’ll love it!
- Great for dipping with chips.
- Delicious topping for quesadillas, tacos, and more!
- Easy to make.
Featured Ingredients for Queso Fresco Cheese Dip
- Queso fresco: queso fresco is easily found at specialty cheese shops. Or, you can make your own queso fresco using pasteurized whole milk, rennet, and salt.
- Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt is a great base for cheese dips because it adds volume and a little tang.
- Lime juice: we love the hint of citrus the lime juice gives this dip.
- Crema Mexicana: crema Mexicana doesn’t have to be a dip or sauce on its own. It’s great to add to homemade dips like this one!
- Spices: you’ll need salt and garlic powder.
- Salsa verde: salsa verde is a great way to add tons of flavor with just 1 ingredient.
- Cilantro: the fresher the better.
Make it Spicy: add a little minced jalapeño or use a spicy salsa verde to add some spice to this recipe!
Homemade Queso Fresco
Have you always wanted to learn how to make queso fresco? Now is your chance! This queso fresco recipe is easy to make and a perfect addition to so many dishes!
How to Make Queso Fresco Dip
Crumble Queso Fresco
Place the queso fresco in a high-speed food processor and pulse for 1-2 minutes or until the cheese is crumbled.
Add Greek & Lime Juice
Add the Greek yogurt and lime juice and process on high until smooth.
Add Rest of the Ingredients
Add in the rest of the ingredients and process until combined.
Serve with chips, raw veggies, or use as a topping on quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, and more!
How to Use Queso Fresco Dip
With chips: keep things basic and just use tortilla chips!
On enchiladas: our chicken enchiladas are made with salsa verde making this dip a perfect topping!
On an omelette: looking for something unique to top your omelette with. Try this queso fresco dip recipe.
With raw veggies: skip the dill dip and hummus and go queso fresco dip!
Store leftover queso fresco dip in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You may need to stir it before serving the 2nd or 3rd time.
Queso Fresco Dip
- 10 oz. queso fresco
- ¼ cup 2% Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- ⅓ cup crema Mexicana we used this brand, it is delicious
- Zest of 1 small lime
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 tablespoons salsa verde
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro
- Add the queso fresco into a high-speed food processor. Pulse the queso fresco until it’s broken up and then process it until it turns into a fine crumble, about 1-2 minutes.
- Scrape down the sides of the food processor with a spatula and then add the Greek yogurt and lime juice and process on high for 3-4 minutes or until the mixture begins to cream.
- Scrape down the sides of the food processor and cover. Process the mixture on high while drizzling the crema into the mixture. Continue to process the mixture for an additional 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.
- Remove the cover and add the lime zest, salt, garlic powder, and salsa verde to the food processor. Process the mixture on low for 30-40 seconds until combined.
- Finally, add the fresh cilantro to the food processor and pulse until the cilantro is chopped up and combined.
- Scrape the queso fresco dip into a bowl and serve with tortilla chips and vegetables.
Tips & Notes
- Try making homemade queso fresco for this dip. It is easier to make than you think.
If you don’t have access to crema, you can use a full-fat sour cream.
- This queso cheese dip is served cold, do not serve it warm or it may curdle.
- Whipping queso fresco takes longer than you would expect. It is a dryer cheese so adding moisture is necessary to whip the queso fresco.
- If you would like to make this dip spice, add 1 tablespoon of chopped jalapenos or a few teaspoons of your favorite hot sauce.