Easy Cottage Cheese Queso Dip (High Protein!)

This super easy cottage cheese queso is honestly a little mind-blowing. It’s creamy, cheesy, high protein and so incredibly simple to throw together with just four simple ingredients.

If you love this one, you’ll love these Blended Cottage Cheese: High Protein Breakfast Bowls too!

Let’s get into how to make this delish and healthy queso dip.

A close up shot of a tortilla chip dipped in cottage cheese queso in a white bowl.

About This Recipe

As soon as I saw this viral cottage cheese queso on TikTok, I knew I had to give it a try. I love queso, and while this isn’t the authentic version that you’ll find at your favorite Mexican restaurant, it’s still absolutely delicious and a healthier option if you’re on the hunt for that.

You can use this recipe as a high protein cottage cheese dip for tortilla chips, a cheese sauce for your favorite tacos or burrito bowls, a topping for sheet pan nachos, or even for some raw veggies.

Something that sets this queso apart is its high protein content! One serving (about a half cup of queso!) packs an impressive 14g of protein, which means it’s going to help keep you satisfied whether it’s part of a meal or a balanced snack.

Let’s get into what you need (it’s a super easy dip, so not much!).

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Ingredients

  1. Cottage cheese: The star of the show is cottage cheese in this recipe! My favorite is Good Culture. Don’t worry, once it’s blended you’ll never even know it was cottage cheese! I recommend reduced-fat or full-fat cottage cheese over fat free cottage cheese for best texture and creaminess.
  2. Shredded Mexican cheese: I prefer to use full-fat cheese for this for the same reason as using cottage cheese with some fat. It helps to keep everything super creamy and flavorful.
  3. Fresh garlic: Fresh garlic adds the perfect punch of garlic-y goodness to this dip. You can sub 1-2 teaspoons of garlic powder if you don’t have any fresh on hand.
  4. Diced green chilis: Grab a can of diced green chilis or you could use jalapeños!
Two side by side pictures of the ingredients for cottage cheese queso being blended in a blender.

How to make

  1. Add cottage cheese, shredded cheese, diced green chilis and garlic clove to a high-speed blender or food processor.
  2. Blend on high until the queso dip is smooth and creamy. Taste test and add salt, pepper, or any additional seasonings to taste.
  3. Enjoy as a cold queso dip or microwave slowly in 15 second increments until hot. Stir in between microwave sessions. *Important note*: If you microwave the queso for too long or too quickly, it will separate and lose its creamy texture- heat carefully until it’s just warm enough so that the queso stays nice and creamy!

Variations and substitutions

  • Make it spicy: Add your favorite hot sauce, cayenne pepper or spicy seasoning for a spicy queso dip!
  • Taco-seasoned queso: Use a tablespoon or two of taco seasoning for even more flavor.
  • Add some tanginess: Add a small scoop of Greek yogurt or sour cream for a little bit more tang in your queso.
  • Sharp cheddar queso: Instead of Mexican shredded cheese, sub in sharp cheddar or your fave shredded cheese for a different flavor profile.
A small white bowl of cottage cheese queso surrounded by tortilla chips on a wooden board.

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Easy Cottage Cheese Queso Dip (High Protein!)

Creamy, flavorful cottage cheese queso made with four simple ingredients.
5 from 19 votes
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Course: Appetizer, dinner, Side Dish, Snack
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 126kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Cottage cheese
  • 1 can diced green chilis
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup Mexican shredded cheese

Instructions

  • Add cottage cheese, shredded cheese, diced green chilis and garlic clove to a high-speed blender or food processor.
  • Blend on high until the queso dip is smooth and creamy. Taste test and add salt, pepper, or any additional seasonings to taste.
  • Enjoy as a cold dip or microwave slowly in 15 second increments until hot. Stir in between microwave sessions. *Important note*: If you microwave the queso for too long or too quickly, it will separate- heat carefully until it's just warm enough so that the queso stays nice and creamy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 495mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 178IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 177mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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17 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    This is SO good and an easy protein option to add! I only had some green enchilada sauce in the cabinet so poured a little in instead of the green chiles, still worked well!

  2. 5 stars
    Really love this recipe! I’ve been using it with tortilla chips and rotisserie chicken as sort of a nachos meal prep and the queso helps keep me full well past dinner! Looking forward to trying some of the variations, I love that you include those.

    1. Yay! So glad you love this one Elizabeth! I love love the idea of using it with rotisserie chicken and tortilla chips for nachos- so smart!!

  3. Hi Jamie, are you using 4 oz or 7 oz can of diced chiles? And are you draining them? I’m going to try this using fat free shredded cheddar with a little reduced sodium taco seasoning tossed in. (Normally I make my healthier queso with fat free cream cheese, but struggling to find that in stock anywhere!) Thanks!

    1. I find that when it’s heated up too much it tends to separate a little bit, so I’m not sure because I haven’t tried it. It does need to be made in a blender first, though, even if you try heating in a small crockpot.

        1. I’m not sure! My guess is that it would separate a bit when baking. You can always experiment 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    YUM! So good and SO easy! I didn’t have green chiles, but I had jarred jalapeños so that was perfect (used about 1/4 cup of those). Can’t wait to enjoy this all week! 🙌🏼

  5. I was so lucky to find this recipe. I was just ready to throw out my cottage cheese. I accidentally bought large curd and I hate large curd. Use that to make this dip and it was absolutely phenomenal!

  6. 5 stars
    Wow. Husband found this and it’s a super hit! Never too old to learn a new recipe! Will try all your variations too. Thanks!

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