Sour cream based dips are delicious. I love dips that can work well with veggies, chips, crackers and can be enjoyed while watching football on Sundays or when having friends over to hang out in the backyard. I found that this recipe is always a crowd pleaser and can work for any occasion.
Why I love this cheesy queso inspired sour cream dip
I am a huge fan of queso (here is my restaurant style queso recipe), but it is often not realistic to whip up at home without substantially more prep time. I love this dip recipe because it allows you to have a lot of the flavor components of queso without the time commitment and the dip is great cold.
Ingredients in cheesy queso inspired sour cream dip
For this recipe I use Ro-Tel fire roasted tomatoes, fresh jalapenos, hot sauce and lime juice. I think this combination gets you the right balance of fresh and canned ingredients while still being easy to make. In a time crunch you can switch out the Ro-Tel fire roasted tomatoes, fresh jalapenos, hot sauce and lime juice for 1 cup of medium or hot chunky salsa of your choice. But I think you will find it is worth the few extra ingredients and steps.
Ro-Tel fire roasted diced tomatoes with green chilis are a great thing to have on hand. They are a more flavorful diced canned tomato that works well in a lot of recipes. They give the dish the tomato flavor
Jalapeno adds a little kick to the dip
Hot sauce of your choice but I think Tapatio, and Cholula are best, but can use what you have on hand, including Sriracha or Frank’s RedHot
Shredded cheddar cheese I like to use a thick or larger shredded cheese and prefer sharp or extra sharp to make the cheddar flavor really come through
Lime the fresh lime juice helps brighten up the dish
How to make cheesy queso inspired sour cream dip
Making this recipe is super simple and very quick. The only prep is dicing the jalapeno.
Deseed and dice jalapeno. If you like extra spicy you can keep the seeds in
Drain Ro-Tel tomatoes
Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl
Ro-Tel Tomatoes – what to do with the leftovers
The above recipe only calls for ½ a can of Ro-Tel Tomatoes. You can always add the whole can to make the dip more tomatoey.
My immediate use is to add the extra fire roasted tomatoes to my eggs in the morning with a little cheddar cheese to make a quick and easy scramble. Otherwise, you can add them to pasta, chili, soup, really anywhere you would use canned tomatoes.Print
12oz – Sour Cream (or Crema Mexicana)
1/2 cup Ro-Tel Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilis drained (one 10oz can is about 1 cup) – salsa can also work in a pinch
1 ea – Jalapeno, diced, seeds removed (about 1/4 cup – you can also use canned or jarred jalapenos, drained and diced)
1 Tablespoon Hot sauce (Tapatio, Cholula are best, but can use what you have on hand, including Sriracha)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup Shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 lime juiced
- Deseed and dice jalapeno
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
This dip is also great warm and can be heated in an oven-safe dish at 325 for 20 mins or in the microwave for 60 seconds stirring every 30 seconds.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Dips
- Cuisine: Mexican
Keywords: Queso, Dip, Sour Cream