3-Ingredient Cheese Dip


I’ve partnered with Argo® Corn Starch to create this simple Cheese Dip recipe!

This 3-Ingredient Cheese Dip (aka Queso or Nacho Cheese Dip) is the easiest recipe for a cheese dip! Plus it’s made with real ingredients! No artificial cheese here.

3 Ingredient Queso Cheese Dip

The three ingredients I used to make this simple cheese dip are plenty of real cheddar cheese, half and half for richness and corn starch to thicken it.


Can’t beat that, 3 ingredients that you likely already have on hand!

3 Ingredient Cheese Dip

I used Argo® Corn Starch because it’s a brand I trust and can always rely on for a consistent result to thicken my soups, sauces, stir-fries, gravies and so forth.

3 Ingredient Cheese Dip

I like to use it here because it skips a step in making a roux with butter and flour and that also equates to little less cooking time too.

3 Ingredient Cheese Dip

This is a perfect game day recipe that will disappear in no time! Aren’t we all looking for the cheese dip at a party??

When I get together with family on game day someone usually brings along a jar of nacho cheese sauce. It may taste good but I’d prefer to eat ingredients I can pronounce.

3 Ingredient Nacho Cheese Dip

It’s still a splurge (this is cheese dip, main ingredient – cheese) but now we can make it from scratch and know exactly what went into it!

Next time around I’d like to experiment with this and add a 10 oz. can of tomatoes with green chilies (well drained) and a little chili powder for added flair. Or maybe even some left over homemade strained chili.

3 Ingredient Cheese Dip

The dip will be a little runny at first, but will nicely thicken as it cools. To reheat, simply whisk in a little milk over a stove top.

With that said, this dip is best enjoyed right after making. You can always scale down the ingredients for a smaller party or make a double batch for a bigger game day get-together. Enjoy!


3-Ingredient Cheese Dip

4.75 from 4 votes

A super easy, totally delicious cheddar cheese dip made with real ingredients! It has such a rich and cheesy flavor that will leave people craving more. Perfect for parties or game day.

Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 Tbsp Argo Corn Starch
  • 8 oz. medium cheddar cheese, shredded*


  1. In a medium saucepan whisk together half and half and cornstarch until smooth.

  2. Bring to a light boil over medium-high heat stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer 30 seconds, stirring constantly, then remove from heat.

  3. Immediately stir in cheese and return to low heat and stir to fully melt cheese. Serve warm with tortilla chips for dipping.

  4. Note that the sauce will not reheat well so scale as needed.
  5. *Don't use pre-shredded cheese!

  6. Recipe source: adapted from ARGO

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  • Andy: I am a 11 yr old kid so this is a great dish for me. I made it and my family said its great! I will definitely be making this again. July 13, 2018 at 9:00am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Andy that’s so cool you are already cooking things for your family at 11, keep going! And thanks for leaving a review, glad your family liked it! July 13, 2018 at 10:05pm Reply

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