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

3 Ingredient Cheese Dip - A super easy, totally delicious cheddar cheese dip made with real ingredients! Perfect for parties or game day. #cheesedip #nachocheesedip #queso #easyrecipe


  • Britta Singer: Why not preshredded cheese? I used it abd ut turned out delicious! April 17, 2018 at 6:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad it worked for you! Sometimes that powdered coating on the shredded cheese can alter the texture. April 17, 2018 at 9:05pm Reply

  • Nessa: would this work as a melting pot recipe for dipping stuff in? February 27, 2018 at 1:56pm Reply

  • Rachel M: Ah…yum! We added some hot Pace Picante to half of the batch and reserved the other half for Philly cheese steaks. Great versatile cheese sauce. Love I know how to pronounce all of the ingredients! February 5, 2018 at 6:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it Rachel! Love your addition! February 6, 2018 at 10:49am Reply

  • AATP: Yay for a recipe that uses real cheese! This was delicious. Even had fun with it by adding some chopped tomatoes and peppers to it. Thanks so much!:) February 4, 2018 at 2:09pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review! February 5, 2018 at 1:06pm Reply

  • Kathleen: Why do you not use pre-shredded cheese? January 27, 2018 at 6:05am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Because it’s coates in starches and other ingredients, it doesn’t tend to melt in well. January 27, 2018 at 10:17am Reply

  • Bea: I made this with Mexican queso cheese, ground beef and some of my super thick homemade salsa and it’s fantastic ???? plus it reheated in the microwave great. I only use Argo! January 25, 2018 at 8:46pm Reply

  • Kim: I just wanted to note that Argo cornstarch contains GMOs, so although the cheese may be natural, the cornstarch is not. I wonder if another thickener like arrowroot powder could be substituted? January 23, 2018 at 9:47pm Reply

    • Erin: Who the F$&# cares if the cornstarch has GMOs. Get over yourself and your food shaming. January 31, 2018 at 5:29am Reply

      • Chris: I do. Americans had better do some research and find out what’s in their food. GMO corn is altered so it can take huge amounts of herbicide. So you are not only getting a GMO, you’re also getting chemicals as well. GMOs are banned in at least 26 countries. February 3, 2018 at 8:20pm Reply

        • Jessica P: Exactly! GMO’s….no thanks! Are there any cornstarch products that are safe? February 6, 2018 at 6:04pm Reply

  • Cindy: Can you add salsa to this to make it into queso dip? January 23, 2018 at 5:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think a strained salsa would work okay here. January 23, 2018 at 6:10pm Reply

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