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This recipe is where it all began. Smoked queso became a trending recipe early in the pandemic back in 2020, and most of the recipes you saw for it back then were probably pretty close to ours. But we couldn’t leave well enough alone and kept tweaking it and making other versions.

We recently published our Smoked Queso 5 Ways video. Be sure to check out that post for more variations of this beloved smoked queso recipe and see how all our guest judges ranked the competition.

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Classic Smoked Queso

We make smoked queso for parties and gatherings, and we hardly ever make it the same way twice. That's the fun of smoked queso. It's a recipe that you can play with, substitute out things, add things, and it's going to taste amazing.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: nachos, queso
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 217kcal



  • 1 lb velveeta cubed
  • 8 oz cream cheese cubed
  • 10 oz Rotel
  • 10 oz cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 lb sausage browned and drained
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp adobo seasoning
  • 1/4 cup scallions chopped, for garnish


  • Brown the sausage, onion, and red bell pepper in a saute pan on the stove. Drain grease if necessary.
  • Cube the block of Velveeta and cream cheese and place them in the aluminum foil pan.
  • Add the cooked sausage and vegetable blend and all remaining ingredients into the pan. You don't even need to stir.
    smoked queso ingredients
  • Place on the smoker running around 350° for about 15 minutes.
    smoked queso on the smoker
  • Stir the queso up and leave for another 15 minutes.
  • Stir one more time and leave for an additional 10-15 minutes. The heat may be reduced to 275° if necessary to avoid burning cheese on the bottom of the pan.
  • Stir the queso up and confirm that all the cheese is in fact melted. Then enjoy!
    smoked queso final product



The above recipe has been created kid-friendly (not-spicy). If you prefer your queso to be hot and spicy, by all means go ahead and add jalapenos to the pan as well!


Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 804mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 744IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 1mg