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Applebee's Spicy Queso Blanco

Raven Higheagle


The last time I was at Applebee's I tried their queso blanco and I loved it. It was cheesy, spicy, and perfect for
dipping chips in. I knew it couldn't be that hard to recreate this dish at home. Serve this this creamy white spicy queso at your next party and it's guaranteed to be a hit.


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Makes 2 Cups
10 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 Tbsp
    refined coconut oil (or other neutral oil)
  • 1 small
    white onion, divided
  • 1 medium
    roasted poblano pepper, seeded, deveined, and minced
  • 1/2 c
    heavy cream
  • 8 oz
    monterey jack cheese, cut into chunks
  • 4 oz
    white cheddar cheese, cut into chunks
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    fresh chopped cilantro, divided
  • 1 large
    roma tomato, deseeded and diced

How to Make Applebee's Spicy Queso Blanco


  1. Cut onion in half and mince one half. Set aside.
  2. Warm oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add 2/3 of minced poblano and grate 1/2 onion into pan.
  4. Stir to coat and cook for 3-5 minutes until tender.
  5. Add cream and bring to a bubble.
  6. Add cheese a little at a time, stir until cheese is melted.
  7. Stir in 1 tablespoon cilantro.
  8. To create a simple pico de gallo:
    Combine chopped onion, tomato, 1/2 tablespoon cilantro, and remaining poblano in a bowl.
  9. Pour queso blanco into a medium size serving bowl (2 1/2 cup or larger). Top with pico de gallo. Serve with warm tortilla chips.

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