Cottage Cheese Queso



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This 3 ingredient cottage cheese queso comes together in about 5 minutes for a high protein snack or appetizer that’s creamy, cheesy and seriously addicting!

Given my love for cottage cheese I just had to try the viral cottage cheese queso dip as soon as I saw the recipe on TikTok from Janelle Rohner. Her recipe calls for nutritional yeast, but I decided to go with shredded cheese instead because #cheeselover!

I love how it tastes like real deal queso, but it’s packed with 22 grams of protein per serving. And it’s SO easy to whip up. Just blend and microwave… that’s it! You’ll have a delicious, creamy and cheesy dip in a matter of minutes.

I love serving it with tortilla chips or fresh veggies for a mid-day snack or appetizer before dinner. However you serve it, I know you’re going to love it!

Cottage cheese queso in a small bowl with tortilla chips.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Healthier – Adding cottage cheese to queso makes this dip lighter and packed with protein (one serving has 22 grams of protein!), making it a healthier alternative to traditional queso.
  • Quick and Easy – You only need 3 main ingredients and about 5 minutes of prep to whip up this cottage cheese queso. Can’t get much easier than that!
  • Versatile – Serve it as an appetizer or snack with chips or veggies or drizzle it over tacos, burrito bowls, nachos and so much more!
Ingredients measured out to make Cottage Cheese Queso: taco seasoning, cheddar cheese and cottage cheese.

Ingredients Needed

You only need THREE simple ingredients for this recipe. Here’s what you need:

  • cottage cheese – choose full-fat cottage cheese for creaminess or low-fat for a lighter option. I personally love whole milk Good Culture cottage cheese.
  • taco seasoning – use your favorite store-bought mixture or make your own taco seasoning at home by combining garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, paprika, oregano crushed red pepper, salt and pepper.
  • pepper jack or cheddar cheese – for that real deal cheesy goodness that we all love in queso! Use cheddar cheese or pepper jack cheese for added flavor! You can also use monterey jack or a Mexican cheese blend.

How to Make Cottage Cheese Queso

This recipe takes only 5 minutes to whip up. Here’s how to make it:

Step 1: Add your cottage cheese and taco seasoning to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Photo of cottage cheese and taco seasoning in a blender. Photo beside is the cottage cheese and spices blended until smooth.

Step 2: Transfer your cottage cheese mixture to a microwave-safe bowl and add your shredded cheese. Microwave in 30-second intervals until cheese is fully melted, about 1-1 1/2 minutes. Add your favorite toppings, if desired and serve warm with chips or veggies.

Side by side photos of cottage cheese and cheese being melted together in a bowl.

Recipe Tips!

  • Shred your own cheese: I recommend buying a block of cheese and shredding it yourself as the pre-shredded cheeses typically contain preservatives like potato starch, natamycin and/or cellulose to prevent the shreds from clumping together in the bag. 
  • Double the recipe: If you’re serving a crowd I recommend doubling or tripling the recipe because it’s truly addicting and goes fast!
  • Have fun with the toppings: The toppings are totally optional, but definitely take this queso to the next level. Some topping ideas are pico de gallo, salsa, cilantro, red onion, cherry tomatoes, green chiles, jalapeños, crushed red pepper and/or additional shredded cheese.
Cottage cheese queso in a small bowl with tortilla chips.

How to Serve Cottage Cheese Queso

Cottage cheese queso in a small bowl with tortilla chips.

Can I Make This Queso Without a Microwave?

Yes! No microwave? No problem. You can make this dip in the oven or air fryer.

To make this dip in the oven, transfer the cottage cheese mixture to an oven-safe dish, add your cheese and cook at 350F for about 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Pro tip: add additional shredded cheese on top and broil for a few minutes for some added cheesy goodness!

To make this dip in the air fryer, transfer the mixture with cheese to your air fryer and cook at 350F for probably 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

Cottage cheese queso in a small bowl with tortilla chips.

How to Store Leftovers

  • In the fridge: Place any leftover queso in an airtight container and refrigerate it for 2-3 days.
  • Reheating: To reheat, gently warm the queso in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. You can also reheat it in a saucepan over low heat, adding a splash of milk or water if the queso has thickened too much.

More Dips and Spreads

Be sure to check out all of my cottage cheese recipes as well as all the dips and spreads here on EBF!

If you enjoyed this recipe, please consider leaving a ⭐ star rating and let me know how it went in the 📝 comments below.

5 from 1 vote

Cottage Cheese Queso

This 3 ingredient cottage cheese queso comes together in about 5 minutes for a high protein snack or appetizer that's creamy, cheesy and seriously addicting!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 1 cup cottage cheese, full fat or low fat
  • 2-3 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • ½ cup shredded pepper jack cheese or cheddar cheese
  • Optional toppings: pico de gallo, cilantro, red onion, cherry tomatoes, crushed red pepper additional shredded cheese.


  • Add cottage cheese and taco seasoning to a blender or food processor and blend together until smooth.
    Cottage cheese and spices in a blender.
  • Add mixture to a microwave safe bowl, add cheese and microwave in 30 second increments until cheese is melted. This took about 60-90 seconds.
    Shredded cheddar cheese in a small bowl with cottage cheese.
  • Serve warm with toppings of choice and tortilla chips or fresh veggies.


Serving: 1/2 cup (w/o toppings) | Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 772mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cottage Cheese Queso
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  1. 5 stars
    So simple, yet delicious! I am very excited to have a healthy alternative to regular chili con queso. I added Rotel to my second batch of queso. So good!

    1. Ahh I love this so much, Amy. Thanks so much for sharing, I am glad you are loving this recipe. I appreciate your review & star rating, it means so much to me!