When it comes to appetizers, specifically dips, this Copycat Applebee's Queso Blanco is my favorite. Delicious white melted cheese with just a hint of spiciness.
I usually use a can of petite diced tomatoes when I make this recipe. Sometimes I'm just not in the mood to chop veggies.
If you do take the can route as I do, make sure you thoroughly drain the juices before adding them to the cheese mixture. I like to let the tomatoes sit in a colander over paper towels for a good 15 to 20 minutes.
How to Handle Hot Peppers
The capsaicin in hot peppers is what makes peppers hot. If you handle hot peppers gloveless, it’s a guarantee that you’re in for a nasty case of chili burn, both on your fingers and anywhere you rub. Like your face. Ouch!
Even if you wear disposable gloves, be careful about what you touch. The gloves are going to protect your fingers, but touching any part of your body with the gloves after you’ve handled hot peppers can lead to severe chili burn.
Resist the temptation to rub your eyes. Wait until you’ve removed your gloves and washed your hands thoroughly with soap.
How Hot Are the Peppers
The Scoville Scale is the measurement that tells you the spiciness of a given type of pepper.
|Scoville Rating (Heat)
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Applebee's is a Grill + Bar restaurant chain focused on casual dining, with mainstream American dishes such as salads, chicken, pasta and burgers. All Applebee's restaurants feature a bar area.
I like to use shredded cheese when I can as it tends to melt faster and a little more evenly but it may be hard to find.
If you buy your cheese in a block, make sure you chop it up into cubes before adding them to the saucepan. Also, stir often and keep the heat in check. It's very easy to burn the cheese in the bottom of the pan!
Since the goal of a Copycat Recipe is for it to taste exactly like the original, it's only natural to rate this recipe against the original. This Copycat recipe rates a solid 10 out of 10 in my opinion.
Gather your Ingredients
You will need the following ingredients to make this Copycat Queso Blanco recipe from Applebee's (see recipe card for quantities): Vegetable Oil, Jalapeños, White Onion, White Cheddar Cheese, Monterey Jack Cheese, Half & Half, Diced Tomatoes and Fresh Cilantro.
How to make copycat Applebee's Queso Blanco
- In a medium-sized pot over low - medium heat add vegetable oil, 1 ½ tablespoons chopped the jalapeño and white onion. Saute onions and peppers until the onion becomes translucent.
- Add all cheeses and half and half. Reduce heat to low and stir the cheese until it melts.
- When the cheese has melted, stir in the tomatoes and half of the cilantro. Mix to combine.
- Garnish with the remaining cilantro and chopped jalapeños.
Printable Recipe Card
Copycat Applebee's Queso Blanco
- 2 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
- 2 tablespoon Fresh Jalapeño, finely minced
- ⅓ Cup White Onion, finely chopped
- 16 oz White Cheddar Cheese
- 8 oz Monterey Jack Cheese
- ½ Cup Half and Half
- ½ Cup Tomato, chopped
- 2 tablespoon Fresh Cilantro, chopped
- In a medium sized pot over low - medium heat add vegetable oil, 1 ½ tablespoons chopped jalapeno pepper and white onion. Saute onion and peppers until the onion becomes translucent.
- Chop cheese into large pieces, add all cheeses and half & half. Reduce heat to low and stir the cheese so it melts.
- When all of the cheese has melted add the fresh tomatoes, stir the tomatoes in. Stir in half of the cilantro. Just before serving garnish the queso with remaining cilantro and chopped jalapenos.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.