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Bandera Queso Dip

A copycat version of the famous smokey, spicy and completely addictive Bandera Queso Dip.
Prep Time2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 12 servings


  • 4 ounces.cream cheese reduced fat or regular, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise light or regular
  • 1/2 teasoon Lawry's Seasoning Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons yellow onion grated
  • 2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons pimentos finely diced
  • 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese grated
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and very finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers or to taste


  • Use a wooden spoon to combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, Lawry's Seasoning Salt, fresh ground pepper and grated onion in a large mixing bowl till smooth. Add diced chipotle peppers and pimentos. Stir till well combined. Add cheddar and Monterey jack cheese, diced jalapeno, and 1/2 teaspooon adobo sauce from the canned chipotle peppers. Stir till combined. Taste and add additional adobo sauce for more smoke and heat, if desired.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or more prior to serving.


Serve with tortilla chips, veggies, and crackers.