Cottage Cheese Queso Dip is a cheesy, creamy dip that is good for a snack or as a side dish. It’s also a low-carb and low-fat option. Made with just 3 ingredients, it is quick and easy to make.
Low in fat and high in protein, this healthier alternative to traditional queso and not only tastes delicious but also guilt-free. Serve as an appetizer, part of a snack or for Game Day.
This trending TikTok Cottage Cheese Queso recipe offers a nutritious twist on classic queso. It is a quick and easy low carb dip which is very tasty with a creamy texture.
What is Queso?
"Queso" is the Spanish word for "cheese." However, when people refer to "queso" in the context of food, especially in the United States and some other countries, they are often talking about a popular Mexican or Tex-Mex dish called "queso dip" or "cheese dip."
Queso dip typically consists of melted cheese, often cheddar or a similar cheese, mixed with various ingredients like diced tomatoes, green chilies, jalapeños, onions, and spices. It's commonly served as an appetizer or snack with tortilla chips for dipping. Queso dip can vary in spiciness and flavor depending on the ingredients used, and it's a beloved dish in Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, as well as in many American restaurants that offer Mexican-inspired dishes.
Carbs and Protein in Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese is a dairy product that is known for being a good source of protein while being relatively low in carbohydrates. The specific protein and carbohydrate content can vary depending on the brand and variety of cottage cheese.
If you are looking to increase your protein, cottage cheese is a high protein food with a 1-cup serving of low-fat cottage cheese typically contains around 28-30 grams of protein.
A 1-cup serving of low-fat cottage cheese usually contains around 6-8 grams of carbohydrates. There is no fiber in cottage cheese, so these carbs will be the net carbs.
This is a 3 ingredient queso with cottage cheese. Who doesn't enjoy a simple recipe with minimal ingredients.
- Cottage cheese - plain cottage cheese. You could use low fat or full-fat cottage cheese but check the carb content for any hidden sugars.
- Pepper Jack cheese - shredded or cubed, although shredded melts easier. Monterey Jack cheese can be substituted.
- Taco seasoning - homemade taco seasoning or seasoning from a packet can be used.
How to make Queso with Cottage Cheese
Within minutes this dip is ready to eat. It's a simple recipe too.
Blend cottage cheese and taco seasoning.
Add to pepper jack cheese and microwave-safe bowl.
Why Microwave Cottage Cheese Queso?
Microwaving cottage cheese queso dip is a quick and convenient way to heat it up and make it ready to serve. Microwaves heat food relatively evenly, which helps ensure that the entire dip reaches a consistent temperature without developing hot spots or burning.
If you don't have a microwave, place the blended ingredients and cheese in a saucepan and place it over low heat. Stir continuously until the cheeses are completely melted and the queso is velvety smooth.
It's essential to use microwave-safe containers and to stir the dip during microwaving to ensure even heating and to prevent any potential scorching or burning. Additionally, be cautious when microwaving dairy-based dishes like cottage cheese queso, as dairy products can scorch or curdle if heated too aggressively. Use short bursts of microwave time and stir in between to achieve the desired consistency without overheating.
If you have any leftovers, store the high protein queso cottage cheese dip in a sealed container in the fridge and it should last up to 2 to 3 days. Reheat it in the microwave or on the stove top.
What to serve with Queso Cottage Dip
Although you may be tempted to enjoy this healthy queso dip with a spoon directly from the bowl, with no sharing, try this tasty low carb cheesy dip with low carb raw veggies, microwave nachos, keto tortilla chips, flaxseed crackers or zucchini rings. Top with low carb salsa for a colorful and delicious dip.
Looking for more healthy cottage cheese recipes?
Cottage cheese can be a versatile ingredient in keto-friendly recipes. You can enjoy it on its own, mix it with berries or nuts for a low-carb dessert, or use it as a base for dips, spreads, and sauces. Here are some other cottage cheese recipes you may enjoy:
Cottage Cheese Queso Dip
- 1 cup cottage cheese, plain
- ¼ cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
- Add the low-fat cottage cheese and taco seasoning to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Place the blended cottage cheese to a microwave safe bowl and add the pepper jack cheese.
- Microwave it in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until it reaches your desired temperature.
- Alternatively, place the mixture into a saucepan and heat it gently over low heat until it's warmed through, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
- Once heated, pour your creamy Cottage Cheese Queso into a serving bowl and enjoy with low carb dips or crudities.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.