Queso is a term commonly used to describe a variety of cheese dishes and recipes from around the world. It’s Spanish for cheese and originates from the Latin term caseus, which also means cheese. In North America, it typically refers to a creamy, spicy Mexican-style cheese fondue and sauces. In this article, we’ll explore the different types of queso and all the delicious things you can do with it.

Understanding the Different Types of Queso  

When talking about queso, it’s important to start with a basic understanding of the different types. In the simplest terms, queso can be divided into two broad categories: soft and hard quesos.

Soft Quesos

Soft quesos are the most common type and usually come in either a paste-like or liquid form. These include mild Mozzarellas, creamy Queso Fresco, semi-firm Queso Blanco and strong Mexican cheese like Chihuahua and Oaxaca.

Hard Quesos

Hard quesos, sometimes known as cheeses curados, come in a variety of forms including wheels, blocks, slices and wedges. Hard quesos include popular varieties like Cheddar, Parmesan, Gouda and Havarti.

Using Queso in Recipes  

Now that you know the basic types of queso and how they’re classified, let’s look at some of the delicious things you can do with it.

Queso Fundido

Queso fundido is a simple, yet tasty dish that’s often served as an appetizer. All you need is a variety of melty cheeses and toppings like chorizo, mushrooms or peppers. Simply preheat the oven or grill and layer the cheeses and toppings in an oven dish and then bake it for about 10 minutes. The result is a creamy, cheesy dip ready to enjoy!


Quesadillas are a classic favorite that can be enjoyed any time of the day. The base is a soft flour tortilla filled with a variety of melty cheese like Queso Fresco, Monterey Jack and Oaxaca. You can also add veggies, meats, sauces and your favorite spices. After that, either grill, bake or skillet the quesadilla until golden brown. Ready to enjoy your delicious, cheesy quesadilla?

Queso Dip

Queso dip is a tasty appetizer and essential part of any game day party. It’s also one of the easiest recipes to make. Simply simmer a variety of melty cheese like Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Queso Blanco in a saucepan until creamy. Then preheat a slow cooker and add the cheese mixture into it. Finally, let it sit for about an hour at low heat and your dip will be warm and ready to serve!


Enchiladas are a delicious and easy-to-make Mexican dish. The base is corn tortillas filled with your favorite combination of cheese, vegetables and meats, then rolled and added to a baking dish. Top them with a variety of classic Mexican sauces like red or green salsa and cheese. Finally, bake in the oven until the cheese has melted and the enchiladas have lightly crisped. Yum!


Nachos are a perfect party snack and fun to share. No matter what type of toppings you prefer, the key ingredient is a good, melty cheese like Chihuahua or Queso Blanco. Preheat the oven and layer the chips, cheese and toppings. Bake until golden and serve with a flavorful garnish like diced jalapenos and sour cream.

Queso is a versatile term used to refer to a variety of soft and hard cheese dishes and recipes from all over the world. Whether you’re craving a cheesy fondue, classic Mexican enchiladas or simply some loaded nachos, queso is always up to the task. Understanding the different types of queso and experimenting with a variety of recipes and flavors can help you unlock the delicious potential of this unique and tasty treat.