Tandoori Cheese Queso – Indian Mexican Fusion

5 from 5 votes

Queso filled with tandoori spice flavors and finely chopped veggies.

Tandoori queso, an Indian cheese dip topped with onions, tomatoes and jalapenos.

Tandoori Spice Queso

This Indian cheese dip is delicious! Packed with flavor with garlic, onions, tomatoes and just a few Indian spices.

Indian Mexican fusion recipe to make a spicy tandoori cheese queso! Add spice and up the flavor profile to a silky queso.

This makes a great dip but can also be used to add flavor to tacos such as these Jalapeno Corn Paneer tacos.We have used it as an Indian nacho cheese for nachos, too. It can also be used to make Tandoori Mac and Cheese, a favorite of readers!

Why make this Indi-Mex Queso?

  • Quick to make
  • Layers of flavor
  • Change up the usual queso!

Ingredients

Tandoori queso ingredients.

Tandoori masala is key for this dish.  I highly recommend getting tandoori masala from an Indian grocery store.  At times, I find the Indian blends at stores such as Whole Foods to be inauthentic blends.  When buying a tandoori or tikka masala blend, check the ingredients to make sure there aren’t unnecessary colors added to it such as Red 40.  I used MDH brand for this recipe.

Cheese – try to avoid using cheese that is already shredded.  Use either a block that you shred yourself or slices as I did.  This is because cheese that is already shredded has added ingredients to prevent clumping and that can at times change the texture of the sauce.

I used mild cheddar cheese and tore it into pieces before adding to the pot. Note, don’t used processed American cheese.

Cheese slices torn into pieces.

How do you make it?

  • Saute garlic, onions, jalapenos and tomatoes
  • Add evaporated milk and cheese
  • Add tandoori spice and kashmiri chili powder
Minced garlic and chopped onions, tomatoes and jalapenos on a cutting board.

Tips for making the queso

  • Prep ingredients by chopping all very finely!
  • Make sure to use an authentic tandoori masala spice blend
  • Use cheese from a block or cheese slices to avoid the extra anti-caking ingredients that comes in pre-shredded cheese bags
  • You can always change the consistency of the cheese sauce by adding milk to make creamier
  • When reheating, adding a little water or milk will also help to loosen consistency of the sauce
Tandoori queso ingredients in small bowls.

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Tandoori queso in a bowl with corn chips in a steel tray

Tandoori Cheese Queso – Indian Mexican Fusion

Shilpa Joshi
Queso filled with tandoori spice flavors and finely chopped veggies.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian Mexican fusion, Mexican
Servings 10
Calories 70 kcal

Equipment

  • pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 roma tomato chopped finely (128 g)
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 8 slices cheese (1 package pre-sliced cheese) 228g
  • 13 oz evaporated milk
  • 1 jalapeno finely chopped
  • tsp tandoori masala
  • ½ tsp kashmiri chilli
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp milk

Instructions
 

  • Prep ingredients. Finely chop and mince ingredients into small pieces. Rip cheese slices apart.
  • Melt butter in pan on medium high. Add onions and garlic. Cooking about two minutes and mix.
  • Add in tomatoes and jalapenos. Cook two more minutes.
  • Add in evaporated milk and cheese, stir until cheese melts.
  • Add in spices/salt and mix. Add in 3 tbsp milk to thin the consistency a little. It will thicken as cools.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

  • Prep ingredients by chopping all very finely!
  • Make sure to use an authentic tandoori masala spice blend
  • Use cheese from a block or cheese slices to avoid the extra anti-caking ingredients that comes in pre-shredded cheese bags
  • You can always change the consistency of the cheese sauce by adding milk to make creamier
  • When reheating, adding a little water or milk will also help to loosen consistency of the sauce

Nutrition

Calories: 70kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 112mgPotassium: 152mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 205IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 110mgIron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday and absolutely loved it. I went to the local Indian grocery store and got a block of cheddar and subbed Indian hot peppers for the jalapeno. Although I got nervous the cheese wouldn’t melt, in the end I was surprised at how easy and delicious this recipe was. Look forward to making this again.