Skip to main content

Venison Queso Dip Recipe

So easy to make, this Venison Queso Dip Recipe can be whipped up in as little as 30 minutes.

Venison Queso Dip Recipe
Looking for a quick appetizer? This Venison Queso Dip only takes 30 minutes to make and is a definite crowd pleaser. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley)

Everyone loves queso dip. Warm, salty and spicy, it’s a step above nacho cheese dip, and when you add meat to it, it’s hard not to ruin your supper on this filling appetizer. I made this venison queso dip for a dinner party recently, and my guests ate so much of it that they barely had room for dinner afterward.

Use a mini crockpot to keep this venison queso dip hot on low or reheat slowly in the microwave.

Yield: 32 ounces
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes


  • ½ to ¾ pound of ground venison
  • Cooking oil
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup warm milk, plus extra
  • 1 (10-ounce) can Original Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Oaxaca cheese (or Monterey Jack cheese)
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste
  • Freshly chopped cilantro, to taste
  • Tortilla chips
venison flank
I used freshly ground venison flank for this recipe, which is a tougher cut that is great for grinding. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley)


  1. Coat the bottom of a pan with oil and heat over medium-high. Brown ground venison, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon. Season with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder and ground coriander. Set the meat aside.

    ground venison flank
    Browned ground venison flank steak with seasonings. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley)
  2. Melt butter in a medium nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often. Turn heat to medium-low. Slowly whisk in the warm milk — keep stirring until you get a smooth béchamel sauce.

    bechamel sauce queso dip
    Béchamel sauce for venison queso dip. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley)
  3. Turn heat down to low, and stir in the shredded cheddar and Oaxaca cheeses until melted and incorporated. Then stir in the Rotel and cooked ground venison. Take sauce off heat when the queso is heated through.

    cheese for queso dip
    Stir cheeses on low heat until fully melted. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley)
  4. Stir in chopped cilantro, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to taste. If the queso is too thick, thin it out with more warm milk. Serve warm with tortilla chips.
  5. To reheat, microwave queso dip 1- to 2-minute increments, and stir in between.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

For years, one of Publisher Laden Force's favorite hunting programs has been the Outdoor Channel's Live 2 Hunt program with Cody and Kelsy Robbins. Their passion for bowhunting and making new hunting buddies is contagious. Additionally, time and time again the pair has undoubtedly confirmed their position as some of the best deer hunters north of the Canadian border. So, Laden quickly accepted when an invite came from friend Mike Tussey of NOMAD Hunting Apparel to test new deer gear on a summer bear hunt with Cody and Kelsy's L2H Outfitting. Join him as he travels to north central Saskatchewan to put new NOMAD, the brand new Bowtech Carbon One and his sense of adventure to the test.
Destination Videos

Live 2 Bowhunt

Opening day is just around the corner, but there is still work to be done! The Forces complete the final prep steps, getting their hunting sites ready for easy access.

Opening Day Prep

The Forces complete the final investment, one that's not so “instant”, by planting new fruit/mast trees. 

Investing in the Future

Baseball transitions to football, which means it's time to get oats, clover & chicory in the ground.  

Cool Season Food Plot

Laden teaches the boys the importance of keeping your property clean to make final adjustments easier and less time consuming.

Property Management

The new hunting blinds have arrived, but the Forces get busy because the blinds aren't going to assemble and strategically place themselves.

Blind Placement Strategy

It's time for weed patrol! Laden ventures out to high cut the perineal plots, weedeat the electric fences and spot spray his clover. 

Plot Maintenance

Laden and the boys plan the off-season “to do's” and prep their equipment needed to execute each exercise. 

The Plan

Laden and his boys work through a timber management plan, letting Dad safely remove a few unwanted trees, opening up a canopy to help with understory native forage growth.

Timberstand Improvements

North American Whitetail Magazine Covers Print and Tablet Versions

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


Buy Digital Single Issues

Magazine App Logo

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the North American Whitetail App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top North American Whitetail stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All North American Whitetail subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Enjoying What You're Reading?

Get a Full Year
of Guns & Ammo
& Digital Access.

Offer only for new subscribers.

Subscribe Now