Loaded Cowboy Queso

Total Time

Prep Time: 15 min. Cook Time: 15 min.


24 servings (6 cups)

Updated: Sep. 25, 2023
Loaded Cowboy Queso is the ultimate football dip! This easy appetizer loaded with cheese, beer, black beans, tomatoes and sausage is our family's favorite tailgating recipe. I often serve it with homemade tortilla chips sprinkled with taco seasoning. —Becky Hardin, St. Peters, Missouri
Loaded Cowboy Queso Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 pound bulk spicy pork sausage
  • 1 cup pale ale or other light beer
  • 1 package (16 ounces) Velveeta, cubed
  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chiles, undrained
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • Optional: jalapenos and tortilla or corn chips


  1. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink, about 5 minutes, crumbling meat. Add beer, cook until reduced slightly, 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add Velveeta, pepper jack cheese and seasonings; stir occasionally until melted. When melted, stir in tomatoes, beans, and cilantro.
  2. If desired, garnish with jalapenos and additional cilantro and serve with tortilla or corn chips.
Peppers (Hot)
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 110 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 461mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.