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Look no further for Halloween appetizers because Pumpkin Queso Dip with Spooky Dippers is a crowd-pleaser! The queso contains pumpkin, which makes it great for autumn and adds to the pretty color. Spooky dippers are easy to make in any festive shapes you want!
Halloween is less than a month away! I know a lot of people who go all-out in terms of costumes, spooky food, and over-the-top decorations. Whether you’re looking for Halloween appetizer ideas to serve up at your party or to bring to a potluck or friend’s party, this Pumpkin Queso Dip is the perfect choice.
Everyone loves dipping into cheesy, flavor-packed queso, right?! It's one of those things that when you see it on a menu, it elicits the thought: Ooooh, queso! (You can't go wrong with melted cheese!) And these easy-to-make spooky dippers make this appetizer fun and festive.
Spoiler Alert: RO*TEL packs maximum flavor and is as easy as opening a can! It will be your new favorite way to make homemade queso.
Hover over the image above in order to click through and buy RO*TEL. And check out more Halloween dip recipe ideas from RO*TEL!
Pro Tip: Bats, cats, and ghosts are perfect tortilla chip shapes for Halloween, but you can customize the shapes and make this for any holiday or celebration!
Pumpkin Queso Dip
In its most basic form, queso dip is just cheese and salsa melted together. You can play with different types of cheese and different flavors of salsa. And also, add spices if you want to kick things up!
I'm going to show you how easy it is to make a delicious seasonally-inspired queso dip! It's quick and easy to whip up, and uses minimal ingredients.
Pumpkin Queso Dip Ingredients
This version of queso dip uses RO*TEL® Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies instead of salsa, along with cream cheese and sharp white cheddar for maximum flavor + creamy texture. RO*TEL delivers big on bold flavor, so you don’t need a lot of other ingredients in this recipe!
Find RO*TEL in Walmart with the other canned tomato products!
With a little bit of pumpkin in this cheesy dip, it’s a great choice for any autumnal party or celebration! To play up the pumpkin, you could serve this Pumpkin Queso Dip in a small hollowed-out out pumpkin, and top it with roasted pumpkin seeds for crunch.
Pro Tip: RO*TEL is an easy way to kick up any recipe.
How to Make Queso Dip
It’s so easy to make homemade queso dip! After you make it once you’ll want to make it all the time and play with the flavors.
Get the ingredients ready.
Add the RO*TEL to a skillet (don't drain it first, we need the liquid!).
Add the cream cheese, pumpkin, and spices.
Bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking to incorporate the cream cheese.
Whisk in the cheddar a bit at a time until fully incorporated.
Serve it up with spooky dippers at your next Halloween gathering!
How to Make Tortilla Chips in the Oven
To play up the Halloween theme, I made spooky dippers (basically just fun shaped tortilla chips) to serve with this cheesy dip. I used bat, cat, and ghost-shaped small cookie cutters for my spooky dippers, and you can change them based on what season it is. "Dare to Dip" right into Pumpkin Queso Dip with these fun and easy-to-make homemade tortilla chips!
If you have soft corn tortillas, it’s very easy to make homemade tortilla chips!
Use cookie cutters to stamp out festive shapes from the corn tortillas.
Arrange the stamped out shapes on a baking sheet and season as desired. Bake until light golden brown, cool, and enjoy!
Halloween Party Foods
Depending on what kind of Halloween party you want to throw (and whether it’s for kids or adults), your Halloween party foods can range from mildly spooky (like these cute shaped tortilla chip dippers!) to disgusting and grotesque.
This Pumpkin Queso Dip is fall-ish with pumpkin added (serve it in a hollowed-out pumpkin to make it even more festive), and spooky shaped dippers are fun for any age!
For more Halloween party foods inspiration, check out my post 10 Spooky Halloween Treats for Monsters of All Ages!
More Halloween Appetizer Ideas and Spooky Dip Recipes:
- Spooky Spider Halloween Appetizer Dip
- Halloween Guacamole Dip
- Brain Dip
- 7 Layer Spider Web Dip
- Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip
- Tons More Halloween Dip Recipes
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Pumpkin Queso Dip with Spooky Dippers
Pumpkin Queso Dip:
- 20 ounces RO*TEL Original Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies (2 10-ounce cans) undrained
- 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
- ½ cup canned pumpkin puree often labeled “solid pack” pumpkin; not pumpkin pie mix
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- 8 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese shredded
- Fresh cilantro optional; for garnish
For the Pumpkin Queso:
- Add the RO*TEL, cream cheese, pumpkin puree, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and cumin to a large skillet over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, whisking frequently to incorporate the cream cheese.
- Once simmering, whisk in the cheddar a handful at a time until fully incorporated.
- Serve warm, garnished with fresh cilantro if desired.
For the Spooky Dippers:
- Preheat the oven to 375F. Lightly spray a large baking sheet with avocado oil.
- Use cookie cutters in Halloween shapes (such as a bat, cat, pumpkin, ghost, etc.) to stamp out shapes from the corn tortillas.
- Arrange the stamped out corn tortilla shapes on the prepared baking sheet and lightly spray the tops with avocado oil. Lightly sprinkle on a bit of sweet paprika, onion powder, and salt.
- Bake until light golden brown on both sides, about 8 minutes, flipping once halfway through.
- Serve the Pumpkin Queso warm along with the Spooky Dippers.
- Net Carbs: 2g per serving (¼ cup of dip without dippers)
- The nutritional information for this recipe was calculated without the Spooky Dippers.
- This recipe makes about 4 cups, or about 16 (¼-cup) servings.
- If you like spicy heat, feel free to add hot sauce or cayenne pepper to the queso to taste.
- I love this Pumpkin Queso as leftovers! This queso is delicious tossed with zucchini noodles (or any noodles you like) for a cheesy pasta-type dish.
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