At the grocery store one recent afternoon, my son Solomon asked me if we could buy some cheese dip for tortilla chips. I took one look at the ingredients (ewww!) and told him that it would probably be super easy and fun (not to mention healthier) to make our own!

It makes me so happy when my kids realize that we can easily make something ourselves with a few simple ingredients rather than buying more processed, and often expensive, versions at the store.

Here’s the creation that Solomon and I made that day, and which Solomon now makes for himself after school at least once a week. With only three ingredients, it’s such an easy and rewarding recipe for kids to make. If you have a little more time, you can make your own tortilla chips, too.

Here are a few more delicious ideas for after school snacks you can make with your kids:

Eggs Baked in a Bread Bowl from Babble’s The Family Kitchen:

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars from Playing with My Dinner:

Edamame Basil Dip from Sweet Potato Chronicles:

Recipe: Solomon’s Quintessential Queso Dip

  • Prep Time: 3 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 3 min(s)
  • Total Time: 6 min(s)

This cheesy creation goes great with crisp tortilla chips.


  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk (any variety, nonfat is fine)
  • 1 Tbsp. salsa (optional)
  • 2 cups tortilla chips


  1. Heat the cheese and milk in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl, loosely covered, at full power for 1 – 1 ½ minutes (depending on your microwave’s power), stirring at 30 second intervals, until smooth. (Alternatively, in a small saucepan over low heat, whisk together the cheese and milk until smooth, 2 – 3 minutes.)
  2. Stir in the salsa, if desired, and serve it immediately with the chips for dipping. (Reheat any leftovers in the microwave or in a saucepan over low heat.)

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