Party Panache, Pumpkin Butternut Squash Holiday Queso Dip

You won’t believe how easy this showstopper dip is!

Plus, it’s full of festive holiday flavors to delight everyone’s tastebuds, even non veggie eaters!

If you don’t tell them, they’ll never guess there are healthy roasted vegetables under all that cheese!

Butternut squash, pumpkin, onion, cheese and seasoning, that’s all there is to it!

Roast the vegetables, 400 degrees for 30 minutes

Try not to nibble!

Place in a food processor, blender or bowl and add pumpkin

Puree to a smooth mix {I used an immersion blender}

Cheese please!

Put it in a greased 1 quart casserole

Top with remaining cheese

Bake and garnish with crispy bacon and scallions {Christmas colors!}

Dive in!

Serve with a variety of dippers, I used Fritos Scoops, celery sticks, and honey mustard pretzel pieces

Fried pita bread would be awesome too…have you ever had fried pita bread, it will make you feel faint it’s so good…

Football, Thanksgiving, Christmas, you’re all set!

This recipe is adapted from Climbing Grier Mountain

Pumpkin Butternut Squash Holiday Queso Dip

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Roasting Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Tex-Mex
Servings 8


  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 tsp chili powder or more if you want it spicier
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 oz extra sharp white cheddar grated*
  • 2 oz fresh Parmesan grated
  • 2 slices crispy bacon crumbles for garnish
  • 2 T chopped green onions for garnish


  • Place squash and red onions on a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings. Toss with fingers or a large spoon to coat vegetables and spread out into an even layer.
  • Roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or until soft. Transfer vegetables to food processor, blender or bowl, add pumpkin and blend into a smooth mixture. Stir in 1/2 of cheese. Place into a greased 1 quart shallow casserole dish and top with remaining cheese. Can be refrigerated at this point for baking later
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until hot and bubbly. Garnish with bacon and green onions and serve with a variety of dippers, scoops, celery, pretzels, pita bread


*I used Unexpected Cheddar Cheese from Trader Joe’s which is basically a combination of sharp white cheddar and Parmesan
Keyword butternut squash, double layer pumpkin pie, holiday appetizer, holiday dip, queso


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23 Responses to “Party Panache, Pumpkin Butternut Squash Holiday Queso Dip”
  1. Jenna, this would be an ideal dip for the game on Saturday. I love butternut squash as long as I don’t have to cut it. I see you have the perfect solution. Happy Thursday!

  2. Rita C. says:

    This looks good and your description of the fried pita – “It will make you feel faint it’s so good…” is priceless.

  3. I never would have thought of this combo. It looks wonderful~!

  4. Jodi says:

    soooo going to try this! yum!

  5. Linda says:

    What a lovely dish. You come up with so many wonderful recipes and you style everything perfectly. I want to spend a week with you…LOL

  6. Jacqueline says:

    It is really bad when you are salivating for queso and it is only 9:30 in the morning. This looks and sounds fantastic. I just love your dish too. Wish I had some pita to dip in it right now.

  7. pattyanneart says:

    Yum! 😊 Looking forward to trying this!

  8. Lynn says:

    Looks like a fun dip for the Little Dipper Crock Pot too:@)

  9. Mary says:

    Your dip sounds delicious Jenna! Perfect for pilgrims, football fans and Christmas tree trimmers over Thanksgiving weekend 🙂

  10. Lynn Pack says:

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