36 Cheesy Recipes that are Ooey Gooey Good

Cheese has to be one of the most popular ingredients of all time. It’s ubiquitous in most Western cuisines and appears in all kinds of dishes including appetizers, snacks, main dishes, sides, and even desserts. Just some cheese-tastic possibilities include cheesy recipes like Philly cheesesteak, sweet cheesecake and bacon-wrapped cheeseburgers. So take it easy, get ready to be cheesy and choose which cheese recipe to make! You’ll want to make them all!

One Pot Taco Macaroni and Cheese

One pot taco macaroni and cheese.

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One Pot Taco Macaroni and Cheese. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Try this taco macaroni and cheese, which combines the best of both worlds with Mexican and Italian flavors in every bite. With a cooking time of just 30 minutes in a single Dutch oven, this dish is perfect for those cooler months when you’re in the mood for something hearty and warming.
Get the Recipe: One Pot Taco Macaroni and Cheese

Cheddar Bacon Scones

Cheddar scones on a plate.
Cheddar Bacon Scones. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

If you enjoy savoury scones, you simply have to make these. In fact, these bacon cheddar scones could very well become your favourite breakfast indulgence.
Get the Recipe: Cheddar Bacon Scones

Smoked Gouda Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip for Pretzels

Above view of smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip with pretzels.
Smoked Gouda Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Pretzels and cheese makes a delicious appetizer. This smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip is a breeze to prepare and boasts onion, garlic and bacon flavours in every mouthful, making it a sure-fire hit at any party, potluck supper or get-together.
Get the Recipe: Smoked Gouda Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip for Pretzels

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese with Pancetta

Side view of mac and cheese.
Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese with Pancetta. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This delicious upscale or gourmet macaroni dinner is simply mac and cheese we all love with an exciting twist. Expect a rich, creamy recipe using smoked gouda and noodles. It is the perfect side dish and sure to be a family favourite.
Get the Recipe: Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese with Pancetta

Meatball Sub Casserole

Crusty bread baked on top of tomato sauce, cheese and chicken meatballs in a large skillet.
Meatball Sub Casserole. Photo credit: Platter Talk.

All of the best parts of meatball subs are packed into a casserole form. Use ground chicken for a healthy and tasty option that pairs perfectly with tomato sauce and plenty of cheese.
Get the Recipe: Meatball Sub Casserole

Air Fryer Cheesy Bacon Hasselback Chicken

Cheesy bacon hasselback chicken on a plate.
Cheesy Bacon Hasselback Chicken. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This cheesy bacon hasselback chicken recipe is so good I can’t even tell you how much! Combining chicken with cheese, bacon and spinach, along with herbs and spices, this creamy bacon chicken is low in carbs but high in flavour. This air fryer chicken recipe is perfect for bacon and cheese lovers! Making a chicken breast in the air fryer is a guaranteed quick meal for those busy nights.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Cheesy Bacon Hasselback Chicken

Cheesy Baja Chicken & Bell Pepper Skillet

A chicken dish in a green cast iron skillet.
Cheesy Baja Chicken & Bell Pepper Skillet. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Although there is no shortage of baked chicken recipes to choose from, this one stands out from the rest. Citrus, garlic, peppers, cilantro, cheese, and more add flavour to the chicken. This dish is gorgeous served hot with rice on the side.
Get the Recipe: Cheesy Baja Chicken & Bell Pepper Skillet

One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

On pot taco mac and cheese in pot.
One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This easy taco pasta is wonderful for dinner and it’s one of the best skill pasta dinner ideas I’ve found. Beef, onion and garlic are dominating flavours in this creamy taco pasta with macaroni noodles.
Get the Recipe: One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

Slow Cooker Spicy Corn and Jalapeño Cheese Dip

Spicy corn and jalapeño cheese dip in a black bowl.
Spicy Corn and Jalapeño Cheese Dip. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Spicy corn and jalapeño cheese dip makes great party food. You can make this jalapeño corn dip in the crockpot and make it as spicy (or not) as you choose. This slow cooker dip recipe is always a BIG hit and this easy street corn dip doesn’t last long. I love this cheesy Mexican-style appetizer with chips. And so will you!
Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker Spicy Corn and Jalapeño Cheese Dip

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Cheeseburger Bites

A plate with bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites and some fries.
Bacon Wrapped Cheeseburger Bites. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Bacon wrapped meatballs with cheddar and sesame seeds are as hearty and satisfying as they sound. Try these cheeseburger bombs if you want a quick air fryer appetizer which requires very few ingredients. This is the perfect game day football food appy!
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Cheeseburger Bites

Taco Pinwheels

Close view of taco pinwheels.
Taco Pinwheels. Photo credit: My Incredible Recipes.

When you’re tired of the same old taco Tuesday, give these taco pinwheels a try! They are unique, amazing, and perfect for dipping. These will become one of your favorite appetizer recipes!
Get the Recipe: Taco Pinwheels

Easy Skillet Lasagna

Scooping lasagna out of a skillet.
Easy Skillet Lasagna. Photo credit: Noshing with the Nolands.

Do you have a hankering for comforting classic lasagna but don’t want all the fuss? Then this easy skillet lasagna recipe is for you. In a mere 30 minutes, you can have comforting cheese lasagna for you and your family. A great weeknight meal!
Get the Recipe: Easy Skillet Lasagna

Beef Tater Tot-Chos

A skillet with a beef and tater tot dish.
Beef Tater Tot-Chos. Photo credit: Averie Cooks.

Crispy tater tots topped with taco-seasoned ground beef and melted cheese is a delicious and fun twist on nachos!! Easy, ready in no time, and perfect for parties.
Get the Recipe: Beef Tater Tot-Chos

Smoked Cheddar Bacon Stuffed Burgers

A burger cut in half in a basket.
Smoked Cheddar Bacon Stuffed Burgers. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Get ready to sink your teeth into this delicious smoked burger! This recipe will satisfy your cravings for something juicy, cheesy, and packed with all the taste. With every bite, you’ll experience the perfect balance of savory flavours and textures.
Get the Recipe: Smoked Cheddar Bacon Stuffed Burgers

Elote Mexican Street Corn Nachos with Zesty Cheese Sauce

A plate of nachos and street corn.
Street Corn Nachos. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

These elote Mexican street corn nachos are a fun twist on a Mexican nachos recipe. These nachos with zesty cheese sauce and unique nacho toppings is a real treat for the taste buds. Try these and you will agree that elote and nacho chips are a winning combination!
Get the Recipe: Elote Mexican Street Corn Nachos with Zesty Cheese Sauce

One Pot Gouda and Cream Cheese Corn

cream corn in a bowl.
One Pot Gouda and Cream Cheese Corn. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Corn-based recipes such as this stovetop cream cheese corn are great since you only need one pot and they’re nice for special occasions. Rosemary, thyme and garlic enrich this easy side dish, making it a great option for a holiday side dish. It’s a great recipe that will become a holiday tradition.
Get the Recipe: One Pot Gouda and Cream Cheese Corn

Homemade Hamburger Helper

A white pot with cheesy beefy macaroni
Homemade Hamburger Helper. Photo credit: Busy Day Dinners.

Skip the box mix and get the iconic dinner time flavor on the table at no time. Homemade hamburger helper is fast, filling and loaded with beefy, cheesy flavor.
Get the Recipe: Homemade Hamburger Helper

Skillet Spinach Lasagna

A plate of cheesy, spinach skillet lasagna
Skillet Spinach Lasagna. Photo credit: 365 Days of Baking and More.

This lasagna is made in a skillet with plenty of spinach for a healthier take on a classic comfort food. This cheesy dish is certain to satisfy whenever you crave pasta.
Get the Recipe: Skillet Spinach Lasagna

Cheesy Ground Beef Sliders

A plate with two cheesy groundbeef sliders and french fries
Cheesy Ground Beef Sliders. Photo credit: Entirely Elizabeth.

These sandwiches might be small in size, but they are packed with cheesy ground beef for a big, bold flavor you are sure to love.
Get the Recipe: Cheesy Ground Beef Sliders

Ham and Cheese Turnovers

A baking tray filled with ham and cheese turnovers.
Ham and Cheese Turnovers. Photo credit: The Toasty Kitchen.

These turnovers are made with puff pastry and leftover ham for a deliciously cheesy option you can enjoy for any meal of the day. I think they would be wonderful with melty swiss cheese tucked inside.
Get the Recipe: Ham and Cheese Turnovers

Potato and Cheese Tart

A potato and cheese tart cut into squares and baked to perfection.
Potato and Cheese Tart. Photo credit: The Salted Mint.

New potatoes and melty gruyere cheese make this easy tart nothing short of tantalizing. Use puff pastry for the flakiest and fastest crust.
Get the Recipe: Potato and Cheese Tart

Mushroom Swiss Burgers

A plate with a burger topped with mushrooms and swiss cheese.
Mushroom Swiss Burgers. Photo credit: Dizzy Busy and Hungry.

Burgers are always a good idea for a meal everyone will want to sink their teeth into. This recipe uses hearty mushrooms and plenty of swiss cheese for a delicious burger.
Get the Recipe: Mushroom Swiss Burgers

Chicken Phillys

A plate of chicken philly sandwiches, piled high with onions, peppers and cheese.
Chicken Phillys. Photo credit: The Toasty Kitchen.

This twist on philly cheesesteaks is so good! Use chicken breast for a tasty take on a classic cheesy meal.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Phillys

Spicy Cheesy Chicken Burgers

A plate with a chicken burger with lettuce, onion and spicy creamy cheese sauce.
Spicy Cheesy Chicken Burgers. Photo credit: We Are Not Martha.

Skip the boring slice of cheese and make this ultra creamy and delicious cheese sauce to top your chicken sandwich instead. The sandwich is wonderful, but you will be thinking about that glorious cheese sauce for a while after it is gone. It is that good!
Get the Recipe: Spicy Cheesy Chicken Burgers

Ham and Cheese Pockets

A baking sheet filled with ham and cheese pockets, topped with sesame seeds.
Ham and Cheese Pockets. Photo credit: Jo Cooks.

Move over hot pockets. This version is completely homemade, and tastes amazing. You are going to want to make this for lunches and fast dinners instead of reaching for the iconoc red box.
Get the Recipe: Ham and Cheese Pockets

Fried Cheese Balls

A bowl of fried cheese balls, with one being lifted by a hand.
Fried Cheese Balls. Photo credit: Food by Maria.

These fried cheese balls are so delicious. Make them for a side dish or an appetizer to share when you crave cheese.
Get the Recipe: Fried Cheese Balls

Steak and Cheese Lasagna

A plate of steak and cheese lasagna.
Steak and Cheese Lasagna. Photo credit: We Are Not Martha.

Make this lasagna on a night you need something both hearty and comforting. It has layers of noodles, tender steak and plenty of cheese. I know after one bite, you will agree this is a cheesy crowd pleaser of a meal.
Get the Recipe: Steak and Cheese Lasagna

Lasagna Grilled Cheese

A lasagna grilled cheese cut in half, with cheese pull.
Lasagna Grilled Cheese. Photo credit: Food by Maria.

This lasagna grilled cheese is such a delicious lunch option. It has melty cheese, spinach and plenty of marinara so you can mash up two favorite foods into one cheesy sandwich.
Get the Recipe: Lasagna Grilled Cheese

Bacon Mac n Cheese

A casserole of three cheese macaroni with bacon.
Bacon Mac n Cheese. Photo credit: Sugar and Soul.

Use three cheeses and plenty of bacon for the best flavor. You are going to love the crumb topping, the cheesy creamy noodles and the salty bacon combined.
Get the Recipe: Bacon Mac n Cheese

Old Bay Lobster Mac and Cheese

Bowls of mac n cheese with lobster.
Old Bay Lobster Mac and Cheese. Photo credit: Britney Breaks Bread.

This might be the most elegant macaroni and cheese EVER! It has plenty of tender chunks of lobster which are perfectly complimented by Old Bay seasoning.
Get the Recipe: Old Bay Lobster Mac and Cheese

Taco Grilled Cheese

A taco grilled cheese cut in half, stacked on a plate.
Taco Grilled Cheese. Photo credit: Sugar and Soul.

Mash up tacos and grilled cheese with this easy recipe. Make this for lunch or a fasst yet filling dinner option that satisfies your cheese cravings.
Get the Recipe: Taco Grilled Cheese

Smoked Cream Cheese

Smoked cream cheese spread on crackers.
Smoked Cream Cheese. Photo credit: Entirely Elizabeth.

Make an easy appetizer with cream cheese. After one taste, you are going to want to smoke cream cheese as a snack or app all the time.
Get the Recipe: Smoked Cream Cheese

Cheeseburger Sub

A sub bun filled with hamburger meat and cheese.
Cheeseburger Sub. Photo credit: Burrata and Bubbles.

If you have a big appetite for meat and cheese, then you have to make these cheeseburger subs! They are perfect for a hearty meal and the special sauce is out of this world good!
Get the Recipe: Cheeseburger Sub

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

A platter of flaky cheddar cheese biscuits.
Cheddar Cheese Biscuits. Photo credit: Jo Cooks.

Add a lot of cheddar cheese to your next batch of biscuits for the flakiest, tastiest bread option. What will you serve these cheddar cheese biscuits with?
Get the Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

Pizza Pasta

A casserole of pasta topped with pepperoni and cheese.
Pizza Pasta. Photo credit: Chef Jar.

If you can’t decide between pizza and pasta, you are going to love this mash up meal. It is so cheesy and delicious that you are going to make it again soon, guaranteed!
Get the Recipe: Pizza Pasta

Cheese Truffles

A platter of cheese balls with crackers.
Cheese Truffles. Photo credit: This Delicious Table.

These little cheese balls are the ultimate party food. You can roll them in seasonings, nuts, seeds, or whatever you like. Serve with an assortment of breads and crackers for a delicious snack food option.
Get the Recipe: Cheese Truffles

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