Queso translated from Spanish is simply “cheese.” But to many Americans, particularly those with roots in Texas, it is shorthand for chile con queso, a cheesy dip with chile peppers that is a staple at social gatherings of all types. While recipe variations abound, “the common Tex-Mex version can be prepared in a microwave in a matter of minutes, with a block of process[ed] yellow cheese and a can of tomatoes and peppers,” Tim Carman wrote in The Washington Post.
Based on the name alone, queso sounds like an import, which to a certain extent it is. However, as Carman explained, it has “morphed and adapted to its new environment, transforming into something uniquely American.”
Queso, a creamy and cheesy dip that originated in Mexico, has become a staple in Tex-Mex cuisine and a popular appetizer in the United States. It is a comforting dish that is perfect for game day gatherings, parties, or just as a cozy snack on a cold day. Here is a simple and delicious queso recipe that you can make at home in just a few steps.
1 lb Velveeta cheese, cut into cubes
1 can diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
Optional toppings: chopped fresh cilantro, diced jalapenos, sliced green onions
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
Add the garlic powder, chili powder, salt, and pepper and cook for about 30 seconds.
Add the Velveeta cheese, diced tomatoes and green chilies, and heavy cream. Stir continuously until the cheese is melted and the ingredients are well combined.
Reduce the heat to low and continue to stir the queso until it reaches the desired consistency. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
Transfer the queso to a serving bowl and top with your favorite toppings.
Serve the queso warm with tortilla chips, veggies, or crackers.
This queso recipe is a crowd-pleaser that is sure to be a hit at your next gathering. The combination of creamy melted cheese and tangy tomatoes and green chilies makes for an irresistible dip that you simply can’t resist. The best part? You can customize it to your liking by adjusting the level of heat or adding your favorite toppings. So, the next time you’re in the mood for something cheesy and delicious, give this queso recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!