I used to make something very similar to this queso dip at the Mexican restaurant I worked at in college, where we called it 'chili con queso.' At first I thought it could be thicker, but later I realized the saucy texture was the key to its addictive irresistibility. Instead of too much cheese piled up on your chip, we just get a beautiful, silky coating, and as soon as you finish one, you can't wait to dip another, and another, and another, until there are no chips left.

Chef John
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Grate Cheddar cheese into a bowl. Sprinkle in cornstarch and toss to coat.

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  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and light parts of the scallions. Sprinkle in salt, chipotle, and cumin. Cook and stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add green chiles and 1/2 cup tomatoes; cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Pour in evaporated milk and bring to a boil. Add the Cheddar cheese and stir just until melted; immediately remove from heat.

  • Stir in cilantro. Season to taste, adding cayenne if desired. Garnish with reserved green onion parts and 1 tablespoon diced tomato.

Chef's Notes:

Any melted cheese, or a combination, goes great in this.

Make sure you use a tortilla chip to taste for seasoning, as it already has salt on it.

Since this doesn't get completely firm, even after cooling down, you can make this ahead of time, and just leave it out, although that can be a risky maneuver, as there may not be a lot left when your guests arrive.

Nutrition Facts

136 calories; 9.5 g total fat; 31 mg cholesterol; 428 mg sodium. 6.1 g carbohydrates; 7.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (17)

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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2019
"Our Queso is Ready For Our Faceo!" (hall of fame contender) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/03/2020
This wasn't the best. For some reason the diced green chilies made it bitter. Won't be making this again. I didn't get any complaints but not to my liking. A bit of salt helped but not enough. Read More
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2019
"Our Queso is Ready For Our Faceo!" (hall of fame contender) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2019
This is better than our local Mexican Restaurant offers. I made exactly as written using half white cheddar and half mont. jack. It is so super easy and quick to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2019
"Our Queso is Ready For Our Faceo!" (hall of fame contender) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2019
This was a big hit with the family. Will be making this again. We ate it like nachos. Was really good with sour cream. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/31/2019
taste is awesome except I got the taste of uncooked cornstarch....any suggestions on how to correct that? otherwise it was easy and yummy! will certainly make again but maybe with a rue instead of just the starch mixed in with the cheese....thoughts? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2019
Delicious. I didn't change a thing. Will make this often. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2020
Absolutely fantastic! Everyone loved it and it was just as good the next day Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/23/2020
Made as directed. Needed more fluid to thin the dip so that it was a dip instead of a spread. I will make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2019
Very good consistency. Easy to make. Good flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2019
Awesome cheese dip! I’m making this one again. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
02/03/2020
This wasn't the best. For some reason the diced green chilies made it bitter. Won't be making this again. I didn't get any complaints but not to my liking. A bit of salt helped but not enough. Read More