This is an awesome Monterey Jack sauce that goes great over chicken enchiladas, or used as a dip for chips or Mexican-style appetizers.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
3 cups
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and stir in shredded cheese until melted. Mix in sour cream and green chilies, and cook, stirring occasionally just until heated through. Do not allow to boil.

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Nutrition Facts

172 calories; protein 4.7g; carbohydrates 1.2g; fat 16.8g; cholesterol 44.5mg; sodium 293.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2010
UPDATE 11/2/2010 I am the submitter of this recipe. Since many cooks are having problems with the consistency of this recipe I am thinking the best way to cook this is with a double boiler. If you do not have a double boiler set a glass bowl on top of a pan of water and bring to a boil; do not let the water touch the bottom of the bowl and above all be patient. The last time I made this for Chicken Enchiladas it was a bit too 'buttery' when I took them out of the oven. So you might want to cut the butter in half. 12/27/2005 I am adding this addition to my comments above on this recipe to make directions a bit more clear---DO NOT BOIL--DO NOT SIMMER---HEAT VERY GENTLY STIRRING CONSTANTLY OR WILL NOT BE THE PROPER CONSISTENCY INTENDED--if used as a sauce going into the oven the bubbling from the oven heat will not cause consistency problems many have had-- Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/08/2005
If it was up to me this recipe would be taken off the screen. There is no way this could be any kind of cheese dip. It was to thick the more I tried to melt the cheese the thicker it got. It might be good as a sauce but not a dip. In the end it was very lumpy. It was a waste of time and money. I poured it out. Read More
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141 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 49
  • 4 star values: 37
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 17
  • 1 star values: 21
Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2010
UPDATE 11/2/2010 I am the submitter of this recipe. Since many cooks are having problems with the consistency of this recipe I am thinking the best way to cook this is with a double boiler. If you do not have a double boiler set a glass bowl on top of a pan of water and bring to a boil; do not let the water touch the bottom of the bowl and above all be patient. The last time I made this for Chicken Enchiladas it was a bit too 'buttery' when I took them out of the oven. So you might want to cut the butter in half. 12/27/2005 I am adding this addition to my comments above on this recipe to make directions a bit more clear---DO NOT BOIL--DO NOT SIMMER---HEAT VERY GENTLY STIRRING CONSTANTLY OR WILL NOT BE THE PROPER CONSISTENCY INTENDED--if used as a sauce going into the oven the bubbling from the oven heat will not cause consistency problems many have had-- Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2006
This is the exact same cheese dip the mexican rest. serves. I think the other reviews that were failures used the wrong type of cheese all monterey jack is NOT the same. In fact the cheaper processed cheese food version of monterey jack works better than the good stuff. Certainly do not overcook. You will make the milk fats seperate and clump... When i add the sour cream i just beat it in and didnt return it to the heat after that.. Then it is perfectly creamy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2003
This cheese sauce is EXCELLENT!!!!! I do agree, cut the butter in half, but so simple and extremely tasty! I don't know where the last two reviewers went wrong; I think probably cooked it too much. Actually, you don't really 'cook' this; you just melt it together, stirring constantly over very low heat. Once it is mostly melted, I take it off the heat and cover with a lid to finish melting. I have made this and kept it warm with a chaffing dish. Keeping very low heat is a must or you will ruin a great thing! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/13/2008
The way I made this sauce was great over nachos. I first made the recipe as written. I didn't like the chilis at all. Plus I felt like all that butter was not necessary. So the second time I cut it to 1/4 cup of butter 3 cups of cheese and 3/4 cup of sour cream. It was GREAT! I added a tad bit of milk to give it a consistancy that we wanted. The key is to put the butter on LOW let it melt add the cheese on LOW and let it melt. Then on LOW begin stirring the butter and melted cheese until it is mixed. This will occur you just have to have some patience. If you don't you will get a clumpy mess. But that clumpy mess will smooth over time on LOW. Did I mention you should do it on LOW??;-) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/25/2006
Well...it's hard for me to fairly rate this recipe. i had been looking forward to having a white cheese dip (similar to those in mexican restaurants). so this morning when i found the recipe i bought all the ingredients. since it was just me and my fiance we cut the recipe down by half. He first melted the butter (but only used 1/2 stick claiming it looked too 'fattening'). he then added in an 8 oz block of the cheese (cubed). now...perhaps i should have read the entire recipe for him especially the last line stating "DO NOT ALLOW TO BOIL." I could not agree more. what should have been a delicious sauce-like dip became a stretchy lump of cheese in the bottom of the bowl topped by a layer of melted butter. so please take heed and DO NOT ALLOW TO BOIL! you might as well stick to cutting up cheese and placing it on a tortilla chip if you do. it would probably be a tasty dip but do to error of the cook it turned out as string cheese in a butter sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2014
Here in Charleston On the Border is simply the best Mexican restaurant. They make a Chicken Burrito with a sour cream sauce that I have tried to duplicate for years....no longer I found it here! What a great sauce. Put this over chicken burrito made with the Salsa Chicken Burrito Filling and you have a winner! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2003
My husband loves Mexican food and one of his favorites is the white sauce. Very good. I tried this and had the same problem as another reviewer...too buttery. So, I tried a second time....and it was better. It still didn't taste like that authentic sauce they serve at restaurants, but it will work as a substitute. Thanks for posting. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2006
this is great I use pepper jack cheese and half a can of rotell I wouldn't use this for chips though this is more like a white sauce for taquitos or enchiladas. Infact this is the SAME sauce that a local mexican place (#1 in my city) uses on green chili chicken enchiladas. I have made it many times and people LOVE it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2006
Sooo good on chicken enchiladas. Served at a wedding rehearsal dinner and got terrific compliments! The white ones were gone first:) Cook the sauce on simmer for a long time to get it nice and thick. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/08/2005
If it was up to me this recipe would be taken off the screen. There is no way this could be any kind of cheese dip. It was to thick the more I tried to melt the cheese the thicker it got. It might be good as a sauce but not a dip. In the end it was very lumpy. It was a waste of time and money. I poured it out. Read More
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