Everyone will gobble up this chile con queso dip! It is so cheesy and scrumptious that you will definitely have to save a little of it in your kitchen so you will get your fair share before your guests eat it all.
I love chile con queso. The first time I ever had it was at that Mexican restaurant where I worked many moons ago. When I first tasted it, I thought to myself, Where has this golden taste treat been my whole life?
Really! Who wouldn’t love a melted cheese dip to stick her tortilla chips into? Especially when it has sautéd onion, chopped up chile peppers, and some garlic in it!
One of my guilty pleasures is the cheese I use.
If you are a food purist, shield your eyes and skip the next sentence.
I use Veleeta cheese. That cheese is one of my guilty pleasures.
Reminiscing and a red face
I have a funny story from my waitressing days at the Mexican restaurant that relates to chile con queso. (Little did I know back then that I would one day have a food blog and get so much mileage out of my experiences there!)
I was standing across from the manager who was filing in for the fry cook. The fry cook was responsible for anything that was deep fried, as well as all the appetizers.
I had a good, easy relationship with the manager, who’s name is Brad.
Teasing that took a turn
I was ribbing Brad about how long the nachos were taking. I had a bowl of chile con queso on my round tray and I was urging him to get me the nachos. As a joke, he flung a plate of french fries onto the warming shelf before he turned to grab the nachos.
That plate of fries didn’t stay on the shelf. No siree. It slid off and landed on my tray. The way it landed caused the tray to tip and the bowl of queso to fly up into the air … landing on my face! The bowl then fell off and landed on the floor.
When Brad saw what happened, he gasped, ran around the counter, took his hand and swiped as much of the queso off of my face as he could. Lucky for me, the queso wasn’t hot, so it didn’t really burn me. I actually thought the whole thing was quite funny.
I was drenched in that yellow creamy wonderfulness and had to change my shirt and apron. My face was a little red, but I was no worse for wear.
And as a perk, I did get in a few licks of the chile con queso in, before Brad jumped to the rescue.
Here’s another chile con queso recipe I make, this time with beef.
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How to make chile con queso dip
Get a sauté pan.
Dice a small onion and 2 cloves of garlic. (1)
Gather the rest of the ingredients – Serrano peppers, Velveeta cheese, green chiles and cumin. (2)
Heat sauté pan on medium and add oil. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add chopped Serrano pepper and garlic and continue sautéing for 2 minutes. (3)
Add cubed Velveeta, the drained can of green chiles and cumin to the pan. The cheese doesn’t take long to melt but you must stand there and stir it or it will burn.
Once it’s all melted, scrape all that goodness into a serving bowl! To garnish, I cut up some scallions for color and sprinkled them over the chile con queso.
Mmmmm. Delicious! Christopher happily volunteers to help me photograph the queso.
He grabs a chip and dips it in the cheesy goodness.
Although that’s a nice shot, I ask Christopher to dig deep!
There we go! That’s what I’m talking’ about! Look it at how cheesy that is!
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Chile Con Queso
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion small, diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 Serrano pepper or more if you like it spicy, diced (without seeds)
- 1 pound Velveeta cheese sliced
- 4 ounces green chiles can, drained
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon scallion diced
- Heat a medium sauté pan on medium heat
- Add 1 tablespoon oil, heat
- Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes
- Add garlic and Serrano pepper and continue sautéing for 2 minutes
- Add sliced Velveeta cheese, can of green chiles and cumin and stand there stirring as it melts
- Scrape the queso into a bowl and sprinkle some green onion on it
- Put a bunch of chips into big bowl and bring it to the table
- Grab a chip
- Dip the chip
- Eat the chip
- No double dipping