Chile con Queso
When I was pregnant with my second child all I craved was queso.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner all my baby bump demanded was a bubbly bowl of melted cheese speckled with chiles and a handful of salty tortilla chips. At the time we were living in Killeen, Texas where mi carino was stationed at Fort Hood and crave busting Mexican joints were scarce. You see it’s not that I needed a great place to pick up a Plato de enchiladas or unas quesadillas de asada, I could make those in my sleep. The problem was I still hadn’t nailed the perfect queso recipe and I was living 6 hours from a little Tex-Mex joint that served the best chile con queso.
Had I tried? Oh yes, numerous times with the end result being nothing to rave or crave about.
Determined to satisfy my cravings I tweaked, re- tweaked and tweaked again a recipe until I could tweak no more.
And I finally had queso,
A queso I could be proud of
A queso I could eat a ton of
Never has there been a happier pregnant woman.
Tip for serving~ Keep queso warm and silky smooth by serving in a Molcajete that has been pre heated in oven.
- 1/2 medium onion finely diced
- ½ poblano seeds removed finely diced
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 2 tablespoons of flour
- 1 to 2 cups of milk
- 6 cups of shredded cheese I used queso Chihuahua
- 1 – 15 oz diced tomatoes drained
- 1/2 cup of cilantro chopped
- 1 – 12 oz pkg of Chorizo optional
- Salt and pepper
In a large saucepan oven over medium high heat cook chorizo until fully cooked. (if using)
With a slotted spoon remove cooked chorizo and place on paper lined plate to drain.
Wipe saucepan clean with a paper towel, return pan to medium high heat and add butter.
Add onions and poblano and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add flour to vegetables and stir to combine. Cook an additional 45 seconds.
Add the milk and continue to cook on medium, whisking until sauce is thick, about five minutes.
Reduce heat and slowly begin adding cheese to sauce, stir to combine until the cheese melts and add repeat until all cheese is added.
Stir in tomatoes and cooked chorizo.
Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with cilantro.
If queso thickens add milk as needed until desired consistency.
Serve warm with tortilla chips.
Amy H. says
Soooo hapy I have found your site. I am a Texan raised by a Mexican father and his entire familia! Being away from home has made me so sad and I miis the food even more. I’m a military spouse! This site is heaven to my eyeballs and will soon be heaven in my kitchen. Thanks so much for all your wonderful recipes and posts.
So glad you found my little online space. A fellow Texan (love that), welcome! I was also a Military Spouse, a proud Army wife for 8 years. Thanks you stopping by, Enjoy!
After reading your post, now I’ve developed a craiving for this. 😉 Please give me a call or send me an email when you have a chance!
This recipe looks awesome! I love queso dip, especially chile con queso dip. So authentic and fresh. Can’t wait to try it out .
I’ve never been pregnant so I can’t relate to a pregnant woman’s cravings, but I can promise you that I have craved queso before, but normally end up with the traditional southern queso of velveeta and Rotel green chile tomatoes. 🙂 Yours is awesome! I think I would have to add the chorizo. 🙂 Great recipe!
i’m not pregnant, but queso is something i find myself craving quite often! glorious pictures.
Liz @ Virtually Homemade says
Looks divine! Especially with all those chips and fresh cilantro 🙂
Kitchen Belleicious says
One of our favorite dips but never made it at home before always at restaurants. Can’t wait to try your recipes
Belinda @zomppa says
Ooo, buttah, I could see why baby would crave this!
Se lo hare a mi marido, el truco del molcajete buenísimo. Gracias.
That chili con queso looks more delicious than I thought it would. Great photo!
A scrumptious sauce/dip! Something I’ve never eaten…