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Chile Con Queso

Chile Con Queso Recipe
Chile con Queso! This creamy, cheesy dip is a crowd-pleaser, featuring a blend of melted cheese, diced vegetables, and a hint of spice. Perfect for dipping tortilla chips or topping nachos, Chile con Queso is a go-to appetizer for gatherings or a delicious snack any time. With its irresistible flavor and easy preparation, it's sure to become a staple in your entertaining repertoire. Let's dive into making this delicious treat!


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup diced bell pepper (any color)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional, for extra heat)
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained
  • 1 pound (about 16 ounces) of melting cheese such as Velveeta, American cheese, or a mixture of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, shredded or cubed
  • 1/2 cup milk or half-and-half
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: chopped cilantro, diced tomatoes, sliced jalapenos


Prepare the Vegetables:
  • Dice 1/4 cup of onion, 1/4 cup of bell pepper, and 1 jalapeño pepper (if using).
  • If you prefer a milder dip, you can remove the seeds and membranes from the jalapeño before dicing.

Heat the Oil:
  • In a saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium heat until it shimmers.

Saute the Vegetables:
  • Add the diced onion, bell pepper, and jalapeño to the saucepan.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.

Add Tomatoes with Green Chilies:
  • Drain a can (10 ounces) of diced tomatoes with green chilies.
  • Add the drained tomatoes to the saucepan with the cooked vegetables.
  • Stir and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Add Cheese and Milk:
  • Reduce the heat to low.
  • Add 1 pound (about 16 ounces) of shredded or cubed melting cheese (such as Velveeta or American cheese) to the saucepan.
  • Pour in 1/2 cup of milk or half-and-half.

Melt the Cheese:
  • Stir continuously until the cheese is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • This usually takes a few minutes. Be patient and keep stirring to prevent burning.

Season the Dip:
  • Taste the Chile con Queso and season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  • Adjust the seasoning as needed until it reaches your desired flavor.
Transfer to a Serving Bowl:
  • Once the cheese has melted and the dip is smooth, transfer it to a serving bowl.
  • Use a spatula to scrape any remaining dip from the saucepan.

Garnish (Optional):
  • If desired, garnish the Chile con Queso with chopped cilantro, diced tomatoes, or sliced jalapeños.
  • These toppings add color and flavor to the dip.

Serve Warm:
  • Chile con Queso is best served warm.
  • Arrange tortilla chips or vegetables on a serving platter alongside the dip.
  • Dive into the deliciousness and enjoy your homemade Chile con Queso with friends and family!
  • Following these step-by-step instructions will help you create a flavorful and creamy Chile con Queso dip that's perfect for any gathering or snack time.

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