Chile Con Queso

Published on Jan 6, 2019
Updated on Jan 21, 2019

Bowl of queso in a ceramic dish surrounded by tortilla chips and topped with chopped tomato and diced chives
This appetizer is great for football season (especially the Super Bowl, but also works well for holidays (especially NYE) and perfect for any gathering! Three ingredients + less than 10 minutes start to finish = anyone can make this!

Bowl of queso in a ceramic dish surrounded by tortilla chips and topped with chopped tomato and diced chives

The big game is less than a month away, which means it’s time to start thinking about what you want to eat! That may sound silly, but isn’t the game all about the food?

Surely I can’t be the only whose favorite team is.. well.. food!

I can just about guarantee you that more people eat wings, cheese sticks, chips & salsa, little smokies, and ALL the other things on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year.

Having a plate full of finger friendly foods just makes everything so much more enjoyable, doesn’t it? Thanks to all the steps that the La Terra Fina Queso Cheese Dip will save you, this Chile Con Queso is ridiculously easy to make and is sure to bring joy to just about any occasion!

You can also sit back and enjoy the big game, knowing that La Terra Fina’s products are all natural and made with simple ingredients that you can pronounce. No Artificial colors, flavors or preservatives here! Let’s get this recipe started!

How to Make Chile Con Queso (step-by-step)

1. Gather your ingredients. You’ll need La Terra Fina Queso Cheese Dip, no bean chili and shredded cheddar cheese.

1 pkg of La Terra Fina queso dip, a bowl of shredded cheddar, and a bowl of no bean chili

2. Add the no bean chili to a medium sized sauce pan or skillet.

3. Add in the La Terra Fina Queso Cheese.

4. Heat until bubbly, stirring frequently to prevent boiling.

5. Once the chili and the La Terra Fina Queso Cheese are hot, add in the freshly grated cheese; stir until melted.

6. Serve with tortilla chips & enjoy!

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Why should I use freshly grated cheese?

  • Freshly grated cheese is preferred because pre-shredded cheese is typically coated with a cellulose, which is essentially saw dust! It’s added in order to help reduce the pieces of cheese from sticking together. When you grate your cheese on the spot, you eliminate the need for additives.Cellulose can also result in cheese not melting quite as smoothly in that ooey-gooey perfection that only freshly grated cheese can achieve.

    Finally, freshly grated cheese is.. well.. fresh! There’s just something special about the taste of cheese that just came off of the block.

What is Chile Con Queso?

  • “Chile con queso, sometimes described simply as queso, is an appetizer or side dish of melted cheese, or more usually, a pasteurized processed cheese food product such as Velveeta, and chili pepper typically served in Tex-Mex restaurants as a dip for tortilla chips.” Wikipedia If you want to break it down even more simply, it’s chili, with cheese!

Can I used processed cheese in this recipe?

  • I wouldn’t ever recommend process cheese. First of all, I just don’t feel that you can replicate the melt-in-your-mouth texture and flavor of the real deal – all natural cheese.
  • It’s also worth noting that processed cheeses often contain additives, fillers, and even synthetic ingredients. Real cheese has been around for a long, long time and has stood the test of time. Here’s a great article about the primary differences between processed cheese and real cheese.

What’s the best way to serve Chile Con Queso?

  • For events like a super bowl party this dish is great served in a crock pot! It’ll allow you to keep the Chile Con Queso warm, and offers plenty of room in the event that you wish to double or even triple the recipe for larger gatherings.
  • My favorite Queso delivery device is good old fashioned tortilla chips! Feel free to think outside the box though! Potato wedges, peppers, and even french fries would all work great.

Bowl of queso in a ceramic dish surrounded by tortilla chips and topped with chopped tomato and diced chives

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Chile Con Queso

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Cheese Dip, Chili Cheese Dip, Queso
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 450 kcal
Author: Yvonne

This appetizer is great for football season (especially the Super Bow!) and perfect for any gathering! Three ingredients + less than 10 minutes start to finish = anyone can make this Chile Con Queso!

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add the no bean chili & La Terra Fina Queso Cheese Dip to a medium sized sauce pan or skillet.

  2. Heat until bubbly, stirring frequently to prevent boiling.

  3. Once the chili and the cheese are hot add in the freshly grated cheese; stir until melted.

  4. Serve with tortilla chips & enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Chile Con Queso
Amount Per Serving
Calories 450 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 130mg43%
Sodium 509mg22%
Potassium 232mg7%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 1070IU21%
Calcium 468mg47%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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