Chile con Queso

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups grated Mexican Asadero or Manchego cheese
  • 1 cup Roasted Jalapeno Salsa, recipe follows
  • ROASTED JALAPENO SALSA
  • 2 slices red onion, 1/2inch thick
  • 4 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 12 jalapeno chilies, seeded and halved
  • 3 Anaheim chilies, seeded and halved
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • BAKED TORTILLA CHIPS
  • Brine:
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 12 stale corn tortillas
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. To prepare the Chile con Queso, mix the cheese and Roasted Jalapeno Salsa in a cazuela or an ovenproof serving dish and bake until the cheese has melted, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

ROASTED JALAPENO SALSA
  • In a cast iron skillet, over a very high heat, char the onion slices and remove. Toast the garlic, remove and peel.

  • Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil to the skillet and sear the chilies until charred. Add the remaining oil, the oregano, lime juice, and salt ingredients and cook 1 minute. Place all the ingredients in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process until they are roughly chopped but smooth.

  • Yield: about 1 1/2 cups

Brine:
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a medium saucepan, mix the brine ingredients, warm over a low heat and whisk thoroughly. Cut the stale tortillas into strips or wedges. (If the tortillas are fresh, dry them by spreading them on a baking sheet and letting them sit out, room temperature, for 1 hour or more.) Briefly dip the tortilla pieces into the brine, then shake off the excess water. (A longer soaking in the brine will make the tortillas take on a more pronounced flavor.) Spread the prepared tortilla chips in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake, turning occasionally, until they are crisp and golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes.

  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings


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