Chile con queso

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Chile con queso
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A bowl of chile con queso served with tortilla chips as an appetizer in a Tex-Mex restaurant
Type Appetizer or side dish
Main ingredient(s) Cheese (often Velveeta or other processed cheese, Monterey Jack or cream cheese), cream, chili peppers
Chile con queso served in a restaurant

Chile con queso[1] (Spanish for "chile with cheese"), sometimes described simply as queso, is an appetizer or side dish of melted cheese and chili pepper typically served in Tex-Mex restaurants as a sauce for nachos.

Background[edit]

Chile con queso (also spelled chili con queso) is a part of Tex-Mex and Southwestern cuisine, originating in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua[2] as a version of Queso chihuahua and Queso flameado.[3] Chile con queso is predominantly found on the menus in Tex-Mex restaurants across Texas. However, authentic Texan-style chile con queso has been mentioned since at least the 1950s in newspaper articles from states such as California and has appeared on restaurant menus in Washington, D.C.[4]

Ingredients[edit]

Chile con queso is a smooth, creamy sauce, used for dipping, that is made from a blend of melted cheeses (often Velveeta or another processed cheese, Monterey Jack or cream cheese), cream, and chili peppers;[5][6] the latter sometimes in the form of the canned tomato and chile pepper mix sold by Ro-Tel.[7] Many restaurants serve chile con queso with such added ingredients as pico de gallo, black beans, guacamole, and ground beef or pork.

Serving[edit]

Chile con queso is a warm dish, heated to a desired temperature. Chili con queso can be eaten with tortillas, tortilla chips, or special queso chips which are thicker than regular tortilla chips. It can also be used as a condiment on fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, migas, quesadillas or any other Tex-Mex dish.

Tex-Mex restaurants usually offer tortilla chips and salsa as appetizers, free of charge. Chile con queso is usually offered for an additional charge. It can be made with various cheeses. Usually it is white or yellow in color.

Although chili con queso is commonly called "queso", it should not be confused with "cheese dip," which is specifically cheese without the peppers.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Patricia Gonzalez La Gran Riqueza de la Cocina Mexicana 1999 Page 62 "Chile con queso de Nuevo León 6 chiles verdes serranos 4 jitomates 1 cebolla 1 queso fresco de vaca sal al gusto.. "
  2. ^ Alan Davidson, ed. (1981), Food in Motion: The Migration of Foodstuffs and Cookery Techniques - Oxford Symposium 1981, London: Prospect Books, p. 274, ISBN 0-907325-07-6, retrieved 27 May 2013 
  3. ^ Cook, Allison (24 December 2009), "Why chile con queso matters", Houston Chronicle, archived from the original on 26 April 2012, retrieved 27 May 2013 
  4. ^ "Oxnard Forty League Members Entertain Remainder of Club With Spanish Dinner", Oxnard Press-Courier, 3 April 1957: 6, retrieved 22 March 2011 
  5. ^ Brownstone, Cecily (27 June 1972), "Chili con Queso Tasty Dip", Spokane Daily Chronicle: 27, retrieved 22 March 2011 
  6. ^ Vincent, Zola (18 April 1959), "Informal Lunch, Supper Ideas Come From Mexico Kitchens", Lodi News-Sentinel: 36, retrieved 22 March 2011 
  7. ^ Jose Ralat Maldonado (9 September 2009). "Qué Es Queso and Why Are Texans So Enamored With it?". Slashfood. Kitchen Daily Food Group/AOL, Inc. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 

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