Chili Con Queso is just Queso!
No matter how you slice it, Chili Con Queso is still just Chili ‘n Cheese. I could be wrong but I think Chili’s is actually responsible for it’s fame. Not responsible for the recipe itself, I mean, just for getting it more widely known and popular. I would always order their Bottomless Chips and Salsa with Queso, and fill up on that before I got my Mushroom Jack Fajita’s (No longer on the menu). Ah yeah… Those were the Days! Anyway, I would say my recipe is very similar to theirs and really easy to put together, thanks to canned products.
Now, if you are a regular follower of Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen, I know what you’re thinking; canned products, right? I know, I know. I always preach about using fresh food, and I usually do, but this is just one of those things that works just the way it is because it’s just a chip dip. But it isn’t just any Chip Dip, it’s Chili Con Queso, and that means we need to use a good Chili, and it doesn’t get much better than Hormel if you’re forced to use a can. It’s just too damn bad I don’t get paid to plug all of these Company products I’m always raving about in my recipes. Maybe someday…. but while we’re talking about cans, we might as well talk Nacho Cheese. I usually buy El Mexicano Nacho Cheese Sauce, because it’s 1/3 the price of Rico’s, and, it tastes better. So it’s win win all around the board. Cream Cheese, Nacho Cheese and Pepper Jack Cheese are the 3 Cheeses I use to make this Chili Con Queso Chip Dip.
Chili Con Queso Ingredients:
1/2 Diced Onion
1 Diced Green Chili
1 Diced Jalapeno, Yellow or Chipotle Pepper (optional, you decide)
1 chopped Garlic Clove
2 Cans of Chili no Beans (Hormel)
1 pkg Cream Cheese
1 can Nacho Cheese (El Mexicano)
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/2 cup Pepper Jack Cheese or Cheddar
1 Chopped Tomato
Freshly Chopped Cilantro
This recipe is easy. Combine all the ingredients ,except the topping, in a pan on medium heat and simmer until everything is melted and thoroughly mixed. Then add to a oven safe dish, top with pepper jack cheese and broil in the oven on the top rack just until the cheese has melted. Then pull and add the freshly chopped tomato and Cilantro, and enjoy your Chili Con Queso!