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Cheese-y Game Day Grub

I was unfamiliar with queso when I moved to Austin, Texas, and upon first glance, I mistook this Tex-Mex favorite for simply a bowl of melted cheese. But this thick, rich, delightfully gooey cheese dip (or sauce) with chilis is so much more. Add-ins like diced tomatoes, green onions, pico de gallo, black beans, chorizo, ground beef, caramelized onions and guacamole or avocado means you can personalize it — easily!

New to queso? This queso recipe is a great introduction. Take it a step further by experimenting with more flavors like in this Chipotle Mushroom and Goat Cheese Queso recipe or mix-and-match the add-ins listed above.

Try queso as a dip for vegetables or tortilla chips, or as a sauce for steamed broccoli or cauliflower. Or use it as you would a condiment for burgers, brats, fajitas, tacos or baked potatoes.

A Hotter Better Cheddar

Want to turn up the heat in your queso? Try Blazing Buffalo Cheddar Cheese by Henning’s Cheese. Handcrafted in Wisconsin, this is a mild to medium creamy white cheddar blended with spicy Buffalo flavor. Cayenne pepper, habanero pepper, jalapeno pepper and red pepper give it that uniquely hot flavor. Henning’s Cheese produces award-winning cheeses. They are third generation producers — 100 years in the business! — and the operation includes three master cheese makers, so they know cheese.

Besides queso, here are other winning cheese-y dishes for the big game that would be great with Blazing Buffalo Cheddar Cheese:

Feast on lots more recipes for game day including chilis, burgers, sandwiches and appetizers.

What are your favorite add-ins for queso? Share your tips in the comments below.