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:
Mac and Cheese can only get better with some heat, right?
Replace the mild cheddar with Blazing Buffalo Cheddar Cheese in this scrumptious Warm Broccoli Cheese Dip.
Top burgers and nachos.
Add a kick to burritos, quesadillas or tacos.
Elevate The Best Basic Potato Salad with shredded 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.