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Chili con Queso - without Velveeta

Aravisea Mar 31, 2010 08:09 AM

Does anyone have a good recipe for a chili con queso dip that does NOT call for Velveeta?

I just can't, in good conscience, buy Velveeta.

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    escondido123 Jan 9, 2011 11:08 AM

    Rick Bayless has a recipe for a Queso Fundido that looks good. His food is so wonderful.

    http://www.rickbayless.com/recipe/vie...

    1. chef chicklet Jan 9, 2011 10:14 AM

      When I really want to throw all worries to the wind, I make this dip. Its cream cheese, chili concarne, and jalapeno peppers, and hot salsa. All tossed into a slowcooker and let it cook til heated. I think its better than the velveeta, and I like velveeta personally.

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        alclaire Dec 6, 2010 10:05 AM

        I can't do Velveeta either - less about the fake-ness than the screaming high saltiness. Here's what I do, not sure if it will be what you're wanting:

        1 pound Mexican Chorizo sausage. Here in Colorado, King Soopers brand is great. You want lots of fat, and very red color.
        5 or 6 Poblano Peppers (often mislabeled as Pasilla Peppers. The big, triangular green chiles are what you want, fresh.
        1/2 a medium yellow onion
        1 14 oz can Rotel Tomatoes, or Muir Glen Diced Tomatoes, drained, optional
        1 1/2 pound good quality White American Cheese, from your supermarket Deli counter (Here's where I think I lose you, but to me the quality of this versus Velveeta is a huge difference.) Shred, slice, or chunk the cheese for melting.

        Heat your oven to broil, and place the Poblano peppers on a cookie sheet covered with foil. Put the peppers under the broiler, rotating with tongs as each side blackens and blisters. Once chiles are roasted, place in zip top bag until cool enough to handle. Rinse the chiles under running water to remove skins and remove tops and seeds. You can also roast on a gas stove or outdoors on the grill. Roughly dice chiles, and finely dice yellow onion.
        In a skillet or saucier, brown the chorizo over medium high heat, breaking it into small pieces. Once well browned, use a slotted spoon to remove the meat, leaving the orange fat behind in the pan. Cook the onion and poblano over medium heat until the onion is completely softened. Put the meat back in the pan, and add a small amount of milk (1/2 cup.) Add the cheese a little at a time, allowing each addition to melt before adding the next. Add the drained tomatoes, and adjust the thickness with milk. The chorizo fat will make the dip orange. Eat on chips, over eggs, whatever makes you happy.

        1. Aravisea Apr 1, 2010 05:52 AM

          I tried the Mornay route last night. Sauteed half an onion in some butter and olive oil until soft, added approximately 3-4 tablespoons of flour and a little more olive oil and stirred to cook the flour (i.e. a blond roux), added approximately half a cup of heavy cream and a few big dollops of sour cream because, well, why not? Stirred all together - was a little too dry so added some milk - it was very creamy at this point. Then I started adding shredded cheddar in a little bit at a time - 3 year aged Cabot was what I found in the fridge - probably about a cup and a half of cheese? Added incrementally, it melted beautifully. When all the cheese was added, I threw in a bunch of hot salsa. Delicious.

          I was completely winging it, going by what I found in my fridge and guessing on the amounts. I liked the sour cream in the mornay. I wouldn't use the aged Cabot again - pearls before swine for this application, but it was the only cheese I had - Monterrey jack or mild cheddar or Colby or a mix of those might be good. Or pepper-jack. Most importantly though - the texture was perfect! No oily slick on the surface and not fondue-thick. :)

          1. Davwud Apr 1, 2010 05:38 AM

            What's wrong with buying Velveeta?? For melting is perfect.

            DT

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            1. re: Davwud
              Aravisea Apr 1, 2010 06:00 AM

              I tend to prefer cheeses that are a little more perishable, for one thing...

            2. MandalayVA Mar 31, 2010 09:54 AM

              The Homesick Texan blog has a great CCQ recipe--made it for the Super Bowl last year and it got scarfed!

              http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/200...

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                mtomto Mar 31, 2010 05:11 PM

                THANK YOU Tongo and Mandalay very much!!!!

              2. cookieluvntasha Mar 31, 2010 08:48 AM

                just use other cheeses that melt well, like colby, monterey jack, and a spicy peppered or jalepeno cheese and make a cheese sauce with milk.

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                1. re: cookieluvntasha
                  shanagain Mar 31, 2010 09:02 AM

                  The only problem by winging it with a basic mornay is getting good cheese flavor w/out adding too much cheese, which will turn into a gloopy, oily wreck.

                  I'd be interested in seeing a good recipe, as well - with specific cheese recommendations if possible.

                  1. re: shanagain
                    TongoRad Mar 31, 2010 02:04 PM

                    Here ya go (I agree with you about the velveeta, btw- nasty stuff. I won't even get it on my cheesesteaks, I'm a provolone guy in that regard)-
                    2 TBSP Butter
                    1/2 cup chopped onion
                    1/4 cup green chile, peeled and seeded, chopped
                    1/2 lb. Monterrey Jack cheese cubed
                    3/4 cup light cream

                    Sweat the onion in the butter over medium heat. Add the chile and let that soften a bit and let off some liquid, maybe 10 minutes. Then add the cubes of cheese, stirring constantly. As it melts add the cream and simmer a touch longer until it all comes together. You can add salt to rectify if you think your chips won't make the whole thing too salty when you're eating it.

                    You really don't have to do much more than that, and it is just insanely good for the amount of effort it takes.

                    FWIW- chorizo makes a hell of an add-on to something like this, bringing it more into queso fundito territory.

                    1. re: TongoRad
                      sbp Mar 31, 2010 05:43 PM

                      I'm with you on the Velveeta aversion. Went to school in Philadelphia, and it was always a "provolone steak wit".

                      Recipe sounds good, but I would expect some sort of starch/slurry added in - flour/milk or cornstarch/water or wine. That would give you some extra insurance against the cheese mixture breaking into curds and oil if it boils too hard.

                      1. re: sbp
                        TongoRad Apr 1, 2010 04:42 AM

                        You know, I wrote that recipe on a scrap of paper about 20 years ago and can't remember where I got it from ( maybe the back of a jar of green chiles, or even a magazine blurb...) just to get the proportions right, and I haven't encountered a problem with it breaking yet. I do try to be careful with the heat, though, so amend that direction above to 'medium-low' heat and it should be fine.

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                          nolabigchief Jan 9, 2011 09:58 AM

                          My sauce broke... Is it salvageable?

                      2. re: TongoRad
                        Aravisea Apr 1, 2010 06:03 AM

                        Love the chorizo idea - thanks TongoRad! I need to try that...

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