Chile Con Queso

January/February 2009

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Our healthier version of chile con queso will have ooey-gooey-cheese lovers celebrating. Now you can enjoy this Tex-Mex dip without all the fat and calories. We replaced some of the cheese with a low-fat white sauce and used sharp Cheddar plus a splash of beer to boost the flavor. Our version cuts the calories in half and reduces total fat and saturated fat by nearly 60 percent.

"This recipe was fast and easy! I will never buy that jarred queso dip again!! "
Chile Con Queso

11 Reviews for Chile Con Queso

Substitute for beer?

We have beer allergies here - any suggestions for what to use in place of beer? I know we could leave it out but was hoping for something to add to the taste...

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Anonymous wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

You could use hard apple

You could use hard apple cider instead.

Awesome queso dip

I had no problems with this dip what so ever. I made homemade chips and my kids loved it. It was a nice thick cheesy dip. I used all 3 tablespoons of cornstarch, no issues using all 3 tablespoons and I had no cornstarch taste with the dip. Didn't have pale ale on hand so I used a lager and 3/4 colby cheese and 1 cup sharp cheddar. I didn't add cilantro or scallions cause I didn't have any. This was an excellent fast dip. I can't wait to make this in canada when I can get my hands on some molson stock ale!

fast quick and easy
Nothing special, wouldn't make again.

I made this dip for a potluck. I wish I had done a trial-run, because I didn't like it at all. It tasted pretty bland, even with the spices, onion, and Rotel. My friends asked if there were potatoes in it, if that gives you an idea of the consistency/flavor. It made a pretty big batch (about 4 cups), and less than 1 cup of this was eaten by a group of 20 people. I hate to say it, but the calorie-cutting was NOT worth it here, and I won't be making this again.

Quick and easy to make, standard ingredients
For mexican food lovers, this is a GREAT queso recipe!!

I was looking forward to making this all week and it met my expectations and beyond! Definitely didn't have an issue with the cornstarch like others did and used exactly the amount it called for. THIS WAS SOOOO SO GOOD! Has a really nice beer cheese taste to it but also has the mexican chile kick. And not too bad for calories a 1/4 cup is a lot more than you think! I had two servings and dipped vienna bread in it and loved it! Make sure to use a good pale ale. Also, I love cilantro and green onions so it tasted great in this queso, for those who don't like my boyfriend, I'd leave that out. Will make this again for sure!

Like restaurant queso!

I really liked this healthier version of queso. I disagree with the review that said there is too much cornstarch. You can't taste it like they said. I saved the Rotel liquid to thin it out a bit if needed & did use a little of it, but not much. My husband even liked it. He doesn't usually like the healthier version of anything! :). I topped my serving with fresh cilantro & it was great! I will make this again.

Lower fat, less calories

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