Monday, January 6, 2014

recipe ((fresh skillet queso))



The last time I ate queso I told myself I would never do so again. It almost seemed as though it congealed in my insides and I was worthless for the rest of the evening. However, I got the hankering for it recently (how Texan is that phrase?) and set out on an adventure to make queso without the boxed stuff. You know what I'm talking about -- The V word that I'm not even remotely convinced it's any kind of real cheese. 

I have to say - this queso is incredibly delicious and is so full of fresh flavor that isn't from a can of spiced tomatoes or a cup of chili in the shape of a can. 

I picked up the produce, package of cheese ((already shredded because who has time to shred their own anyways?)), a half pound of fresh chorizo from the meat counter at Whole Foods. I came home and got out my trusty cast-iron skillet. I always feel so legit when I use that heavy sucker. 



Ingredients:
1/2 lb of chorizo
1 Jalepeno
1 Tomato
half of a large onion ((I used yellow))
8-12 oz of Monterrey Jack cheese
1 garlic clove
small handful of cilantro
((optional: splash of tequila))

Directions:
1. Chop the jalepeno, onion, and tomato and put aside in a bowl.
2. Chop garlic and cilantro and set aside, as well.
3. Brown the chorizo on medium heat in your skillet, breaking it up as it cooks. 
4. Once the chorizo is finished cooking, add the bowl of tomato, onion, and jalepeno. Cook for a few minutes until the jalepeno and onion are tender.
5. Add garlic and stir around for a minute or so. 
((optional: add tequila for an extra element of flavor))
6. Add cheese and gently stir while it melts. Once it is almost melted, add the cilantro and continue to stir, making sure to incorporate all the other ingredients. 
7. Serve and enjoy.



This would be perfect as an appetizer for an upcoming get together. It takes about 10-15 minutes to make and you can just set it on the table with a bowl of chips.  I know for a fact that I'll be making some for our third annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta this year. 

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This post is sponsored by Whole Foods because I am a part of their Whole Foods Ambassador Blogger Program. I was not compensated for this post, but did receive a few items free of charge. Consider yourself disclosed ;) 

46 comments:

  1. I love queso. ALL DAY.
    favorite appetizer is definitely egg rolls. not positive if they fall into appetizer category but thats where i put them.

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  2. I made a double cheese and onion dip over the Christmas holidays that is divine. Served with Fritos. Dee-licious! (And this queso looks really, really good... Thanks for sharing!)

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  3. Buffalo chicken dip for the win :)

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  4. Yum this looks delicious! My favorite appetizer is buffalo chicken dip :) Thanks for the recipe!

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  5. I make a rueben dip that is awesome!

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  6. Yum! My favorite app to make is 7 layer dip :)

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  7. A big tray of cut up veggies and healthy dips!

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  8. Anything Chocolate and bite-size :)))

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  9. Sounds so good! I usually make guacamole with HEB Mango pico mixed in. It is yummy!

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  10. Although this is pretty seasonal around the holidays, I absolutely LOVE a good cranberry salsa using fresh (and a few frozen) cranberries, cilantro, onions, jalapenos and a bit of sugar. It's a perfect salsa to serve with tortilla or pita chips!

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  11. This looks so good!! And I'm always a fan of spinach dip..

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  12. Chips and salsa or guacamole or queso! Sometimes I'll mix all three. Flavor explosion!

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  13. Looks amazing! My favorite appetizer is spinach dip with crusty bread :)

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  14. My favorite appetizer that I recently developed a love for is called "Rajas Con Queso". It's basically like a deluxe queso that you can eat in tortillas like a taco because it has large pieces of roasted poblano peppers and onions. It is ridiculously good. I serve it with small corn tortillas and regular tortilla chips. I got the inspiration to make up a recipe for it when I visited this awesome mexican place in Santa Barbara called Los Arroyos that served it with hot corn tortillas. Then I tried out my own recipe for it during an Aggie game, of course. :O)

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  15. Also, thank you for putting up this recipe for skillet queso. I will be trying it out soon because, regrettably, most Californians believe that "queso" is simply the spanish word for cheese. They have no idea what I'm talking about when I say I'm craving queso :O(. I think I'll have a queso party and make them all try it.

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  16. That skillet queso looks delicious (and super easy to make) - I'm glad you shared the recipe! My favorite thing to bring to others is Texas caviar - a ton of sliced peppers, corn, etc. It's super simple and delicious!

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  17. This recipe looks SO good! I love stuffed mushrooms as a party appetizer.

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  18. We always make spinach artichoke dip!

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  19. Delicious!!! I love any kind of dip! haha. Like seriously..I think it is a weakness! lol

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  20. I'm such a dip fan -- and queso is delicious. My all time favorite is probably artichoke spinach dip... yum!

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  21. Hot Spinach dip and tortilla chips! This queso is making my mouth water!

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  22. My favorite appetizer is cornbread stuffed jalapenos! Mmmhmmm!

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  23. White bean hummus and garden of eatin' multi-grain chips!

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  24. this easy, delicious recipe: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/warm-italiano-spread-113699.aspx

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  25. I am a huge fan of either spinach dip with rye bread or buffalo chicken dip for an appetizer

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  26. My favorite apps are Buffalo Chicken Dip OR homemade pretzels!! Both are yum.

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  27. Whole Foods Gift Card Please! I loooove fresh bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers and you know you love my deviled eggs, Kim ;)

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  28. Um the splash of tequila! I would I have never thought to add that.

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  29. This looks so yummy!! I have a recent obsession with sausage balls as an appetizer... Please don't judge haha!

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  30. This looks so yummy!! I have a recent obsession with sausage balls as an appetizer... Please don't judge haha!

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  31. My favorite is warm brie w/jam on top, or wrapped in one of those crescent roll things.

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  33. A yummy guac as well as Spinach & Artichoke dip are my all time fav!!!

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  34. i love bacon wrapped water chestnuts with brown sugar

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  35. I like to make 7-layer Mexican dip.

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  36. Jalapeno popper dip is the best! Someone brought it to our (Aggie) tailgate earlier in the season, and I made it every weekend we had an away game when people came over to watch the game. It's addicting

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  37. That looks SO good! Buffalo Chicken Dip is my weakness. julie.sancken@gmail.com

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  38. Favorite party appetizer? That's hard, I love so many! I am going with my Grandma's ham balls! Delish! maxandkaylee@gmail.com

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  39. So glad you posted this, I needed a fresh version! Fave appetizer, bacon wrapped chestnuts. A family tradition.

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  40. Asparagus with prosciutto! Yummy to my tummy. :)

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