Chorizo Queso

Chorizo Queso (Chorizo Cheese Dip) | gimmesomeoven.com

Just when you thought chips and queso couldn’t get any better…

chorizo joined the party.

Oh, and not just any party.  The homemade, creamy, flavorful, perfect-for-dipping and nacho-ing queso party.  The all-natural, made-with-actual-factual-cheddar-and-fresh-ingredients party.  The ready-to-go-in-20-minutes, easy-to-make, and perfect-for-serving-at-an-actual-party party.

NOT, mind you, the usual processed cheese party.  No way, Jose.  Our old, mysterious friend Velveeta was not invited to this one.  So you can rest easy knowing that natural cheeses and ingredients are getting scooped up on those delicious chips.

So what do you think?  Ready to partaaaaay?

Chorizo Queso (Chorizo Cheese Dip) | gimmesomeoven.com

If you’ve never made homemade all-natural queso before, it’s super simple!

Just begin by sauteing up a pan of crispy chorizo.  (Yes, it really is that red in person!)

Chorizo Queso (Chorizo Cheese Dip) | gimmesomeoven.com

Then while the chorizo is cooking up, begin making your cheese sauce.

This particular recipe calls for a cornstarch and butter and evaporated milk base, which helps to make it extra smooth and creamy.  Then sharp (or extra-sharp) cheddar cheese, fire-roasted tomatoes and Old El Paso chopped green chiles are added in to provide maximum flavor…with no Velveeta in sight.  (Hallelujah!)

For an extra smooth and creamy queso, just be sure to use freshly grated cheese.  As in, buy the block and grate it yourself.  (Or use a food processor to grate it at lightening-fast speeds if you have one.)  The pre-shredded cheese has a special coating on it to keep it from clumping, which doesn’t bode especially well for melting into cheese dips.  So grate away!

Chorizo Queso (Chorizo Cheese Dip) | gimmesomeoven.com

Once your queso base is ready, stir in most of the cooked chorizo…

Chorizo Queso (Chorizo Cheese Dip) | gimmesomeoven.com

…and if you want bonus points for presentation, save a little of that chorizo to add on top as a garnish.  And get ready, because this stuff is sure to disappear before you know it.

Party time!!!

Chorizo Queso

This Chorizo Queso (a.k.a. Chorizo Cheese Dip) recipe is made all-natural with cheddar cheese, and spiced up with some delicious Mexican chorizo.

Ingredients:

7-8 ounces chorizo, casings removed
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
2 ounces cream cheese
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly shredded
1 (4-ounce) can Old El Paso chopped green chiles http://www.oldelpaso.com/products/Green-Chiles-Chopped-7oz/037f2db4-5b77-4814-a5a6-e8eab4a3c092
½ cup diced tomatoes
½ teaspoon salt, or more/less to taste

Directions:

Saute chorizo in a large saute pan over high heat until cooked through and crispy, about 10 minutes, crumbling and stirring with a spoon constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.

While the chorizo is cooking, melt the butter in a separate medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Whisk in the cornstarch until combined and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the evaporated milk, and whisk until combined and smooth. Add in half of the cheese, and stir until melted. Repeat with the second half of the cheese. Stir in the green chiles, tomatoes, and cooked chorizo until combined.

Taste the queso, and season with your desired amount of salt. Serve immediately with chips.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Chorizo Queso (Chorizo Cheese Dip) | gimmesomeoven.com

This is a sponsored post in my partnership with Old El Paso, where I will be developing all sorts of fresh and tasty Mexican recipes to share with you.  All opinions are 100% my own as always.  Big thanks for helping support the brands which make this site possible.

Leave a Comment:





Comments

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — August 29, 2014 @ 5:48 am (#)

    Bring on the fiesta! I have never made my own queso…but I have some fond memories of the stuff in Mexico.
    And then you added chorizo…what the what? AMAZING! Pinned :)

  2. Maryea {happy healthy mama} — August 29, 2014 @ 6:38 am (#)

    Wow–this looks outstanding! My parents made queso dip with Velveeta growing up and I’m not going to lie, that was some mighty good dip. This looks pretty fantastic and that you made with without Velveeta is a huge bonus. No sketchy ingredients. :)

  3. Lindsey @ Sneaks and Sweets — August 29, 2014 @ 6:51 am (#)

    This looks super fantastic, perfect for our Sunday afternoon football parties! Thanks for sharing!

  4. danielle — August 29, 2014 @ 7:53 am (#)

    Dangerously delish!

  5. Julie @ Girl on the Move — August 29, 2014 @ 8:47 am (#)

    This looks perfect to eat during football games this Fall!

  6. Amanda — August 29, 2014 @ 9:35 am (#)

    This looks so wonderful!

  7. Amanda — August 29, 2014 @ 10:00 am (#)

    Yep, this will be a hit with football season starting. Love new dip recipes!

  8. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — August 29, 2014 @ 12:40 pm (#)

    I’m all about coming to this party, especially if chorizo queso dip is a guest lol! Looks so yummy!

  9. Millie | Add A Little — August 29, 2014 @ 1:16 pm (#)

    Wow, you’re an absolute genius Ali! This look perfect for a party…. for one!

  10. Heather @ Shards of Lavender — August 29, 2014 @ 1:55 pm (#)

    Love, love, love that this is made with real cheese! The addition of chorizo really makes this a pretty dip. Can’t wait to try it, especially with football season upon us! Have a great weekend:)

  11. A Young Wife — August 29, 2014 @ 6:42 pm (#)

    These pictures made my mouth water! This looks so much better than queso in a jar. And the chorizo! What a win.

  12. Hell Notes for Beauty — August 29, 2014 @ 7:11 pm (#)

    This looks amazing, I can only imagine how it tastes with the chorizo. Definitely need to try!

  13. Susan — August 29, 2014 @ 8:17 pm (#)

    This is a fabulous idea. I don’t normally eat queso, but I like that this is really fresh, and includes my absolute most favorite sausage. So I am saving it. Just realized that it would be a perfect dish to take to the Christmas party we go to every year (when we’re at home). I am certain that I will love this, especially if I put my homemade chorizo in it… I think I will feel like I died and went to heaven when I eat this. :-)

  14. Cathy Perez — August 29, 2014 @ 8:34 pm (#)

    Love all kinds of dips, this one looks easy and delicious, Pinned!

  15. Annie @ Annie's Noms — August 30, 2014 @ 11:54 am (#)

    I didn’t think Queso dip could get any better either, but Chorizo?!! Woah, amazing!

  16. Danielle — August 30, 2014 @ 6:37 pm (#)

    Made this today for a party. It was delicious, super easy, and a real crowd pleaser. It vanished fast, so I ended up making a second batch (which went just as quickly as the first!). Everyone loved it. Truly a fantastic recipe. I will be making this over and over again forever!! Thank you, Ali! ; )

  17. Bellabee — August 30, 2014 @ 7:53 pm (#)

    Just made this and its just what I imagine. Thank you

  18. Jill @ Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons — September 1, 2014 @ 8:31 am (#)

    This looks amazing,

  19. foodgigo — September 1, 2014 @ 1:30 pm (#)

    Very delicious & mouth watering recipe. So yummy

  20. Paul — September 3, 2014 @ 10:44 am (#)

    Your recipe may be delicious, but real queso is only made with Velveeta. No other cheeses will do. Sorry, not nasty enough to be queso ;-)

  21. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — September 3, 2014 @ 12:23 pm (#)

    And I’m immediately reminded of one of the best quesos ever, at Frontera. And then of a wonderful lunch I shared with you there. ;) Your recipe looks awesome, Ali.

    • Ali — September 3, 2014 @ 1:04 pm (#)

      I remember that lunch with fondness! Such good times. :) Thanks, friend!

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Pingback: Elegant Cakes – The Weekend Dish: 8/30/2014

  2. Pingback: Chorizo Queso | Gimme Some Oven » webindex24.ch - News aus dem Web