Creamy Queso with Chorizo

by Marija Petrovic | 18/02/2014 23:36

Makes 8 servings

active time
25 minutes

total time
Total 25 minutes
In defense of Velveeta: It might be lowbrow, but its texture is supreme

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
6 ounces fresh chorizo, casings removed
2 1/2 cups half-and-half
8 ounces Velveeta cheese, cut into cubes
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated
8 ounces sharp cheddar, grated
2 tablespoons chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo
1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder
3/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
2 ounces crumbled Cotija cheese or queso fresco


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chorizo and cook, stirring and breaking up with a spoon, until browned and crisp, 8–10 minutes; set aside.

Heat half-and-half and Velveeta in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until Velveeta is melted, 6–8 minutes. Add Monterey Jack and cheddar; cook, stirring, until mixture is smooth. Mix in chipotle chiles, salt, and both chile powders.

Transfer queso to a warm dish and top with Cotija cheese and reserved chorizo.

DO AHEAD: Queso (without toppings) can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill.


Source URL: