This seems to be a must at all parties held in the Southwest. For some reason, if this cheese sauce is not available, the party seems to be lacking.When I was a teenager in the 70’s (oops), I had always assumed Chile con Queso meant the chili beans you put on a hot dog with some cheese sauce. I learned years later that chili meant beans with meat and chile meant exactly that—spicy peppers.
To all you Texans–no, I’m not from New York City…
1 (32 ounce) block of a Processed Pasteurized Cheese, (again, it does not have to be name brand).
1 small onion, peeled and finely diced
1 small tomato, washed and finely diced
5 Jalapeño peppers or a similarly spicy pepper
Stem and wash the chile peppers, then finely dice the peppers. Finely dice the onion and the tomato and add to the Jalapeño peppers.
Chop the Processed Pasteurized cheese into 1×1 inch squares. Place the cheese into a crock-pot, which has been set to low heat. Add approximately 1 cup of milk to the cheese. Stir and cover the crock-pot.
In a heavy skillet on low heat, melt a tablespoon of butter. Add the finely diced Jalapeño peppers, the tomato, and the onion. Lightly sauté until the onion becomes transparent and the Jalapeño peppers (if you use those) become a dull olive green. Pour the ingredients of the skillet, with the butter, into the crock-pot. Stir until well mixed and cover.
Check on the cheese sauce roughly every 1/2 hour, stirring, until the cheese is melted and creamy. Keep the cheese on warm until serving time, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching. Keep an eye on the cheese sauce because it will burn around the edges of the pot.
All depending on how you like your cheese sauce, you may add more milk to taste. Stir before serving. Serve hot with tostadas or corn chips.
This should feed a small army and you can always make a bowl without the peppers for the kids.
This is another simple family recipe from Gather Around My Table, available at: http://www.amazon.com/Gather-Around-My-Table-ebook/dp/B007XY8J8Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339445379&sr=8-1&keywords=gather+around+my+table
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