Madison had treated me to Carlito's queso when I moved her back to school this past Fall. I had never had queso before, so I don't have anything to compare, but it sure was good!!...
and the waiter was adorable :)
Knowing how much she likes queso, I wanted to try to duplicate it for her. We had a Mexican appetizer night for dinner recently, and I found this recipe that promised it was exactly how they make it at Mexican restaurants! It was so creamy and delicious I had to share it!
Beware though - this recipe makes A LOT! I should have put it together that 1 and 1/4 pounds of cheese would make a bunch of dip, but I didn't... Madison was in charge of melting and mixing, and during the process she remarked "this is a lot of queso...how much does this make?" I hadn't noticed, so I went to check the recipe and replied "ummm....30 ounces!" She let out a shriek! That IS a lot! Almost 4 cups!! Oh well, it reheats well, and we have used it on everything from omelets to chicken wings! It seems to get better with age! We also froze some of it for her to take back to school to share with her friends. Hopefully it will thaw and reheat nicely for them...
So if you make this you might want to cut the recipe in half or even down to 1/4! This much cheese will run you about $10, so cutting down the recipe will help cut down the cost as well - I will definitely be making a smaller portion of this in the future!
1 1/4 lb block White American Cheese cut into 1" cubes (I got a block from the Deli)
1/4 cup diced green chiles (you can pick up a small can of these near the Mexican foods at your grocery)
2 pickled jalapenos, chopped (you can get a jar of sliced pickled jalapenos at the grocery and then eyeball what looks like 2 jalapenos)
1 ounce pickled jalapeno juice
2/3 cup whole milk
1/2 cup cold water
a pinch of cumin
Place all ingredients into a large (enough to hold over 4 cups for ease of stirring) microwavable bowl. Microwave on high, 1 minute at a time, for 5-6 minutes. Stirring after each minute. Serve with chips!
TIP: I really like these ramekins for serving and storing the queso. You can freeze the queso in these too! We tried it - it thaws and reheats nicely!