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Reader Recipe: Chili Con Queso

I'm crazy about any combination of melted cheese and tortilla chips, so when I saw audreystar's recipe for chili con queso, I couldn't help but drool. Her recipe is part of a fabulous new group on TeamSugar, Dinner Challenge, which dares fellow readers to make a certain dish each week.A couple of recipes are posted on Mondays, and you have until the upcoming Sunday to make the meal and share your pictures of the process and final dish. It's a fun group and could lead to some inventive variations. For example, I want to make audreystar's chili con queso with Mexican chorizo instead of the sausage! To take a look at her delicious version,


Submitted by TeamSugar member audreystar.

Revved Up Chili Con Queso

2 lb package Velveeta
1/2 large Onion
1 lb Hot Breakfast Sausage (like Jimmy Dean)
1 regular can of Rotel (either regular or extra hot)
1 7 oz can of diced Green Chiles
1 -3 finely diced Jalapeno peppers

Chop the onion and brown with the sausage. Drain excess fat. Cut velveeta into cubes and add to warm skillet. Add Rotel and green chiles and stir together over low heat until mixture is melted. Add finely diced jalapenos, stir together, and serve with warm tortilla chips. Keep queso warm during serving (in a fondue pot, chafing dish or crock pot).
Queso can also be frozen flat in ziploc bags and reheated at a later date.


I picked the Con Queso since many of you decided you would try the salad. Plus my boys love queso so I figured I couldn't go wrong. I didn't get an extra can of green chiles because the Rotel had chile's in them. I also didn't add the jalapeno even though I bought a can because I figured it would be too spicy for the boys. I might add them later after the boys have had a helping.


Oh and after I cooked it all I added the queso to my crockpot on low so it wouldn't thicken up.

Looks so gross, but it is so goodLooks so gross, but it is so good

In conclusion, this was a really good queso. But I mean it is hard to screw it up. The sausage and onion cooking together smelled so divine. :drool:

Again I think I will add in the jalapenos later on after the boys are done.:spicy: I might have some with margaritas I plan to drink tonight. :cocktail:

I make this a lot but I add a can of Cream of Mushroom soup. Really makes it creamy and adds great flavor!
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
Oh man, I could kill for some Jimmy Dean sausage. :drool: If I could get the ingredients in Finland, I would most definitely make this.
MotoLinz MotoLinz 9 years
Looks delicious! I am definitely going to make this ass soon as I get off my butt. :)
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
My point had not been "wow, this is gross" or "wow, I can't believe you didn't press the cheese by hand", but simply that Velveeta and Jimmy Dean are two heavily processed foodstuffs. Melting actual cheddar, swiss, fontina, or parmesan isn't difficult, and unlike Velveeta, it'd be more than 51% cheese. It's in fact 100% cheese. Velveeta doesn't even qualify under the FDA for sale as a "cheese food", a classification reserved for products that are more than 51% cheese. And breakfast sausage isn't hard to make: ground pork is available from the grocery store, as are the herbs needed to flavor it: rosemary, thyme, and sage. Brown sugar, pepper, maybe some red pepper flake. As Yum said when posting, she'd like to make this with chorizo, which would be an excellent swap. My quibble, and it's not with Audreystar, since it's not her recipe, was that four out of seven ingredients came out of a package pre-made.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
An FYI: The point of the Dinner Challenge group is to pick one of the recipes that is posted and make it YOUR way. So yes, there probably is a way to do it that would be better for you and yours. And we'd love to know what it is. You could use ground turkey, fresh roasted chilis, and cheese mixed with skim milk. Whatever. Do your thang. But be nice, and understand that not everybody has the same tastes. kthxbai.
Community-Manager Community-Manager 9 years
Audreystar, this looks so delicious! I can't wait to make this for my next summer time party. :drool:
LisaK LisaK 9 years
A better way...let me think. Well I guess you could buy yourself a farm, get some cows, make your own cheese, grow your own tomatoes and peppers, have a few pigs, slaughter them and make your own sausage. That way everything is all natural. Sounds like a better way to me :oy:
radarkitty radarkitty 9 years
Well I know anything that makes my busy life with 2 kids a tad bit easier is wonderful in my book. My kids will love it. Thanks!
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
That sounds soo good!
audreystar audreystar 9 years
heaven forbid one time in your life you throw caution to the wind and just have fun with something. :oy: if you don't like it don't eat it and figure out how you want to make it. sheesh. now i know why i don't share things publicly on sugar anymore. by the way this is not my recipe i got it from another site that i love.
Meka_suga Meka_suga 9 years
Mhmmm...yummy. Have to make that this summer.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
Velveeta? Jimmy Dean Sausage? Canned chilies? Is there seriously no better way to do this?
mondoUNC mondoUNC 9 years
I make pretty much the same thing with a brick of cream cheese instead of Velveeta. Its my favorite dip for sports at home.
wren1 wren1 9 years
will205 will205 9 years
we call this rotel dip in the south!
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