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15-Minute Chile con Queso Dip

15-Minute Chile con Queso Dip Recipe Type : Appetizer Cuisine: Mexican Author: Susan Pridmore Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 20 mins Serves: 1 cup
Author: Susan Pridmore


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup minced jalapeño
  • 1 tablespoon grated white onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic or use Gourmet Garden Stir-In Garlic Paste
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt or ⅛ teaspoon table salt
  • 3 ounces half & half milk
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup grated Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons your favorite chunky salsa
  • teaspoon arrowroot optional
  • coarsely chopped cilantro


  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the jalapeño, and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the onion and garlic, and cook another 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the flour, paprika, and salt for 3 - 4 minutes to cook the flour.
  • Whisk in the half & half for 2 - 3 minutes until it thickens. Add the cheese, one handful at a time. Allow the cheese to partially melt before add the next handful. Continue to stir until melted.
  • Stir in the salsa. If you prefer a thicker sauce, stir in the arrowroot powder and cook for 2 additional minutes.
  • Serve warm with chips.