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Chile Con Queso

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Chile Con Queso
Total Preparation Time: 15 to 30 minutes Number of Servings: 10 or more
Actual Cooking Time:15 to 30 minutes Source: EatingWell
Food Groups: Milk & Milk Products, Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Egg & Cheese
Meal Type: Appetizers, Dinner Entrée, Snack
Nutrition Content: Good Source of Calcium, Low Calorie
Origin: Mexican & Spanish
Special Features: Kids Can Help Make It , Kids Love It, Make Ahead , Quick to Prepare (under 30 minutes)
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Our healthier version of chile con queso will have ooey-gooey-cheese lovers celebrating. Now you can enjoy this Tex-Mex dip with less fat and fewer calories. We replaced some of the cheese with a low-fat white sauce and used sharp Cheddar plus a splash of beer to boost the flavor. Our version cuts the calories in half and reduces total fat and saturated fat by nearly 60 percent.


2 teaspoons extra-virgin Olive oil
1 medium Onion, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 cup pale ale or other light-colored Beer
1 1/2 cups low-fat Milk, divided
3 tablespoons Cornstarch
1 3/4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar, preferably orange
1 10-ounce can diced Tomatoes with green chiles (see Note), drained, or 1 1/4 cups drained petite-diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons Lime juice
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Chili powder
Cayenne Pepper to taste (optional)
1/4 cup sliced Scallions
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Cilantro


Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft and beginning to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add beer and cook until reduced slightly, about 1 minute. Add 1 cup milk and bring to a simmer.

Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1/2 cup milk and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add to the pan and cook, stirring vigorously, until bubbling and thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add cheese and cook, stirring, until melted. Stir in drained tomatoes, lime juice, salt, chili powder and cayenne (if using). Serve warm, garnished with scallions and cilantro.

Nutrient Information
Calories: 84
Total Fat: 5
Saturated Fat: 3
Polyunsaturated Fat: 2
Monounsaturated Fat:
Sodium: 307
Carbohydrates: 5
Protein: 4
Fiber: 0
Vitamin A:
Vitamin C:
Calcium: 131

Cook's Notes:

Note: We like the flavor of Rotel brand diced tomatoes with green chiles the best in this dip. Choose original or mild, depending on your spice preference.